The GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development

The GradFUTURES GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development recognizes national leaders who have influenced the field of graduate professional development in profound and substantial ways. Awardees—either individuals or organizations—are recognized at the annual GradFUTURES Forum. 

The 2024 GRADitude Award Recipient:

In recognition of foundational and influential work in the field graduate student professional development, including leading the AAU’s Ph.D. Education Initiative, the 2024 GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Student Professional Development is presented to Dr. Emily Miller. 

Emily Miller
Deputy Vice President of the AAU

Emily Miller has served at AAU since November 2012. As Deputy Vice President for Institutional Policy at the Association of American Universities she has primary responsibilities for advancing transformational organizational change initiatives in undergraduate and graduate education. She staffs AAU’s Association of Graduate Schools (AGS)…

Past Awardee

In recognition of his pioneering work modeling and promoting graduate student professional development at the local and national levels, the inaugural GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development is presented to Dr. Leonard Cassuto, aka “America’s Graduate Adviser."

Leonard Cassuto
American Higher Education Learning Cohort Convener
Inaugural GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development Recipient

"I've been concerned with graduate education and graduate student professional development for more than a decade, and have seen it tried at many campuses nationwide. Princeton is doing it right. I'm impressed with what I see here, and grateful to do my part to help. GradFUTURES is a terrific program, the state of the art."