2017 Association Award Recipients

At the 1953 Annual Conference of the National University Extension Association (NUEA), which was the forerunner of UPCEA, Robert Browne of the University of Illinois gave a speech honoring Tom Shelby, retiring Dean of the Division of Extension at the University of Texas. Browne conferred on Shelby the FX Key in honor of service to extension. Engraved on the key was “Fellow of Extension,” the year, and the Association’s initials. This was the first recognition award given by the Association.

The Association’s Awards Program has grown to include Association-wide, Community of Practice, and Regional Awards. Through these awards, UPCEA recognizes its members’ outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development, and services, research and publications, and many other areas.

To the following recipients of this year’s awards and honors, UPCEA extends its congratulations.

Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership

The Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership is the most prestigious of all UPCEA awards. First established in 1965, the award is given to an individual in recognition of unusual and extraordinary contributions to the cause of continuing education on the regional, national, and/or international level. The award honors the memory of Julius M. Nolte, a pioneer in the field of continuing higher education. Nolte served as Dean of General Extension at the University of Minnesota from 1934–1962. He served as NUEA President in 1950–51, and was Secretary/Treasurer of the Association from 1956 to 1964.

 

Bea Gonzalez Portrait

Bethaida “Bea” González
Syracuse University

Adelle F. Robertson Continuing Professional Educator Award

The Adelle F. Robertson Professional Continuing Educator Award recognizes the scholarship, leadership and contributions to the profession of an outstanding continuing professional educator who has entered the field within the past five to 10 years. The Award is dedicated to the memory of Adelle Robertson, whose career in continuing education spanned 30 years. Robertson served as a member of UPCEA’s Board of Directors from 1979–1985 and as President from 1983–1984. Robertson set a standard of excellence in her own pursuits and inspired others to seek excellence in theirs.

 

Robertson - Nicole de Vries

Nicole de Vries
Georgia Institute of Technology

Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature

The Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature recognizes the author and publisher of an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature. It is given in memory of Phillip E. Frandson, Dean of Extension, University of California, Los Angeles, and NUEA President, 1977–78.

 

Frandson - Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher
The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring

Frandson - book cover

Honorable Mentions:

Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings, Karen Rasmussen, Pamela Northrup, and Robin Colson

Disrupting Adult and Community Education, Robert C. Mizzi, Tonette S. Rocco, and Sue Shore

Dorothy Durkin Award for Strategic Innovation in Marketing and/or Enrollment Management

The Dorothy Durkin Strategic Innovation Award recognizes an individual for achievement in strategic planning, marketing innovation or enrollment management success. A key element in all areas is demonstration of creativity layered on a foundation of strategic thinking. Awardees will have exhibited leadership and commitment to achieving a responsive, student-centric culture at their institution.

 

Durkin - Davia Rose Lassiter

Davia Rose Lassiter
Kennesaw State University 

Leadership in Diversity Award

UPCEA encourages understanding, appreciation and the celebration of diversity, and the championing of equal access to education—inclusive of those who identify with different cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religious beliefs, and physical disabilities. The UPCEA Diversity Leadership Award, established in 2010, recognizes an individual or a program representing best practices in promoting the educational success of diverse students. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: research, educational programs and services, administrative practice, or organizational commitment.

 

Diversity - Paul Stapleton

Paul Stapleton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Excellence in Teaching Award

The UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, mentoring of students, and service to continuing education. This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or non-credit programs and who have provided inspirational teaching to continuing education students.

 

Excellence in Teaching - Courtney Stewart

Courtney Stewart, Utah State University

 

Teaching - Ning Chen

Ning Chen, California State University, Fullerton

Research and Scholarship Award

The UPCEA Research and Scholarship Award recognizes either significant new research with implications for professional practice in the field of continuing higher education, or an individual UPCEA member whose long-term commitment to the conduct of exemplary research has made a significant contribution to the literature and professional practice in the field of continuing higher education.

 

Research and Scholarship - Jerry Daday

Jerry Daday, Western Kentucky University

 

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Research and Scholarship - CITL Research Team

CITL Research Team, “MOOCs: Participant Activity, Demographics, and Satisfaction” in Online Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

Pictured are lead researchers Sara Shrader and Maryalice Wu.

 

Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student—Credit

The Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education.

 

Student Credit - Castillo

Rodolfo “Mr. Rudy” Castillo, Sacramento State University

Student Credit - Bryant

Timothy Andrew Bryant, Syracuse University

Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student—Noncredit

The Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education.

