Lifetime Contribution


Lifetime Contribution Awards

Lifetime Contribution Award Recipients are long-time members of CIES and the Higher Education SIG who have have a history of work and publications in the field of domestic or international higher education spanning over 20 years.

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2017 - Ann Austin, Michigan State University

Ann Austin is Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Her research on higher education generally, and faculty development and STEM education more specifically, has been groundbreaking, widely cited, and highly respected.  Dr. Austin is skilled at putting ideas into practice. Through her work with universities, higher education systems, and regional development organizations, she has influenced educational practice in dozens of universities throughout the world.

For nearly 20 years, she has worked extensively on issues related to faculty development across multiple universities in South Africa. This has included engaging teams of graduate students in collaborative field work in South Africa. In 2005, she served as a consultant to the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman, reviewing its fifteen-year strategic plan for higher education. 

Dr. Austin’s international experience is extensive and varied and the impact of her work is well documented. Her work spans Australia, Egypt, England, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, UAE, and Vietnam, among others. One indicator of her international visibility is that she was recruited to serve as a member of an eight-person international team that conducted a two-year study of key development issues in higher education across Asia for the Asian Development Bank, a study used by ADB to shape its higher education investment strategy (2009-2011).  Her co-authored book Higher education in the developing world: Changing contexts and institutional responses (2002, Greenwood Press), has been published in both English and Chinese.

Her service to the profession has been exceptional.  During 2000-2001 she served as President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. In 2010, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  She has been a member of CIES, and the Higher Education SIG, for many years and a frequent author or co-author of papers presented at the CIES annual meetings.


2016 - David Chapman, University of Minnesota

David Chapman is Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD from Syracuse University in 1975.

During the last two decades, Prof. Chapman has worked in more than 55 developing countries, assisting national governments and international organizations in the areas of educational policy and planning, program design and evaluation. His work focuses on issues of education development for both K-12 and higher education. One of the aspects he most enjoys about his work is its interdisciplinary nature. Complex educational issues are interwoven with the larger social and economic issues facing a country – they don’t exist in the abstract. This is one of the reasons he enjoys working closely with multifaceted organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Asian Development Bank.

Much of Prof. Chapman’s research has focused on the quality of teacher work life and teacher incentives. He has looked at this issue in such diverse settings as Uganda, Laos, Ghana, Pakistan, Oman, and China. He also has a strong interest in the development of higher education systems. He led a seven-person team in an Asian Development Bank-sponsored study of higher education in Asia (2009-2012) and served as Team Leader for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics study of graduate education in Southeast Asia (2012-2014). During Spring 2014, he had a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the National Higher Education Research Institute at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. He currently co-directs a six-year longitudinal study of the impact of entrepreneurship education on the lives of economically disadvantaged youth across three countries of East Africa, sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation, Canada. Prof. Chapman is often able to include advanced doctoral students on these international projects.

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2015 - Gerard A. Postiglione, University of Hong Kong

Gerard Postiglione is the Chair Professor of the Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. Over the past thirty years, he has made significant contributions to the fields of comparative sociology of Asian higher education, specifically examining access and equity, graduate employment, the academic profession, cross-border partnerships, and China-U.S.A. educational relations. He is a prolific scholar publishing several books and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, he has mentored dozens of graduate students in the field.


2014 - Daniel Levy, University at Albany - SUNY

Daniel Levy (Ph.D. political science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is Distinguished Professor, University of Albany (SUNY), USA. Alongside his main appointment in educational policy, he holds affiliated appointments with the Public Policy Program and Political Science Department as well as a joint appointment in Latin American Studies. Levy is the Founder and Director of PROPHE (Program for Research on Private Higher Education), a global scholarly network, originally funded by the Ford Foundation. Levy’s seven books and over one-hundred articles concentrate on higher education policy globally, related non-profit sectors, or Latin American politics. His Building the Third Sector won the 1997 prize for best book in nonprofit and voluntary action research from the leading academic association in the field. Levy has lectured at nearly all the top-ranked U.S. universities and in six continents, also has consulted for leading international agencies. He is co-author of the Inter-American Development Bank’s first ever policy paper on higher education.


2013 - William K. Cummings, George Washington University

William K. Cummings has been involved in development work for over 25 years, including long-term residence in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore, and short-term consultancies in over 15 countries in Asia, the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. His assignments have focused on evaluation and monitoring, policy analysis, sector assessment, management analysis (including strategies for enhancing decentralization and privatization), and teacher training. Along with applied work, Cummings has written extensively on the challenges of development and on models that describe successful development strategies. He has authored or edited over 100 articles and 20 books or monographs on education and development, including: Policy-Making for Education Reform in Developing Countries: Policy Options and Strategies, with James H. Williams (Rowman & Littlefield 2008); Policy-Making for Education Reform in Developing Countries: Contexts and Processes, with James H. Williams (Rowman & Littlefield 2005); Education and Equality in Japan: Values Education for Dynamic Societies (2002) and The Institutions of Education (Symposium Books 2003). Cummings is past president of the Comparative and International Education Society.


