Online learning company Portage Learning and NursingABC has appointed Stephanie Wilsey as vice-president of academic affairs, to oversee academic administration and play a role in the organisation’s strategic initiatives.

Since 2018, Wilsey has been interim dean and then dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University, Pittsburgh. In addition, she held an appointment as a professor of psychology since 2007 and director/chair of the undergraduate psychology programme since 2010. In these capacities, she collaborated with colleagues to launch innovative, interdisciplinary programming across the social and behavioural sciences. Finally, she served as curriculum director over the general education curriculum at the institution, launching new writing courses, overseeing the creation of online interdisciplinary programming for nursing students, and coordinated course offerings across the institution.

Portage Learning and NursingABC president Steve Michalik, said: “Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to our organisation both in terms of administration and as an educational researcher. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to experiential learning which pairs exceptionally well with our model of course delivery, and she has recorded tremendous success in this regard. She is committed to the elements of our strategy and brings to the position her unique perspective.”

Wilsey said: “As a first course of action, I look forward to setting the academic vision for Portage to include establishing a project management protocol for curriculum development, redesigning the faculty experience to ensure that we are capitalising on the strengths of our faculty, and approaching the process of monitoring and pursuing academic excellence with a new lens. Having been a member of Portage faculty for more than 10 years, I consider myself fortunate to build upon my personal experience within my new role. Further, I am inspired to work with the leadership team on the realisation of Portage’s new strategic plan.”

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania-based Portage Learning partners with accredited colleges and universities to enable students to complete courses in a time frame that suits them, Students can register for courses at any time and on any day of the year. There is no application, no fixed semester dates, and no ancillary fees. Once enrolled, students are assigned an instructor within 24 hours and may begin the course immediately.

Date published: 4 September 2020

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