UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler Receives Distance Education Recognition
June 16, 2011
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler was recently recognized for creative uses and support of distance learning technology in the classroom, Cindy Smith, instructional design director, announced.
Dr. Ross Sherman, professor and educational leadership and policy studies chair, and Jana Brown, instructional designer, both received awards at the sixth annual Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference.
The university’s 2011 “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award” recipient, Sherman was recognized for leading the department into developing an online format of the principal and superintendent certification programs, increasing enrollment in both by 250 percent.
“This increase was the result of his leadership that embraced online teaching technologies and provided other faculty in the department the training and support needed to make the venture work,” Smith said.
Brown was recognized for her outstanding distance learning support and service to UT Tyler faculty, students and administration.
“Jana is every distance education teacher’s dream. She has an extensive knowledge of all of the software that can be used at UT Tyler to support a distance class and has offered different testing options and office hour options based on the technology we have. She is not a distance star to me, she is a distance galaxy of support,” Smith said.
Each higher education institution in the consortium nominated faculty and support personnel to be recognized at the conference as outstanding leaders in distance education.
A UT Tyler faculty member since 1987, Sherman holds an Ed.D. in administration and supervision from the University of Houston. He also holds superintendent, mid-management administrator and provisional elementary general certifications.
His professional and research interests include strategic planning for school improvement, instructional leadership theory and principalship.
A university staff member since 2008, Brown works with faculty to develop strong online instructional programs across the university.
Among projects, she was instrumental in assisting with the development of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty’s special needs shelter website, which received a “Top Teaching Tools Award” from the Journal of Nursing Education.
The consortium, comprised of 15 colleges and universities, represents 50 counties. For more information about the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, visit http://www.netnet.org.
The UT Tyler Office of Instructional Design contributes to the university’s efforts to enhance online education.
For more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/oid/.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.