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

2019 Central Region Award Recipients

Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator

Heather Hunt

University of Missouri

Continuing Education Support Specialist Award

Marci Ritter

Kansas State University

Excellence in Instructional Design Award

USI Online Course Development Program

University of Southern Indiana

Excellence in Teaching

Amy Simons

University of Missouri, Columbia

Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award

Heather Wooden

Kansas State University

Outstanding Program (Non-Credit)

OSU Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting Certificate Program

Oklahoma State University

Outstanding Program (Credit)

GVSU Physician Assistant Program

Grand Valley State University

Outstanding UPCEA Leadership Award

Lori Crose

Oakland University

Mid-Atlantic Region Awards

2019 Mid-Atlantic Region Award Recipients

Alexander Charters Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Nicole Westrick

Temple University

Excellence in Teaching Award

Nakia Rimmer

University of Pennsylvania

Marketing & Promotions: Electronic Award

UMBC Applied, Professional Master's Campaign

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Faculty and Staff Development Award

Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses

Columbia University

Faculty and Staff Development Award

Pathways to Instructional Excellence

Wilmington University

Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award

Denise Washington

Rutgers University

Outstanding Program Award (credit or non-credit)

Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy

University of Delaware

New England

2019 New England Region Award Recipients

Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Patricia Lillie

Southern New Hampshire University

Excellence in Engagement Award

The Amica Challenge

Southern New Hampshire University

Exemplary Teaching Award

Roberta Radley

Berklee Online

Leadership and Service Award

Jasmeial Jackson

Southern New Hampshire University

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

Shelby L. Harvey

Boston University Office of Distance Education

Outstanding Student Award

Natascia La Verde

University of Maine


2019 South Region Award Recipients

Continuing Education Faculty Award (Credit and Noncredit)

Carrie Woods

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Emerging Continuing Education Leader Award

Elizabeth Essamuah-Quansah

Auburn University

Outstanding Service to Continuing Education Award

Andrea Schaumann

Rollins College

Program of Excellence Award (Credit)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Online Program

Eastern Kentucky University

Program of Excellence Award (Non-Credit)

Center for Continuing Education Online CEUs for Teachers

Mississippi State University

Programs for Special Populations Award

Urban Potential Laboratories

Florida International University

Engagement Award

Crucial Conversations Training

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


2019 West Region Award Recipients

Excellence in Teaching Award

Helen Barnes

Boise State University

Engagement Award

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

University of California, Riverside

Outstanding Student Award

Maria del Carmen Gonzalez

California State University, Fullerton

Outstanding Credit Program Award

Return to the U

University of Utah

Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award

Online Beekeeping Certificate Program

University of Montana

Outstanding Service Award

Shelly Wang

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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.