Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature

2017 Call for Nominations
The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) invites nominations for the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education. The award is presented in honor of the late Phillip E. Frandson, former Dean of UCLA Extension and 1977-78 UPCEA President. The award recognizes excellence in achievement for literature written about the theory or practice of professional, continuing, and/or online education.

Benefits to the Award Winner
The award recipient draws the attention of an international community of professional, continuing, and online education leaders. Benefits include:
  • The winning book is entitled to display the Frandson Book Award emblem on the cover for current and all future press runs.
  • The winning book will be reviewed in Unbound, UPCEA’s journal, distributed to nearly 5,000 members working in professional, continuing, and online education and their university offices.
  • The winning book and sales information about it will be displayed prominently in the exhibition hall of the 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, hosted March 22-24, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The author(s) of the winning book will be invited to participate in the award ceremony at the UPCEA Annual Conference and to present a talk on the topic.
  • The author(s) also receives an attractive Frandson Book Award plaque.

Award Criteria
Nominated books will be reviewed by the UPCEA Frandson Award Committee composed of scholars and practitioners in the field of professional, continuing, and online higher education. The award is reserved for extraordinary works that make significant contributions to the field. Thus the award may not be given each year. The 2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature will be presented to the author(s) of a book or monograph which best satisfies the following criteria:
  • The work is published in 2016.
  • The work is important to the theory or practice of professional, continuing, and online higher education.
  • The work exemplifies originality and a superior quality of prose in the English language.

Eligible content includes:
  • Management and leadership in professional, continuing, and online education,
  • Adult education and innovative instructional strategies,
  • Adults as learners,
  • Distance education and instructional design,
  • Marketing and/or financial management for professional, continuing, and online education,
  • Examination of the future of professional, continuing, and online education,
  • Role of lifelong learning in economic development, globalization and broader public policy issues.
Nomination Procedure
  • Nominations are invited from authors, editors, publishers, and individuals.
  • Please send one copy of the nominated work to each member of the review committee (noted below). Works not sent to each committee member and the chair may be disqualified.
  • Please click here to fill out the nomination form.
  • Nominated books must be received by December 16, 2016.
  • Please contact Amy Heitzman at about possible late submission for books published between December 1 and December 31, 2016.

Notification of Award
Winning author(s) will be notified by February 1, 2017. UPCEA will make a formal announcement and present the Frandson Award at the 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, March 22-24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Committee Members
Maureen MacDonald (chair)
Dean, Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, British Columbia CAN V8W 3N6

Andy Atzert
Associate Dean of Programs
Columbia University School of Professional Studies
Lewisohn Hall Room 303
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Deb Baldini
University of Missouri, St. Louis
Associate Dean - Arts & Sciences
One University Blvd., 318 Lucas
St. Louis, MO

John LaBrie
Principal, Northeastern University Toronto
360 Huntington Ave., 10 BV
Boston, MA 02115

Beth Laves
Associate Vice President
Western Kentucky University
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Nancy Salzman
Dean, School of Extended Education
Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

Amy Claire Heitzman (ex officio)
Senior Vice President for Strategy & Chief Learning Officer
One Dupont Circle, Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036
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