Dec. 21, 2012, 1 p.m.

Dr. Jose Fierro
Dr. Jose Fierro

Shawn Havel, Co-editor

Vice president selected after nationwide search

After nearly eight months of searching nationwide, Laramie County Community College has selected the academic dean of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Open Campus to serve as vice the president of academic affairs.

Dr. Jose Fierro visited the campus the week of Dec. 3 along with two other candidates, Dr. Evonne Carter, of Wisconsin, and Dr. Ross Tomlin, of Connecticut. The vacancy was created upon the retirement of Dr. Marlene Tignor.

At Florida State College Fierro also served as the director for the Center for eLearning, which is the unit that develops collegewide curriculum for online, hybrid and web-enhanced programs. Fierro is also charged with overseeing the production schedule for course development funded by multimillion dollar grants from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, and he currently is the co-principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant. He is responsible for providing learner support services and faculty support for approximately 40,000 students and 250 faculty members a year.

Fierro has extensive instructional experience in both the traditional face-to-face and online environments, having taught undergraduate courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, public health, and research methods, as well as graduate courses in organizational behavior. He has developed several online and hybrid courses in the natural sciences. He also has authored a number of journal articles and has presented at multiple educational conferences on the topic of faculty development for online teaching and the institutional strategies necessary for online programs to succeed. Fierro’s research interests include improving student retention in developmental education, social learning, and the effective use of emerging technologies in the classroom.

Fierro received his doctorate in higher education leadership from North Central University and a Master of Science in management and administration of educational programs from Nova Southeastern University. He also holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales in Bogotá, Colombia. He is fluent in the languages of English and Spanish.

In his spare time, Fierro enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, and engaging in physical activities such as running, sport cycling and competing in triathlons.

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