AAUA National Office
P.O. Box 630101
Little Neck, NY 11363
Dan L. King
AAUA National Assembly 2008
Call for Nominations – Dissertation Awards
The Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth
Outstanding Dissertation Award
The Donald A. Gatzke Outstanding Dissertation Award
Each year, the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA)
recognizes two outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of higher
education or higher education administration with the awarding of the
Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth and the Donald A. Gatzke Outstanding
Dissertation Awards. Criteria for selection are as follows: (1) the importance
and relevance of the topic to the broad field of higher education administration;
(2) evidence of the development of a theoretical framework which guided
the research; (3) the appropriateness of the research method and analysis;
(4) the overall quality of writing; (5) the potential for publication
and/or other dissemination of research results; and (6) the degree to
which the results provide useful information for practitioners in the
professional field of higher education.
Recipients receive a suitable award plaque and are recognized at AAUA's
annual National Assembly. A similar recognition plaque is presented to
the program from which the student graduated. (The registration fee for
the annual meeting is waived for both the award recipient and a faculty
representative from the institution which awarded the doctoral degree.)
To be eligible for one of the outstanding dissertation awards to be presented
at the 2008 AAUA National Assembly (June 26 to 28, 2008 in Salt Lake City,
Utah), a dissertation must have been completed and accepted by the student's
doctoral committee between the dates of January 1, 2007 and March 15,
2008. Submissions should contain the following:
1. A letter from the dissertation author (a) stating why he/she believes
the dissertation topic to be of importance and its relevance to the broad
field of higher education administration, (b) describing any plans for
proceeding with publication or other dissemination of the results of the
research, (c) and stating his/her intention to be present at the National
Assembly to accept the award, if selected.
2. A summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 15 pages single spaced,
in 12 point font, with at least one inch margin on all sides. Include
(1) a cover page with complete contact information, (2) an abstract not
to exceed 200 words, (3) a discussion of the issue or problem addressed
by the work, (4) a description of the method or methods of analysis used,
(5) a summary of findings, and (6) a selected bibliography. The cover
page and any graphs, tables, appendices, or bibliographies are not included
in the page count.
3. A supporting letter from the student's doctoral dissertation advisor
or program director. This letter should comment directly on one or more
of the selection criteria identified above.
The deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2008. Materials
must be submitted as MS Word attachments to a single e-mail, and must
be transmitted to: NEUNER@CANISIUS.EDU.
The dissertation author will be expected to give a presentation of approximately
15 minutes, plus Q. and A. at the annual AAUA conference on Friday, June
27, 2008 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
For further information contact Dr. Jerome L. Neuner, Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY 14208; phone
716-888-2120, fax 716-888-2125, email NEUNER@CANISIUS.EDU.