UPCEA Announces 2018 Association Award Recipients

January 29, 2018

6 Individuals and 9 Programs Receive Association’s Highest Honors

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 – UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, has announced the recipients of the 2018 Association Awards. The UPCEA Association Awards program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership.

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.

Award recipients will be honored at the 2018 UPCEA Annual Conference, March 14-16, in Baltimore, Md.

“Leading innovative and impactful education is at the core of professional, continuing and online education,” said Michele Long, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, University of Denver and Chair, UPCEA Association Awards Committee. “The exceptional submissions for this year’s awards demonstrate the remarkable contributions our members bring to higher education.”

The recipients of this year’s awards are as follows:

Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership 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.

Recipient: Alice Warren, North Carolina State University

Adelle F. Robertson Continuing Professional Educator Award recognizes the scholarship, leadership and contributions to the profession of a person who has entered the field within the past five to ten years.

Recipient: Julie Damron, Brigham Young University

Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature recognizes the author and publisher of an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature.

Recipient: Joseph Aoun, Northeastern University, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Dorothy Durkin Award for Strategic Innovation in Marketing and/or Enrollment Management recognizes an individual for achievement in strategic planning, marketing innovation or enrollment management success.

Recipient: Stefany Sanders, Georgia Institute of Technology – Professional Education

Leadership in Diversity Award recognizes an individual or a program representing best practices in promoting the educational success of diverse students.

Recipient: Tribal Leadership and Community Development Certificate, UCLA Extension

Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, mentoring of students, and service to continuing education.

Recipient: Lee Manzer, Oklahoma State University

Research and Scholarship Award recognizes either 1) significant new research with implications for professional practice in the field of continuing higher education, or 2) 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.

Recipient: Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education, Oregon State University

Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student: Credit Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education.

Recipient: Theresa Whitlock-Wild, Lewis-Clark State College

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

Recipient: Collaborative Online Master of Science in Data Science, University of Wisconsin-Extension (offered in partnership with UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior)

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

Recipient: Continuum College Career Accelerator Initiative, University of Washington

UPCEA International Program of Excellence Award recognizes a program engaged in activities that promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas of global significance.

Recipient: Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) – Kansas State University Grain Distance Education Program, Kansas State University Global Campus

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

Recipient: University of Washington Continuum College Facilities Team, University of Washington Continuum College

UPCEA Award for Excellence in Advancing Student Success recognizes an individual or program for advancing the success of students in both credit and non-credit programs.

Recipient: Master of Arts in Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

UPCEA Award for Strategic Innovation in Online Education recognizes an institution of higher education that has set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in the line with the institutional mission.

Recipient: Graduate Online-Melbourne, University of Melbourne

UPCEA Engagement Award recognizes an outstanding mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources between a UPCEA member institution and one or more external constituents such as local communities, corporations, government organizations, or associations.

Recipients: Flint Water Study Team, Virginia Tech

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