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 2020 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award:

  • Sara Abelson, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
  • Maria Alcivar, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
  • Ciara Christian, Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Zachary del Rosario, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Brett Nachman, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Doug Valentine, Sociology, University of Missouri
  • Edgar Virguez, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Duke University

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.