Lifetime Achievement Award

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; it may not always be awarded annually.

Please note: All nominations submitted by May 12 will be reviewed, and a winner will be selected to be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the annual PAEA Education Forum. Nominations received after May 12 will be considered for the 2022 awards cycle.


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 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

Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA Education Forum registration
  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA membership
  • Complimentary travel to the 2021 Education Forum and two-nights’ hotel stay if applicable
  • Crystal award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Education Forum Awards Ceremony
  • Induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society

2020 Recipient

William Kohlhepp, Quinnipiac University