Friday, November 13, 2015 - 11:45am - 12:30pm
Room: Lawrence B
Thomas C. Bailey is the vice dean of the Sciences Program at University Maryland University College. He was the co-chair of the strategic workgroup responsible for implementing the Open Educational Resource initiative in The Undergraduate School. Bailey began teaching at UMUC as an adjunct in 2001 and became the academic program director of the Psychology program in 2006. He has served in his current role since 2012.
Megan Benefiel serves as project specialist for the learning design and solutions group at University of Maryland University College. For the past two years she has managed the eResources Initiative, with the goal of eliminating all traditional print-based textbooks from Graduate and Undergraduate courses by Fall 2016. Benefiel holds an MBA from UMUC.
Matthew Prineas is the vice provost and dean of The Undergraduate School at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he has worked for the past 12 years. His professional interests are in the areas of adult education and online education. He has published and presented on assessment, academic integrity, and student authentication, and the changing faculty role. He received his Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Jennifer Thompson is collegiate professor and program chair of the Department of Psychology at University of Maryland University College. Prior to teaching at UMUC, Thompson completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Voice, Speech, and Language Section of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. Thompson received her B.A. in Psychology and American History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from American University in Washington, DC.
Kara Van Dam, PhD, serves as vice provost for The Learner & Faculty Experience at University of Maryland University College. In this role, she leads the Faculty Development, Learning Design and Solutions, the Library, and the academic technology experience teams to create an integrated approach towards designing optimum learning experiences for our students. She and her team take a life-cycle approach to the faculty experience, working with The Undergraduate and Graduate Schools both stateside and overseas, to ensure that UMUC recruits and retains highly qualified faculty who are supported in effective, innovative instructional methods and integrally involved in course and program development. Previously, she served as the vice provost of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Kaplan University. There she led large-scale initiatives aimed at improving the institution’s ability to serve students while also providing a rewarding work environment where faculty had more opportunities to engage with and feel supported by the institution.