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Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of the Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award is to honor a nationally recognized leader who has a significant history of promoting and advancing the Human Sciences. Nominees for the BoHS Lifetime Achievement Award are individuals who serve or have served in significant faculty and/or administrative roles in higher education. Also, candidates will be individuals who earned recognition for advancing the mission of the Human Sciences and related disciplines in colleges and universities.  

Eligibility and Nominations

Leaders who have earned recognition as Human Sciences leaders and administrators are eligible to be nominated for the Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. Each BoHS member unit (college or university) is eligible to submit one nominee each year. Nominators shall submit a letter of nomination with a rationale for the candidate to be considered for the award.  In addition to the letter, nominators are asked to provide a curriculum vita of the nominee. Former recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are ineligible for this award.  The award will be presented at a special breakfast hosted by the Board on Human Sciences at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting. The award winner must be available to attend the meeting and speak to the organization. BOHS will provide travel expenses and appropriate recognition.


College and universities shall implement their own procedure for identifying nominees. Each BoHS member institution may nominate only ONE candidate for the BoHS Lifetime Achievement Award. The Nomination Letter for the award shall be submitted electronically to as a single PDF document that includes: 1) a nomination letter detailing the nominee’s outstanding achievements and contributions to advancing the Human Sciences; and, 2) the nominee’s vita. A BoHS review panel will evaluate and rank the nominees and recommend a recipient to the BoHS Board of Directors.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients 

Pamela White
Iowa State University
Dean Emerita
College of Human Sciences
Virginia Caples
Alabama A&M University
Professor and 1890

College of Agricultural, Life
and Natural Sciences
Pat Knaub
Oklahoma State University
Regent's Professor & Dean

College of Human Ecology
David Edgell
East Carolina University
School of Hospitality
Leadership, College of
Human Ecology
Billie Collier
Florida State University
College of Human Sciences
Francille Firebaugh
Faculty Emerita 
Consumer Sciences,
The Ohio State University
Professor & Dean Emerita 
The College of Human
Ecology, Cornell University
Penny Ralston
Florida State University
Professor, Dean Emeritus,
and Director
of the Center
on Better Health and Life
for Underserved Populations
Sharon Nickols
University of Georgia
Janet M. Barber
Distinguished Professor

College of Family and
Consumer Sciences
Colien Hefferan
U.S. Department of
Advisor to the Director
National Institute of Food and

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