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Tonya B. Amankwatia

(Ph.D.) is the Assistant Vice Provost, Distance Education & Extended Learning at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Amankwatia has been active in the larger distance education and instructional technology field for over 15 years. She is an online federal compliance reviewer and contributor to various international conferences and publications. She serves on Springer’s TechTrends and Journal of Computing in Higher Education editorial review boards. She is a foundation board member for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology and directs its NATO Allied Command Transformation accord. She also serves on University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Board of Directors. She was the inaugural Vice Chair of the University of North Carolina System’s Online Leadership Collaboration. She is a member of the US Chamber Foundation’s T3 Network of Networks. Amankwatia earned an Associate’s degree in mass communication from St. Petersburg Junior College in Clearwater, Florida; a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa; a master’s degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a doctorate in learning sciences and technology from Lehigh University.

Lisa Andion

(Ed.D.) has been working in the Instructional Technology space for more than 23 years and has been collaborating with faculty, administrators, and students on implementing, supporting, and using technology tools for teaching and learning in both a hybrid and virtual classroom environments. She is currently the Director of the Solutions Engineering team for North America Higher Education at Anthology, Inc. Prior to joining the team at Anthology, she was a client of the Blackboard Learn solutions for teaching and learning at George Mason University, the United States Naval Academy, and American University. Her area of specific interest is the intersection of teaching and learning with technology tools, the experiences of first-generation Latinx students, and finding new ways to support their success at our institutions of higher education. She completed her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership of Higher Education at Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts at American University in International Relations of Latin American and Latin American Studies respectively.

Mohd Anwar

(Ph.D.) is a Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University, where he teaches Cybersecurity and Machine Learning/AI methods. He directs the Quantum Computing Research Center and the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences. He has more than 110 peer-reviewed publications which include 30 journal articles and 1 patent. His cybersecurity work is focused on intrusion/ransomware/malware detection for mobile and IoT environments, usable security, and cyber identity and privacy. His research has been funded through extramural grants and contracts from NSF, DoD, NSA, EPA, NIH, and IBM. He is a senior IEEE member and involved in various STEM-related curriculum development and outreach activities.

Stephen Bollinger

(M.S.) is an associate professor and Head of Library Systems of the F.D. Bluford Library at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Prior to his current 18-year career in librarianship, he used his expertise in human computer interaction as a software and web development consultant for Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Steelcase, and Borders Group. As a practicing information technology professional, he works to combine theory and praxis to create and improve technology-mediated processes for the people who use and need them, and to bridge the world of higher education research with that of enterprise information technology. His current research and scholarly engagement have focused on engaging underserved and underrepresented people in information technology careers and expertise, improving researcher grantspersonship skills and training, equity and inclusion in information technology, and creating development opportunities for early career academics.

Bettyjo Bouchey

(Ed.D.) is an Associate Professor and Dean of Online Education at National Louis University where she is responsible for standards of quality and service for online programming across the institution. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University specializing in Higher Education Administration. Her research interests include the evolving nature of online education and digital pedagogies.

Robert Cobb, Jr.

(Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a B.S. in Technology Education from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Vocational Industrial Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. He has served as a Distance Learning Faculty Fellow at North Carolina A&T State University. He integrates synchronous and asynchronous technologies to afford secondary students from low-income families access to human, instructional, and technological resources to motivate and prepare them to pursue and persist toward academic and career aspirations in disciplines yielding social mobility. His research agenda investigates the development, nurturing, and deployment of learning and motivational behaviors in online learning environments yielding academic and career success. He currently serves as the Site Director for the UNITE program where he affords underrepresented and marginalized secondary students access to STEM educational opportunities and career exploration.

Edward Dieterle

(Ed.D.) leads the Center for Strategic R&D Alliances at Educational Testing Service (ETS). In this role, he and his team develop, deepen, and sustain strategic alliances with foundations, companies, member organizations, universities, and United States and international non-governmental organizations or NGO s and education agencies to help advance quality and equity in education. Before coming to ETS, Ed was the Director of a Commercial Data Science practice where he and his team of statisticians and data scientists specialized in litigation analytics and program evaluation using administrative data. Before that, he was a Senior Program Officer for Research at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and administered the Foundation’s personalized learning research portfolio. From 2008–2011, he was a researcher at SRI International, with expertise in educational technology, including cross-disciplinary applications of statistical, computational, and machine learning tools. Early in his career, Ed taught high school chemistry in Prince George’s County Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s degree in technology for educators from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in learning and teaching from Harvard University.

