Joel Hartman


Joel L. Hartman retired July 2020 as Vice President for Information Technologies and Resources and Chief Information Officer at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. As the university’s CIO from 1995 to 2020, he held overall responsibility for library, computing, networking, telecommunications, online learning, classroom technology, space allocation and planning, and information security. Hartman was employed by Bradley University from 1967 to 1995, holding several information technology management positions, including CIO.

Hartman has been an active author, and presents frequently at industry conferences. He previously served as treasurer and 2003 Chair of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors; chair of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Advisory Committee; board chair of Florida LambdaRail, the state’s high-performance research and education network, and SSERCA, the state high performance computing alliance; secretary of the Seminars on Academic Computing Coordinating Board; member of the Blackboard Client Strategy Council; member and co-Chair of the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group; member of the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee (2010 chair); the APLU Commission on Information, Measurement & Analysis (Executive Committee); the Florida Virtual Campus Executive Advisory Council; member of the Online Learning Consortium Board of Directors (past President); the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel; the Oracle Education & Research Industry Strategy Council; the Change magazine board of editors; the Lake Nona Medical City IT Council (Chair); and as a board member of SSERCA and Florida LambdaRail. Hartman was recipient of the 2008 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award and the 2011 Online Learning Consortium Mayadas Leadership Award.

Hartman has been an information technology consultant and advisor to both public and private sector organizations, and has been active in the development of statewide education and research networks in Illinois and Florida. He has served and held offices on numerous state, regional, and national IT committees in areas including information technology, public broadcasting, distributed learning, and research & education networking.

Hartman graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Communications, and received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Adapting to Learn, Learning to Adapt
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Author

    Adaptive, or personalized, learning is becoming the next big thing in online education. By providing each student with a custom, personalized path through courses and tracking both content covered and level of attained mastery, adaptive learning platforms hold great promise for enhancing student learning and success.

  • Two Views of Alignment
    • Article
    • Author

    © 2010 John C. Hitt and Joel L. Hartman. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.

EDUCAUSE Presentations