Meet Our Board of Directors
LEADERS WITH A MISSION WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT
The OLC Board is comprised of committed individuals who share a desire to advance quality online learning through the world.
The OLC Board is comprised of committed individuals who share a desire to advance quality online learning through the world.
Dr. Eric E. Fredericksen is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester. He provides leadership for the exploration of online learning initiatives across the University and is a member of the faculty in the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Eric has extensive experience in online learning and instructional technologies. He was Associate Vice Provost for Academic & Research IT at the University. Prior to the University of Rochester, Eric served as the Director of Academic Technology & Media Services at Cornell University. Before Cornell, Eric was the Assistant Provost for Advanced Learning Technology in the State University of New York System Administration where he provided leadership for all of SUNY's system-wide programs focused on the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. This included the nationally recognized SUNY Learning Network - winner of the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning and OLC Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Excellence in Institution-wide Online programming.
Eric was also the Co-Principal Investigator and Administrative Officer for three multi-year, multi-million dollar grants on Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He taught online for many years for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany and currently teaches in the classroom and online for the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. He was Chair of the Annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) International Conference and served as Chair of the OLC Awards Program for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. He serves on the Advisory Board for eLearning at NYU. Eric received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Hobart College, his MBA from the William Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, his Master of Science in Education in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology at the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany (earned entirely online), and his doctorate in Education, concentrating in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.
Mary Niemiec is the Associate Vice President for Distance Education for the University of Nebraska. She is also Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide – the University‐wide online education initiative collectively offering more than 100 online programs from its four campuses – University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Campus.
Ms. Niemiec has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, primarily in the area of online and blended learning. She was the recipient of a grant from the Sloan Foundation in 2003 for a gathering of 30 faculty, administrators and researchers from the U.S. and Canada to begin exploration of the concept of blended learning and its strategic importance to higher education. Ms. Niemiec was conference chair for the Online Learning Consortium Blended Learning Workshop and Conference for eight years.
Prior to joining the University of Nebraska in 2011, Ms. Niemiec held administrative positions in outreach, blended and online education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has received several recognitions including the University of Illinois at Chicago Model Administrator/Alumnus Award by The American Society of Public Administration, Greater Chicago Chapter. Ms. Niemiec was also selected as an OLC Fellow in 2011 for her leadership in blended learning.
Niemiec frequently presents at conferences, conducts seminars and workshops on topics regarding administrative strategies and policies, adult learners, online and blended instruction. She serves on several university-wide committees and has leadership roles in various professional organizations.
Marie A. Cini, Ph.D., was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in April, 2013, after most recently serving as vice president and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at UMUC. Cini had been Dean of the Undergraduate School at UMUC since joining UMUC on February 1, 2008. Her work as provost is to create and implement an academic vision that is learner-centered, high quality, and low cost, based on learning science and technology. She serves as the Vice President of the Online Learning Consortium.
Cini has over 20 years of experience with various facets of adult and distance education, building experience with scalable, high quality program offerings. Right before joining UMUC, she held the positions of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of the School of Management at City University of Seattle in Bellevue, WA. In these positions, she led several major change initiatives in Academic Affairs.
Cini has also served as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts programs at Thomas Edison State College in NJ (1993), and as a Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the (now) School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University in PA (1996-2001). In both of these positions, she worked collaboratively with teams of faculty and staff to build and improve educational program offerings for adult students. Related to her expertise in leadership studies, Cini served as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland College Park from 2001-2003.
Cini has published and presented on the topics of authentic assessment and academic integrity, leadership development in adult learners, retention and adult learners, group newcomers and innovation, and program development across cultures. As an early adopter of online education, Dr. Cini continues to be interested in the scholarship of learning outside of the traditional classroom space. She earned her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994, with a focus on the social aspects of learning. Dr. Cini is a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium.
Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi was appointed Vice Provost for Digital Learning at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, in early 2014, having served for the previous twelve years in the Office of Academic Affairs at Long Island University, most recently as Associate Vice President for Online Learning (2013-2014). She also served as Academic Dean, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York Campus (2001-2002), and as a faculty member and administrator at the New York College for Health Professions in Syosset, N.Y. (1993-2001).
In her current role at SJU, Ciabocchi leads the Office of the Provost’s academic initiatives in the development of digital learning strategies and programs of study offered in fully online and blended formats. In addition, she provides leadership in the use of technology associated with on-campus instruction; oversees the Office of Online Learning & Services; co-chairs the University Assessment Committee, and serves as a member of the Middle States Steering Committee, Academic & Administrative Assembly, and Provost’s Council. She also teaches at the graduate level in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership in the SJU School of Education. Ciabocchi is active in a number of higher education professional organizations, and frequently presents at professional conferences on her research interests, including institutional leadership and strategy and women’s leadership in online higher education.
Ciabocchi holds an Ed.D. in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a D.C. from New York Chiropractic College, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Scranton. She also holds an OLC Teaching Certificate (Administrative Track) and completed the OLC Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2010. She was named an OLC Fellow in 2015.
