Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award

The 2020 submission deadline has passed. Awardees will be announced this fall.

Established in 1986, the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advocacy for history teaching at two-year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities. The award is named for the late Eugene Asher, for many years a leading advocate for history teaching. The Society for History Education shares the sponsorship of the award. See the list of past recipients.


The award is intended for inspiring teachers whose techniques and mastery of subject matter made a real difference to students of history. Nominations of mentors or teaching colleagues are appropriate. An individual may not nominate his or her thesis adviser (current or within the past five years). At the time of nomination, a nominee must still be alive but may be retired or emeritus.

Submission Details

Nominations should include:

    1. Up to five letters of nomination (no more than two pages each) These letters can be from former students, colleagues, and others. There is no set proportion or formula on the "right" mix of letters. Individuals organizing nominations should solicit a cross selection as appropriate to address the nominee's outstanding teaching and advocacy.
    2. Selected syllabus (or syllabi) of the nominee
    3. The nominee's CV highlighting educational experience, teaching, and advocacy. Maximum length of CV should be 5 pages.

Generally, one individual serves as the organizer for the nomination, writes one of the letters nominating the individual, procures the nominee's syllabus and CV (condenses to 5-page limit as necessary), and contacts individuals to write additional letters of support. Self nominations are welcome.

Nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.