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English teacher, public schools

Early Career, 1970s to 1985

Prior to 1985 I taught English and reading, grades 5/6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, at public middle and secondary schools in Boiling Springs, PA; Newport, NH; and Norwich, VT.


Senior Program Officer


As NITLE evolved under new leadership toward an emphasis on its role as institute and thought leader for smaller institutions, I took on the role of developing initiatives in the social sciences, with a particular initial focus on assessment. In this role, I organized and led two components of NITLE Camp at DePauw University in June 2010, one the workshop "Learning-Centered Assessment: Ideas for Inquiry and Student Success" and the other a community meeting on assessment.

Jun 2011Present

Program Officer

Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative of Educause

Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology. Organizations partnering with EDUCAUSE in this initiative include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). With NGLC staff colleagues, I participate in grant writing and management, reporting to funders, and coordination among partner organizations, and I organize, manage, and disseminate the lessons learned through NGLC's initiatives.

Jan 2006Apr 2010

Director of Professional Development Programs


From January 2006 to August 2010, I was responsible for NITLE's professional development programs, which offered NITLE campuses opportunities for faculty and academic support staff to grow and work together as innovative and effective users of curricular technologies. In support of these programs I worked with other NITLE staff and with faculty and staff at participating campuses to develop, coordinate, facilitate, and lead NITLE's face to face conferences, workshops, and programs delivered in real time on the web via multipoint interactive videoconferencing (MIV), managing a team of other staff engaged in these efforts. I also served as staff lead for some of NITLE's in-person programs, including the 2010 NITLE Summit in New Orleans.

Jan 2002Dec 2005


Midwest Instructional Technology Center

During its four-year period of operation, I led the Midwest Instructional Technology Center (MITC), one of the regional precursors of NITLE. MITC offered opportunities for professional development, shared pilots of technologies, and inter-institutional collaboration with curricular technologies to 26 liberal arts colleges in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. We coordinated our efforts with those of the two other regional technology centers, one at Southwestern University and the other at Middlebury College. The initiative was supported by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

PowerPoint presentation on MITC from Midwest Edcause Regional Conference, March 2003

Jun 1994Dec 2001

Assistant Director

Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS)

As assistant director at IHETS, a state-supported consortium of public and private higher education institutions to enable shared networks, I worked with community members and campus leaders to help participating campuses to understand, use, and make their employees familiar with the possibilities of high-speed Internet connections for educational purposes, including the development of online courses.


Humanities Computing

I helped to establish and then managed a support office for humanities division faculty and staff at a time when campuses were beginning to take advantage of personal computers to improve research, instruction, and administration.


B. S.


Master of Arts

Programs Developed 2006 - 2010

About Me

Throughout a two-decades-plus career in higher education, I have focused on enabling colleges and universities, their academic leaders,  their faculty members, and staff in their technology organizations and libraries to realize the potential of digital technologies to enhance and transform academic enterprises and successful outcomes for students. Inter-institutional collaboration has often been a key to this effort. I am especially interested in the most effective and innovative ways that professional development, for faculty and for staff, can contribute to this enhancement and transformation and in assessing the effects that technology-enabled change can have on student learning and institutional effectiveness.


“Building Blocks for College Completion: Blended Learning” (with Kristen Vogt), EDUCAUSE, 2012. Accessible at

Regulator contributor to the NGLC blog

Frequent contributions to the NITLE Blog Techne throughout 2009-2010.

Online Resource Creation Catalyzes Collaboration,” Educause Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 4, 2005. 

Building Collaborative Programs for Instructional Technology,” Educause Quarterly, Volume 26, Number 3, 2003.


“Sharing Building Blocks: Lessons Learned from the NGLC Collaboration Experience” (with Clint McElroy, Central Piedmont CC; Steve Acker, OhioLink; and Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning); Innovations 2013 Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Dallas, TX, March 2013.

“Breaking Away: First Take on NGLC’s New Degree Program Models,” Innovations 2013 Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Dallas, TX, March 2013. “Next Generation Learning Challenges: A Showcase of Breakthrough Models in Higher Education” (with four project leaders), EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 2012. “Spreading Innovations for Student Success: Three Next Generation Learning Challenges Projects” (with three project leaders), Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL, October 2012. “Next Generation Learning Challenges: New Models for Learning,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2011.

"Virtually Anywhere: Sharing Effective Practices for Innovation in Liberal Education" (with Rebecca Davis), AAC&U Annual Meeting, 2010

"Revving the History Engine" (co-presenting with faculty who collaborated on this project in pilot phase), AAC&U Annual Meeting, 2008

“Crossing Boundaries: Collaborating to Assess Information Literacy (PowerPoint), ACRL National Conference,  March 2007

The NITLE German Theater Course: Collaborating across Institutional and National Boundaries” (PowerPoint), AAC&U Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 2007.

Getting IDEAS: Liberal Arts Colleges Collaborating on Digital Collections for Asian Studies," Educause Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, October 2005.

Crafting Collaborations: An Art or a Science?” (one of three invited panelists, general session), Midwest Regional Conference of Educause, Chicago, IL, March 2005.

Reaching Critical Mass: Liberal Arts Colleges Collaborating on Instructional Technology,”  Educause Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 2004.

Support Directions for Open Source Course Management Systems: Liberal Arts Colleges and the Sakai Project” (co-presented with staff), Midwest Regional Conference of Educause, Chicago, IL, March 2004.