Forrest Foster

(M.L.S.) is the Assistant Dean of Library Services at North Carolina A&T State University. He was previously the Director of Library Services at Fayetteville State University, in Fayetteville, NC. Foster has been a contributor and innovator in the field of academic libraries for more than 18 years. Many of his career highlights has focused on the concepts of leadership and information/digital literacy to university communities. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from East Carolina University and a Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. His librarianship experience includes work at East Carolina University’s J.Y. Joyner library; North Carolina A&T State University’s Bluford Library; and Winston-Salem State University’s C. G. O’Kelly Library. He has presented at numerous workshops, conferences and published by Journal of Learning Spaces, Computers in Libraries, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and EDUCAUSE Review. His research interests include the impact and value of libraries in conjunction with student success and persistence, experiential learning in digital and information literacy initiatives, and mitigating the digital divide.

Keith Fowlkes

(M.B.A.) is a 25+-year veteran chief information officer serving as CIO for Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame, IN, University of Virginia-Wise and Centre College. Keith has taught in the disciplines of business administration and computer science. He is the executive director, co-founder, and board member of the Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (HESS Consortium – www.hessconsortium.org). He currently is vice president of the technology contracts practice for E&I Cooperative Services in Jericho, NY (www.eandi.org). Keith is also a frequent speaker and has served as a contributing writer on technology for EDUCAUSE, Campus Technology, InformationWeek and the ACUTA Journal. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Masters in Information Management (MIS) and an M.B.A. in Economics and Finance from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

Michael Graham

(Ed.D.) is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at National Louis University where he is responsible for the institution’s academic and administrative technology, as well as instructional design and online programming. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Youngstown State University and Doctorate of Education from National Louis University.

Jim Holton

(M.Ed.) has been with DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, since 2009 in a variety of roles. He is the Director of Instructional Design and Technology for the Center for Educational Resources and Technology (CERT), where he leads a team of technologists, designers, and application specialists in the support of online and classroom tools in education. He earned a Master of Education degree from DeSales that focused on the implementation and use of instructional technology. He has taught courses in web design, management of technology resources, and design of online learning. He is the Vice President of Technology for the Association of Talent Development’s Eastern PA chapter, overseeing web design and event management.

Steve King

(J.D.) has been working in the Information Technology space for more than 40 years. He is one of the co-founders of The Cambridge Systems Group, the world’s first data security product to market for large mainframe computers. He is currently the Executive Director of CyberTheory, ISMG’s Digital Marketing agency, and of CyberEd.io, ISMG’s online education and training offering. Prior to launching software startups in Cybersecurity, he ran IT for Memorex and for Health Applications Systems, the second largest health care claims processing firm behind EDS, with 17 data centers nationally, managing the largest on-line processing capacity of any certified Federal provider. In the late 1990s, Steve grew the Interactive Agency side of the Creative Ad business built by Whitman-Hart and CKS/USWeb to service its Internet conscious markets. King is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He attended the University of California at Berkeley where King majored in Mathematical Probability and Statistics with a minor in Journalism and Law School at Lincoln Law in San Jose where he served on the editorial board of Law Review.

Andi Koritari

(M.B.A.) is the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at National Louis University where he is responsible for new product development, identification of potential partnerships and acquisitions, as well as leading and incubating new initiatives and innovative practices and programs. He holds a B.S. in Business from Kendall College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University.

Kara McWilliams

(Ph.D.) is the Associate Vice President of the Education Testing Services (ETS) AI Research Laboratories. Kara develops the strategy for new product innovation and oversees the research and development of educational technology across four markets – K12, Higher Education, Languages, and the Workforce. She also leads the development of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that are implemented in new products across portfolios and leveraged in ETS’s largest assessments. Most of Kara’s work has focused on how to understand user needs from the perspective of their values, beliefs, and experiences and merge the research on how people learn most effectively with the application of innovative technology to build efficacious digital learning tools. She has conducted extensive work on the efficacy of educational technology, the ethical use of AI, and on communicating them to users in meaningful ways. Kara holds a doctorate in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Boston College.

