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(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – William E. Stilwell, an emeritus faculty member of the UK College of Education who currently manages listservs and provides faculty support within the College, is the first recipient and namesake of an award that recognizes technology partnerships.

The 2008 Stilwell K-12 Education Technology Partnership Award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the educational experiences and opportunities for public school students and teachers in Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) plans to present the award on an annual basis.

“This award recognizes the outreach by the University and by the College faculty and staff to the K-12 community,” Stilwell said.

Stilwell retired from UK in 2006, but continues to work on the College of Education Web site and manage listservs, including more than 140 that are specifically geared toward K-12 teachers and administrators. These K-12 listservs provide ways for educators to communicate regularly on topics of importance and share information, ideas and resources among the groups. Currently, the listservs have more than 30,000 subscribers.

“Bill was the overwhelming first choice for this award, and naming it after him is a reflection of the selfless work he’s done to improve educators’ access to modern technology,” said David Couch, associate commissioner of the KDE Office of Education Technology. “It’s great to be able to recognize someone who’s done so much for the K-12 community.”

Stilwell earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a licensed psychologist. His areas of research include human service delivery systems, counseling psychology training and technology in psychological services. Upon his retirement, Stilwell and his wife established the Doris Nowak and William E. Stilwell Endowed Fellowship Fund at UK, which provides graduate fellowships for students in the educational and counseling psychology field.

Thanks to the Kentucky Department of Education for this story.