Pat King to receive ACPA Lifetime Achievement award

January 26, 2022

King will be honored at the association’s annual conference in March 2022.


The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has announced that Dr. Patricia King, professor of higher education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the SOE, will receive the association’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement award. King will be honored at the ACPA's annual conference in St. Louis this March, along with fellow award recipients. 

Dr. Patricia King
Dr. Patricia King

King’s teaching and research focus on the learning and development of college students and other adults in educational settings. She is interested in approaches to student learning that explore the interactions between student characteristics (such as their expectations, social identities, and developmental capacities) and features of their learning environments (such as the nature of the challenges and supports educators offer) in curricular, cocurricular, and personal contexts.

Over the course of her career, King has co-authored two books, Developing Reflective Judgment (with Karen Strohm Kitchener) and Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship (with Marcia Baxter Magolda) and a monograph, Assessing Meaning Making and Self-Authorship (also with Marcia Baxter Magolda). Her forthcoming book, Learning to author your life during college: Findings and lessons learned from the Wabash National Study is co-authored with two CSHPE alums: Dr. Rosemary Perez and Dr. James Barber. King also served as a founding co-editor of About Campus: Enriching the Student Learning Experience, the national magazine sponsored by the ACPA. 

King has served on several advisory boards for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, including the Research and Educational Change Collaborative, part of the Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility Project. She is currently a co-PI on the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education.