Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Room: Lawrence A
Sally M. Johnstone is the vice president for Academic Advancement at the Western Governors University, a competency-based, on-line institution. Prior to joining WGU, she was the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Winona State University in Minnesota. She also spent over 15 years at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s WCET. Johnstone currently serves on the U.S. UNESCO Commission. She also serves on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK). She has authored dozens of articles, books, and reports on issues of integrating information and communication technology into academics. Johnstone earned her Ph. D. in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Judith Sebesta serves as director of Innovation for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Prior to this position, she was program director for Distance Learning at the THECB, providing curricular and managerial support for the development of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, among other duties. She has been a professor at the University of Missouri, University of Arizona, University of Evansville, and Lamar University, as well as a department chair at the latter, and has published on innovation and faculty development in higher education. Sebesta earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. from the Florida State University, and a B.A. from Austin College.
Fred Lokken is a professor of Political Science and a tenured political scientist at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Lokken joined TMCC in 1991 as a faculty member in Political Science and has been administratively involved in Distance Education for the past eighteen years. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) and is responsible for conducting the annual ITC National Distance Education Survey/Report - now in its ninth year. He also serves as a faculty member of the annual ITC Leadership Academy. In addition, he serves as chair of the Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC) which represents thirty member affiliated councils of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Van Davis is associate vice president of Higher Education Research and Policy at Blackboard, Inc. where he is a part of Blackboard’s new Strategic Partnerships and Thought Leadership team. Davis works extensively on distance education and learning technology issues as well as policy issues such as competency based education and workforce alignment. Before joining Blackboard in January 2015, Davis was director of Innovations in Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). He most recently led the THECB’s efforts in responding to Governor Rick Perry's calls for a $10,000 bachelor's degree by directing the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Project funded through an EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, which resulted in the creation of the state’s first competency based education baccalaureate degree at South Texas College and Texas A&M Commerce. Additionally, Davis directed the state's adult degree completion project, Grad TX (http://www.gradtx.org) as well as the state’s course redesign grant program, online faculty professional development program, annual Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference, and the development of the state's digital learning objects repository. Davis holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in civil rights history as well as a B.A. in History from Southwestern University.