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A natural innovator driven to succeed with the ability to influence people and initiate change. Dedicated to teaching excellence, and quality instructional and curricular design at all levels.

Work experience

Jan 2012Present

Associate Director, Instructional Design Specialist & Clinical Assistant Professor of Education

Indiana University Northwest Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Teaching & Learning (CISTL)
  • Responsible for the regional campus online learning efforts and initiatives, including oversight of online courses (designing and teaching)

  • Co-manage IU Northwest’s CISTL; manage other staff, budgets, daily operational duties and make strategic plans for the future

  • Coordinate the center's faculty development efforts

  • Involved in assessing the effectiveness of the center's programs and initiatives

  • Regularly engage with unit-level and campus administrators on issues related to technology, online & blended courses, faculty training, student preparedness, and growing IU Northwest’s reputation for quality learning experiences

  • Assist faculty members from all disciplines with curriculum options, classroom technology ideas, and innovative approaches to teaching including active learning techniques

  • Work on many projects at any given time within the Center, with campus committees and inter-campus projects without losing focus or ability to see projects to completion

  • Created and successfully implemented the first, second, and third annual “New Teaching Institute” that promotes faculty use of new technologies and innovative approaches to teaching (August 2013, 2014 & 2015)

  • Developed & assisted development of nearly 100 courses in many disciplines

  • Led and participated on many inter-institutional and interdisciplinary  committees and task forces

  • Designed and managed a program that recognizes and rewards faculty participation in professional development (called CISTL Stars)

  • Trained 200 faculty members in instructional technology, online learning, and curriculum transformation as of January 2016

  • Assist faculty in creating measurable learning outcomes and aligning their content and assessment strategies with them

  • Re-designed the CISTL Online Course Development Grant program to reduce costs, and increase quality and consistency of course design; 100 total course development grants awarded as of January 2016

  • Developed and implemented the university's first peer review program for online courses with great success

  • Piloted the university's first electronic student evaluation program, currently administer it, and have gathered campus interest in electronic evaluations for all courses

  • Designed and developed a new graduate certificate program for the School of Education in K12 Blended and Online Teaching

  • Developed a recognition program with award for excellence in online teaching


Online course designer & Instructor

Drury University
  • Designed and taught  Modern British Literature, Composition I, Reading, Writing, & Study Skills, and Business Communication.

  • Utilize Blackboard LMS
Jun 2009Dec 2011

Coordinator of Learning Technologies

Northeastern Illinois University
  • Responsible for campus-wide online learning initiatives and increasing faculty use of instructional technologies

  • Consulted with faculty on effective practices to engage students with course material, including technologies and pedagogical strategies such as flipping the class and project-based learning

  • Responsible for developing and implementing the university’s first online learning initiatives, programs, and developments

  • Regularly interacted with Deans, Department Chairs, campus administrators and participated on campus-wide committees

  • Experience dealing with a unionized faculty

  • Trained 128 faculty members

  • Developed and implemented distance learning policies and protocol

  • Mentored faculty who wished to increase their use of educational technologies and/or apply innovative teaching strategies in face-to-face, blended, and online environments

  • Assisted faculty from all disciplines with curriculum design decisions, classroom technology ideas, and  instructional design options

  • Implemented and administered the first campus electronic course evaluation program
May 2007Dec 2008

Faculty Development Coordinator

Davenport University Online
  • Responsible for all faculty development and training efforts for the online campus of Davenport University

  • Developed a virtual faculty development center for all online faculty that included workshops, relevant resources, and faculty highlights

  • Created and facilitated synchronous online workshops for faculty in areas such as successful pedagogical practices, student engagement, innovative technologies, and adult learning theories

  • Developed asynchronous online workshops and tutorials for faculty

  • Designed, created, and maintained new faculty training courses based upon data from past training courses

  • Instructed new faculty training courses- trained over 300 faculty members

  • Successfully developed and implemented processes and procedures to enhance faculty connection to the university

  • Mentored new online faculty

  • Assisted all faculty with curriculum design options and instructional design decisions

  • Blackboard Administrator
Aug 2003Dec 2008

Instructor & Course Designer

Davenport University
  • Taught traditional courses to under-represented student populations (adult, non-traditional students, first generation college students, and English Language Learners)

  • Face to face courses: Freshman Colloquium, Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, College Writing I, and Presentation Techniques

