Curriculum Vita

Melanie N. (Hill) Clay
106 Habersham Place
Carrollton , GA 30117
(770)836-8638

Email: melaniec@westga.edu

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Educational Leadership in Higher Education
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, August 2006
Dissertation: Training Practices and Preferences of Faculty Preparing to Teach Online in the University System of Georgia: A Mixed Methods Study

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
University of West Georgia, December 1999
Thesis: Factors Affecting Faculty Attitudes Towards Distance Teaching: An Institutional Study

Master of Public Administration
West Georgia College, August 1996
Exit Paper: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Distance Learning at West Georgia College

B.S. in Journalism, The Ohio State University , June 1985

SELECTED CERTIFICATES

Certificate in Leadership Development, 9-month course, 1997
Certificate in Distance Education, 9-month online course, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS AND SERVICE

The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia

Executive Director of Extended Learning and Dean of USG eCore
(January 2012 – Present)
Acting Dean, Extended Degree Programs and USG eCore
(various times during Dean’s illness from 2009-2011)
Associate Dean, Extended Degree Programs and USG eCore
(June 2009 – December 2011)
Assistant Dean, Extended Degree Programs (January 2007 – June 2009)
Director, Distance and Distributed Education (March 1998 – January 2007)


University of West Georgia, January 2007 – Present

Functional responsibility for and leadership of more than 90 adjunct online faculty (eCore) and 50 full-time and part-time staff members in four departments (USG eCore, UWG Online, Newnan Center and Off-Campus Programs, Continuing Education). Broad responsibilities include strategic planning, day-to-day management, marketing, detailed budget matters, student services, student appeals, compliance, evaluation, training, and policy development for online and off-campus programs at the University of West Georgia, and the USG systemwide eCore program. Represent USG eCore at the System level, and the division at institutional leadership meetings.

Selected major achievements (personal or division – under my direct leadership):

Distance Education Coordinator
University of West Georgia , March 1996 – March 1998

Creative Services Specialist, Ernst & Young, Atlanta , Georgia , March 1991 – November 1994

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
Course Developer and Instructor, Introduction to American Government, Political Science Department, University of West Georgia (51% online)

2006 - Present
Course Developer and Instructor , Advanced Technologies in Distance Education, 3 - month online program, University of West Georgia (twelve courses, 100% online)

2004 - Present
Course Developer and Instructor, Distance Education Certified Trainer Program, 5 - month online program, University of West Georgia (sixteen courses)

2002 – Present
Course Developer and Instructor, How to Be a Great Online Instructor, 5 - week online training program, University of West Georgia (two courses)

1998
Online Adjunct Instructor, Computer Utilization for Public Administrators, Political Science Department, University of West Georgia

1997 – Present
Course Developer and Instructor, Distance Education Certificate Program, 6 - month online course, University of West Georgia (thirty courses, 100% online)

2009 - 2011
Adjunct Instructor, Teaching and Learning Online, Multiculturalism & Diversity in Higher Education, Assessment of Online Learning, Theses (Masters) Higher Education Department, Kaplan University School of Graduate Education (100% online)

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1998 – Present
Editor-In Chief, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (since 1998). Founded and serve as editor of internationally-renowned online journal which focuses specifically on issues faced by administrators and managers of distance and distributed education programs. Journal receives over 10,000 web hits per month. Available at: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/jmain11.html

2000 – Present
Conference Director and Founder, Distance Learning Administration Conference (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). Conceived, plan and direct annual 3-day conference which attracts presenters and participants from all over the world. Available at http://www.westg.edu/~distance/dla2006.html

2006
Reviewer and Reader, Educause 2006 Conference, Teaching and Learning Track

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Organizational Issues in Distance Education and Off-Campus Programs

Faculty Satisfaction with Distance and Distributed Teaching

Student Retention and Success in Online Learning

Global Issues in Distance Education

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE

2012
Chair, Regent’s Advisory Committee on Distance Education
Distance Education Taskforce, University System of Georgia

2012
Member, Strategic Planning Committee, University of West Georgia

2012, 2006, 2007
Member, United States Distance Learning Association

2011
Chair-Elect, Regent’s Advisory Committee on Distance Education
Distance Education Taskforce, University System of Georgia

2010
OIIT Strategic Planning Committee (Services Subcommittee),
University System of Georgia

2007- Present
Strategic Enrollment Council, University of West Georgia

2006 - Present
Regent's Advisory Committee on Distance Education, University System of Georgia

2006
Web Redesign Task Force, University of West Georgia

2006
Chair, Search Committee for Director, University of West Georgia Newnan Center

2006
UWG Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee

2005
Professional Standards Commission – Georgia Department of Education Task Force for Online Educator Preparation Standards

