Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association Honors Warner Student

Kristen Love

The Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association (RACCE) recently presented Warner School of Education doctoral student Kristen Love with an Outstanding Adult Student Award. Love was formally recognized by the RACCE at a banquet this spring.

The award is given to candidates who exemplify a strong commitment to higher education despite the unique challenges adult learners may face. Eligibility for the awards requires not only academic excellence, but also a demonstrated ability by the candidates to balance personal and professional responsibilities while working toward completing their degree.
Love works at the University of Rochester as a senior project coordinator for the Institute for Innovative Transition. A partnership of the Golisano Foundation, the University of Rochester’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and Warner School, the Institute for Innovative Transition aims to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood.
In addition to her full-time job, adjunct teaching responsibilities, and research responsibilities this past year, Love has endured a very high-risk pregnancy, with only 50 percent chance of a successful outcome. She has since given birth to twin girls, and after spending weeks in the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital, her daughters are now healthy and growing strong. Click here to read more about her story.
Martha Mock, director of the Institute for Innovative Transition and associate professor at the Warner School and University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, says that Love clearly exemplifies all the elements of the RACCE Adult Student Award.

“I anticipate that Kristen will continue to be prolific in her research and teaching career as she launches the next phase of her professional life,” says Mock. “It was a pleasure to nominate such a deserving individual for this award.”
A native of York, Pa., Love earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She recently defended her dissertation, titled “Working My Way Through College:  Experiences of College Students Labeled with Intellectual Disabilities,” and will graduate in May with her PhD in teaching, curriculum, and change.

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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