Lifetime Achievement Award

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; therefore, it may not be awarded annually.

How to nominate


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

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., influence 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 describing in detail and elaborating on how the award criteria were met


  • A minimum of 12 letters of support addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria


  • Nominee’s complete CV or resume


  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA Education Forum registration
  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA member registration
  • Complimentary travel to the 2017 Education Forum and two-nights’ hotel stay
  • Crystal award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Education Forum Awards Ceremony
  • Induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society

2016 Award Recipient


Don Pedersen, University of Utah