Lifelong Learning Award

Honoring Educators

We think of education as a continuous necessity that should be obtainable and relevant. that's why we want to honor educators who make a significant contribution to lifelong learning.

The Award

The annual Lifelong Learning Award honors full- and part-time University of Washington faculty who have designed and/or taught courses, seminars or workshops aimed at nonmatriculated working adults and other nontraditional students, and who have received excellent teaching evaluations for that work.

This award is the highest recognition for UW faculty who make significant contributions to lifelong learning at the UW and carries a $5,000 stipend.


To be eligible for the Lifelong Learning Award, nominees must have been engaged for at least two years in UW-sponsored outreach programs for professional development, personal interest or career re-direction in a teaching or program development role. Full- and part-time faculty from all three UW campuses are eligible.

Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Dedication to lifelong learning activities
  • Innovation in lifelong learning
  • Impact of their work on the broader regional community

Making a nomination

Do you know a UW faculty member who’s made a significant contribution to lifelong learning? Tell us! Nominations are now open for the 2024 Lifelong Learning Award.

Download and complete a nomination form, attach a one-page description of how the candidate meets the award criteria and email both the nomination form and one-page supplement to Samuel Valentin.

important dates:

  • Friday, December 15, 2023: All nominations submitted by 5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26, 2024: Complete nomination packages due by 5 p.m.

Please Note: Self-nominations for the award will not be accepted. All submissions will be verified to confirm that individuals are active members of the University of Washington. Hard copy nominations will be considered ineligible and are not accepted. Previous recipients are also ineligible.

For more information, contact Samuel Valentin via email.