Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Award Information

The Lifetime Achievement Award, PAEA’s most prestigious award, honors an individual who has reached the pinnacle of their career in PA education. It recognizes a current or former program faculty or staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education over a sustained period of time.


Nominees for this award must demonstrate outstanding contributions in all of the following areas:

  • History of distinguished service that spans an entire career in all of the following areas:
    • Institutional
    • Local and state
    • National and/or international
  • Measurable impact of pioneering and innovative efforts across PA education at state, national, and/or international level(s)
  • Evidence of service in leadership roles in all of the following areas:
    • Institutional
    • Local and state
    • National and/or international
  • Highly regarded as an exceptional mentor and role model by professional colleagues
  • Consistent record of advocacy for the PA profession and dedication to furthering PA education (e.g., influencing legislation)
    • Advocacy for the PA profession (e.g., workforce, legislative efforts, promoting visibility)
    • Advocacy for PA education (e.g., legislative efforts, interprofessional collaboration)

Requirements and materials

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

Four letters of support addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Nominee’s complete CV or resume

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


  • Crystal award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Education Forum Awards Ceremony
  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA Education Forum registration
  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA membership
  • Complimentary travel to the Education Forum and two-nights’ hotel stay if applicable
  • Induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society

2023 Recipient