Nominations are sought for Shirley Hendrick Award

November 16, 2011

The Commission for Adult Learners at Penn State is seeking nominations for the 2012 Shirley Hendrick Award. The award recognizes an administrator whose visionary accomplishments have contributed significantly to foster outreach and increase the University's efforts to serve the adult learner.

Candidates for the award are champions of the strategic development and delivery of outreach programs. They encourage a culture of academic freedom, innovation and collaboration, and they provide leadership and communicate the importance of outreach, internally and externally.

The award is open to academic administrators University-wide, including deans, associate deans, assistant deans and chancellors. The award includes a stipend of $1,000. Award winners will be announced on March 19, 2012.

Created by Penn State Outreach in 2000, the first recipient of the award was Shirley Hendrick (1936–2000), associate dean for continuing education in the Smeal College of Business and the inaugural chair of the Commission for Adult Learners. Hendrick was a tireless advocate for adult learners. The award was renamed in her memory.

The Commission for Adult Learners became the administrator of the award in 2010. The commission, comprised of faculty, staff and students from throughout the University, is dedicated to improving the adult learner experience at Penn State.

Nominations and all supporting documents are due by Dec. 15, 2011. To submit a nomination, visit the Shirley Hendrick Award website at and follow the instructions. Questions about the award or nomination process may be directed to Judy Wills at

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