Marilyn Amey received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.
Amey, chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, is a long-time member of the organization and has held several positions on committees and boards.
She received the honor—meant to recognize commitment and significant contributions to ASHE—at the 2015 ASHE Annual Conference, held this year in Denver, Colorado.
“This is a huge honor and a big surprise to be receiving this award,” Amey said. “I’ve been a part of this organization for a long time. It’s not about you or your curriculum vitae—it’s about work for the association. Everyone has put in a lot of hard work, and a lot of time, but it has been a lot of fun.”
Amey joined the organization while she was still a graduate student, and went on to serve on the editorial board of the Review of Higher Education, an ASHE publication, and as program chair of the national conference. She was also faculty liaison for the organization when it was housed in the MSU College of Education from 2003-08. Most recently, Amey spent six years as the chair of the publications committee during which she negotiated publisher contracts, evaluated and hired editors and helped promote the scholarly activity of ASHE.
“I’ve had wonderful committee members and heads of publications of the association that worked terrifically together,” Amey said, recounting the past six years of service. “We worked really hard. I’ve been really fortunate because I work with really great people. I love my job, my colleagues.”