Heather McCullough (MSIS ’07), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been selected as a 2016 fellow for the Institute of Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). This program, which is in its eighth year, enables fellows to work with colleagues from around the world and join a growing network of higher education leaders.
IELOL fellows are selected through an application process and sponsored by their home institution. The five-month program spans July through November and includes a week-long immersion experience. IELOL is cohort-based and requires the 55 fellows to participate in a variety of individual, group, and team projects, including a team-based case study. The blended program explores aspects of personal, local, and global leadership challenges in online learning, and culminates with the IELOL Masters Class at the Online Learning Consortium annual conference.
McCullough is the Associate Director for Instructional Programs at the Center of Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte. She leads the instructional programs staff and implements the major instructional programs, large-scale instructional projects, and new initiatives offered by the center. Her recent collaborations with the Office of Distance Education have included offering programming to guide faculty in the development and delivery of hybrid and online courses and support for Quality Matters, a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.
McCullough said that her current position and the IELOL program “align perfectly with my work at SILS, including my thesis ‘The Fate of Reading, Thinking, and Learning in an Electronic Age’.”