Mary Jane Clerkin


Dr. Clerkin served as a Professor of English, Speech and Literature at Berkeley College from the summer of 1984 to the present. She was the Coordinator of Online Faculty Support from 2002 to 2011, when she became Faculty Support Specialist in 2012. She has now returned to full-time online teaching. Following are some of the highlights of her career. Developed Road to Success in Online Learning, a required course for new online students and Road to Success in Online Teaching, a required course for new online professors. Developed material for on-site and online workshops. Developed and maintained the Online Faculty Resource Center (includes discussion board where online faculty can share ideas and effective practices). Presents Berkeley College’s innovative online teaching and learning methods at national and international conferences. Has presented at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA); Sloan-C Consortium; WCET; International Conference in Teaching and Learning; Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT); Bb World Conference; EDUCAUSE; EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Conference; NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP); NJEDge.Net Faculty Showcase and Annual Conference; and NE Connect Annual Conference. Awards and Recognitions: Dr. Clerkin was recently chosen by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Board of Directors to receive a 2014 USDLA Hall of Fame Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of distance learning through leadership, technology, research and teaching, Dr. Clerkin is cited in "Teaching Online: A Practical Guide" (Ko and Rossen, 2010) for the design of her online speech course. Dr. Clerkin presented a podcast on Berkeley College Online Faculty Training and Support at the USDLA 2009 National Conference. In May 2007, the USDLA awarded Dr. Clerkin the Best Practices Gold Award for Distance Learning Teaching Online in Online Higher Education, which recognizes individuals whose programs demonstrate extraordinary achievement in scholarly research and writing, leadership, and service. In 2006, Dr. Clerkin won the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award from The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. In 2005, Dr. Clerkin was recognized by Berkeley College with the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the College Community. Professional Affiliations: Certified Master Reviewer and Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters, a peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses; Co-Chair of the Virtual Committee of the USDLA 2012 Annual conference;Member of the USDLA 2009 Conference Planning Committee; Member of the USDLA 2009 Distance Learning Week Committee; Former member of the Teaching and Learning Planning Committee of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (an organization that promotes and advances the effective use of technology in higher education); Former member of the Faculty CIG Committee of WCET; Program Chair of the USDLA 2008 Conference; Served as Blackboard Exemplary Course evaluator for the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. Degrees: Dr. Clerkin holds a Doctor of Arts (DA) degree from St. John’s University, where she was the recipient of a Doctor of Arts Fellowship throughout her course of study; two Master’s degrees (MA) in English, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a BA from Manhattanville College. Media Contact: Please contact Ilene Greenfield, Berkeley College Director of Media Relations, 201-291-1111, ext. 5122, [email protected].

EDUCAUSE Presentations