Press Release: Deb Adair Recipient of 2016 Nofflet Williams Award

National University Technology Network (NUTN) Award Recognizes Thought Leadership and Contributions in the Field of Distance Learning

The National University Technology Network (NUTN) will present Quality Matters (QM) Executive Director, Deborah Adair, with the 2016 Nofflet Williams Award. Adair will be recognized at the NUTN’s Annual Conference in Clearwater, Florida on September 28, 2016. Dr. Kevin Bell, pro vice-chancellor of digital futures at Western Sydney University is the co-recipient of the award this year.  

“The advisory board of the National University Technology Network selected Dr. Adair to receive this award because of her thought leadership in the area of quality and to the distance learning community at large,” said Justin R Louder, EdD, Chair, NUTN Advisory Board and Associate Vice Provost, Texas Tech University. “Adair’s participation in the NUTN organization has made a difference and we all appreciate the work she does for the betterment of online learning for students and teaching and learning professionals.”

In 2001, the NUTN Advisory Board established the Nofflet Williams Service Award in honor of Dr. Nofflet Williams, a founding member of the NUTN network. Williams’ leadership provided service to hundreds of individuals in the area of distance education at the local, regional and national levels that continue today. The Nofflet William Service Award recognizes leadership and individuals are acknowledged to be a contributor, a mentor and a leader of national and international note. Since the central core of NUTN is to provide service in the exchange of experience, practice and theory to all in the organization in a free manner, the award is doubly significant.

“I am honored to be recognized for this award by my NUTN colleagues” said Dr. Adair.  “I have a firm belief in the efficacy and future of distance education. Learner success rests on the commitment of educators to continuously improve the quality of courses and programs and Quality Matters is committed to being there every step of the way.”

Deb Adair graduated from Broward College and earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  For the past decade, she has cultivated the growth of Quality Matters (QM) from a grant supported initiative to a non-profit organization engaging thousands of educators in peer review processes to improve and certifying the quality of online and blended courses. QM has trained more than 45,000 educators, each working to improve student learning. Under Dr. Adair’s leadership, Quality Matters has helped focus the education community on the practical application of quality standards to online and blended courses and programs and has worked continuously to effect improved student outcomes.

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