Higher education association to honor three USC Rossier members

October 16, 2017

ASHE is giving top awards to two USC Rossier professors and a postdoc

By Ross Brenneman

Three members of the USC Rossier community have been named recipients of several of the most prestigious awards in higher education research.

The Association for the Study of Higher Education announced the names on Tuesday: Professor of Higher Education Adrianna Kezar, Assistant Professor of Education Julie R. Posselt, and Cheryl D. Ching, a postdoctoral scholar and recent graduate of USC Rossier’s PhD program.

ASHE will present its Research Achievement Award to Kezar. The award is for scholars whose “published work (theoretical, empirical or applied) advances understanding of higher education in a significant way.” Kezar, a co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, is one of the country’s foremost scholars studying adjunct faculty and university governance. Her most recent study looks at collaborations that improve retention of first-generation college students in STEM classes.

Posselt won the Early Career Award, given “for a significant body of scholarship or a single extraordinary research achievement by a higher education scholar, and in recognition of potential for future research.” Recipients are no more than six years away from receipt of their doctoral degree. Posselt is an expert in the field of graduate education, and last year authored Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (2016).

And Cheryl D. Ching will receive the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award for her dissertation, “Constructing and Enacting Equity at a Community College.” The award goes to one or more dissertations “that serve as exemplary models of the methodology employed.” Ching is now a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Urban Education.

The awards will be given out at the organization’s annual conference, this year held in November in Houston.

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