Leadership Development Award

The nomination cycle for this award will open in March 2025.

Award Information

This award recognizes an individual who is committed to fostering the development of future leaders through mentorship, innovation, and leading by example.


Nominees will be evaluated in all four of the following areas. Mentorship contributions and impact must be demonstrated as well as substantial contributions to PA education in a minimum of two additional areas from the following:

  • Mentorship*
    • Serves as an advocate and guide for professional development
    • Encourages, develops, and inspires professional service
  • Innovation and creativity that:
    • Leads to new and/or improved processes
    • Brings a unique perspective to relationships
  • Communication:
    • Listens actively
    • Solicits feedback and input
    • Seeks to understand before being understood
    • Provides constructive criticism that leads to growth and development
  • Leads by example:
    • Serves as a role model to faculty colleagues
    • Demonstrates collaborative spirit

Requirements and materials

Employment Status

Employed at least half-time at the time of nomination (0.5 FTE) at a PAEA member program and for a minimum of three cumulative years in PA education as of March 12, 2024. All years do not have to be at the same program.

Nomination Letter

Nomination letter describing in detail how each of the award criteria were met, including evidence of performance above and beyond the nominee’s job description

Letters of Support

Two letters of support addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to three out of the four award criteria

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Nominee’s complete CV or resume

Be sure to check out nomination FAQs for additional information and tips


  • Personalized award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary PAEA Education Forum registration for one representative of the program

2023 Recipient

  • 2022 – Stephane VanderMeulen, Creighton University
  • 2021 – Jacqueline S. Barnett, Duke University Medical Center PA Program
  • 2020 – Susan Fernandes, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 2019 – Donna Agnew, Salus University
  • 2018 – Michael Huckabee, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • 2017 – Patrick Auth, Drexel University