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ACTE Announces Indiana Professor as National Finalist for Administrator of the Year



September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 




ACTE Announces Indiana Professor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Samuel Cotton, professor and chairperson for the Department of Technology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, as the 2016 Region III Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) administrators, program specialists/coordinators, and other CTE personnel who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical programs. 

Samuel Cotton came from a background in construction, automotive technician and management before receiving his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Purdue University and entering the higher education field. Cotton currently serves as professor and chairperson for the Department of Technology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he has led the department through major building renovations, program restructuring, and a college-wide reorganization process. He was integral in converting the university’s traditional CTE programs to full online delivery, significantly broadening access to the programs for domestic and international students. Under Cotton’s leadership, the two newest programs in the department—Computer Technology and Construction Technology (both less than 6 years old as majors)—have grown to become the two largest programs in the department. 

“Sam is often referred to as the ‘father’ of modern day CTE teacher education in Indiana,” says Charlie Feldhaus, Associate Professor and Interim Chair at Purdue University. An expert on special populations and instructional strategies, Cotton has been involved in CTE research, refereed publications, and domestic and international presentations on these and other CTE topics for over 20 years. He has been tapped to serve on a number of Indiana Department of Education and Department of Workforce Development committees charged with developing state CTE standards, licensing rules, assessment strategies, policy manuals and training resources and professional development requirements for CTE professionals. Cotton’s influence and involvement in state and procedural committees has improved on the training opportunities for new teachers and streamlined education processes across Indiana. Cotton has served a term as president for both Indiana ACTE and Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Administrators.

Cotton is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 

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