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Facilitator Awards - National Conference on Law and Higher Education

Stetson created the Facilitator Award for educators who embody the values and principles articulated by professor Peter Lake and Robert Bickel in their book The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University. The Facilitator Model urges educators to be proactive about safety and risk-management and to develop organization environments that are reasonably safe, educationally relevant, and developmentally sound.

2014 Honoree

Dr. Jen Day Shaw

media/Jen-Day-Shaw.jpgDr. Jen Day Shaw is the associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Florida. At the university, she provides oversight of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Disability Resource Center, New Student and Family Programs, Student Veterans Success Center, and assistance for students in distress. She also manages the 24-hour crisis/emergency duty for campus and serves as chair of the Behavioral Consultation Team, the Crisis Response Team, the Protest Team and the Emergency Deans.

Previously, Dr. Shaw was dean of students and coordinator of Academic Integrity at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. She has also held positions at the University of South Florida and Florida State University.

Dr. Shaw received her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University, a masters of science degree from Miami University at Oxford and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University. Currently, Dr. Shaw serves as the campus safety knowledge community national chair for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has been appointed to the national panel of experts for the Virginia Tech Victims Family Foundation. 

2013 Honoree

media/parker.jpgD. Parker Young

Dr. D. Parker Young is professor emeritus of higher education in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia where he taught Law and Higher Education. Since 1968, he has been at the University of Georgia where he has been cited for excellence as a teacher. Dr. Young is a past president of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education. He has served on the board of directors of NOLPE as well as the American Association of University Administrators. He has received the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, which also named Dr. Young a "Pillar of the Profession." The Association for Student Judicial Affairs has created the annual D. Parker Young Award to recognize the outstanding scholarly contributions of an individual in the area of higher education law and judicial affairs. The Education Law Association has given to Dr. Young its highest award, the McGhehey Award, for outstanding service to that organization and for national leadership in the field of education law. Dr. Young has served on the board of trustees for Pfeiffer University and is now serving his second term on the board of trustees for Erskine College.

2012 Honoree

media/Gwen_Dungy_Web.jpgGwendolyn Dungy

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy served as executive director of NASPA from 1995 to 2012. In her capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, she draws on more than 40 years of experience in higher education.

Before joining NASPA, Dr. Dungy was associate director of the Curriculum and Faculty Development Network and coordinator of the National Diversity Network at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Previously, she was a senior administrator at the County College of Morris (NJ), Montgomery College (MD), and Catonsville Community College (MD), and a counseling faculty member at St. Louis Community College (MO).

2011 Honoree

Ann H. Franke

media/image/ann-franke.jpgAnn H. Franke consults nationally with colleges and universities on issues ranging from academic freedom to student affairs. She founded her firm, Wise Results, LLC, in 2005, after holding senior management positions with United Educators Insurance (1997-2005) and the American Association of University Professors (1982-1997). Her consulting engagements have included reviewing policies, conducting investigations, presenting campus workshops, and improving campus governance. She has also served as an expert witness. Franke speaks often to national groups and has published in, among other periodicals, Trusteeship, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Change magazine, Minerva, and The Review of Litigation. She is a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a trustee of AAUP's Academic Freedom Fund, and a member of the editorial advisory board for "Educator's Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment."

Franke earned her B.A. (magna cum laude), M.A. (linguistics), and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. from Georgetown University. During her service to AAUP, Franke received tenure. She spent a sabbatical in Australia studying the development of private universities, funded by a Fulbright senior scholar award. By avocation, she is an amateur cellist and chamber music zealot. She resides in Washington, D.C.

2010 Honoree

Beverly E. Ledbetter

ledbetterBeverley E. Ledbetter is vice president and general counsel for Brown University. Prior to Brown University, she was legal counsel for the University of Oklahoma and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and at the Center for Higher Education, College of Education. She is on the faculty of the management development program at Harvard University and has been an adjunct professor at Harvard. Ledbetter received a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of Colorado. She lectures frequently on higher education issues including employment, civil rights, sexual and racial harassment, and federal regulatory compliance and is regarded as an expert in the field of higher education law.

A past president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and a former member of the NCAA Infractions Committee, she is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law, and is a faculty member of the HERS Programs at Wellesley and Bryn Mawr, the WACUBO Business management Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the College of Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky. She is a former member of the Review Group of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, and of the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as chairman of the Rhode Island Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.

Awards received include an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Roger Williams University School of Law, the Order of the COIF award from the University of Colorado Law School, the Minority Counsel Award from the American Bar Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Thomas S. Biggs, Jr. Award for professional leadership from Stetson University College of Law. She is also the recipient of the Education Leadership Award from the Urban League of Rhode Island, YWCA Outstanding Woman in Business and the Professions, the Paris Vaughan Sterrett for Exemplary Leadership Award from the John Hope Settlement House, and the Rosa Parks Award from the Providence Chapter of the NAACP.

2009 Honorees

thomas-workman-portraitThomas Workman and Liviu Librescu


Thomas Workman
is an associate professor of communication studies and and co-director for the Center for Public Deliberation at the University of Houston - Downtown. He is an associate with the Baylor University College of Medicine Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies.

Workman is chair-elect of the Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Community for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson. He is on the editorial boards of Health Communication and Communication Quarterly, and is co-editor of NASPA's AOD section for NetResults, an online journal.

Liviu_Librescu_portraitLiviu Librescu (August 18, 1930 - April 16, 2007) was a Romanian-Israeli-American scientist and academic professor whose major research fields were aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. A prominent academic in addition to being a Holocaust survivor, he is most widely known for his actions during the Virginia Tech massacre, in which he held off the gunman, giving all but one of his students enough time to escape through the windows.

Librescu was shot and killed during the attack. Librescu was posthumously awarded the Order of the Star of Romania, Romania's highest civilian honor. At the time of his death, he was Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.

2008 Honorees

May 4, 1970 Faculty Marshals at Kent State University

media/faculty-marshals-bw-cropped.jpgDr. Jerry M. Lewis, accepted the Facilitator Award on behalf of the May 4, 1970 Faculty Marshals. He is an emeritus professor of sociology at Kent State University. He joined Kent State faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor of sociology. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell College in Iowa, his master's degree from Boston University, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. His research areas include collective behavior, sociology of sport and the sociology of teaching. He has done research on crowd behavior in the United States, England and Belgium. Dr. Lewis has received several awards for teaching including Kent State University's Distinguished Teaching Award and the Kent State President's Medal. In May 1970, he served as a faculty marshal during the demonstrations at Kent State University.

 
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