Ralph E. Gomory, Sr. Advisor to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Board of Directors, became the President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1989 after a long and distinguished career at IBM where he was responsible for IBM’s research division for almost 20 years. During his tenure as Sloan President, he led the Sloan Foundation into numerous fields relevant to major national issues. The Foundation supported pioneering work in the field of online learning before there was even a public Internet, and then supported its growth so that by 2009, more than 3.9 million people were enrolled annually in online courses in higher education in the United States. He was instrumental in the conception of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), now the Online Learning Consortium. In December 2007, Gomory became President Emeritus of the Sloan Foundation and joined NYU as a Research Professor. Dr. Gomory is well known for his mathematical research and has been awarded the National Medal of Science and many other awards in addition to eight honorary degrees.
Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman is a Senior Fellow and Principal Analyst at Eduventures, having served the past 30-years as a university professor, senior academic administrator, and consultant at several leading universities. Most recently, Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, a for-profit subsidiary of Drexel University, where he was responsible for the overall operational and fiscal performance of a multi-million dollar company serving nearly 8,000 online adult learners in over 100 fully online degree programs.
Dr. Hartman has served in leadership roles at every level of education, including over a decade as a regional executive with The College Board. In 2007, Dr. Hartman was elected to the Board of Education of the Cherry Hill Public Schools (NJ), where he chaired the Board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Dr. Hartman has designed and taught graduate-level online courses within Drexel University’s School of Education, earning the 2006 Drexel School of Education’s Faculty Fellow and Associate Award. Other recent awards include: 2011 Excellence in Education Award from State University of NY at Geneseo, 2008 Leadership in Distance Learning Program Administration Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, and 2007 Penn Educator of the Year Award from The University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed by the United States Distance Learning Association to serve as their national director for “National Distance Learning Week” from 2007 to 2009.
He is the author of numerous trade and scholarly publications (including the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks) related to educational technology, and is an active presenter at industry conferences. Formerly, a syndicated newspaper columnist, television talk show host and commissioned officer in the United States Army.
Dr. Hartman founded and currently serves as president of “Our Community Salutes”, a national non-profit 501(C-3) organization, that assist local communities in planning an OCS Ceremony to recognize and honor their high school seniors (and their parents) who planned to enlist in the military after graduation: http://www.OurCommunitySalutes.org
Dr. Hartman holds an undergraduate degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo, a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
A.Frank Mayadas is a prominent education innovator in online learning and has served as a Senior Advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 2010, advising the Foundation on its continuing grants in the Anytime, Anyplace Learning Program. From 1992 to 2009, he serves as a Program Director at the Foundation, helping craft the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in online learning, globalization, industry studies, and career choice in technical fields. Prior to coming to the Sloan Foundation, Dr. Mayadas spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation. Dr. Mayadas received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell in 1965, and a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961.
Dr. Anthony G. Picciano is a Professor and Executive Officer for the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also a member of the faculty in the Education Leadership Program at Hunter College, the doctoral program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology at the Graduate Center, and the CUNY Online BA Program in Communication and Culture. He has forty-four years of experience in higher education administration and teaching and has served as a director of computer services, dean, vice president, and deputy to the president at CUNY and SUNY colleges. He has been involved in a number of major grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, IBM, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 1998, Dr. Picciano co-founded CUNY Online, a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that provides support services to faculty developing online and blended learning courses.
Dr. Picciano's major research interests are school leadership, education policy, online teaching and learning, data-driven decision making, and multimedia instructional models. Dr. Picciano has conducted three major national studies with Jeff Seaman on the extent and nature of online and blended learning in American K-12 school districts. He has authored or edited numerous articles and eleven books including Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology, 5th Edition (2010, Pearson), Data-Driven Decision Making for Effective School Leadership (2006, Pearson), Distance Learning: Making Connections across Virtual Space and Time (2001, Pearson), and Educational Research Primer (2004, Continuum). In 2012, he published a book with Joel Spring, entitled, The Great American Education-Industrial Complex: Ideology, Technology, and Profit, (Routledge). In 2007, he co-edited a book on blended learning with Chuck Dziuban entitled, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives and has just published (2014) a new version of this book entitled, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2 (Taylor/Francis). He is currently writing a new book with Chuck Dziuban, Charles Graham, and Patsy Moskal entitled, New Pedagogical Frontiers: Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments.
Dr. Picciano has been on the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium) since 2001. His activities have included serving on the planning committees for the Annual Conference, the Annual Workshop on Blended Learning, and the Symposium on Emerging Technologies. Lastly, he has been an associate editor of JALN since 2002 and has edited five special editions. In 2010, Dr. Picciano received the Online Learning Consortium's National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual.
