Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member

Supporting the Profession New Professionals and Graduate Students Faculty
Award Type: national

Established in 1986, this award, named for a Dean and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, is presented to a tenured, full-time faculty member in a graduate preparation program in student affairs.  Each Robert H. Shaffer Award recipient has inspired graduate students and served on doctoral dissertation committees; has a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, including publication in relevant literature; and has made significant contributions to professional associations.

2020 Current Recipient

Award Criteria


  • Responsibility for teaching graduate or professional school students who generally pursue careers in higher education administration and student affairs
  • Consistent and excellent mentorship of graduate students, several of whom have moved into responsible positions in higher education or student affairs
  • Solid record of scholarly achievement in appropriate journals and publications
  • Active individual NASPA membership


  • Significant contributions to professional associations