Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award


At the May 2016 commencement ceremonies, Antioch University New England will award the fourth annual Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award to an AUNE student whose graduate work has demonstrated a fresh perspective and an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to scholarship or practice that advances AUNE’s purpose of innovation for a just and sustainable society.

Winners of the Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) has issued a call for nominations.  Nominations should be submitted to Pat Hitchner (, in the VPAA’s office, by the nomination deadline of Monday, February 22, 2016.  An application shall include:

* a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s qualifications; and

* at least 2 letters of support from individuals familiar with the student’s work (including a letter from the student’s advisor).

The CAI’s Council on Academic Innovation, consisting of AUNE trustees, alumni, and other innovation experts, will serve as the award selection committee.  The committee will receive and review nominations and letters of support from members of the AUNE faculty or others.

Criteria for the review the nominations include:

  • Recipient must expect to complete the requirements for an academic degree and be eligible to participate in the AUNE commencement ceremonies during the award year.
  • Recipient’s academic work should exemplify the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Innovation includes but is not limited to:
    • Draws on innovative thinking and/or multiple academic disciplines to understand an issue.
    • Identifies and designs new ways to bring about positive change.
    • Implements innovative solutions to complex social, economic, or environmental challenges.
    • Other ideas or actions that create new pathways for addressing social, economic, or environmental challenges.
Tullisse (Toni) Murdock served as Chancellor of Antioch University from 2005 to 2012 and as President of Antioch University Seattle from 1998 to 2005.  During her tenure, Dr. Murdock presided over a period of significant change in the University.  Chancellor Murdock led the University’s efforts to create an integrated and distinctive national university with five regional campuses that serve the unique needs of their respective regions.  She consistently focused her leadership on the University’s mission to provide learner-centered education to empower adult students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and advance social, economic, and environmental justice.  The Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award is established by the AUNE Board of Trustees to honor Dr. Murdock’s extraordinary tenure as an academic leader and Chancellor of Antioch University.