AIR Awards Recognize Leadership, Service, and Scholarship

As a membership organization, the success of AIR is a celebration of the knowledge, skill, and dedication of its members. AIR awards recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the Association and the IR profession through their leadership, service, and scholarship.

AIR is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of these two individuals to the Association and the larger higher education community.

Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes a member for professional leadership and exemplary service to AIR.

Gayle Fink, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Bowie State University

Gayle’s extraordinary commitment to AIR is demonstrated by the myriad roles she has assumed in service to the Association, including her term as President (2014-2015). Several of her colleagues highlighted her service in AIR publications over the years, especially as editor of eAIR and co-author of a chapter in The Handbook of Institutional Research. She is celebrated not only for her leadership skills, but for her wisdom, encouragement, and positive attitude toward her work and colleagues. The essence of this praise was reflected by this note from one of her colleagues, “In providing her service, Gayle has always had an enthusiastic, positive presence, encouraging others to develop their skills, professionally practice institutional research, and then to go and help their colleagues. I feel she is richly deserving of this award.”

John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award

The 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.

Ellen Chaffee, Senior Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Dr. Chaffee’s colleagues consider her a true leader in higher education and celebrate her “innovative work across a broad array of higher education and social issues.” Dr. Chaffee’s career is recognized as having significant impact across institutional types, varied organizations, and advocating for improvement in the quality of higher education and higher education management. One colleague noted that her “contributions to AIR as a past president expanded the institutional research database.” Another colleague asserted, “In senior leadership roles, Dr. Chaffee has ‘walked the talk,’ using data-informed knowledge to manage and lead. She is a distinguished leader in higher education and I strongly support her recognition by the Association for Institutional Research for the award.”

Letter of Acceptance
Letters of Nomination/Support 





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