Regional Awards

Each of the five regions host their individual awards programs, recognizing the achievements of outstanding institutions and individuals in their own region.

 To find information about each regional conference and its awards process, click here to view our events page.

To see the rubrics used to review award nominations, click here.

Central Region Awards

2021 Central Region Award Recipients

Engagement Award

School of Engineering and Computer Science Outreach Program

Oakland University

Excellence in Instructional Design Award

PoRTAL 2 (Purdue Repository for online Teaching and Learning)

Purdue University

Excellence in Student Support Award

Pat Walsh

University of Wisconsin Madison

Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Wanju Huang

Purdue University

Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student Award

Linda M. Wilson

Kansas State University

Outstanding Program Award

ION Professional eLearning Programs

University of Illinois - Springfield

Mid-Atlantic Region Awards

2021 Mid-Atlantic Region Award Recipients

Alexander Charters Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Vanessa Williams

Temple University
Office of Off-Campus Programs and Training

Dorothy Durkin Award: Marketing & Promotions, Broadcast or Print Award

UofT SCS Knowledge Hub

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Engagement Award

K-12 Teacher Engagement and Community Partnership by Lyndy McLaughlin

Syracuse University

Engagement Award

Building Resilient Communities

New York Institute of Technology and Let's Talk Safety, Inc.

Engagement Award

Temple University and Project HOME: Customer Service Training Program

Temple University Off-Campus Programs and Training

Project HOME

Excellence in Teaching Award

Leona Brandwene

College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Faculty and Staff Development Award

Live Support Specialist Mentorship Program, Online Campus

Columbia University School of Social Work

Marketing & Promotions: Electronic Award

A Unique Microsite to Tell our SCS Story

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Mid Atlantic UPCEA Leadership In Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award

Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2021 Strategic Plan

Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies

Outstanding Program Award (credit or non-credit)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Certificate Program for Public Managers

Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies
The Center For Government Services (CGS)

Outstanding Professional, Continuing, And/Or Online Education Student Award

Steven Marciano

Excelsior College

New England

2021 New England Region Award Recipients

Excellence in Engagement Award

Natural Helpers' Leadership Program

University of Southern Maine, Professional Development Programs, and
City of Portland, Office of Economic Opportunity

Exemplary Teaching Award

Vicki Hart, Ph.D.

University of Vermont
Larner College of Medicine

Innovative and Creative Programming Awards (Credit and Non-Credit Programs)

MIT Professional Education Digital Plus Programs

MIT Professional Education

Outstanding Continuing Education Support Specialist Award-Staff in a Support Role

Jonah H. Carlson

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Outstanding Student Award

J. Mary (JM) Sorrell

University of Massachusetts Amherst


2021 South Region Award Recipients

Emerging Professional, Continuing and Online Education Leader Award

Lauren LaRocca

SMU Office of Global, Online, and Continuing Education

Outstanding Service to Professional, Continuing and Online Education Award

Melissa Allen

University of Florida

Professional, Continuing and Online Education Instruction Award

Betty Farmer

Western Carolina University

Professional, Continuing and Online Education Instruction Award

Joshua Bond

Volunteer State Community College

Professional, Continuing and Online Educator Award

Christopher Little

Mississippi State University

Program of Excellence: Credit Award

M.S. in Instructional Design and Learning Technology

Anderson University (SC)

Program of Excellence: Noncredit Award

Georgia Tech Remote and Hybrid Teaching Academy

Georgia Institute of Technology

Program of Excellence: Noncredit Award

WIOA Training Program for Dislocated Workers

Center for Continuing Education
Mississippi State University Extension

Programs for Special Populations Award

African Scholarship Cohort

University of Virginia
Distance Education for Africa

Research & Scholarship Award

Dr. Heather McCullough

UNC Charlotte


2021 West Region Award Recipients

Engagement Award

UVU Community Development and Economic Development First Semester Certificates

Utah Valley University, Community Outreach and Economic Development

Excellence in Teaching Award

Aaron Whelchel, Ph.D.

Washington State University

Outstanding Administrative Process or Service Award

CSUDH Extended Education Digital Badging & Credentials

California State University, Dominguez Hills - College of Extended & International Education

Outstanding Credit Program Award

Communication Leadership Master's Program

The University of Washington

Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award

Spanish/English Translation Certificate Program

Continuing and Professional Education
University of Arizona

Outstanding Service Award

Helen Torigoe

Kapi'olani Community College


Get Involved with UPCEA

Professional development isn't just about attending sessions. Get involved with UPCEA to meet members from other institutions, share the great work your institution is doing, and hone your own skills. From submitting a session proposal for a conference or an article for a publication to serving as a volunteer on a conference planning committee, there are as many ways to engage with us!


Awards of Excellence

Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized 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.