2009 Young Professional Award
November 10, 2009
|Harold Kleinert, Director of the Human Development Institute (center) accepts the 2009 Young Professional Award on behalf of Kathleen Sheppard-Jones with AUCD President Michael Gamel McCormick (left) and AUCD Past- Past President Lu Zeph (right)|
Kathleen Sheppard-Jones awarded 2009 Young Professional Award
Kathleen Sheppard-Jones, PhD, of the Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, recieved the 2009 Young Professional Award at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference.
The award is presented to professionals in the disabilities field under the age of 40 years who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to people with developmental disabilities and their families through their work as a bridge between the academic sector and the community.
Kathleen holds a teaching appointment in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, and within the Kentucky UCEDD, is the Lead Instructor for the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, the Director of Adult Services, Training Director, and Chairs the Interagency Post-Secondary Education Workgroup.
Her nominator wrote, "She truly represents our network's capacity to nurture the next generation of leaders within our field, except in Dr. Sheppard-Jones' case, the word 'future' is perhaps out of place. She has already assumed that role, so evident in her impact upon state policy in Kentucky."
Established in 1971, AUCD is a membership organization comprised of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based Centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training, policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.