2012 - Val D. Rust, University of California, Los Angeles

Val D. Rust is a Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has recently served as the Faculty Chair of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of the International Education Office at UCLA, which houses the Education Abroad Program, the Travel Study Program, non-University of California study abroad providers and other student exchange programs. He is also Co-Director of the Center for International and Development Education in the Department of Education, which deals extensively with higher educational mapping around the world, international educational leadership, and teacher training. His primary research interests are with the politics of educational reform, the role of education in broader social change, and internationalizing higher education. He presently heads a number of educational development projects around the world. He participates actively in distance learning programs as well as evaluation and training programs connected mainly with organizational development and professional renewal. He has also been actively engaged in humanitarian relief projects, es­pecially those related to education.


2011 - Hans G. Schuetze, University of British Columbia

Hans G. Schuetze is a Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada) and also a Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom).

As a result of his formal education, he holds a PhD in international public law of the University of Göttingen (Germany), and a LL.M. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (USA). Most relevant things however he has learned from his friends, his wife, his children, his engagement in civic and political activities, his students, and life itself.

He studied social sciences, economics, and law at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn (Germany), Grenoble (France) and of California at Berkeley (USA). After a short career as a lawyer in private practice (specialized in public and international law) and Legal Counselor for two levels of government in Germany, he worked as a policy analyst and research coordinator at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and later as a Minister’s Counselor on technology and human resources development policies in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (Germany). Based on work he has done in the latter capacity, he was the founder and first General Manager of the Lower Saxony Agency for Technology Transfer and Innovation (NATI), a model that was later emulated in several of the new Länder.

He also served for five years as the elected mayor of the North-Eastern district of the City of Hannover. In this capacity he has been engaged in public self-help and housing projects for immigrants and minority populations as well as in establishing a municipal Learning and Cultural Centre.

Since 1991, he has been a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (of which he was the Director between 1995 to 1996 and again 2002 to 2006). Retired in 2006, he remains a Fellow at the Policy Centre while, at the same time, he has joined the law cabinet Hanske & Nielsen in Hannover, Germany, specializing in legal issues in education as well as in international human rights issues.

He has worked as a consultant on educational policy (OECD, UNESCO, the EU, the Canadian government, the British Columbia provincial government as well as several other education policy bodies). He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Vienna and Graz (Austria), Hannover (Germany), Rouen (France), and Hiroshima (Japan) as well as at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies in Education (Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, Mexico).

His fields of research and expertise are the economics and the organization of postsecondary education and training, comparative education, lifelong learning, and, more generally, the role of education and training in cultural, social and economic development. He has also done extensive research work on the role of learning, knowledge creation and knowledge management in innovation in private industry, and especially in small and medium companies, as well as on university – industry collaboration. He has published books, scholarly articles and book chapters as well as a number of policy related documents. He is fluent in German, French and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.


2010 - Jurgen Schriewer, Humboldt University

Jürgen Schriewer has been Professor and Head of the Comparative Education Centre at Humboldt University, Berlin, since 1991, perhaps the pre-eminent centre for comparative educational research in continental Europe. Once a student of Romance and German Philology, Philosophy and Education at the Universities of Bonn (Germany), Lille (France), and Würzburg (Germany), Schriewer earned his doctoral degree, in 1972, with a thesis on twentieth-century university reforms in France. He was appointed Professor of Comparative Education at the University of Frankfurt, in 1975, where he would stay until 1991, when, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was invited to help reconstruct Humboldt University, traditionally one of the foremost centres of learning in the Western world and a model of the modern research university.

Throughout his career, he has held a number of key positions in the field of comparative education globally, including the Presidency of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (1992-1996), the Chair of the Standing Research Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (1996-2002), and membership in the Editorial Board of Comparative Education. He has continuously served as an expert to Advisory Boards and Research Foundations, both in Germany and internationally, and continues to serve as an Advisory Editor of major European, US, and Latin American journals specializing in comparative education and educational research more generally. These multiple affiliations reflect both his academic fluency in French, English, and Spanish (in addition to native German), as well as a long career of visiting positions at distinguished universities worldwide such as Université de Paris V-René Descartes, Stockholm University, Waseda University (Tokyo), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, and Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires) among others.


2009 - Philip G. Altbach, Boston College

Philip G. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, S. J. University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He was the 2004–2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is author of Turmoil and Transition: The International Imperative in Higher EducationComparative Higher EducationStudent Politics in America, and other books. He co-edited the International Handbook of Higher Education. His most recent book is World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America. He is chairperson of the International Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Philip Altbach holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and been a visiting scholar at the Sciences Po, Paris, France, the University of Bombay, India, and is a guest professor at Peking University, China.


2008 - Ruth Hayhoe, University of Toronto

Ruth Hayhoe holds a BA Honors in Classics from University of Toronto (1967), and an MA (1979) and PhD (1984) from the University of London. She is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and presi-dent emerita of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has been a trustee of the New York based United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia since 2000, and Secretary of the Board since 2003. She has written extensively on higher education in China and educational relations between East Asia and the West. Her recent books include Education, Culture and Identity in Twentieth Century China, co-edited with Glen Peterson and Yongling Lu (University of Michigan Press, 2001), Knowledge Across Cultures: A Contribution to Dialogue among Civilizations, co-edited with Julia Pan, (Comparative Education Research Centre, University of HK, 2001), Portraits of Influential Chinese Educators (Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong and Springer, 2006) and Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers, co-edited with Karen Mundy et al (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press and New York: Teachers College Press, 2008). She has received a number of honors and awards, including Honorary Fellow of the University of London Institute of Education (1998); the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR Government (2002); Honorary Doctorate in Education, the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002); and Commandeur dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of France (2002).