SPRINGFIELD – Shari McCurdy, associate director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the recipient of the fourth annual Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award at UIS. The award was presented at a reception held April 25 in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on campus.
The CAPE Award recognizes U of I academic professionals for their efforts in three general categories: work projects, professional development and affiliations, and contributions to their units. While the number of recipients and the amount of their awards varies by campus, UIS recipients receive $500 for personal use and $500 for their departments.
In presenting the award, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen observed that APs are a "pillar" at UIS, serving in many vital roles. "When we recognize one AP, we recognize the work of them all," he said.
Materials nominating McCurdy for the award noted, in part, that she is "an exemplary academic professional who personifies the qualities we seek to recognize with this award.
"She is a leader, at UIS and nationally, in online learning and the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Her many achievements include campus leadership on a number of initiatives, direct service to those teaching online, and international peer-reviewed conference presentations and proceedings papers.
"Over the past three years, she has presented papers at more than 20 international and national conferences and has been the lead author of three major peer-reviewed proceedings papers. She is a sought-after speaker and presenter and was recently selected to join the University of Illinois Administrative Fellows program.
"Shari is a consensus-builder across campus, bridging differing viewpoints in technology and related issues, and a problem-solver for technological challenges for faculty and students."
Noting that she was "surprised and grateful," McCurdy thanked her co-workers, especially OTEL Director Ray Schroeder and Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialists Deb Antoine and Emily Welch. "I love my job and I enjoy coming to work every day," she said, adding, "Any one of the other nominees deserve this award and would have been a great choice, too."
All academic professionals are eligible to receive the CAPE Award. Nominations are reviewed by campus committees and candidates' names are forwarded to the chancellors, who make the final selections.
Other UIS nominees for the 2007 CAPE Award were: Tom Ambrose, senior training coordinator, Institute for Legal and Policy Studies; Rich Bradley, news director, WUIS/WIPA; Kavitha Cardoza, Springfield bureau chief, WUIS/WIPA; Brian Clevenger, registrar/director of Records and Registration; Marque Haupert, assistant director, Housing and Residential Life; Stacey Hembrough, director, Cox Child Care Center; Cherrill Kimbro, assistant to the dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jim Korte, assistant dean of students; Deb Koua, coordinator, Grants and Contracts, Academic Affairs; Kim Kubatzke coordinator, MA in Teacher Leadership; Peggy Boyer Long, director, Center Publications/executive editor, Illinois Issues; Lynn Otterson, director, Women's Center; and Donna Schaub, assistant to the dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Academic Professional Advisory Committee at UIS is an elected body whose function, as defined by University statutes, is to furnish a channel of communication between academic professional staff and the administrative officers of the University.