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Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award

The late Dr. Barbara K. Townsend was a professor of higher education and director of the Center for Community College Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a bachelor's degree in 1965 and a master's degree in 1967 from the State University of New York at Albany in English and an Ed.D. degree in higher education in 1984 from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Townsend taught at Towson State University, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Thomas Nelson Community College. She was a graduate faculty member and administrator at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Memphis.

Dr. Townsend's agenda was driven by an interest in baccalaureate attainment, particularly for women and minoritized students. The core of her research was a focus on community college as a major vehicle for facilitating this attainment, including through the community college baccalaureate. In addition to more than 50 journal publications, Dr. Townsend co-authored work with her students and professor colleagues. Her publications include the authoring and editing of books and monographs such as Community College Faculty: Overlooked and Undervalued (2007); Community College Missions in the 21st Century (2006); ASHE Reader on Community Colleges, 3rd Ed. (2006); The Role of Community Colleges in Teacher Education (2003); Community Colleges: Policy in the Future Context (2000); Two-Year Colleges for Women and Minorities (1999); and Creating Distinctiveness: Lessons from Uncommon Colleges and Universities (1992).

A longtime member of CSCC, Dr. Townsend served as the president of the organization from 1999 to 2000. In 2001 she was the recipient of the CSCC Senior Scholar Award and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009. The CSCC Emerging Scholar Award was named for Dr. Townsend in 2009. This award recognizes a new scholar for outstanding theoretical and/or applied research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge about community college; demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising, and/or mentoring; and integration of knowledge of teaching and service.

Former Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

2020 - Sarah Rodriguez
2019 - Regina Garza Mitchell
2018 - Deryl K. Hatch-Tocaimaza
2017 - Yi "Leaf" Zhang
2016 - Jason L. Taylor
2015 - Xueli Wang and Lyle McKinney
2014 - Mark D'Amico
2013 - Luke Wood
2012 - Christopher Mullin
2011 - Regina Deil-Amen and Peter Riley Bahr
2010 - Soko Starobin
2009 - Jamie Lester
2007 - Alicia Dowd
2006 - Pamela L. Eddy
2003 - Steve Aragon
2002 - Brent Cejda
2001 - Berta Vergil Laden
2000 - Frankie Santos Laanan
1999 - Romero Jalomo
1998 - John P. Murray

Senior Scholar Award

The Senior Scholar Award is given to advanced associate or full professors or faculty members with an equivalent rank. These scholars contribute to the national body of knowledge about community colleges and demonstrate excellence in teaching, advising, and/or mentoring. Honorees of this award integrate a knowledge of teaching and service and have contributed to significant new discoveries in community college research or practice, or have demonstrated research that impacts community college practice.

Former Senior Scholar Recipients

2019 - David Ayers
2017 - Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher
2016 - James C. Palmer
2015 - Michael Miller
2014 - Brent Cejda
2013 - Pamela Eddy and Richard Romano
2012 - John Murray
2011 - Stephen Katsinas
2009 - Larry Ebbers
2008 - Debra Bragg
2007 - Linda Serra Hagedorn
2006 - Kathleen Shaw
2005 - Marilyn Amey
2003 - Dale Campbell
2002 - John Levin
2001 - Barbara Townsend
2000 - W. Norton Grubb
1999 - James Ratcliff
1998 - George Vaughan

- Prior to 1992, a single award called The Scholar Award was given for scholarship rather than two separate awards.

1984 - Louis Bender and Art Cohen

Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Arthur M. Cohen has been a professor of higher education at UCLA since 1964 and was named a professor emeritus in 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in history from the University of Miami in 1949 and 1955, respectively. In 1964 he earned a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University. Dr. Cohen co-founded the Center for the Study of Community Colleges at UCLA in 1964 with Dr. John V. Lombardi and his late wife, Dr. Florence B. Brawer, and was president of the center from 1974 to 2007. Dr. Cohen was the director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges from 1966 to 2003, served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and is the author of many significant books on the community colleges, including his first book in 1969, Dateline '79: Heretical Concepts for the Community College. His research focuses on the role and function of American community colleges and the history of higher education.