Dr. Kim Cliett Long is with Adult Learners NOW. She previously served as Associate Provost for Administration and Extended Education and Professor of Organizational Management at Wiley College in Texas, USA – home of the “Great Debaters”. She also serves as the official curator for the Wiley College fine art collection. Dr. Long earned her doctoral degree from Northcentral University in Organizational Leadership. She is a Distance Learning Specialist certified in Distance Education by the University of West Georgia. She has earned the following certifications: Certified Program Planner in the area of Learning Program Management, Certified Faculty Developer and Certified Adult Educator.
Dr. Long serves as the coordinator for the Provost’s Roundtable at Wiley College with the chief responsibility for creating and executing a monthly professional development program for new and junior faculty with an emphasis on technology integration in the classroom. Additional responsibilities include coordinating professional development programs and global initiatives. Past experiences include over thirty years experience in entrepreneurial pursuits, certification as an Advanced Director in early childhood program management by the State of Florida, lobbyist on early childhood advocacy and public policy campaigns, community and fundraising initiatives in the arts, art marketing, exhibitions, and curating.
She has served on a multitude of boards and committees at the local, state and federal levels including a gubernatorial appointment to Southwest Florida College Board of Trustees where she served for five years including a term as Chairman. Dr. Long’s research interests include servant leadership and distance education access for diverse and underserved learners. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for the e-Journal of eLearning, published by Academic Conferences and Publishing International headquartered in England. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Campus Technology magazine, a higher education technology magazine that provides updated information about advanced networking for the campus enterprise. The magazine is published by 1105 Media. In addition, Dr. Long served as an Editorial Board member for the 2014 2nd International Conference on Development Finance and Economic Transformation at the University Limpopo in Sovenga, South Africa. Most recently, she was nominated by invitation only to author the article on “E-Learning” in a new reference project being launched by the Oxford University Press: Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Other publications currently in progress include: a pictorial catalog on the historical Wiley College Great Debaters and a perspective catalog on The Servant Leadership of Jonathan Green featuring works in the corresponding fine art poster exhibition.
Dr. Julia Parra's teaching and research interests include the interactions between learning design, technology, innovation, and recently added - culturally relevant teaching and learning with focus areas of online teaching and learning, social media, and emerging technologies. Julia is an assistant professor at New Mexico State University in the College of Education where she helped design and is an instructor for the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning program and is currently the coordinator for the Learning Design and Technologies program. She has taught for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She serves as a founding board member of the New Mexico Distance Learning Association (NewMexicoDLA), founding board member for AMISTAD Family Services in Las Cruces, Co-Coordinator for the New Mexico Geographic Alliance (NMGA) and member of the Advisory Council for the National Geographic Society’s Network of Alliances. For more about Julia, see her website at http://juliaparra.com.
Dr. Peter Shea is Associate Provost for Online Learning and Associate Professor in the School of Education and the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research focuses on the development of communities dedicated to learning in online environments. He has published widely on this topic in journals such as Computers and Education, JALN, Internet and Higher Education, The Journal of Educational Computing Research, Interactive Learning Environments and others. He is past director of the SUNY Learning Network, the online education enterprise of the 64 campus and 400,000 students in the SUNY system. Peter's research has been supported by the US Department of Education and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been co-recipient of three national awards for online learning, faculty development and online programs from EDUCAUSE and the Online Learning Consortium.
Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Karen’s research has been in the general area of electronic media and learning for the 25 years since she received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research interests center on online learning Karen has authored over 125 journal articles and book chapters, produced several hypermedia programs, and co-edited two books on educational technology topics. She has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education and the New York City Board of Education, as well as several corporate foundations, and is currently involved in WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting Project and ACE’s MOOCs as Game Changers Projects. Karen is the Special Issues Editor for the Journal of Educational Computing Research, and serves on the review boards and/or steering committees for many educational technology journals and conferences, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning. She is on the OLC Board of Directors and the steering committees for the Blended Learning and Online Learning conferences. Karen was awarded the OLC award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual in 2006 and was inducted into the inaugural group of OLC Fellows in 2010. In 2010 she also was given the Distinguished Alumni award by her alma mater.
Dr. Craig D. Weidemann was named Penn State’s Vice President for Outreach in 2003 and Vice Provost for Online Education in 2013. In this position, he provides leadership for the University’s external outreach, engaged scholarship, and online education initiatives. He has responsibility for Penn State Online/World Campus, Public Media, and Professional and Community Engagement. Penn State Outreach is the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.
Dr. Weidemann has served as a board member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and chair of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO). He currently serves as treasurer and board member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), board member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), member of the Big Ten Committee on Engagement Committee of the CIC, and the Advisory Council for the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy.
In addition, Dr. Weidemann serves on several boards in Pennsylvania including two terms on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and past board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He is the recipient of the UPCEA Julius Nolte and was recognized by the University of Georgia with the Professional Achievement Alumni Award. He writes and presents on many issues including engaged scholarship, online learning, innovation, and adult learning.
Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Weidemann held administrative positions at The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr.Weidemann received his B.S. degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Currently, Dr. Weidemann serves as Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University.