|ADULT EDUCATION: Many thanks to the UPCEA for|
It also recognizes accomplishments of educators in the industry, and I was extremely honored when a professional colleague, Karen Chiarini, nominated me for UPCEA’s Outstanding Continuing Educator New to the Field award this year. And I was even more honored when I learned that I had been selected!
As I sat at the awards luncheon on Oct. 10, I couldn't help but reflect on how I got there. About 20 years ago, it became clear to me that I belonged in higher education. But I also knew it was important to bring more to the classroom than just a few college degrees.
Nearly eight years ago, I enrolled in a higher ed doctoral program, and as a seasoned business professional, I began to transition my career and achieve that dream. After immersing myself as an adjunct instructor six years ago, completing my doctorate, and now working full-time in higher education, I found the award ceremony very humbling, but extremely rewarding.
The recognition of UPCEA validated my decision to not only transition careers, but also confirmed that I am in fact in the right place, doing the right thing, and I wouldn't change a thing. There are so many worthy education professionals, and I am thrilled to be considered in their company.
Many thanks to the UPCEA for its recognition!