Janet Deal Daniel Scholarship

Janet Deal Daniel is the director of the Office of Adult Students and Extended Services at UNC Charlotte (OASES). A graduate of Winthrop University with an advanced degree in leadership and supervision, Janet has worked in higher education in several capacities: teaching, consulting, program development, and leadership. In addition to her passion for working with students at UNC Charlotte, she cherishes time with family, and she enjoys reading, traveling, exercising, and writing.

During her career in higher education at the university- and community college-level, Janet focused efforts on improving the lives of students. She has developed credit courses and non-credit seminars, written curriculum, presented national webinars, and directed several student services programs. To support the academic and career goals of students, she has taught courses, authored papers, and developed proposals for national and local grants. She and the OASES staff have established campus honor societies to recognize adult learners for their excellence in education and the community.

A nationally recognized authority and consultant on developing programs and services in higher education for adult learners, Janet, for more than 25 years, has worked with community leaders to develop endowed and non-endowed scholarships at UNC Charlotte for adult students. Her commitment to scholarship growth has led to a robust endowment base in OASES. In addition to local scholarship development, she wrote the proposal that secured a $1 million national grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation for Reentry Student Scholarships.

Janet is a mentor and advocate for adult education and shares her belief that a degree in higher education changes the lives of those who persist to graduation. She coordinated an adult learner conference sponsored by UNC Charlotte and the North Carolina Adult Education Association. In addition, as an active member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the National Academic Advising Association, she has received awards from both organizations for the nationally recognized 49er Finish Program. As a founding leader of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE), she has served as conference director and host for national ANTSHE conferences held in Charlotte. For her exemplary leadership and commitment to adult education, she received the ANTSHE Honorary Lifetime Membership award.

As a leader in higher education, Janet is involved in a variety of academic opportunities. As an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, she served on the UNC Charlotte executive board of Phi Kappa Phi as president and as secretary. She co-authored a paper on the 49er Finish Program published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and has presented two international webinars on adult learners.

An alumna of the BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program for Women sponsored by UNC Chapel Hill, Janet has been honored as Woman of the Year and as the UNC Charlotte Employee of the Year. She has been an active member of Altrusa Club International of Charlotte and several local organizations and groups that support social justice issues.

In addition to her leadership at the University, Janet is a volunteer in her community to support marginalized populations. She is active in church leadership serving as Moderator of Presbyterian Women, a Bible teacher, an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds the distinction of Honorary Life Member in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The Janet Deal Daniel Scholarship for Nontraditional Students was established in 2019 to honor the distinguished career and service of its namesake, the first director of Disability Services, Academic Advising and Learning Assistance Services, and the Office of Adult Students and Extended Services at UNC Charlotte.

For more information contact Amy Shehee, Senior Director, Principal and Planned Gifts, at ashehee@charlotte.edu or 704-687-0301. To make a gift to the Janet Deal Daniel Scholarship, please visit the OASES Make a Gift web page.