Dr. Florence B. Brawer was a research educationist at UCLA, a psychometrist, and a counselor. Dr. Brawer earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1944 from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. and Ed.D. in educational psychology from UCLA in 1962 and 1967, respectively. She was the co-editor of Developments in theRorschach Technique, Volume 3 from 1970 and New Perspective of Personality Development in College Students from 1973. In addition, Dr. Brawer served as research director for the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. She passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.

Together, Drs. Cohen and Brawer wrote Confronting Identity: The Community College Instructor (1972), The Two-Year College Instructor Today (1977), The Collegiate Function of Community Colleges (1987), and six editions of The American Community College. With the assistance of ERIC staff members, Cohen and Brawer also wrote A Constant Variable: New Perspectives on the Community College (1971) and College Responses to Community Demands (1975). Drs. Cohen and Brawer also edited several series of monographs published by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges and the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, and in 1973 initiated the Jossey-Bass series New Directions for Community Colleges.

The CSCC Distinguished Service Award was renamed the Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer Distinguished Award in 2014.     

Former Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2020 - Stephen G. Katsinas
2019 - Brent Cejda
2018 - Bob Barber
2017 - Beverly L. Bower
2016 - Pamela L. Eddy
2014 - Trudy Bers and Debra Bragg
2013 - Florence Brawer and Arthur Cohen
2012 - John E. Rouche
2011 - James C. Palmer
2010 - Deborah L. Floyd
2009 - Barbara K. Townsend
2007 - Dale Campbell
2006 - Larry Ebbers and Berta Vigil Laden
2005 - D. Barry Lumsden
2002 - Marybelle Keim
2001 - George Vaughan
2000 - John Dennison
1999 - Paul Elsner
1994 - Darrel Clowes
1993 - George Baker
1991 - Dorothy Knoell
1990 - Terry O'Banion
1989 - Raymond Young and William Moore
1986 - Robert Sullin
1984 - Richard Richardson
1983 - Fred Kintzer
1982 - Dale Tillery
1981 - Jane Matson
1980 - S.V. Martorana
1979 - Joseph Cosand
1978 - Norman Harris, Raymond Schultz, and James Wattenbarger
1977 - Edmund Gleazer, B. Lamar Johnson, and Leland Medsker

Romano Dissertation of the Year Award

The Dissertation of the Year Award honors doctoral students who graduated during the previous calendar year and whose dissertations have explored community college-related topics and exhibited exemplary skills in research and leadership. The recognized dissertations demonstrate excellence in scholarly inquiry, illustrate originality of thought, and include significant findings that make a substantial contribution to the extant literature on community colleges. The pieces also shed new light on how issues and challenges facing community colleges are researched, theorized, and interpreted, as well as how they could potentially have an important effect on community college policy and/or practice.     

Former Romano Dissertation of the Year Award Recipients

2020 - Mary Henehan, Ball State University
2019 - Naomi Mardock Uman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2018 - Xiaodan Hu, University of Florida
2017 - Glennda M. Bivens, Iowa State University
2016 - Erin Doran, University of Texas at San Antonio
2015 - Truc HaMai, California State University - Long Beach
2014 - Jason L. Taylor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 - Lynn Ceresino Neault, San Diego State University
2012 - Andrew J. Ryder, Iowa State University
2011 - Dimitra Lynette Jackson, Iowa State University
2010 - Scott F. Peska, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2009 - Kenneth Meier, University of Arizona
2008 - Gabrielle Gerhard, University of Washington
2007 - Elisabeth Barnett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006 - Thomas Greene, University of Texas at Austin
2005 - Gregory Kienzl, Teachers College, Columbia University
2004 - Cherylyn Cameron, University of Toronto
2003 - Charles Lee Outcalt, UCLA

Presidential Gavel Award

2019-2020 - Mark D'Amico

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