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Deep Dive: Institutional Leadership and Strategy

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Presenter(s)
Liz Ciabocchi (St. John's University, USA)
Mary Niemiec (University of Nebraska, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
Track: 
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Institutional Level: 
Multiple
Audience Level: 
All
Location: 
Plaza Ballroom E
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Abstract

Leadership is a term often used to describe those running an organization, an office or a department. However, we believe that leadership is a verb, an action and a skill. In this deep dive session, Mary Niemiec and Liz Ciabocchi will explore more deeply the most pressing topics from their panel on leadership.

Lead Presenter

Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi currently serves as Vice Provost for Digital Learning at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. From 2002-2014, Liz served in the Office of Academic Affairs at Long Island University, most recently as Associate Vice President for Online Learning (2013-2014). She also served as Academic Dean, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York Campus (2001-2002), and as a faculty member and administrator at the New York College for Health Professions in Syosset, N.Y. (1993-2001). Liz holds an Ed.D. in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a D.C. from New York Chiropractic College, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Scranton. She also holds an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Teaching Certificate (Administrative Track) and completed the OLC Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2010. In her current role at St. John’s University, Liz leads the Office of the Provost’s academic initiatives in the development of digital learning strategies and programs of study offered in fully online and blended formats. In addition, she provides leadership in the use of technology associated with on-campus instruction; oversees the Office of Online Learning & Services; co-chairs the University Assessment Committee, and serves as a member of the Middle States Steering Committee. Liz is active in a number of professional organizations focused on higher education, and frequently presents at professional conferences on her research interests, including blended/online program development, assessment of blended/online learning, institutional leadership, and women’s leadership.

Mary Niemiec is the Associate Vice President for Distance Education for the University of Nebraska. She is also Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide – the University‐wide online education initiative collectively offering more than 100 online programs from four campuses – University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Campus.

In her role at the University of Nebraska, Ms. Niemiec is responsible for directing the distance education strategy for the system, creating opportunities for collaboration among the faculty and staff across the University and, promoting and supporting the online academic programs offered by the NU campuses. She works with University and campus leadership to evaluate and recommend policies (including tuition) and practices affecting students who study at a distance.

Ms. Niemiec has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, primarily in the area of outreach, online and blended learning. She has received several recognitions including the University of Illinois at Chicago Model Administrator/Alumnus Award by The American Society of Public Administration, Greater Chicago Chapter. She was also honored as an OLC (formerly Sloan-C) Fellow for her leadership in blended learning.
Ms. Niemiec has served in a variety of leadership and volunteer roles with several professional organizations and was conference chair for the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium) Blended Learning Workshop and Conference for eight years. She is a member of the board of directors for the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and a member of the advisory board for the Center of Online Leadership and Strategy.