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Heather Pendleton-Helm Named M. Lucile Harrison Award Winner

April 19, 2018

University of Northern Colorado Professor Heather Pendleton-Helm, Ph.D., has been named winner of this year’s M. Lucile Harrison Award, one of UNC’s top faculty honors.

Pendleton-Helm portrait
Pendleton-Helm

Pendleton-Helm serves as chair of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and has excelled as a professor there since she began her career at UNC in 2004. She is recognized by her students for being an exceptional teacher and mentor, who is engaged, compassionate, and transformative. 

She has served as research advisor for 28 doctoral students and has served on an additional 63 doctoral committees. She's the past recipient of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Teacher of the Year award, and the Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. 

Pendleton-Helm is also a productive scholar who regularly involves graduate students in her scholarly work. During her time at UNC, Pendleton-Helm has served as an editorial board member of numerous national and international journals, and as co-editor for the flagship journal in her discipline. She was instrumental in implementing the Campus Connections program at UNC. This program provides services to youth in Weld County through a comprehensive therapeutic mentoring program. UNC students from undergraduate and graduate majors serve as mentors to approximately 30 youth and their families each semester. Pendleton-Helm has served on the executive boards of both regional and national professional organizations.

She will be presented with the award at the graduate commencement ceremony May 4 at Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler-Hancock Athletic Center.

About the Award

The M. Lucile Harrison award recognizes a faculty member with a long career of professional excellence. While outstanding teaching has always been a major factor in selecting the recipient of the Harrison Award, career achievements in professional activity and service are also essential components in the evaluation and recognition of an outstanding professor. It is these accomplishments that marked the career of M. Lucile Harrison.