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K-State Today

April 14, 2021

Global Campus leader wins national UPCEA Emerging Professional award

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

After winning the regional award of the same name, Katie Linder, Global Campus associate dean, has been selected to receive the 2021 University and Professional Continuing Education Association Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator award.

This national award is designed to recognize the scholarship, leadership and contributions to the profession of a person who has entered the field of online education in the last five to 10 years.

Linder was nominated for the award for her efforts in guiding the program development team at Global Campus as well as supporting university efforts to move to remote teaching and learning. Linder has also provided innovative leadership at two previous institutions prior to her arrival at K-State in February 2020.

"Katie's scholarship and service contributions to the online learning field have been transformative," said Karen Pedersen, dean of Global Campus. "She is a collaborative problem-solver, a strategic thinker and an incredible connector of people and ideas. Since coming to K-State, she has earned both Project Management Professional and Disciplined Agile Scrum Master certifications from the Project Management Institute. She is very deserving of this national association award."

Linder's leadership at Global Campus includes setting strategy and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program development, marketing, recruitment and student success units.

This year's UPCEA annual conference was conducted virtually April 7-9. The association exists to provide support to its members through professional networking opportunities, best-practice insights and publications.