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AAACE confers several categories of awards to recognize and honor exemplary contributions to adult continuing education. The awards are a highly visible component of the association's statement about standards of excellence in the field and recognize individual and team efforts for leadership, service, knowledge, learners and practice in the field. The AAACE awards process is under the leadership of the National Awards Committee.

Guiding Principles:

The AAACE awards process is based on:

  • Having a limited, select number of association-wide awards to truly honor and recognize outstanding contributions to the field.
  • Honoring leadership, service, knowledge, learners and practice in the field.
  • Recognizing both individual and team or collective efforts.
  • Ensuring open communication about the awards, the selection criteria, and process for each award.


Cyril O. Houle Award
For Outstanding Literature in Adult Education
Deadline: June 1st, Annually.

Imogene Okes Award
For Outstanding Research in Adult Education
Deadline: June 1st, Annually.

Malcolm Knowles Award
For Outstanding Adult Education Program Leadership
Deadline: June 1st, Annually.

Outstanding Service Medallion
Recognizing Persons having an Outstanding Record of Service
Deadline: June 1st, Annually.

Presidential Award
For Exceptional and Innovative Leadership In Adult and Continuing Education
Deadline: June 1st, Annually.

President's Appreciation Award
The President of AAACE selects the person or persons receiving this award.

Awards Ceremony

The AAACE National Awards Program is held annually during the AAACE conference. Winners will be notified by letter in September after the awardees have been selected. Each AAACE national award is an annual award. However if a worthy recipient is not identified for any particular award, the award is not given that year.

Nominations Deadlines

The deadlines for nominations for the 2015 Cyril O. Houle, Imogene Okes, Malcolm Knowles Awards, Outstanding Service Medallion and President's Award are June 1st, annually.

Where to Send Nominations

Nominations for all the awards listed on this page should be sent to the the AAACE office:

Note: Some AAACE commissions also have awards programs. For additional information, visit the Commission's page.


Nominators of award winners will be notified in writing. Nominators of non-winners will also be notified in writing.