I am so very happy to report that I have accepted a new position as the Associate Dean of Library and Instructional Technology at Prairie State College.
I am very excited about this position!!! In this role I get to lead a great team of librarians and library staff, as well as a team of instructional designers. I am excited about bringing in some programming, and innovative technology. Moreover, I am really looking forward to creating a library environment which encourages students to play, learn, explore, find themself, and tap into their creative self.
I also get to work with faculty to improve the use of educational technology. In this role, I am looking forward to helping the college increase their number of online courses. I also hope to help faculty to be intentional about creating online learning environments, and focusing on student success and outcomes.
Prairie State College is a relatively small community college (area community colleges typically have >25,000 students). The FTE head count is around 5,000. As many of you know, I am drawn to smaller organizations because it allows me to wear many different hats. The school serves residents in the south suburbs of Chicago. The area is diverse both demographically and economically. I hope that the library I lead instills a love of libraries and learning into these students.