ACTE Announces Indiana Retired Professor as National Award Finalist

September 28, 2018

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Indiana Retired Professor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Joan R. McFadden, retired Professor of Administration in Seymour, Indiana, as the recipient of the 2018 ACTE Region III Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.McFadden’s distinguished CTE career began as family and consumer sciences teacher in Indiana and Ohio. She has worked in secondary and postsecondary education in instruction and administrative leadership roles. She served the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as executive director in the 1980s when the organization had more than 35,000 members.

Having held multiple elected and volunteer leader roles, her record of work and service has earned her many awards and recognition from both student organizations and local and national professional organizations. McFadden has received recognition from professional associations including ACTE, FCCLA, INFCSA, AAFCS and AHEE, and was named Purdue University’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1984.

After retiring from Utah State University, she became a professor at Ball State University, where she revitalized their family and consumer sciences teacher education program. Additionally, she continues to publish research. Her most recent article was one of the top 10 most-accessed in its research journal during the two subsequent years.

McFadden  is one of 5 finalists for the 2019 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 28, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. 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, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals 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.