Leadership Network Symposium - Engaging Emerging Leaders Across Diverse Contexts

Brief Abstract

A key component of developing leadership strength within an institution comes from the processes and investment in emerging leadership, including the scaffolding of leadership opportunities to support advancement and growth. In this session, a panel comprised of the faculty of OLC's Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) will discuss impactful practices for establishing a culture of mentorship and support for emerging digital learning leaders, particularly those that prepare emerging leaders to be resilient and effective across a plurality of challenges and contexts.

This session is available only to registered attendees of the Leadership Network Symposium.  

Track: Supporting Emerging Leaders


Renee M. Pilbeam, Ph.D. (she/her) is a higher education professional, creative, mother, and lifelong learner. Her background is in instructional design, and specifically in the area of fully online courses and degree programs. A graduate of the Educational Technology doctoral program at ASU, Renee desired to stay with ASU and currently is in the role of Director, Learning Initiatives with EdPlus where she works on strategic program and course redesign efforts to implement data-driven, equity-first approaches that are centered on increasing student success.
Mary Niemiec is the Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director of the University of Nebraska Online. In her role at the University of Nebraska, she coordinates the system-wide collaborative initiative that pulls together the 150 plus online programs offered by the four campuses of the NU system. She has worked in the areas of higher education continuing, online, and blended learning for more than twenty years. In addition to her University responsibilities, she represents and serves the University within the state of Nebraska and nationally by serving in leadership roles in various professional organizations. She currently serves as President for the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium. She also serves as a member of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s Education Council and a member of the Policy Committee for UPCEA. She was named an OLC Fellow in 2011.
Jason Rhode, Ph.D. is Associate Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Digital Education at Northern Illinois University (NIU). In his role he serves as chief online learning officer, oversees NIU's Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, oversees university-wide accreditation, and provides strategic leadership for the design and delivery of high quality digital learning.
J. Garvey Pyke, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the the Center for Teaching at UNC Charlotte. As part of the leadership team for the School of Professional Studies, his work involves fueling the enrollment growth at the university through online course development, creating high impact student success programs using personalized and adaptive learning, promoting faculty success and scholarly teaching through innovative faculty development programs, and overseeing the provision and support of enterprise academic technologies. 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 from 2019 - 2022. He has served on various conference committees for OLC Accelerate and has served on the Steering Committee for OLC Innovate.

Extended Abstract