Digital transformation can serve as a framework through which we can change professional development practices in higher education.
Melody Buckner is the Assoicate Vice Provost of Digital Learning and Online Initiatives at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She is responsible for leading a team of instructional designers, graphic designers, videographers along with a quality assurance coordinator and a project manager that work directly with faculty to facilitate the movement of content to fully online programs. This involves networking with faculty, conducting workshops and implementing a quality standards program for online courses. Before moving into the Director position, she was an instructional designer for the Outreach College at the University of Arizona. She also worked at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona as an Instructor teaching Computer Science and Software Applications. While at Pima she served as an Instructional Designer for Professional Development at Pima helping to develop online training for faculty and staff. Her educational background includes a B.S, in Design from the College of Architecture from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Educational Technology from the College of Education from Northern Arizona University and finally, a Ph.D. in Language, Reading and Culture from the College of Education at the University of Arizona.
The move to online and hybrid learning environments presents changing needs and new opportunities for faculty development.