Presentation on theme: "Navigating the Currents of eLearning IFWE 2012 Luncheon Closing Panel."— Presentation transcript:
Navigating the Currents of eLearning IFWE 2012 Luncheon Closing Panel
Well, I didn’t see that coming…
Darcy W. Hardy Assistant Vice Provost, University of Texas at San Antonio and Intergovernmental Personnel Act Appointee, US Department of Labor
Susan C. Aldridge Past President, University of Maryland University College
Robbie K. Melton Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization and Emerging Technologies, Tennessee Board of Regents
Darcy’s Story UT TeleCampus ( ) Hugely successful 20,000 enrollments 30 programs Award-winning Smooth sailing…until…
He who shall not be named arrived on the scene.
Three years of Bullying, Lies & Tears led me to purchase self-help books –
Like this one.
“Texas Kills Its TeleCampus” Inside Higher Ed, 4/9/10 What do you mean, don’t take it personally? Seriously?
Survival Tips Establish mentor relationships NOW Keep your resume/CV up-to-date Make sure you KNOW who your professional friends are and nurture those friendships Keep up with the job market Develop a revenge plan
All but one of my 25 staff had jobs by the time the TeleCampus closed in August I got a call from the White House and went to Washington, DC in January I’ve sat in the Rose Garden with the President. I’m no longer bitter unless I think about it. And… Aftermath
He who shall not be named got canned one year later.
So remember: Life’s too short for bullies and bullshit.
LESSONS LEARNED Susan C. Aldridge, Ph.D.
Funding Cuts Political Environment Competitors Marketing to Legislature Aversion to Increasing Tuition Low Graduation Rates High Debt and Increasing Default Rates
Turnover of leadership, cabinet and senior managers Less job security 75 PUBLIC UNIVERSITY PRESIDENCIES TURNED OVER THIS YEAR
HOW DO WE PREPARE OURSELVES? Job Search will take 1 to 2 years—start early! Need a job to get a job Search firms work for hiring institution, not applicants
Take control of your reputation Own your domain name Set up your own website Join Linked-In to “push” content Hire a firm specializing in search engine optimization
Cultivate relationships outside the university, e.g., IFWE. Prepare to be surprised by supporters and devastated by silent majority. Be a good friend. Never forget those who support you.
Robbie’s Story The Professional Tsunami Wave No Warning Why? How? Justice? Allies to Alias to AWOL to Aliens
Robbie’s Story: Professional & Personal Resuscitation: Prayer & Faith (to address the How & Why) Professional Supporters (911 Believers in You!) Professional Time-Out (resting) Professional Networking (renewing / IFWE)
Robbie’s Story During the Changing of Waves: Tsunami ~ Tidal ~ Tide LEARN TO SURF! EVERY WAVE BRINGS NEW POSSIBILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES New Alliances ~ A NEW YOU!
Robbie’s Story: During the Wave The Choice: Drown or Surf Professional Creation: Appologist Mobilist (Mobile Devices & Mobile Apps) WCET 2012 WOW Award Recipient “Mobile App Education & Workforce Resource Center
2012 Top 50 Education Innovators Thanking God, my Mother (Lois Gentry), my Daughter (Nicole), my unconditional friends Agnes & Rosetta & Trina, IFWE, TBR Supporters (you know who you are) * Darcy
Changed assumptions about work Did not change assumptions about work Did not change assumptions about self Changed assumptions about self Utilitarian Trans- formational FortifiedMindful Losing Your Job - Reclaiming Your Soul Mary Lynn Pulley