Edith Sayre Auslander Vision Awards

The Commission on the Status of Women created the Vision Awards in 1999 to honor leaders who manage their units in ways that exemplify the vision set out by the Arizona Board of Regents Commission in 1990. University staff, faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrators are encouraged to nominate individuals who cultivate diversity and advance the CSW goals relating to:

  • Campus climate
  • Career and professional development
  • Issues of equity and inclusion.

Two awards are given: Established Visionary and Emerging Visionary.


Current University employees are eligible to apply for these two awards.

Established Visionary is open to those with the title of dean, department head, director, and chair, and in positions with significant personnel oversight responsibilities. 

Emerging visionary is open to those in university staff and faculty positions

The nomination period for 2020 is now closed.


At the Visionary Leadership Award Ceremony which was held April 16, 2020, the awardees were presented with a trophy. There will also be an announcement in Lo Que Pasa.

2020 Awardees

Emerging Visionary: Michele Walsh, Associate Professor, Family Studies and Human Development - Community Research, Evaluation & Development (CRED)

Established Visionary: Susie Salmon, Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law

Previous Edith Sayre Auslander Vision Awardees


  • Mary Koithan, Associate Dean, College of Nursing: Established Visionary Award
  • Celeste Kanzig, Manager, Purchasing, Procurement and Contracting Services: Emerging Visionary Award


  • Nadia Alvarez Mexia, Director, Study Arizona: Short-Term Programs and Latin America Initiatives, Office of Global Initiatives (Established Visionary Award)

  • Gurtina Besla, Assistant Professor, Astronomy (Emerging Visionary Award)


  • Dorothy Briggs, Director, Think Tank: Established Vision Award
  • Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, Assistant Professor of Practice, Nutritional Sciences: Emerging Vision Award


  • Lisa Ordóñez, Vice Dean, Eller College of Management, Professor,  Management/Organizations: Established Vision Award
  • Shireen Keyl, Assistant Staff Scientist, Teaching Teams Program, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory: Emerging Vision Award


  • Hannah Lozon, Coordinator of Social Justice Education at Residence Life
  • Chris Tisch, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health


  • Anne L. Wright, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson


  • Thomas P. Miller, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President of Human Resources


  • Leslie Eldenburg, Interim Dean of the Eller College of Management
  • Christine Salvesen, Director of Academic Success and Achievement


  • Marie Chisholm-Burns, Head of Pharmacy Practice and Science
  • Carla Stoffle, Dean of the University of Arizona Libraries


  • Becky Bell, Associate Athletic Director
  • Leslie Porter, Director of Human Resources Consulting and Talent Management


  • Sue Kroeger, Director of the Disability Resources Center,  Adjunct Professor College of Education and acting compliance officer for the University's Americans with Disabilities Act


  • Nancy Daru Yaeli, Assistant Director, Vice President, Constituent Relations, Alumni Association
  • Beth Mitchneck, Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences


  • Paul Kohn, Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Joanne Lagasse-Long, Director of the International Student Programs and Services Office


  • Margaret “Casey” Kilcullen-Steiner, Assistant Director of Facilities at University Animal Care
  • Sally Stevens, Executive Director of the Southwest Institute for Women
  • Raji Rhys-Wietecha, Assistant Director of the Diversity Resource Office
  • Special Award: Peter Likins, “Living the Vision and Showing Others the Way”


  • Caroline Garcia, Associate Director for Finance and Administration
  • Marie G. Swanson,Dean of College of Public Health


  • Jacqueline Chadwick, Associate Vice President for the Arizona Health Sciences Center Phoenix Campus
  • Charles Tatum, Dean of the College of Humanities
  • Maria Teresa Vélez, Associate Dean of the Graduate College


  • Kathryn Bayles, Head of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Joaquin Ruiz, Dean of College of Science
  • Melissa Vito, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students


  • Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, Head of Women’s Studies
  • Rebecca "Becky" Potter, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the College of Medicine
  • Pamela Powers, Program Director of the Arizona Tobacco Information Network


  • Gail Barker
  • Marie Rozenblit


  • Larry Evers, Head of the English Department
  • Daniel Stein, Head of the Physics Department
  • Magdalena Vargas, Special Assistant to the Registrar
  • Susan Wilson-Sanders