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August 14, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Faculty Receive Distance Education Recognition

Two faculty members at The University of Texas at Tyler were recently recognized for their creative uses of distance learning technology in the classroom, Dr. Jim Tarter, College Business and Technology dean, announced.

Dr. Barbara Ross Wooldridge, associate professor of marketing and School of Business Administration interim associate dean, and Dr. Paul Roberts, associate professor of human resource development and technology, both received awards at the third annual Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning workshop.

The consortium is composed of 15 colleges and universities. At the workshop, two faculty members were selected from each campus to be recognized as outstanding leaders in the area of distance education.

“Students all over campus know Barbara as the ‘duck lady’ for her student engagement activities involving rubber ducks,” said Cindy Smith, instructional design coordinator. “Barbara uses many different ways to reach her students whether online or interactive video format. Paul is very creative and it is reflective in his teaching and leadership abilities with students and co-workers. Other faculty have approached me saying they want to do what Paul is doing in his online classes.”

Wooldridge has an extensive background in the hospitality industry and served in Kenya and Seychelles as a marketing manager. She is a volunteer expert with the International Executive Service Corps. Her work has been published in the Cornell Quarterly, The Learning Organization, Corporate Communications International Journal, Journal of Marketing Channels and other peer reviewed publications. She recently won the Houghton-Mifflin Pride/Ferrell Innovations in Teaching Marketing Award for a second time.   

Roberts serves as the human resource development undergraduate program coordinator at UT Tyler. He currently serves as director for an online teacher training grant with the Texas Education Agency, coordinating ongoing professional development activities through the grant. Roberts has received more than $500,000 in grants and funded projects since coming to UT Tyler in 1992. He was named the consortium’s 2004 Outstanding Distance Education Instructor.

Wooldridge holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Roberts holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University.

For more information about the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, visit http://www.netnet.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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