The IARSA Distinguished Faculty designation is not an “honorary” award for service to IARSA or a “lifetime achievement” award. Rather, “Distinguished Faculty” is meant to serve the following purposes:

  1. To recognize the outstanding expertise of IARSA members to the formation of the body of knowledge required by professional education research;
  • To recognize the importance of a body of theoretical as well as practical knowledge for an individual to be a professional researcher;
  • To recognize individual IARSA members who are:
    • Outstanding lecturers/teachers;
    • Outstanding researchers or exemplary professionals in the field of research;
    • Have published theoretical and practical contributions in professional and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals;
  • To create a “Distinguished Faculty,” recognized by IARSA, who may:
  • Be called on as expert consultants by universities, hospitals, not-for-profit research organisations, and industry and government research laboratories, and administrative authorities to present professional workshops, educational courses and professional development programmes;
  • Be called on as expert “faculty” to instruct for-credit educational courses or programmes (e.g., MPA, MBA, Ph.D.)
  • Be called on as expert researchers to conduct external, periodic and professional reviews of research administration capacity and processes within institutions/organizations, at the request of the institution/organization.

Expectations of (IARSA-DFMs)

Individuals who are granted Distinguished Faculty status are expected to:

  1. Adhere to the standard of behaviour outlined in the IARSA Code of Ethics
  2. Participate in a variety of IARSA programmes and events each year. This can be accomplished by creating and/or designing programme content (serving as a track chair, symposium chair, thread leader, etc.) for any meeting type (e.g., Annual, Section, Chapter, Themed, etc.), or facilitating/presenting original content in the form of workshops, seminars, and webinars.
  3. Serve as an IARSA Committee member or chair.
  4. Serve as an Ambassador at Annual, Section, Chapter, and/or Themed meetings.
  5. Mentor other IARSA members upon request.
  6. Have a documented history of superior past performance as a presenter and subject-matter expert.
  7. Support the Association when unanticipated or critical situations arise (e.g., filling in at the last moment in the event that a scheduled meeting speaker is forced to cancel unexpectedly.)


Qualifications of (IARSA-DFMs)

Individuals who wish to seek Distinguished Faculty designation through IARSA must:

  1. Be an IARSA member in good standing (i.e., dues are current as either a full or retired member);
  2. Have a minimum of ten years’ experience in research  and administration at a university or other post-secondary educational setting, hospital, not-for-profit research organisation, industry research laboratory or government research laboratory;
  3. Have demonstrated (as documented by degree, accreditation and/or job function) theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of research and administration and/or a sub-field or research and administration.
  4. Be recognized by other scholars and practitioners in the field as subject-matter experts; as evidenced by at least three (3) of the following:
    1. Achieving honours in the field (e.g., awards for service, dedication or outstanding performance)
    1. Publishing education research scholarly and/or trade work (e.g., articles, books, book chapters, poster presentations)
    1. Developing and presenting original content for internal (home institution/organization) and/or external (e.g., outside institutions, professional organizations) venues (sessions, workshops, webinars) on education research subject matter
    1. Teaching, designing, directing and/or coordinating courses on education research subject matter
    1. Serving as a consultant to outside organisations in the field
    1. Serving as a mentor in the field