NC State’s Graduate School nominated Jaeger, an alumni distinguished graduate professor and executive director of the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness. She accepted the award in New Orleans at the association’s annual meeting on March 7.
Jaeger has graduated 21 doctoral and 73 master’s students since joining NC State in 2001. Graduate Dean Maureen Grasso wrote in her nomination letter that Jaeger’s former graduate students, now working at 41 universities and 11 organizations, credit her with mentoring them throughout their careers. Colleague Bonnie Fusarelli wrote that Jaeger’s reputation for mentoring helps recruit graduate students “because they are drawn to NC State specifically to work with Audrey.” Three of Jaeger’s students won national awards for their dissertations last year and she frequently collaborates with students on publications and presentations.
The award is Jaeger’s second for graduate mentoring this month. She received the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from NASPA, an association of student affairs administrators in higher education.
Jaeger’s research interests include student access to higher education, college completion, and educational climate and learning environment. She is the associate editor of Research in Higher Education. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from New York University.