New Director to Help Shape the Future of Online Learning in the State of Illinois – News
Dr. Anthony Piña will bring years of teaching and technology support experience as Director of Online Education and Director of Online Learning, a newly created position at the Center for Teaching, learning and technology (CTLT). Piña will join the CTLT team ready to explore new avenues of teaching, program delivery and student success. It starts on June 1.
“Distance learning in all of its forms, from one-on-one courses to fully online degree programs, is integral to the future of Illinois State University,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Aondover Tarhule. “Dr. Piña’s unique set of experiences and expertise will help us chart this new course.
Piña is currently Associate Provost at Sullivan University. A nationally recognized expert in online and distance education and educational technology, Piña has won numerous awards, published six books, and has more than 80 scholarly and professional publications. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, the US Department of Defense and educational institutions across the country.
Piña earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Education from Brigham Young University, a Masters of Science from Sullivan University, and a Doctorate of Education from La Sierra University. He has taught K-12, community college and university.
“Dr. Piña is taking on an important role in a redesigned CTLT,” said Dr. Yojanna Cuenca-Carlino, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development, Diversity and Learning. individual instructors who teach online.Now, as the University’s Head of Online Learning, Dr. Piña will play a vital role in the development and launch of comprehensive online degree and certificate programs.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with talented and caring professionals across the State of Illinois to provide better learning opportunities for our Redbirds, regardless of where they live,” Pina said.
The many other ways CTLT supports instructors will continue under the leadership of a new Director of University Teaching, who will also hold the cross-endowed chair of the Teaching and Learning Fellowship. Piña will work closely with this person, who should be hired in the coming weeks.