Shari McCurdy Smith is Associate Director of The Center for Online Learning Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) where she has developed and taught online graduate and undergraduate courses in educational technology and communication since 2000. She has supported faculty in the development of online course delivery since 1999 and technology integration since 1995. She has a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois Springfield and background in web design, technology consulting, successful grant writing and development, and state-wide program development. Research interests include online faculty development, online instructional workload, leadership, marketing of online programs on a local and national level, learning outcomes using Web 2.0 Tools, and inter-institutional collaborations.
An online workshop and faculty development facilitator for the Sloan Consortium, she is also the Director of the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC) a collaboration of eleven institutions who are committed to developing vigorous online and blended learning initiatives to expand the student base and stabilize enrollments.