John-Wells, a professor in the School of Education, received the 2021 Distinguished Technology and Engineering (DTE) Professional award and the Academic of Fellows award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

The DTE designation “is a coveted mark of distinction” that recognizes “outstanding performance and accomplishments in the field of professional technology and engineering education. As one of the highest honors for professional achievement in technology and engineering education, the DTE designation recognizes the attainments of technology and engineering educators.” The Academy of Fellows award is the highest recognition the association can bestow upon an individual; it is based on leadership roles in the ITEEA and affiliated organizations; presentations and professional development activities at the local to international level; and recognition by peers. In the almost 90 years since the ITEEA was established, only 43 individuals have been honored with this award.

Wells was recognized with both awards at the ITEEA annual conference, which took place virtually March 22–27.