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Fostering Blended Learning Leadership

Liz Ciabocchi (St. John's University, USA)
Mary Niemiec (University of Nebraska, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 9:10am
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Plaza Ballroom E
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4
Virtual Session

This panel discussion focuses on effective practices and organizational matrices in higher education institutions that encourage engagement and facilitate blended learning leadership at multiple levels.

Extended 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. Furthermore, we submit that successful implementation of any comprehensive campus-wide initiative--in particular, an effective blended learning strategy--requires leadership at multiple levels and across organizational boundaries. Join us for a conversation about campus leadership with a panel of individuals who lead and depend on others within their organizations to be leaders. In this session, the panel will discuss blended learning leadership matrices within their institutions, the net results of those efforts, and effective practices that encourage engagement and facilitate blended learning leadership.

Lead Presenter

Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi currently serves as Vice Provost for Digital Learning at St. John’s University. 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.


Mary Niemiec is Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide at the University of Nebraska. She leads the integrated University‐wide distance education program which offers more than 80 online programs from its four campuses – University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha. Niemiec has worked in the areas of online and blended learning, presented at conferences, seminars and workshops on topics regarding adult learners, online and blended instruction. Ms. Niemiec was conference chair for the Sloan Consortium 2010 and 2011 Blended Learning Conference. She was given the University of Illinois at Chicago Model Administrator/Alumnus Award 2011 by The American Society of Public Administration, Greater Chicago Chapter. She has also been designated as a Sloan Fellow in 2011.