LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 18, 2015) -  UCLA Extension announced today honors for 12 instructors who give exemplary service in teaching, leadership and mentoring. This dedicated group of industry experts will be acknowledged at the Ninth Annual Distinguished Instructor Awards on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Carnesale Commons, UCLA Campus.

This year's Distinguished Instructor Awardees are working professionals whose expertise range from environmental compliance, crisis communications, accounting, interior design, social media marketing, counseling, engineering and ESL. Annually, UCLA Extension celebrates the finest instructors, acknowledging their leadership roles in their industries, in teaching, and in mentoring adult professionals. They actively support the important educational and public service goals of UCLA Extension.

"We are pleased to recognize these twelve instructors for their extraordinary practices and instruction," said Wayne Smutz, Dean of UCLA Extension and Continuing Education. "The contributions of this notable group have strengthened the knowledge and skills of adult learners in our professional certificates."

The honorees are:
American Language Center: David Chrisman and Scott Gist; The Arts: Darlene Pickell and Fernando deMoraes, (UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Keynote Speaker (2014); Business, Management, and Legal Programs: David Bergmann and Tim Farrell; Education: Julia Varriale and Robert Brin; Engineering & Technology: Vincent Padilla and Ron Takiguchi; Humanities and Sciences: Betsy Spier and Ronald Cooper.

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Contact Information:

Amy Prenner
(310) 709-1101