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Call for Nominations: 2014 UW Lifelong Learning Award

  • Submission deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014
  • $5,000 stipend for winner
  • Recipient will be honored at 2014 UW Awards of Excellence ceremony: in June 2014
  • Send nomination materials to: Dave Szatmary, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach, UW Box 359492, Seattle, WA 98195-9480. Or email:  

Nominations are open for the 2014 UW Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. This annual award honors UW faculty* (*see definition below) who have taught or designed courses, seminars or workshops aimed at nonmatriculated working adults and other nontraditional students, and who have received excellent teaching evaluations for that work. Nominees must have been engaged in lifelong learning activities targeting nonmatriculated students for at least two years.

The highest recognition for faculty who participate in educational outreach activities at the UW, this award carries a $5,000 stipend from the provost.

Anyone can make a nomination. Current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to nominate those they feel have made a significant contribution to lifelong learning at the UW.

The president will announce the winner along with other recipients of the UW’s annual awards in late March. The awardee will be among those honored at the 2014 UW Awards of Excellence event in June, celebrating the university-wide awards program for outstanding performance in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support. This year’s ceremony will be held in Meany Hall on Thursday June 12, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Meany Hall lobby and a private dinner that evening with awardees honored by President Young and Provost Cauce.

To make a nomination: 

Anyone may submit a nomination. Please provide a supporting letter indicating range and scope of the candidate's contributions to lifelong learning. Please also provide additional materials noted below, including teaching evaluations.

**Please submit nominations and materials by February 14, 2014 to:  

Dave Szatmary

Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach

UW Box 359492

Seattle, WA 98195-9480

Or email:  

All nominees must: 

  • Be a UW faculty member* engaged in continuing education activity. Faculty appointment can be part-time or full-time. (*May include any faculty appointment or rank, but the nominee must have UW faculty appointment, as defined by the UW Handbook. Unfortunately, those with non-faculty instructor or lecturer appointments aren’t eligible, due to the award’s funding stipulations).
  • Have been engaged for at least two years in UW-sponsored outreach programs aimed at nonmatriculated students for professional development, personal interest or career re-direction.
  • Serve in a teaching and/or program development role.
  • Be involved in educational activities that result in significant benefit for students, the UW and the community.

Submission materials must include: 

  • Cover letter to describe: role of the faculty member in the lifelong learning activities listed; number of students served; length of time the faculty member has participated in lifelong learning activities; the creativity and innovative nature of these lifelong learning programs and impact of the lifelong learning activities on the broader regional community. Also indicate if these contributions are part of the nominee's job description, or if they represent additional effort.
  • Brief curriculum vitae: include class titles, number and variety of lifelong learning courses that the faculty member has taught and/or developed.
  • Student ratings: provide in a form comparable to standard UW evaluations (not just student testimonials).
  • Additional supporting evidence may include reviews: from colleagues and/or representatives of the community that benefit from these efforts.

Recent winners of the UW Lifelong Learning Award from the last six years include:


James DeLong, director of Extended Degree Program, School of Social Work 

DeLong joined the UW School of Social Work in 1989, recruited to serve as a Practicum Coordinator for evening students and to direct the MSW Evening Program. His 23-year career at the UW has focused on professional development for Washington State’s human service workers, and career redirection for mid-life and non-traditional students. He grew the MSW Evening Degree from one required concentration and one schedule serving 40 non-traditional students in the Puget Sound area into today’s robust program, which serves more than 200 students from across the state annually, featuring two creative and advanced curricular concentrations and two scheduling options. He has consistently provided high quality, innovative continuing education offerings over the years. Among other accomplishments, DeLong strategized ways to bring social work courses and eventually a degree to place-bound Olympic, Kitsap and Quimper Peninsula Native American tribes and other rural populations.


Mamidala Ramulu, professor in Mechanical Engineering 

An internationally recognized researcher in the mechanics of manufacturing processes, Ramulu has also been a leader in bringing higher education programs to working engineers, collaborating closely with industry to tailor educational programs to their needs. His efforts and leadership have led to the establishment of two graduate education programs, and he has developed and taught certificate programs in composite materials and manufacturing to engineers working in the aerospace field. He has motivated many students to pursue PhDs while they continue to work full-time. A gifted innovator in distance education, he’s quick to adopt and adapt new technologies. His willingness to meet with students anytime/anywhere is legendary. When asked why he works so hard, he simply says, “My students’ success is the number one priority.”


Layne Goldsmith, professor in the School of Art 

Goldsmith leads the UW’s Certificate in Fiber Arts, which reaches students from all walks of life including professional artists and those pursuing new interests. A passionate instructor and mentor, she meets every student where they are artistically, and connects them with the larger fiber arts community. She works with each student’s creative impulses to help them discover their individual process. She is as an artistic facilitator, challenging and supporting students as they work through their own transformative processes.


JoAnne Whitney, professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing 

As a result of Whitney’s leadership in continuing education in nursing, the UW is helping to enhance wound care and medical-surgical nursing in hundreds of health care settings in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. She has been project director of four Health Resources and Services Administration training grants, which have been used to establish the UW Wound Management Education Program (WMEP) and the UW Ostomy Management Education Program (OMEP). These CNE programs address critical needs in our community, and are unique among a small number of other programs in the country, none of which are on the West Coast. It would be difficult to estimate the number of patients who have already benefited from services provided by graduates of these programs, but it would certainly number in the tens of thousands.


Oleta Beard, lecturer, Foster School of Business, and instructor for UW Certificate in Marketing Management 

“I develop my classes with the adult learner in mind,” says Beard. “Since I have more than 15 years of work and teaching experience, I am able to combine the ‘real’ world with the theory of textbook learning into my curriculum.” But that’s not the only key to her effectiveness as an instructor of lifelong learners. “She is truly interested in the post-education success of her students,” says a recent program graduate. For example, Beard’s coaching and encouragement outside of class gave one alumna the courage to start her own branding professional services company. “I stay in touch with many of my former students,” says Beard. “I guess the idea is that the teaching and mentoring doesn’t stop when the class ends.”


John Schaufelberger, chair of the Department of Construction Management 

Schaufelberger has played a vital role in the creation and implementation of both the onsite and online UW Certificates in Construction Management, as well as the online Certificate in Facility Management. He has also been a driving force behind the Online Graduate Program in Construction Engineering, which includes three embedded certificate programs. In addition to his leadership role in these programs, Schaufelberger teaches two courses: CM 520 Construction Procurement Systems, and CM 586 Utility System Construction. In selecting him for the award, the judges’ committee cited both his leadership role and outstanding teaching evaluations.

**Please see above for nomination/submission guidelines. All materials should be sent to Dave Szatmary, vice provost of UWEO. 

PR contact below is for general information only; not for submission of nominations or materials:

Teri Thomas

Sr. PR Specialist, UW Educational Outreach Desk:


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