Dr. Heather McCullough is the Director of Learning and Technology for the University of North Carolina System. In this role, she collaborates and liaises with the 17-campus system around online learning, faculty development, and learning technologies that support student success. She facilitates communication and collaborative efforts around these topics for faculty and staff across the UNC System and the NC Community College System. She oversees the UNC System Language Exchange and is a member of UNC System Open Educational Resources and Textbook Affordability Working Group.
She has previously served as Associate Director in the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte where she led faculty development programming and research in pedagogy, instructional effectiveness, and new tools for teaching. She has experience leading online course design and development and support for online and blended learning. She has also previously served as Professor and Head of Research and Instructional Services and Professor and was the founding Head of Digital Scholarship at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library.
Heather earned a Ph.D. in French Literature from Indiana University and an M.S. in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught French and English at the university level in the US and France. She has also taught Communication Studies and International Studies in the US.
She is an alumna of the Leading Change Institute and has served on the faculty of EDUCAUSE programs including: New IT Managers Institute, Learning Technology Leaders Institute, and Digital Transformation (Dx) Learning Lab.
She is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of topics related to higher education, leadership, and learning innovation.
Following a year or more of emergency remote teaching and other disruptions in higher education, now is the time for campus and technology leaders to support the digital transformation of faculty.
During the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable at the 2019 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, higher education IT leaders discussed practical steps that CIOs and hiring committees can take to be deliberate about addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion during the hiring process.
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