The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award


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.

The awards are given in honor of the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley.



Recipients of the 2021 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

terri.jpgTerri Dunbar
Engineering Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology


eliaquin_gonell.jpgEliaquin Gonell
Education Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Vermont


devon_isaacs.jpgDevon Isaacs
Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Utah State University


megan_massa.jpgMegan Massa
University of California, Los Angeles


kristen_nelson.jpgKristen Nelson
University of California, Berkeley


perez-udell_rachel_.jpgRachel Perez-Udell
Plant Biology
University of Georgia


russo_tait.jpgTatiane Russo-Tait
STEM Education
University of Texas at Austin


Meshell_Surgis.jpgMeshell Sturgis
University of Washington


ashleen_williams.jpgAshleen Williams
University of Mississippi


Archive of Cross Scholars Since 2006

About K. Patricia Cross

K. Patricia Cross is Professor of Higher Education Emerita of the University of California at Berkeley, as well as an author of seven books on classroom teaching, learning, and assessment. Her distinguished career in higher education began as Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, then continued as Dean of Students at Cornell. She served as Distinguished Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service; Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and then as David Pierpont Gardner Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Cross is a member of the National Academy of Education and twice served as chair of the Board of the American Association for Higher Education.  She is a former board member for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Berkeley Public Library, and Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar).

New Archive:  K. Patricia Cross Speeches—1963 through 2001

A new archive featuring the work of K. Patricia Cross has been launched by San Francisco State University.  The archive includes more than 250 speeches presented by Dr. Cross, as well as seven papers that were commissioned by the League for Innovation in the Community College.  The materials, arranged by decade and organized chronologically and by theme, are available to all—researchers, practitioners, students, and all interested individuals. The archive is expected to be of particular use for doctoral students and researchers who began their careers after the retirement of Pat Cross in 1997.
Complete information about the new archive can be found here

If you have questions, please contact Alina Grant at or call AAC&U at 202-387-3760.