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Dec. 14, 2011

Call for Nominations

2012 UW Lifelong Learning Award

Nominations are open for the 2012 UW Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. This annual award honors faculty who have taught or designed courses, seminars or workshops aimed at 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 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 award winner along with other recipients of the UW’s annual awards in late March. The winner will be among those honored at the 2012 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 7 at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Nominations, Rewards and Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: February 15, 2012.
  • $5,000 stipend for winner.
  • Recipient will be honored at 2012 UW Awards of Excellence ceremony in June.

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.

Submit nominations and materials by February 15, 2012 to:
Dave Szatmary
Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
UW Box 359492
Seattle, WA 98195-9480
Or email: 


Nominees must:

  • Be UW faculty members.
  • Have been engaged for at least two years in UW-sponsored outreach programs aimed at nonmatriculated students for professional development, personal interest or career redirection.
  • Have served 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.

Supporting Materials

Submission materials must include:

  • Cover letter. Describe number of students served; length of time the faculty member has participated in lifelong learning activities; and the creativity and innovative nature of these lifelong learning programs.
  • 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 format comparable to standard UW evaluations (not just student testimonials).
  • Additional supporting evidence. May include reviews from colleagues and representatives of the community who benefit from these efforts.

Recent Past Winners

2011 – Layne Goldsmith, Professor
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.

2010 – JoAnne Whitney, Professor
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.

2009 – Oleta Beard, Lecturer
Foster School of Business and Instructor, 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 posteducation 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.”

2008 – John Schaufelberger
Chair of the Department of Construction Management

Schaufelberge has played a vital role in the creation and implementation of both the on-site 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. 

2007 – Jan Spyridakis, Chair
UW College of Engineering, Department of Technical Communication

Long recognized for her teaching, Spyridakis has served as lead instructor for the Certificates in Technical Writing and Editing, and User-Centered Design. She helped to establish both programs in 1989. She has taught more than 700 nonmatriculated students, with a high percentage of graduates launching new careers or making significant advances in the field.

About UW Professional & Continuing Education

UW Professional & Continuing Education (UWPCE) is a unit of UW Educational Outreach at the University of Washington, the nationally and internationally ranked public research institution based in Seattle, Washington. In addition to the certificate programs, advanced degrees, short courses, conferences and workshops offered through UWPCE, UW Educational Outreach administers programs for youth, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for people age 50 and over, UW-Community Partnerships and more. For additional information: and

PR Contact 

(For general information only. Not for submission of nominations or materials. Please see Nominations, Rewards and Deadlines.) 

Teri Thomas
Sr. PR Specialist, UW Educational Outreach


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