 

Student Noncredit - Jermile Richards

Jermile Richards
Kennesaw State University

Outstanding Program—Credit

The Outstanding Program—Credit Award recognizes outstanding professional and continuing education programs allowing students to earn academic credit.

 

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Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Outstanding Program—Noncredit

The Outstanding Program—Noncredit Award recognizes outstanding professional and continuing education programs that do not offer credit.

 

Outstanding Program Noncredit - University of Wisconsin

University Learning Store, University of Wisconsin-Extension

UPCEA International Leadership Award

UPCEA recognizes globalization as one of the key forces molding higher education today. The Association encourages its member institutions and organizations, to extend their outreach globally and to facilitate international or global professional and continuing education in creative and innovative ways. The Association aims to play an active role in preparing individuals for effective participation in a global society by engaging in activities that promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas of global significance.

 

Dr. John LaBrie, Ed.D.
Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Vice President for Professional Education
Dr. John LaBrie is the dean of the College of Professional Studies and vice president for Professional Education. He has led growth in enrollment and initiated curricular reviews at the College, and today he leads one of the country's largest colleges of professional studies, offering qualified returning students and working adults the opportunity to pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. His responsibilities include oversight of Northeastern University (NU) Global, a unique group of international and U.S.-based programs for international students to study at the University's undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Dr. LaBrie oversees Northeastern University Online, which offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He joined the Northeastern faculty in 2009 as a senior fellow teaching in the Doctorate of Education Program, and continues to supervise the dissertations of doctoral candidates.
A passionate advocate for adult and professional education, Dr. LaBrie advises other institutions on academic programs for adult and returning students, and leads and participates in academic reviews. He is a frequently invited presenter at higher education conferences, such as the European Association for International Educators (EAIE), and collaborates with colleagues across higher education on issues related to online and flexible learning formats. 
Prior to joining the College, Dr. LaBrie served as dean of continuing studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he led the largest continuing education university program in western Canada. His professional leadership roles include terms as the national president and executive director of the North American Association of Summer Sessions, the nation's largest professional association for directors and deans of summer and special session programs. He also h

John LaBrie, Northeastern University

International Leadership Award - Madhu Viswanathan

Madhu Viswanathan, University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

UPCEA International Program of Excellence Award

UPCEA recognizes globalization as one of the key forces molding higher education today. The Association encourages its member institutions and organizations, to extend their outreach globally and to facilitate international or global professional and continuing education in creative and innovative ways. The Association aims to play an active role in preparing individuals for effective participation in a global society by engaging in activities that promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas of global significance.

 

International Program of Excellence - Berklee

South American Outreach Program, Berklee Online

 

International Program of Excellence - GWU

Global Leadership Development Program, George Washington University

UPCEA Award for Excellence in Advancing Student Success

The UPCEA Award for Excellence in Advancing Student Success is sponsored by InsideTrack

UPCEA recognizes student success is paramount to the mission of every institution of higher education. Professional and continuing education units realize they must provide strategic and crossfunctional projects, initiatives, and services that maximize success of the adult or non-traditional student. To that end, UPCEA aims to play an active role in preparing members for advancing the success of students in both credit and non-credit programs by acknowledging best practices and initiatives that “move the needle” in the advancement of student success.

 

Excellence in Advancing Student Success - PSU World Campus

execMBA, Academic Advising & Student Disability Services Team, The Pennsylvania State University, World Campus

UPCEA Award for Strategic Innovation in Online Education

The award recognizes an institution of higher education (i.e. campus, system, or consortium) that has, at an institutional level, set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in line with the institutional mission. Examples include authentic institutional online organizational structure, partnership models to achieve specific goals, maximizing resource efficiencies, improving the learning experience for faculty and students, or the use of technology and learning design to advance online education and address institutional goals.

 

Strategic Innovation in Online Ed - BPCC OPEN CAMPUS

BPCC’s Open Campus, Bossier Parish Community College

 

UPCEA 11th Hour Award for Leadership

The UPCEA 11th Hour Award for Leadership is given to an individual, team or unit in recognition of exemplary character, ethics, and decisive action in times of dire circumstances or emergencies.

 

11th Hour - Susan Koch

Susan Koch, University of Illinois—Springfield

UPCEA Engagement Award

The UPCEA Engagement Award recognizes an outstanding mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources between a member institution and one or more external constituents such as local communities, corporations, government organizations, or associations. The recognized partnership will demonstrate a knowledge partnership that has resulted in a measurable and sustainable shared impact in areas such as economic development, community development, workforce training, or capacity building.

 

Engagement - Stony Brook
Engagement -FREE

SPD/FREE Human Services Programs Collaboration Stony Brook University School of Professional Development & Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.