2022 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The deadline has passed to submit nominations.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. 

More information about the award and past recipients

The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California–Berkeley. Throughout her career, Dr. Cross helped the higher education community better understand our students, their characteristics, and their needs, and recognize what our responsibilities should be. Her ground-breaking scholarship paved the way for a legacy of work on age, socioeconomic class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and numerous other aspects of intersectional social identity.

Eligibility

All doctoral-seeking graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible to be nominated, regardless of academic discipline. Graduate students in fields where the master’s degree is the terminal degree (such as the MFA in art) are also eligible. Students must be nominated by a faculty member or administrator and must hold student status in January 2022.

Nominations must demonstrate the students’ exemplary promise as future leaders and their current commitments to equity, innovations in teaching and learning, and community engagement as integrated components of their graduate work. In general, nominees who are already senior-level leaders in higher education are not strong candidates for this award, as it is designed to recognize future leadership potential.

Nomination Materials

The following materials must be submitted for a nomination to be considered:

  1. a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator
  2. a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator
  3. a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria
  4. a copy of the student’s curriculum vitae

Each graduate student nominee—or an individual acting on her/his behalf—must complete the Cross Award nomination form to begin the online submission process. When this form is submitted, emails will be sent to

  • the graduate student/nominee;
  • the person submitting the letter of nomination; and
  • the person submitting the letter of support.

In each case, the email will contain a request link that will point to the portal where individuals may upload the required documents.

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 pm ET on September 30, 2021.

Nominations undergo a robust review process engaging past Cross Award winners and AAC&U staff in a multi-phase review process. Winners are selected based upon their demonstrated commitments to equity, innovations in teaching and learning, and community engagement as integrated components of their graduate work.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, contact Kathryn Enke at 202.888.4647 or kenke@aacu.org.