Town Hall: Leadership

Concurrent Session 5
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Brief Abstract

Please join the Strand Chairs as they bring together “the community” of experts and participants to hold an interactive discussion on the main trends and hot topics that are taking root in this strand.

Presenters

J. Garvey Pyke, Ed.D., is the Director of the the Center for Teaching at UNC Charlotte. His work involves the provision and support of enterprise academic technologies, promoting scholarly teaching, and delivering engaging professional development programs and services for the university. Garvey is also an alumnus of OLC's IELOL program (2010) and has remained an active member of this professional community of practice and served as co-director of IELOL 2018 and as a faculty member of IELOL 2019 and IELOL 2020. He has served on various conference committees for OLC Accelerate since 2014 and was on the Steering Committee for OLC Innovate 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi currently serves as associate provost for academic affairs at Adelphi University. In this role, she oversees all curricular offerings, working closely with each of the University’s deans, faculty and administrative offices to implement, manage and revise the curriculum, including interdisciplinary offerings. She also serves as the primary Adelphi University liaison with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the New York State Education Department and the U.S. Department of Education. With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Liz most recently served as vice provost for digital learning and executive director of online learning and services at St. John’s University, where she led academic initiatives to develop digital learning strategies for programs offered in fully online and hybrid formats. Prior to her time at St. John’s, she served in various roles at Long Island University, such as associate vice president for online learning, and also in areas including instructional technology, academic planning and academic affairs. She previously worked at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and the New York College of Health Professions. Author of two book chapters, Liz has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented her research on leadership and e-learning in higher education and other topics at dozens of conferences. Her teaching experience includes graduate-level courses in St. John’s University’s School of Education and undergraduate courses and graduate thesis supervision at the New York College of Health Professions. She has been extensively involved in committees and evaluation teams for Middle States reaccreditation and has held board and committee positions with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), which named her a fellow in 2015. Liz earned her EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton. She holds certifications from the OLC in Online Teaching and Leadership in Online Learning.
Since 2012, Dr. Ragan has served as a Co-Director for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University where he helps direct the Center’s mission of research, scholarship, technology innovation, and leadership development programming. Dr. Ragan has been a part of the creation and management of Penn State’s World Campus since it’s inception in 1998 serving as Director for Instructional Design and Development and Director of Faculty Development. Since 2009, Dr. Ragan has served as Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In partnership with the leadership at the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C), IELOL addresses the operational and strategic leadership of the design, development, and preparation of the next-generation of leadership in online learning. Dr. Ragan has served as founding co-director and faculty of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program (2005-2007). He is also active in the design and delivery of international leadership development institutes. In 2011, Lawrence Ragan was recognized as a Sloan-C Faculty Fellow.

Extended Abstract

Calling all leaders!  Whether you have been in a leadership role for a long time or are an emerging leader, this 45-minute Town Hall session needs your active participation to promote how we approach leadership in our field and how we push on OLC's definition of leadership.  We will also examine the implications for the OLC conference, moving forward.

Each of the nine strands for Accelerate will have its own Town Hall session, occurring during concurrent sessions. The Chair of the Leadership Strand, Garvey Pyke, will facilitate and the Leadership Town Hall, including a panel discussion that involves audience participation.  The panel will be comprised of presenters from the Leadership Strand, including the Best-In-Strand award winner(s).

Our focus:

  1. Look at the common themes from this year’s presentations, to see the direction our field is heading and what the leadership challenges are in that journey.  
  2. What is being overlooked with regards to leadership, in terms of policy, practice, and philosophy?  Where are the leadership gaps in organizational culture?  
  3. Examine the current strand description, to see what is missing and to crowdsource a possible new description for OLC Accelerate 2017.

We will hit the hot topics to engage the attendees.  The goal is that you will be energized with ideas for actions you would like to take once you get back to your own institutions and also generate ideas for your own conference proposals regarding leadership.