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ACTE Announces Indiana Asst. Clinical Professor as National Award Finalist


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 Carol Werhan, assistant clinical professor and family and consumer sciences teacher educator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, as the 2016 Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level. 

Carol Werhan has developed a reputation as a leader in family and consumer sciences (FCS) over the last 20 years. Currently a teacher educator at Purdue University, she was nominated while a teacher educator at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas. Carol Werhan was part of a leadership and strategic planning team engaged in teacher education assessment and accreditation; she also contributed on initiatives to develop FCS programs across the state. Dr. Werhan serves in an advisory and leadership capacity in several professional organizations, committees, and state boards, and this past year chaired the Kansas United Associations Conference, a collaborative effort of several FCS professional groups. Dr. Werhan has testified before the Kansas Legislature and was instrumental in securing recognition and documentation of FCS teachers’ qualifications to teach personal finance in the state. As the current president of the National Association of Teacher Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Dr. Werhan is at the forefront of the national conversation to help raise awareness of FCS and the need for highly qualified secondary teachers. 

On a national level, Dr. Werhan has published seminal data on the status of secondary programs in FCS and has developed recruitment materials for FCS education which are used nationwide. She has begun collaboration on a new research study to analyze the FCS teacher shortage crisis across the nation. Dr. Werhan has been interviewed by slate.com, Cooking Light Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Philadelphia National Public Radio as an expert in the field. “It is acknowledged campus wide that Dr. Werhan is a person who can be relied on to accomplish goals,” says Duane A. Whitbeck, chair of the family and consumer sciences department at PSU. “She is considered to be an outstanding role model for teachers at every level.” 

Dr. Werhan 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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