CTN Peer Mentor, Dr. Laura Rendon, received the ASHE Bowen Distinguished Career Award which is presented in recognition of a professional life devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and a career that has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service.

The awards committee makes decisions based on the following attributes: a robust research and publication record; impact on the field of higher education (scholarship and/or practice through scholarship); leadership of a research center, organization, institution, and/or association; teaching and mentoring; and service to the field of higher education. 

Dr. Rendon started her career in higher education in 1975 as an instructor at Laredo Community College. Dr Rendon’s development of “student validation theory” along with her book Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social justice and Liberation, represent two scholarly contributions that transformed higher education scholarship on student development and teaching.

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