The ACPA Senior Scholars Program began in 1984. ACPA Senior Scholars advocate for the integration of scholarship into the practice of student affairs. Through the creation of an engaged scholar network, Senior Scholars keep abreast of promising work and identify critical issues that could benefit from inquiry and attention. The Senior Scholars Program provides scholars with a continuing opportunity to promote scholarship through the presentation of programs of interest to the profession at each national convention and to serve the association on projects related to their fields of interest.

ACPA Senior Scholars represent the best of engaged scholarship relevant to student affairs work in higher education. Nominees are senior members of the profession (e.g., generally full professors or senior student affairs officers) who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to ACPA’s mission of generating and disseminating knowledge and who have the commitment to further advance research and theory. A maximum of twelve Senior Scholars can hold active membership. Senior Scholars must be or become members of ACPA. Senior Scholars serve terms of five years, spanning six ACPA national conventions, and must attend at least four ACPA national conventions during their terms and be active participants in the work of the Senior Scholars.  Additional expectations of Seniors Scholars are outlined in the Expectations Statement adopted in August 2017.

How to Become a Senior Scholar

ACPA Senior Scholars are selected through an award program.  Senior Scholar award winners are named on an annual basis, following a nomination process and extensive review of their qualifications.  For more information on the Senior Scholar Award, click here.

ACPA Senior Scholar Directory

Below is an alphabetical (last name) listing of ACPA Senior Scholars.

  • John Braxton
  • Tracy Davis 
  • Florence Guido
  • Mary Howard Hamilton 
  • Shouping Hu
  • Jillian Kinzie
  • Debora Liddell 
  • Patrick Love 
  • Dina Maramba
  • Rachele Pope
  • Robert (Bob) Reason
  • Sherry Watt 

Senior Scholar Diplomates

Diplomate status is the honorific title given to the Senior Scholar who has fulfilled the duties of the position, including attending 3 of the 5 convention meetings during  while in position.

  • Jill Carnaghi
  • Michael Cuyjet
  • Florence Hamrick, Rutgers University
  • Susan Jones, Ohio State University
  • Kristen Renn, Michigan State University
  • Vasti Torres
  • Jill Carnaghi
  • Michael Cuyjet