F. Eamonn Powers

(Ph.D.) is the Manager of the Bombardier Aircraft Service Training Network. As a doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University, he researched Instructional Design and Technology at the Darden School of Education. He previously served as Director of Courseware Design at FlightSafety International while earning his MBA at the University of North Dakota. Eamonn holds an FAA issued Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airframe & Powerplant Certificate, and Certificated Flight Instructor rating and carries years of experience developing training materials for technical and vocational use cases within the aerospace sector. His focus of study and development include the use of various levels of immersive media to enhance training transfer between learning experience to real-life application, as well as large scale organizational change through process mapping, transformational training, and organizational transparency.

Abdolhossein Sarrafzadeh

(Ph.D.) is a distinguished professor of Computer Science and years of experience in teaching, research, leadership and development of new techniques and patented systems in cybersecurity, cloud security, and machine learning. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Professor and Director of Cybersecurity Research, Education and Outreach at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Sarrafzadeh developed one of the world’s first real-time facial expression and gesture recognition systems. He also developed a novel vision-based targeted advertising system, a cloud security system, and distributed denial of service attack detection and diversion method which have been patented. Dr. Sarrafzadeh led the establishment of New Zealand’s first cybersecurity research center and the Western New York Cybersecurity Center. He also developed commercial and teaching Security Operations Centers (SOC s) at universities in NZ, Australia, and the United States. He has attracted over $15M in external funding, published over 190 research articles, and supervised over 50 Ph.D. and master’s theses to completion. He is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Octavious Spruill

(M.L.S.) is the Head of Access Services and Facilities of the Bluford Library at North Carolina A&T State University. His credentials include an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Durham Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education, and a Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. Since 2006, he has participated in multiple library space planning projects, survey assessment projects, and building renovation projects. He has spearheaded several library emergency planning initiatives and safety workshops. At the university, he has chaired the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure committee and has served on numerous campus committees. For the past seven years, he has served as the Faculty Advisor for a Greek Life Fraternity. Under his leadership, he earned university recognition for Greek Life Chapter of the year (2017) and Greek Life Faculty Advisor of the year (2018). His research interest revolves around library space planning, data collection and assessment, evolving library policies and procedures, and library safety.

John C. Teleha

(M.L.I.S.) is an Associate Professor and the Special Projects/Engineering Librarian at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s F.D. Bluford Library. After obtaining his BS in Geological Sciences from CWRU and his MLIS in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, he has worked for almost 30 years at F.D. Bluford Library, rising from Instructor and the Evening Librarian, through Assistant Professor and the Head of Reference and Information Literacy, to his current Rank and Position. He has chaired several university-level committees, including the University Reappointments Promotions and Tenure Committee, the Faculty Reassigned Time Committee, and a Research Misconduct Inquiry Committee. His role as Engineering Librarian led him to join the American Society for Engineering Education and their Engineering Libraries Division. He became the first ELD member to chair an ASEE committee when he led the Merriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award Committee. After chairing the ELD Awards Committee, he was elected to the four-year officer track for ELD, surviving “the gauntlet” of Secretary/Treasurer, Program Chair/Chair Elect, Division Chair, and Past-Chair/Nominations Chair. His research interests include student success, assessment of student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, digital equity, engineering information literacy, and lifelong learning.

Sherri Yerk-Zwickl

(M.S.) is the Vice President for Information Technology and inaugural Chief Information Officer at Campbell University. In this role she is designing and implementing the University’s first comprehensive strategy for leveraging information, data, and technology across eight schools and multiple geographic campuses including a School of Law, School of Osteopathic Medicine, and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As a member of the Campbell University executive leadership team, Yerk-Zwickl oversees the technological infrastructure of the University, including information security, academic and enterprise technology, client support services, infrastructure and operations, and the strategic direction of an institution dedicated to helping 6000+ students learn how to lead with purpose. She has supported and advanced the goals and aspirations of higher education students for over 30 years at various institutions and organizations including currently serving on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, the Leadership North Carolina Alumni Council, and by actively promoting various organizations supporting diversity and inclusion in the technology industry.

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