AIR Awards Criteria

Outstanding Service Award

Recognizes a member for professional leadership and exemplary service to AIR, and may be bestowed posthumously. Recipients will:

  1. Have five or more years of AIR membership

  2. Not be a member of, or candidate for, the Board of Directors in the membership year of the nomination

  3. Have a substantial record of participation in AIR activities

Nomination Materials

A complete nomination packet* must include:

  • A letter of nomination from a current AIR member that speaks to the candidate’s service to AIR and clearly addresses each of the criteria specified above.

  • At least two letters of support from AIR members.

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae/resume.

  • The candidate's contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address.

John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award 

Recognizes a member whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service. The candidate: 

  1. Has been an active member of AIR and has made substantial contributions to the field of institutional research over an extended period of time.

  2. Through research, service, and/or practice has made a significant contribution to the field of institutional research in two or more of the following areas:

  • advanced the practice of institutional research through innovative ideas, techniques, or theory;

  • contributed to widely-disseminated research;

  • supported the training and development of IR practitioners;

  • promoted the application of IR theories and practices in new venues and/or organizations;

  • demonstrated the contributions of institutional research to policy formation; and/or

  • contributed to the field of institutional research in another significant way.

Nomination Materials

A complete nomination packet* must include:

  • A letter of nomination from a current AIR member that speaks to ways in which the candidate has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through scholarship, leadership, and service, and clearly addresses each of the criteria specified above.

  • At least two letters of support from AIR members.

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae/resume.

  • The candidate’s contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address.

Sidney Suslow Scholar Award

Recognizes an individual who, through scholarly work, has made significant contributions to the field of institutional research and advanced understanding of the profession in a meaningful way. The candidate may or may not be an AIR member or past member, and the candidate's scholarly work:

  1. Has significantly advanced the field of institutional research and its theory, study, practice, application, tools, and/or models. 

  2. Represents original, meritorious, and/or creative contributions or applications. 

  3. Is broadly recognized as being of high quality in its conceptual framework, its presentation and development of relevant ideas and practice, and its implications and applications for institutional research and related higher education policy and practice.  

Nomination Materials

A complete nomination packet* must include:

  • A letter of nomination from a current AIR member that speaks to ways in which the candidate, through scholarly work, has made significant contributions to the field of institutional research and advanced understanding of the profession in a meaningful way.

  • At least two letters of support from AIR members.

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae/resume, including a listing or bibliography of the candidate’s scholarly contributions.

  • The candidate’s contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address. 

* It is the responsibility of each member nominating a candidate to ensure that the nomination packet is complete. Nomination packets for the 2018 AIR Awards may be emailed to awards@airweb.org and are due December 30, 2017.