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June 17, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Faculty, Staff Receive Distance Education Recognition

Smith and Jedlicka with their awards

Smith and Jedlicka

The University of Texas at Tyler was recently recognized for creative uses and support of distance learning technology in the classroom.

Dr. Davor Jedlicka, professor of sociology, and Cindy Smith, instructional design coordinator, both received awards at the fifth annual Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference.

The university’s 2010 “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty” Award recipient, Jedlicka was recognized for his combined distance learning contributions of teaching, learning and technology within the Department of Social Sciences. Smith was recognized for her outstanding distance learning support and service to UT Tyler faculty, students and administration.

Each higher education institution in the consortium nominated faculty and support personnel to be recognized at the conference as outstanding leaders in distance education. The “Outstanding Support for Distance Learning” Award was a new category this year.

A UT Tyler faculty member since 1982, Jedlicka holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in family therapy from Texas Woman’s University. He has published in many internationally-known journals in the area of marriage and the family.

Jedlicka also has served as an American Red Cross volunteer counselor, assisting workers at ground zero following the Sept. 11 attacks.

A university staff member since 2008, Smith works with faculty to develop strong online instructional programs across the university.

Among various projects to enhance online education, she has been instrumental in developing coursework for the nursing doctoral program, which was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2007 and started in fall 2008.

The consortium is composed of 15 colleges and universities, representing 50 counties. 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. More than 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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