2005 - 2008
Technology Coordinating Council, University of West Georgia

2002
IT Strategic Plan Steering Committee, University of West Georgia

2002
Chair, Search Committee for Chief Technology Officer, University of West Georgia

2000
Chair, Search Committee for Director, Advanced Academy of Georgia, University of West Georgia

2000 – 2002
Georgia Distance Learning Association, Elected Board Member

1998
GSAMS Users State Development Committee

1998 – 2002
Georgia Distance Learning Association, Charter Member

1997 – 1999
GSAMS Technical Advisory Committee, University System of Georgia

1997 – Present
Advanced Academy of Georgia, Faculty-Staff Advisory Committee, University of West Georgia

1996
Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Honor Society, Secretary for West Georgia chapter

1996 – 1997
Georgia Association for Instructional Technology

1996 – Present
Faculty-Staff Advisory, Learning Resources Committee, University of West Georgia

1996 – Present
UWG Distance Learning Steering Committee, Chair, University of West Georgia

RECOGNITIONS

Employee of the Year, State University of West Georgia , Academic Affairs Division, 1998

Lee Wash Award recipient, May 1996, MPA program, presented to best overall graduate student in public administration program

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Clay, M., Janowski, A., Rowland, S. 2011. All the Right Moves: Supporting Student Athletes in Online College Courses. Distance Learning Administration 2011 Conference Proceedings

Clay, M., Janowski, A., Rowland, S. 2011. All the Right Moves: Supporting Student Athletes in Online College Courses. Distance Learning Administration 2011 (Presentation)

Obedkova, A., Clay, M., Fowler, J., Gaines, T. 2011. A Case Study: Effect of Instructor Behaviors on Course Completion in Undergraduate Online Courses. Distance Learning Administration 2011 Conference Proceedings.

Clay, M. 2010. Online Student Success – It's Meant to Happen. Online Lifeline Conference, Valdosta State University . (Keynote Address)

Clay, M. 2010. Preparing to Teach Online. University System of Georgia Faculty Development Online Discussion Series. (Invited Presentation)

Clay, M. 2010 Setting the Stage for Success: Faculty Role in Student Retention. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Fall Conference (Invited Presentation)

Clay, M., Gubbins, J. 2008. Implementation of eTuition: Lessons Learned. Distance Learning Administration 2008 Conference Proceedings

Clay, M., Gubbins, J. 2008. Implementation of eTuition: Lessons Learned. Distance Learning Administration 2008 (Presentation)

Clay, M., Rowland, S. and Packard, A. 2008. Improving Undergraduate Online Retention Through Gated Advisement and Redundant Communication. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice (May 2008 Special Edition)

Clay, M., Gubbins, J. and Packard, A. 2007. Best Intentions and Retention: The Role of Support Staff. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2007 (Presentation)

Clay, M. and Gubbins, J., 2006. The Wonders of Just-in-Time Training. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2006 (Presentation)

Clay, M. and Clay M. 2006. The Art of Mentoring Distance Faculty: Novel Approaches to an Ancient Concept. Texas Distance Learning Association 2006, (Presentation)

Clay, M and Gubbins, J. 2004. Extreme Training Makeover. DLA 2004. (Presentation)

Clay, M., Gubbins, J., and Talley, C. 2004. How Faculty Really Learn to Teach Online: Implications for Trainers. WebCT 2004 Conference. (Presentation)

Clay, M., Gubbins, J., and Talley, C. 2002. Accreditation Issues in Distance Education. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2002. (Presentation)

Clay, M., and Gubbins, J., 2000. Establishing Class Size Policies for Online Courses. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2000. (Presentation)

Clay, M. and Gubbins, J., 2000. Untangling the Organizational Web of Distance Education. Georgia Distance Learning Association Conference. (Presentation)

Hill, M., 1999. Growth Management in Distance Education: How to Expand Your Distance Offerings. Technology and Teacher Education Annual 1999.

Clay, M., 1999. Development of Training and Support Programs for Distance Education Faculty. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Vol. 2, No. 3.

Hill, M., 1998. Staffing a Distance Learning Team: Whom Do You Really Need? Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Vol. 1, No. 1. Available: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/jmainsp98.html

Hill, M., 1998. The Missing Link: Building a Support System for Distance Learning Students. GSAMS Conference.

Johnson, J., Clay, M. and Lankford, W. 1998. Teaching Computers Via Distance Learning. Business Education Forum , Vol. 52, No. 3, 39.

Hill, M., 1997. Teacher Education Through Distance Learning: Cost Effectiveness and Quality Analysis. Technology and Teacher Education Annual 1997.

Hill, M., 1997. Preparing Students for Distance Learning Courses. GSAMS Conference. (Presented paper)

Hill, M., 1997. Distance Learning and the Future of Education in Georgia . Carrollton Optimist Club. (Invited Presentation)

Hill, M., 1996. Seven Ways to Get Faculty to Use Distance Learning and Love It. Education Technology Conference. ( Presentation)

Hill, M., 1996. Distance Learning Through GSAMS: Strategies and Issues. Georgia Sociological Association Hans Mauksch Teaching Workshop . (Invited Presentation)