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.  Learn more about the Senior Scholar Award

Current Senior Scholars

  • Florence Guido
  • Jillian Kinzie
  • Dawn R. Johnson
  • Dina Maramba
  • John Mueller
  • Robert Palmer
  • Penny Pasque
  • Rachele Pope
  • D-L Stewart
  • Stephanie Waterman
  • Maureen Wilson
  • Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Past Senior Scholars