BiographyMark S. Walbert, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Technologies
Associate Professor, Economics
Dr. Walbert received his Ph.D. in natural resource and environmental Economics from the University of New Mexico in 1984, when he joined the faculty at Illinois State. He has taught a variety of courses in economics in a variety of settings, from lecture hall to internet only. He has published several refereed journal articles on the subject of economics education, with an emphasis on the use of instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning in undergraduate economics courses. He has coauthored two software packages that have been used to teach both high school and college economics. Dr. Walbert received several teaching awards at Illinois State, including the Outstanding University Teacher Award in 1998. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a computer classroom in which a broader number of economics courses could be taught that utilize instructional technology on a daily basis. Dr. Walbert also served as the director of the Center for Economics Education at Illinois State from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Walbert served as the director of Faculty Technology Support from January 2000 to August 2003. He joined the Provosts staff as AVP for Technology in August 2003.
Dr. Walbert has oversight responsibility for the Office of Academic Technologies. The Office of Academic Technologies federates the activities of twelve units working together to provide academic technology services that support the goals of Educating Illinois and enhance the purpose of technology for teaching, learning, research and creative activity, and service outreach. Suppoarting units include Learning Spaces and Audio/Visual Technologies, TechZone and Student Technologies, Web and Interactive Communications, the College Technology Support Team, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
Dr. Walbert is an ex officio member of the Data Stewardship and IT Services Council that focuses on the University demand for IT services.