IAACE Awards are Annual. announce at the Conference. a membership benefit.

The IAACE member association awards were established in 1973 to recognize outstanding individuals. Think of those who provide outstanding service, contributions of time, participation in events, legislative efforts, and overall excelling in their job duties. The awards are a benefit of being a member as well. The award nomination process typically opens in June.

The membership announces the nomination process via email, blogs, and the newsletter.  The nomination window is currently closed.

2022 Awards Nomination Process opened June 22, 2022

Closed Awards,  August 11, 2022, end of day

Award Committee Decision Process ~August 15 – 31

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Fall Conference on September 29, 2022, with a dinner and award banquet starting at 6:00 pm.

If you would like to attend the Awards Program as a guest, you may purchase a Thursday Awards Dinner ticket at https://iaace.com/guest-meals-for-iaace-conference/.

A graphic organizer to assist you with the nomination process.

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Business and Industry Partnership Award

A nominee is a person or organization that makes contributions to the field of adult education.  Perhaps that is a business that goes up and beyond with monetary support or a person/organization/business that collaborates with your organization on programming that allows your organization to exceed expectations of your adult learners or overperform on measurements.

Outstanding Paraprofessional

The nominee is a current member of IAACE and is working in the field of adult education.  They have a minimum of two years of experience in a staff support position.  This individual goes above and beyond the call of duty more often than not. This nominee over-delivers and consistently meets the expectations of the team they support.

Outstanding New Adult Educator

The nominee is a current member of IAACE and is working in the field of adult education.  They have a minimum of one year of experience and not more than four years of experience as an adult educator. This educator outperforms daily for their adult learners.  They surpass the expectations of their administrator. They respect their adult learners, and their adult learners respect them; they create a sense of community in their classroom, are enthusiastic and caring, set high expectations of their adult learners, and have their own love of learning. They have great leadership skills, they are flexible, and they collaborate with colleagues, and they maintain professionalism. They are a natural at this teaching thing!

Outstanding Adult Educator

The nominee is a current member of IAACE and is working in the field of adult education.  They have a minimum of five years as an adult educator. This educator outperforms on a daily basis for their adult learners.  They surpass the expectations of their administrator. They respect their adult learners, and their adult learners respect them. They create a sense of community in their classroom, are enthusiastic and caring, set high expectations of their adult learners, and have their own love of learning. They have great leadership skills, they have the ability to shift gears in and out of the classroom and collaborate with colleagues, and they maintain professionalism. They are a natural at this teaching thing!

Outstanding Administrator/Coordinator

This nominee is a current member of IAACE and is currently working in adult education.  The nominee has at least one full year of experience as an administrator, coordinator, or director. This nominee is an excellent administrator who is an instructional leader with strong ethics, a dynamic personality, and an unyielding commitment to their adult learners and their team. In their pursuit of excellence, they are an excellent listener, adept at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a diversity of individuals, programs, and processes.  They are committed to learning themselves are self-aware, and have superb communication skills. They are resourceful and collaborators. They walk the walk and talk the talk to lead by example on a daily basis.

Outstanding Tutor/Volunteer

This nominee does not have to be a member of IAACE but must have at least one year of volunteering in adult education or literacy.  This nominee has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to adult education/literacy in the state of Indiana.  They have a strong work ethic and community-building skills. They communicate effectively and have superior listening skills. Their friendliness and approachability assist you, your organization, and learners to go above and beyond.

Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year

This nominee does not have to be a member of IAACE but ideally should be in your program for at least one year. The outstanding adult learner has good study habits and organizational skills. This nominee has changed their life with education.  They are an inspiration to you and others.

Dr. John R. Craddock Award

Lifetime Service to Adult Education in Indiana

To recognize and honor those who have committed a lifetime of service to adult education in Indiana. The award is named for Dr. John R. Craddock who was an early leader in Adult Education in Indiana. He served as the first editor of “The Adult Educator,” the official newsletter of the Indiana Association for Adult Education, was an officer for several years in the Adult Education Association of Indiana, and was instrumental in the merger of these two organizations into the Indiana Association of Adult and Continuing Education (IAACE). In 1962 Dr. Craddock took a year’s leave of absence from his position as Assistant Professor of Education at Ball State University to establish the Division of Adult Education in the Indiana Department of Public Instruction, later named the Indiana Department of Education. This award honors Dr. Craddock’s contributions to Adult Education in Indiana. This award is given by the IAACE Board of Directors.