K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards 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.
All doctoral-seeking graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible for nomination, 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.
Nominations by a faculty member or administrator are required.
More information about the Nomination Process for the 2024 Cross Awards
Nominations undergo a robust and multi-phase review process engaging past Cross Awards winners and AAC&U staff. 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.
The nomination period is closed and will reopen in late summer/early fall 2024.
The awards are announced annually in December, and recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards will be recognized at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January.
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support
for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. The awards include travel, lodging, meeting registration, and a one-year subscription to Liberal Education magazine.
For more information, contact Kathryn Enke at 202-888-4647 or [email protected].
Recipients of the 2023 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards
Jedaidah ChilufyaPlant Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Elizabeth KelleyChemistry, University of Chicago
Nicholas B. LacyCommunications, Purdue University
Jannell McConnell ParsonsEnglish, University of Kentucky
Kirby J. SchmidtAgricultural Education, Oregon State University
Britt ThreattAfricana Studies, Brown University
Jordan WestcottCounselor Education, Virginia Tech
Clint WhittenFoundations of Education, Virginia Tech
Ashley S. WrightHigher Education Leadership, University of Dayton
About K. Patricia Cross
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 groundbreaking 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. In Memoriam: K. Patricia Cross