PAEA Award Information and FAQ

PAEA Faculty & Staff Awards provide national recognition of accomplishments in PA education. Each recipient receives $500, a personalized award, and complimentary registration to the annual PAEA Education Forum. Our most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award includes additional benefits. Please see each award category for details. 

Important Dates

  • The award nomination cycle is open from March 12 through May 15, 2024.
    • 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2024.
    • EXTENSION: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 for the following three Award Categories
      • Partnership
      • Excellence Through Diversity 
      • Research Achievement 
  • All completed application nominators will be contacted in August regarding their application selection status. 
  • Nominees selected to receive an award for 2024 will be contacted in August. 
  • If selected to receive an award, you must still be in good standing with the PA program at the time of the award presentation at the Forum.  
  • The official announcement for the award recipients will take place at the Awards Ceremony at the 2024 PAEA Education Forum.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Nomination and supporting material submission

The nomination letter is the most important of all required materials for each award. It is important to review the criteria for the award and address each of them in detail. If you have questions about how to write a strong nomination, please see this article.

All nomination materials are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

In extenuating circumstances, some supporting materials may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis. Please contact to discuss your submission to determine whether or not it will be accepted after the deadline. Under no circumstances will new submissions of nominations be accepted after the deadline. Please see each award’s criteria for more information about supporting materials.

Faculty, staff, and administration from all member programs are encouraged to submit nominations. Current PAEA Board members, Awards & Honors Review Committee members, and current students cannot nominate.

Yes, when nominating, please consider candidates both inside and outside your current PA program.

No, self-nomination is not acceptable for any of the award categories.

If, after you’ve reviewed the criteria for each award, you have any questions about which category would be the most appropriate for your nominee, please contact

For the Article of the Year category, you may only nominate two candidates. For all other categories, there is no limit on the number of candidates you may nominate.

Yes, the same person may be nominated for multiple awards if the nominee meets the criteria for those categories.


Please see each award category for specific details.


Nomination letters of do not have a length requirement, instead, they should focus on addressing each of the award criteria fully.

Yes, you can start a nomination, save it, and return later to complete it. However, we recommend that you compile all information required, including the nomination letter, contact information for the writers of the letters of support, and the nominee’s CV prior to starting your nomination.

Once a nomination form or letter of support is submitted, a copy of the form will be emailed to you as confirmation. If you do not receive this email, please contact

Nominations will be accepted ONLY via the electronic nominations form. Hard-copy forms and letters will NOT be accepted. If you are having issues submitting your application online, please contact

Letter of support submission

If you have coordinated with the nominator to submit a letter of support, the nominator will list your email address on the electronic nomination form. When this form is completed, you will receive an automated email with a link to the letter of support submission form. If you did not receive the link to the form or would like to send an additional letter, please contact


See the criteria for each award for the number of letters of support required.


Letters of support do not have a length requirement, instead, they should focus on addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria. The most compelling letters of support address award criteria. Letters of support should be no more than two pages.


Faculty, staff, and administration from all member programs (including voting members, institutional colleagues, and individual colleagues) are encouraged to submit letters of support, with the exception of the following:

  • PAEA Board members and Awards & Honors Review Committee members may not submit letters of support
  • Current students cannot submit letters of support. Alumni to the program may submit a letter.
  • Non-members can submit a letter of support, but at least one letter must be from a PAEA member. Both letters should be from people who are aware of the award and the professional setting.


Yes, non-PAEA members can be nominated for the following award categories:

  • Partnership Award: Nominees should, however, be associated with a PAEA member program.
  • Article of the Year Award: The primary author should be a PAEA member, but supporting authors need not be.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Nominees can be former PAEA members, and candidates may be nominated posthumously.


Evaluation and selection process

The PAEA Awards & Honors Review Committee determines the award recipients. The committee is currently comprised PA educators who are dedicated to identifying and recognizing the outstanding contributions within PA education.


The committee uses a standardized scoring rubric that correlates with the outlined award criteria to evaluate and score each nomination. The committee reviews the compiled scores and reaches a consensus for the official determination.


No, each award is not necessarily given out annually. PAEA’s Awards & Honors Committee carefully reviews the nominations for each of the 11 categories and selects a recipient when the submitted materials closely align with the award criteria.


Yes, the following awards can be received more than once

  • Partnership Award
  • Excellence through Diveristy Award
  • Article of the Year Award (However, someone cannot be awarded Article of the Year for the same article more than once)