Friday, December 19, 2014 - 5:11pm

Institute of Higher Education faculty members Sheila Slaughter and James C. Hearn have received prestigious awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). The awards were issued at the association’s annual conference on Nov. 19-22 in Washington, D.C. 

Sheila Slaughter, the McBee Professor of Higher Education, received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award, which is the highest honor presented to an individual by ASHE. The award is presented to “an individual whose professional life has been devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and whose career has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service,” according to the ASHE website.

“I am honored to receive the Howard Bowen award.  It is the capstone of my career.  I would not have received this award without participating in the intellectual community created by my ASHE colleagues and my graduate students,” she said. “Advances in the field depend on many people generously sharing ideas.”

Slaughter is a distinguished scholar of higher education whose research concentrates on the relationship between knowledge and power as it plays out in higher education policy at the state, federal, and global levels. She is a past-president of ASHE and a recipient of lifetime research awards from both ASHE and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is the author or co-author of four refereed books and numerous articles and book chapters in major journals across several disciplines.

James Hearn received the Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education award. The award, given by the ASHE Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) is intended to “recognize excellence in work at the nexus of academic scholarship and policy practice in the field of public policy and higher education,” as stated by the CPPHE award guidelines.

Hearn is associate director of the Institute and focuses his research on organization, policy and finance in postsecondary education. His research has appeared in education, sociology and economics journals as well as in several edited books. Hearn is a past recipient of the Distinguished Research Award of Division J of the American Education Research Association. In 2005, he was named a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow.

“I was surprised and deeply honored to learn that I had won this research award.  Receiving this recognition from national and international peers was immensely gratifying.  I’ve been very fortunate to work in the rich scholarly environment provided by the Institute and the University of Georgia,” said Hearn.  “I believe the honor should be shared with the many valued colleagues and students with whom I've worked over the years.”

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