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ALE Awards

"Leaders express pride in the accomplishments of their teams.  They make a point of telling the rest of the organization about what the teams have achieved."  ~Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

2019 ALE Awards

ALE Award Nominations for the 2019 Conference are now CLOSED.
General information about the ALE Annual Awards can be found below.

Welcome! We are glad you are interested in ALE Awards. These awards allow us to recognize our talented and diverse ALE members who are setting the standard for leadership education through the exchange and development of quality ideas, scholarship, and practice.

New for 2019!

The Peter Northouse Outstanding Teaching Award and the SAGE Outstanding Scholar Award

Through generous contributions from Dr. Peter Northouse and SAGE Publishing, these awards now include a $500 honorarium and have been named in recognition of their support to the association and contributions to the field.

Additionally, recipients of the the following individual awards will receive a $500 honorarium funded by ALE: ALE Rising Star Award, ALE Distinguished Leadership & Service Award,  and the Robin Orr Practitioner Award.

Below you will find descriptions about each award. Please note that some awards require a nomination from a current ALE member while others may be self-nominated. All nominees must be current ALE members in good standing. Recipients will be notified at the ALE Annual Conference in July 2019, with the exception of the Founding Mothers Student Scholar Award, who will be notified in early June. 

For additional information and nominations instructions for each award, click on the title.

Peter Northouse Outstanding Teaching Award                

This award recognizes an ALE member for their contribution to advancing leadership education through outstanding teaching and learning.

SAGE Outstanding Scholar Award
This award recognizes an ALE member for their contribution to advancing leadership education through their scholarship. This may include various forms of publication, presentations, and other scholarly works that advance leadership education teaching, research, and practice.


ALE Distinguished Leadership & Service Award
This award recognizes an experienced ALE member whose leadership and service upholds and embodies the association's mission: to strengthen and sustain the expertise of professional leadership educators.


ALE Rising Star: Early Career Leadership & Service Award

This award recognizes and early career ALE member whose leadership and service upholds and embodies the association's mission: to strengthen and sustain the expertise of professional leadership educators.

Robin Orr Outstanding Practitioner Award
This award recognizes a distinguished practitioner for their significant accomplishments and contributions to leadership education and related fields. For the purpose of this award, a practitioner may include student affairs professionals, administrators, trainers, extension specialists, community leadership, military service or those holding other primarily non-teaching roles.


Founding Mothers Student Scholar Award

ALE recognizes the importance of student involvement in growing the discipline of ALE. This award supports conference participation for up to four graduate and undergraduate student presenters.

ALE Outstanding Program Award
This award is designed to recognize outstanding leadership programs developed or implemented by leadership educators. Two awards will be given in this category; one for a program that has the primary purpose of academic credit, and another for a program that has the primary purpose for an out-of-classroom experience. 

  Note: Awards are considered a membership benefit and only paid dues members are eligible for these awards.

Past Recipients

ALE is comprised of talented and diverse members pursuing our vision by setting the standard for Leadership Education through the exchange and development of quality ideas, scholarship, and practice.

ALE Award Recipients

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