UPCEA Announces 2019 Association Award Recipients

February 11, 2019

10 Individuals and 6 Programs Receive Association’s Highest Honors

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2019 – UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, has announced the recipients of the 2019 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 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference, March 27-29, in Seattle, Wash.

“Serving contemporary learners with innovative and impactful education is at the core of professional, continuing and online education,” said Mary Angela Baker, Director, Center for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, Salisbury University, and Chair, UPCEA Association Awards Committee. “This year’s award recipients exemplify the breadth and depth of the contributions UPCEA members bring to the field.”

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: Richard Novak, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Walton S. Bittner Service Citation
is given to express appreciation to a member for outstanding service in professional, continuing, and/or online education at his/her institution, and service of major significance to UPCEA.

Recipient: Patrice Miles, Georgia Institute of Technology

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: Kim Holka, Oakland University

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

Recipient: Free Range Learning in the Digital Age, Peter Smith

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: Steven Kendus, University of Delaware

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

Recipient: Mitchell Springer, Purdue University

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

Recipient: Kathy Sherman-Morris, Mississippi State University

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

Recipient: Stephen Brennan, University of Minnesota

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

Recipient: MS Education Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University

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

Recipient: Missouri K-12 ESOL Certification Preparation, University of Missouri-Columbia

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.

Recipient: Marissa Lombardi, Education First


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

Recipient: The International Psychology Doctorate Online Program, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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: Independent Learning Transcript Project Team, University of Wisconsin, Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning

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: Costas Spirou, Berklee Online

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: Transforming the Entire University through Innovations in Online Education, University of Arizona

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: Center for International Trade & Transportation /POLB Academy of Global Logistics & California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing & Professional Education

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UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association supports its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues. Learn more at


Molly Nelson, UPCEA Vice President of Communications and Marketing, 202.659.3130, [email protected]




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