In her various careers as a college professor, public policy leader, and international consultant, Dr. Lord has earned numerous awards and recognition.  To the right are key examples.

Awards and Honors

National Recognition

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics, with responsibility for aviation and ground safety, explosive safety worldwide, all aspects of military and civilian equal opportunity, and industrial hygiene.  Civilian equivalent rank of three-star general.  Highest ranking female in U.S. Defense establishment worldwide.

Awarded the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal (the second highest medal a civilian can receive, and the first woman to be honored).

Recognition by the U.S. National Science Foundation:

A.   Named as “a leading scholar in the psychology of women,” 1979.

B.   Chosen as National Science Foundation as Chautauqua Professor in Psychology in 1979.

C.  The National Science Foundation selected her textbooks for use in the
Chautauqua program at four national sites.  Colleges and universities
throughout the nation and other countries also used the four-book series (The
Female Experience in America:  Development
, Counseling and Career Issues;
Appalachian Women; Understanding Sex Roles and Moving Beyond;
and The
Black Female Experience in America

The U.S. Office of Education designated the graduate curriculum Dr. Lord developed at the University of Tennessee as a “model training program in non-racist, nonsexist approaches to counseling and education.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture presented awards to the West Virginia Department of Human Services and to Commissioner Lord personally, crediting West Virginia with the best administered (and lowest cost) food stamp program in the nation, and secondly, for maintaining an efficient program in a flood disaster setting.

Named by Washingtonian magazine as “One of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”

Elected first Chairperson, national Appalachian Studies Association, now in its 37th year.

First editor of national Appalachian Studies Association newsletter, Appalink.

Editorial Board, Appalachian Journal.

Created a research center, the Appalachian Center for Educational Equity, which developed transportable program models and textbooks for use throughout the U.S.

Initiated and directed national research study and hotline, “Breaking the Silence:  Healing the Wounds.”  Data presented in workshops throughout the nation.

Director, national research conference, for the national Association of Women in Psychology, Knoxville, TN.

Elected the second President/Spokesperson of the National Association of Women In Psychology (which led to the creation of Research Division 35 of the American Psychological Association).

NAACP National Convention, keynote speaker, Veteran’s Banquet:  Boston, MA.

Directed first Defense Banquet Honoring Black Flag Officers Worldwide:  Washington, DC.

National Press Club, Washington, DC

A.  Panelist

B.  Debate with James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist.

Coordinator of first National Conference on the Changing Role of Men, which led to the creation of NOMAS:  National Organization of Men Against Sexism.

Oversight responsibility for Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a U.S. Defense college in Melbourne, FL.

Board Member—National Organization of Federally Employed Women (FEW).

Recipient of National Defense Education Act Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1966-1970.

Recipient of Indiana University Outstanding Alumna Award, 1990.

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Davis and Elkins College.

Commencement Address, Davis and Elkins College

Commencement Address, West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Served on International Decade of the Woman Steering Committee for Tennessee.

Created the Wes Robinson Foundation for adolescents with spinal injuries.

Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award by the National Alumni Association of The University of Tennessee.

Naming of University of Tennessee Lady Vols Locker Room in recognition of Dr. Lord’s role in initiating the task force and chairing the Committee on Women in Sports that led to the creation of the UT women’s athletic program in the early 70’s, prior to Title IX.

WVU Tech honored Lord for her support of women’s athletics and for being the founder of the statewide WV Boost-Hers Athletic and Leadership Network, which she created with Dr. Ron Stollings while serving on the WV University System Board of Trustees.

National board service also includes The University System of West Virginia; The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System; Women Executives In State Government (at the national level); and Ohio-West Virginia Youth In Government Board. 

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society at WVU as an alumna who achieved scholarly distinction.

Recipient of WVU Alumni Recognition Award from Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 1992.

International Recognition

Advisor to Australian Prime Minister and First Assistant Secretary of Women’s Affairs on development of Australia’s national equal opportunity policy, 1984.

Advised Australian Minister of Defence and military committee on utilization of women in the military.

Featured in two Australian business magazines. Business Review Weekly profiled her career in “People At The Top.” Australian Business included her in “Interviews with 20 Top Business Leaders.”

Two appearances on Australia’s 60 Minutes (featuring Dr. Lord, one fifteen minute segment, one entire hour show), initiating workfare programs in Australia.

Selected as Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Management (one of only two American women who had been so honored).

Dr. Lord has authored and co-authored seven books, numerous scholarly articles, and presented papers at more than 100 professional meetings and college campuses throughout the United States, Panama, Germany, Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand.

Featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, in publications such as the Washingtonian and Savvy magazines; The Washington Post; The Age (Australia); The Sydney Morning Herald; New Zealand’s National Business Review; Australia’s Business Review Weekly; The New Zealand Listener; and The Australian Director.

Scores of radio and television appearances in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, ranging from The Ed Sullivan Show and Lou Dobb’s Moneyline in the U.S.; to Australia’s 60 Minutes and numerous national talk shows; to New Zealand’s Sharon Crosbie talk show and Australian newscasts hosted by Blair Stone.

Television Makers, Sydney, Australia, produced a six-part video series featuring Dr. Lord, “Human Resource Utilization in the Workplace,” for use in Australia as an educational tool.  This was a not-for-profit contribution by Dr. Lord.

Appointed to New Zealand Government’s Council on Small Business Enterprise and Assistance.

Frequently the keynote speaker for national and international conferences, which resulted in the formation of permanent organizations and initiatives.

  • First New Zealand Women in Business Conference
  • First Australian Women In Management Conference
  • First National Conference on Men and Masculinity, resulting in the creation of NOMAS:  National Organization of Men Against Sexism
  • Tennessee Valley Authority Senior Management Meeting, first conference on the changing role of women in the workplace, Memphis, TN
  • Inaugural Australasian Summit on Gender Diversity, Auckland, New Zealand, November 2012.