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 her B.A. (1965) and M.A. (1967) degrees from the State University of New York at Albany in English, and Ed.D. (1984) degree in higher education from the College of William and Mary. She 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.

Her research agenda was driven by an interest in baccalaureate attainment, particularly for women and minorities. The core of her research was a focus on the community college as a major vehicle for facilitating this attainment, including through the community college baccalaureate. In addition to over fifty journal publications, often co-authored with her students or junior professors, her publications include the authoring or editing of numerous books and monographs, among them: 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 she served as the 1999-2000 CSCC President. 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.

The Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar 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 to teaching and service.

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


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 (advanced associate or full professor rank or equivalent for those in faculty roles) for outstanding theoretical and/or applied research publication(s) that contribute to the national body of knowledge about community colleges; demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and/or mentoring; integration of knowledge to teaching and service; and, contributed to significant new discovery in community college research or practice or demonstrated integration of research that impacts community college practice.

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 (Jim) Ratcliff
1998 George Vaughan

Prior to 1992, a single award (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 professor of higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1964. He became Professor Emeritus in 2004. He received his B.A. (1949) and M.A. (1955) in history from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. (1964) in higher education from Florida State University. He 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. Dr. Cohen served as president of the Center from 1974 to 2007. He was also director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges from 1966 to 2003. Dr. Cohen has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has written extensively about community colleges. Author of many significant and widely read books on the community college, his first book was Dateline ‘79: Heretical Concepts for the Community College (1969). Dr. Cohen’s current research interests focus on the role and functioning of American community colleges and the overall history of higher education.

Dr. Florence B. Brawer was a research educationist at UCLA, psychometrist, and counselor. She received her B.A. degree (1944) from the University of Michigan in psychology and her M.A. (1962) and Ed.D. (1967) degrees in educational psychology from UCLA. She was coeditor of Developments in the Rorschach Technique, vol. 3 (1970) and New Perspective on Personality Development in College Students (1973). 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. Together with other ERIC staff members, they also wrote A Constant Variable: New Perspectives on the Community College (1971) and College Responses to Community Demands (1975). Drs. Cohen and Brawer edited several series of monographs published by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges and the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges. They initiated the Jossey-Bass series New Directions for Community Colleges in 1973.

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

2019 Brent Cejda
2018 Bob Barber
2017 Beverly L. Bower
2016 Pamela L. Eddy
2014 Trudy Bers and Debra Bragg
2013 Florence Brawer & Arthur Cohen
2012 John E. Roueche
2011 James C. Palmer


Deborah L. Floyd
2009 Barbara K. Townsend
2007 Dale Campbell
2006 Larry Ebbers & 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 & 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 Raymond Schultz, James Wattenbarger, and Norman Harris
1977 B. Lamar Johnson, Leland Medsker, and Edmund Gleazer

Dissertation of the Year Award

The CSCC 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 scholarship. Further, the dissertation should 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; that shed new light on how issues and challenges facing community colleges are researched, theorized, and interpreted; and/or that potentially could have an important effect on community college policy and/or practice.

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 MaMai, California State University-Long Beach
2014 Jason L. Taylor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Pamela Eddy and Richard Romano
2012 Andrew J. Ryder, Iowa State University

Dimitra Lynette Jackson, Iowa State University

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