2016 TxDLA Conference

Monday, March 28th, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Preconference Workshops
Women in Distance Learning Leadership Roles: Challenges and Strategies
This workshop will explore the internal and external forces which are driving the change in US and global higher education, and the leadership challenges for women in framing a response to the emerging, globally-oriented learning ecosystem. What should women leaders consider in framing an actionable response to be successful? Results of a survey on female administrators in distance education will be shared along with participant perceptions to contribute to the ongoing conversation.
Track: Discover Your Superhero Deep Down Inside You!
Room: Mission B (Floor 2)
Dr. Shanta Varma, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Executive Director
Dr. Shanta Goswami Varma serves as the Executive Director for Office of Online Program at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Delhi, India. Her research interests include Online Learning; Social Media; Faculty Development; Cultural Disparity; and Women in Online Higher Education Leadership Roles. Dr. Varma has taught under graduate and graduate courses for Interdisciplinary Programs at the Center for Distance Learning at Empire State College and at University of Houston - Clear Lake (UHCL). Courses taught ranged from topics such as Cultural Perspectives in Business; Urban Ecology; Ecology, Adaptation and Sustainability and Managerial Issues in Diversity.
Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Lori Kupczynski, Ed.D. has served over 17 years in higher education in the areas of English, Communication, Adult Education and Educational Leadership. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Graduate Coordinator of the doctoral lever transcripted certificate program in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL).. She was the Recipient of the 2012 USDLA Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning Award and the 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award from TAMUK. Her research agenda focuses on developing a deeper understanding of interactions in online learning environments through the development of grounded theory to explain the interactions within the Community of Inquiry Framework (CoI) and among adult learners. A secondary track of research is on new and emerging technologies complementary to research with adult learners online. Lori has published over 50 articles in the field and has presented at numerous prestigious conferences.
Dr. Marie-Anne Mundy, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Associate Professor
Marie-Anne Mundy is an Associate Professor of quantitative methodology and higher education administration for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Mundy serves as an evaluator for the "Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program: Future STEM Teachers in South Texas F(ST)2" and "CASCaded Mentoring And Design Experiences (CASCADE)" Dr. Mundy has worked as a faculty chair, assessment coordinator and/or research coordinator from 2003 until 2010. She has created evaluation plans and completed evaluations for both companies (not-for-profit) and universities. Her research interests include technology in the schools, STEM Education, and distance education.
Dr. Michelle Durán, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Director, Distance Learning and eInstructional Technology-iTech
Michelle Durán is currently the Director of iTech/Distance Learning and Instructional Technology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. She earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Durán also has a Masters in Education in Counseling and Guidance and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas-Pan American. Durán is an active participant in local, state, national and international professional associations and has been honored with numerous awards for her contributions to distance learning and counseling. She is currently the Chairman of the Texas Distance Learning Association Board, Chair of the South Texas Higher Education Regional Council and a member of the Learning Technology Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.