Networks

Today, the field of professional, continuing, online education is characterized by engagement in very complex, highly specialized areas of practice. UPCEA’s seven Networks are designed to serve professionals practicing in the key areas that define this vibrant and growing sector of higher education.


Networks are open to any UPCEA Member. Members can join any one (or multiple) of these networks by logging in to their profile, going down to My Networks + Committees then click "Browse Networks + Committees". Select the network you would like to join, and click "Join this Network/Committee".


See below for a listing of Network descriptions and volunteer leadership teams. 

2020-2021

Business & Operations

The mission of the Business and Operations Network is to share best practices and emerging trends related to the business and operations as well the strategic imperatives of professional, continuing, and online (PCO) units at post-secondary institutions. We do this through the exchange of intellectual resources and expertise specific to work focused on the financial, human, operational, and IT resources required to support units that are entrepreneurial in nature.

The network represents business and operations professionals that work with externally focused professional, continuing and online (PCO) divisions and units at post-secondary institutions. It emphasizes the role business and finance professionals play in the advancement of initiatives that extend the reach of postsecondary institutions in their communities and beyond. The business, finance, human resources, operations, and IT needs of PCO units often differ from those same efforts in other colleges and departments. These efforts require knowledge of budget models, employment regulations, and IT infrastructure unique to PCO units which involves environmental analysis (both internal and external), identifying industry trends, analyzing the macro environment as well as international and political climates. This differs from both our peers in academic colleges and departments as well as those colleagues in centralized institutional offices (institutional registrar, bursar/cashier, IT, etc.).

Teri Markle

CHAIR

University of Denver
teri.markle@du.edu

Michael Jones

CHAIR-ELECT

University of Connecticut
mljones@uconn.edu

Nicole Westrick

PAST CHAIR

Temple University
nmwestrick@temple.edu

Lyla Garner

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Mississippi State University
lgarner@distance.msstate.edu

Vacant

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Vacant

Cheryl Broughton

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

North Carolina State University
cnsnipes@ncsu.edu

Andrea Carroll-Glover

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
acglover@smumn.edu

Nicole Winget

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Campbell University
winget@campbell.edu

Dánica J Ríos

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

University of Richmond
drios@richmond.edu

Leslie Tellalian

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

Boston University
ltellal@bu.edu

Paola Curcio-Kleinman

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

New York University
pck211@nyu.edu

Ken Woo

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Northwestern University
k-woo@northwestern.edu

2020-2021

Community and Economic Engagement

The Community and Economic Engagement Network's (CEE) core mission is to support network members in promoting new and innovative, internal, and external collaborations to help advance local and regional communities and economies and extend the reach of campus communities.

The network represents university outreach and engagement, inclusive of community, economic, and workforce development. It focuses on the role that universities can play in the advancement of initiatives that positively impact the quality of life in our communities and economies at the national, regional, and local levels, recognizing that some elements of this work often begins in the pre-K - 12 environment and continues through post-workforce years. CEE supports the mutual exchange of intellectual resources and expertise between the university and its broader external communities, including government agencies, businesses and industry, non-profit organizations, community groups, schools, and other educational institutions.

R Dean Claud

CHAIR

Old Dominion University
rclaud@odu.edu

Laurel Hogue

CHAIR-ELECT

University of Central Missouri
lhogue@ucmo.edu

Ursula Bechert

PAST CHAIR

University of Pennsylvania
bechertu@sas.upenn.edu

George Calderaro

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Columbia University
gc2212@columbia.edu

Andrea Tessier

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Penn State University
att3@psu.edu

Kimberly Love

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Weber State University
kimberlylove@weber.edu

Gail Ruhland

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

St. Cloud State University
GMRuhland@stcloudstate.edu

Osmar Padilla

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Emory University
oypadil@emory.edu

Gale Spak

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

New Jersey Institute of Technology (Retired)
galenxspak@gmail.com

Long Huynh

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Park University
long.huynh@park.edu

2020-2021

eDesign Collaborative

The UPCEA eDesign Collaborative (eDC) Network, serves higher education instructional design teams (instructional designers, multimedia developers and team administrators) in higher education seeking networking and professional development. Participation in the eDesign Collaborative Network provides access to a community of professionals who are interested in best practices for online course creation. The UPCEA eDC Network has three main objectives: 1) networking, 2) professional development, and 3) research and publication. As such, the eDesign Collaborative has an advisory council, comprised of the chair and vice chairs, which work to facilitate this vision. Each vice chair has a team of voluntary members from within the eDesign Collaborative community to assist them with their duties.

Christie Kittle

CHAIR

Washington State University
christie.kittle@wsu.edu

Susan Bastian

CHAIR-ELECT

Johnson & Wales University
susan.bastian@jwu.edu

Mel Edwards

PAST CHAIR

Purdue University
meledwards@purdue.edu

Irene Knokh

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS & RECOGNITION

University of Michigan
iknokh@med.umich.edu

Shaun Moore

VICE CHAIR, CONFERENCES AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Oakland University
samoore@oakland.edu

Olysha Magruder

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Johns Hopkins University
olysha@jhu.edu

Jennifer Kremer

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

University of California, Davis
jlkremer@ucdavis.edu

Kristlyn Thomas

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Loyola University Chicago
kdalton1@luc.edu

Todd Vens

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Iowa State University
toddvens@iastate.edu

2020-2021

International

Local, state and national governments and industries are actively seeking international partners to expand markets and workforces that help address components of the global economic crisis. Educational institutions are embracing the need for global competencies, are incorporating international concepts into the curriculum, are continuing to develop satellite campuses and are actively pursuing international students, international faculty, study abroad and exchange opportunities, philanthropy, etc. And these changes are happening in countries all over the globe—not just in the United States. For these reasons, the International Network is an indispensable resource, leading the profession—and the Association—toward a prominent role in navigating the globalization of the academy.
 
