2020 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.

Jay A. Halfond

Jay A. Halfond
Boston University

Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service in UPCEA

The purpose of the Walton S. Bittner Service Citation is to express appreciation to a member for outstanding service professional, continuing, and/or online education at his/her institution, and service of major significance to UPCEA. The award is not necessarily given each year.

Shelly Yu-Tze Wang

Shelly Yu-Tze Wang
California State University, Fullerton

Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award 

The Adelle F. Robertson Emerging 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.

Dr. Heather K. Hunt

Dr. Heather K. Hunt
University of Missouri

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.

The Business of Innovating Online: Practical Tips and Advice from Industry Leaders, Edited by Kathryn E. Linder
Oregon State University

The Business of Innovating Online
Edited by Kathryn E. Linder
Kansas State University Global Campus
(formerly Oregon State University Ecampus)

Dorothy Durkin Award for Strategic Innovation in Marketing and 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.

Anca Matcovschi

Anca Matcovschi
Utah State University

UPCEA 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.

Amy Simons

Amy Simons
University of Missouri, Columbia

UPCEA Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student: Credit Award

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

Maria del Carmen Gonzalez

Maria del Carmen Gonzalez
California State University, Fullerton

UPCEA Outstanding Program: Credit Award

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

Grand Valley State University Physician Assistant Studies

GVSU Physician Assistant Studies
Grand Valley State University

UPCEA Outstanding Program: Noncredit Award

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

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting Certificate Program

OSU Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting Certificate Program
Center for Executive and Professional Development
Oklahoma State University

UPCEA International Leadership Award

The UPCEA International Leadership Award recognizes an individual for representing innovative leadership in one or more of the following areas: educational programs and services; administrative practices; collaborations and partnerships; or research.

Elizabeth I. Essamuah-Quansah

Elizabeth I. Essamuah-Quansah
Auburn University

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.

University of Miami Division of Continuing & International Education

Certificate of Engineering Projects Evaluation (EPE) and Certificate of Engineering Projects Management (EPM)
University of Miami

UPCEA Business & Operations Award for Operational Excellence

The UPCEA Business & Operations Award for Operational Excellence recognizes outstanding individual contributions in operations, entrepreneurial, and intra-preneurial work that move an UPCEA member institution into a more favorable position, specifically in financial, human, administrative and IT operations in professional, continuing and online units at postsecondary institutions. The award also recognizes achievements and contributions to the UPCEA Business & Operations Network and may include in sharing, illustrating, demonstrating, best practices and/or emerging trends in all aspects of business and operations for the professional, continuing, and online units at UPCEA member institutions.

University of Pennsylvania College of Liberal & Professional Studies

Jason J. Matjasic
University of Pennsylvania

UPCEA Excellence in Advancing Student Success Award

The UPCEA Excellence in Advancing Student Success Award 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.

Western Governors University

Western Governors University’s Disaggregated Faculty Model
Western Governors University

UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award

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.

Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) - Taking online teaching and learning to new heights

Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP)
Kapi‘olani Community College

UPCEA Outstanding Service in Postsecondary Instructional Design Award

The UPCEA Outstanding Service in Postsecondary Instructional Design Award recognizes outstanding service to the field of instructional design in one or more of the following areas: modeling and disseminating research (via workshops, webinars, conferences, papers, etc.), best practices, innovative methods, and/or mentorship, all for the betterment of the instructional design community. This award celebrates the connective power of instructional design professionals within the learning design process, chiefly their role in highlighting the critical need for educators of all roles to work in partnership in support of student success.

Penny Ralston-Berg

Penny Ralston-Berg
The Pennsylvania State University

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.

Riverside County Office of Education, Judy D. White, Ed.D., Counter Superintendent of Schools
University of California, Riverside Extension Professional Studies

College & Career Pathways for Alternative Education Students:
A Partnership between Riverside County Office of Education and University of California, Riverside Extension