Shippensburg University earns two regional awards

Shippensburg University received two awards from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic Region, according to a media release from the association. 

upceaDr. Gerald Fowler, associate professor of educational leadership, received an individual award while the university’s bachelor of social work degree completion program earned an award for program development. 

Fowler received the Outstanding Faculty Service award for his dedication to the university, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the K-12 educational leadership community of Southcentral Pennsylvania.   

According to the release, the association cited Fowler’s creativity in developing innovative programing models on-campus, at several off-campus locations in close collaboration with school districts, and through the first residency-based educational leadership and policy program in Pennsylvania. These programs were been designed with flexibility in mind, to meet the unique career aspirations of individual K-12 teachers and administrators, as well as the immediate and long-term needs of school districts, the release said. 

The bachelor of social work degree completion program at the Dixon University Center received the association’s Program Development award. Dr. Liz Fisher, associate professor of social work, accepted the award on behalf of the program that provides a degree pathway for individuals who work full-time and have earned an associate’s degree or transferrable credits in human/social services. According to the release, the association noted that the program’s faculty, administrative and financial structures, ongoing collaborative relationship with Harrisburg Area Community College and close partnership with the university’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education serve as a model for off-campus cohort programming.    

UPCEA is a leading association for professional, continuing and online learning in the higher education community, according to the association. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves more than 350 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America.