The International Network provides UPCEA membership with insights, general direction, strategy, trends, and models for integrating international education into their work. It creates forums for the exchange of ideas, programs, services, and initiatives that expand member knowledge regarding global and international education.

Breeda McGrath

CHAIR

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
bmcgrath@thechicagoschool.edu

Sandra Janusch

CHAIR-ELECT

University of Washington
SJanusch@uw.edu

Brian Cook

PAST CHAIR

California State University, East Bay
brian.cook@csueastbay.edu

Marissa Lombardi

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Education First
marissa.lombardi@ef.edu

Crystal Marull

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

University of Florida
cmarull@ufl.edu

Elizabeth Valencia-Borgert

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

St. Cloud State University
ecvalenciaborgert@stcloudstate.edu

Clara Piloto

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
piloto@mit.eduk

Steven Mulligan

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Issac Garcia-Sitton

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

York University
igarcias@york.ca

Michael Huffman

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Virginia Commonwealth University
huffmanmc@vcu.edu

2020-2021

Marketing, Enrollment, & Student Services

The Marketing, Enrollment and Student Services Network (MESS) engages members in actively building the competencies, skills, and confidence needed by today’s professionals to successfully attract and retain students in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive adult, professional, continuing, and online education marketplace. The Network focuses both on powerful fundamentals and on new and emerging marketing, enrollment, and services practices that come from both inside and outside higher education. As a result, MESS members are recognized and valued for the critical role they play in their institutions’ success.

The MESS Network fosters a community where professionals at all levels can build their expertise and their leadership skills by learning from industry experts and from each other, and where the success of its members is celebrated and shared broadly. Members will also find cutting edge programming in the highly successful Annual Marketing and Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar.

Melissa Feuer

CHAIR

The George Washington University
mfeuer@gwu.edu

Jack Rodenfels

CHAIR-ELECT

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
jack_rodenfels@unc.edu

Victoria O'Malley

PAST CHAIR

University of Denver
victoria.omalley@du.edu

Marleigh Perez

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Oregon State University
marleigh.perez@oregonstate.edu

Tanya Vincent

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Western Kentucky University
tanya.vincent@wku.edu

Heather Chakiris

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

University of California, Los Angeles
hchakiris@uclaextension.edu

Clairissa Pettner

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

Colorado State University
clairissa.pettner@colostate.edu

Chelsea McNeely

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Southeast Missouri State University
ccaile@semo.edu

Katie Bean

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

North Carolina State University
kabean@ncsu.edu

Long Huynh

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Park University
long.huynh@park.edu

2020-2021

Online Administration

The Online Administration Network (OA) serves as a bridge between the administrative functions of online learning (marketing, online student services, program development, etc.) and the design of online learning. Participation in the OA Network provides access to authentic institutional online operational models, best practice trends in online management, professional analysis of learning design applications, and the formulation of best practices in the use of technology and learning design in online instruction.

OA members have access to a community of UPCEA members with similar interests and needs to help you negotiate current issues and opportunities. Members can also participate in unique professional development forums such as the Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable. 

Gary Chinn

CHAIR

Penn State University
gmc14@psu.edu

Paul Huckett

CHAIR-ELECT

Johns Hopkins University
paul.huckett@jhu.edu

Asim Ali

PAST CHAIR

Auburn University
asim@auburn.edu

Michele Gribbins

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

University of Illinois, Springfield
mgribbin@uis.edu

Terrie Nagel

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

University of Missouri
nagelt@missouri.edu

Ayelee Adam

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

California State University, East Bay
ayellee.adam@csueastbay.edu

Matthea Marquart

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Columbia University
msm2002@columbia.edu

Evan Silberman

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

New York University
evan.silberman@nyu.edu

2020-2021

Program Planning and Implementation

The Program Planning & Implementation Network (PPI) provides a forum for members to share and explore program management best practices and innovations in credit and non-credit programming. The Network supports the professional development needs of program coordinators, managers, and directors and the similar competencies necessary to be successful professional, continuing, and online leaders. The network is a community that strives to identify, develop, and sustain innovative programs. This is done through the sharing of information obtained through environmental scanning, benchmarking, and institutional research to inform creative approaches to program design and management. Specifically, the network shares best practices and helps members develop competencies in creative program planning, implementation and assessment, and meeting student/participant needs with limited resources.

Rebecca Cook

CHAIR

University of Arizona
rtc@email.arizona.edu

Sandra von Doetinchem

CHAIR-ELECT

University of Hawaii, Manoa
sandravd@hawaii.edu

Ing Phansavath

PAST CHAIR

University of California, Los Angeles
iphansav@unex.ucla.edu

Khusro Kidwai

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Vanessa Williams

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Temple University
vanessa.williams@temple.edu

Johanna Prado

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

William Paterson University
pradoj2@wpunj.edu

Gregory Milton

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Robin Tate

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Penn State University
robintate@psu.edu

Melissa Peraino

VICE CHAIR, NON-CREDIT

Grand Valley State University 
perainom@gvsu.edu

Paul del Piero

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

University of Washington
pdelpier@uw.edu

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Get Involved with UPCEA

Professional development isn't just about attending sessions. Get involved with UPCEA to meet members from other institutions, share the great work your institution is doing, and hone your own skills. From submitting a session proposal for a conference or an article for a publication to serving as a volunteer on a conference planning committee, there are as many ways to engage with us!

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Awards of Excellence

Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized its members' outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many other areas.