Member Awards

Each year, AIR recognizes and celebrates members who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the Association and the profession through their leadership, service, and scholarship.

Nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Service Award, Sidney Suslow Scholar Award, and John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award are closed. Nominations may be made for 2016 at any time by emailing

Visit each awards page, linked below, for specific nomination criteria and instructions.

  • Outstanding Service Award recognizes a member for professional leadership and exemplary service to AIR, and may be bestowed posthumously. 

  • 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.

  • John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award recognizes an individual whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service.  
  • Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award celebrates the scholarly papers presented at the AIR annual conference (Forum) that best exemplify the standards of excellence established by the award's namesake and that make significant contributions to the field of IR. The purpose of the award is to promote scholarship and to acknowledge that AIR members make a wide variety of scholarly contributions to the field, ranging from theory to practice.