Community College Research and Scholarship Award
By the conferral of this award NASPA continues its traditions of both honoring prominent research and scholarship in higher education and student affairs and supporting the community colleges sector. In order to support the goals of a strong research-based practice, this annual award is presented to an individual or team who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and scholarship on the topic of student affairs in the community college.
Community Colleges Division
View all awards by this group
Below are the criteria that will be used to evaluate the nominees. Please note that only one letter of nomination is required and up to three additional letters of support will be considered but not required. Self-nomininations will be accepted.
- Exceptional contributions to student affairs practice in community colleges through sustained research and scholarship
- Issues addressed in research and scholarship must be important and substantial issues related to student affairs practice in community colleges
- Impact of research must have implications for higher education at the national or international level
- One letter of nomination that references the research and/or scholarship of the individual or team (self-nominations are accepted) and up to three additional letters of support
- Resume(s) or vita(e) of the nominee(s)
- Active individual NASPA membership
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, community college transfer, access policies, student development and support services. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is a recipient of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Senior Scholar Award, is an ACPA Diamond Honoree and Senior Scholar Awardee, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Exemplary Senior Scholarship Awardee. She served as president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and as Director for Research and Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Dr. Zamani-Gallaher research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, and New Directions for Student Affairs. She has authored/edited seven books including The Case for Affirmative Action (Stylus Publishing), Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice (Stylus Publishing), The State of the African American Male (Michigan State University Press), and The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (Emerald Group Publishing).
View All Current Recipients
2018 | Elena Sandoval-Lucero, Ph.D.
Vice President, Boulder County Campus - Front Range Community College
2015 | Frank Harris III
Associate Professor -