- The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) presents its 2016 Servant Leader Award to Dr. Elizabeth Speelman, director of the Outdoor Center and Outdoor Education lecturer.
- AEE presents this award annually to an individual for their active, excellent servant leadership to the association and its members for a period of at least five years and who has demonstrated a passionate commitment to furthering experiential education principles.
- Speelman was nominated for years of service and commitment to AEE. Among her many contributions to the association, she has served as secretary on the AEE Board of Directors, awards committee chair, professional development committee member, accreditation program reviewer, Journal of Experiential Education reviewer and International Conference workshop reviewer.
- AEE connects the global community of educators and practitioners working to enrich lives through experiential education. AEE conducts an annual International Conference and regional conferences, publishes the Journal for Experiential Education and maintains professional standards.