  • Designed and taught online courses using Blackboard: Developmental Writing, College Writing I, Professional Writing

  • Assisted in the redesign of several online English courses
Oct 2002Dec 2009

Instructor (online and traditional)

Westwood College
  • Taught traditional courses to first-generation college students in an urban environment

  • Traditional courses taught: English Composition, Communication Techniques, Human Relations, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Humanities

  • Taught online using eCollege

  • Online courses taught: Composition I, Contemporary Literature, Ethics in Professions, Composition II, and Developmental Writing
Jan 1998Jan 2003

Graduate Assistant and Lecturer

Purdue University Calumet
  • Taught traditional courses

  • Courses taught: Freshman Composition I and II, Reading to Understand, and Writing to Understand

  • Worked in the writing center as a tutor



Ph.D. in Adult Education

Capella University

Dissertation Title: Creating and Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice by Operationalizing Constructs of Preparation, Collegiality, and Continued Development

         A Delphi study was used with a group of expert online faculty members to determine what it means to be prepared to teach online, what factors contribute to online instructor feelings of connection to their campus, and what professional development opportunities best fit the needs of online faculty.


M.A. in English

Purdue University Calumet

B.A in English and Elementary Education

Grand Valley State University



Velez-Solic, A. & Kilibarda, V. (Submitted for review). Effects of Quality Training on Faculty Ability, Awareness, and Assurance . A mixed-methods research study.

Velez-Solic, A. (2015). Teaching online without losing your mind: A comprehensive overview. Charleston, SC: AVS Academic Services. Find it on Amazon

Banas, J., & Velez-Solic, A. (2013). Designing Effective, Efficient, Engaging Online
Instructor Trainings. In Lydia Kyei-Blankson & Sagini Keengwe (Eds). Virtual mentoring for teachers: Online professional development practices (pp. 1-25). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Velez-Solic, A., & Banas, J. (2013). Professional Development for Online Educators: Problems, Predictions, and Best Practices. In Lydia Kyei-Blankson & Sagini Keengwe (Eds)., Virtual mentoring for teachers: Online professional development practices (pp. 204-226). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Velez-Solic, A., & Peller, J. (2011). No professor left behind: Transforming the hesitant campus. Proceedings of the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, 2011.


Cates, S., DeLotell, P.,Lee, J., & Velez, A. (2010). Technology and its effects on student success: Does Meebo impact student success in the classroom? Proceedings of the IABPAD Conference, 2010.


Velez, A.M. (2009). The ties that bind: How faculty learning communities connect online adjuncts to their virtual institutions. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 12(2). Available at:


Velez, A.M. (2008, November). Evaluating research methods: Assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses of three educational research paradigms. Academic Exchange Extra. Available at: Extra/2008/9/velez.html


IUN Committees

Founder’s Day Teaching Award

Campus Curriculum Committee

Faculty Development

Writing Across the Curriculum

Online Teaching Award


Penn State: COIL RIG Reviewer

Reviewed Penn State faculty applications for instructional innovation research grants and participated on the committee to award grants to chosen recipients

2014 & 2015


Unconference Committee

2014 Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference (ET4Online) April 2014

Dallas, TX

Indiana University all campus Faculty Development Committee

March 2013-Present


Indiana University Northwest

School of Education

New Graduate Certificate Committee for K-12 Online Learning

August 2012- October 2014

Northeastern Illinois University LMS RFP Committee

May 2011-January 2012

Search & Screen committee for the position of Instructional Design & Technology


Northeastern Illinois University

August-December 2011


Search & Screen committee for the position of Associate Professor of Educational


Northeastern Illinois University

August-December 2010


Awards Judge

2013 SIIA CODiE Award, Educational software category


Faculty Summer Institute-Steering Committee Member

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 2010- Present

Peer Reviewer (Current)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE)

International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Review (HETL)
Guest editor in 2013 for HETL

Online Learning Journal (Online Learning Consortium) (OLJ)

Journal of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (JoSOTL)

Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology (JoTLT)


Editorial Board Member

Lydia Kyei-Blankson & Sagini Keengwe (Eds).

(Book) Virtual mentoring for teachers: Online professional development


May 2011- May 2012


Expert Panelist

Conference for College Composition and Communication Committee for Best

Practices in Online Writing Instruction

Results of work:

Committee Member

Northeastern Illinois University Empowerment Through Technology Day

March-November 2010 & March-November 2011