The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) has named Dr. Georgianna Laws the next Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology. A passionate online higher-education leader, educator, and researcher, Dr. Laws brings 20 years of experience to the position spanning three continents.
“I am confident that Dr. Laws will provide us with strategic leadership as we expand our online offerings,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong.
Dr. Laws earned a Doctor in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis and holds a Master of Arts in Education: Adult Education and Distance Learning earned in Japan, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Education: Teaching English and French Language and Literature from the University of Ploiesti in Romania. She is a graduate of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and holds an OLC certificate in online teaching and design.
Dr. Laws most recently served as Director of the Office of Distance Education at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), in Montgomery, Alabama where she led the institution through an NC-SARA reaffirmation process, served as institutional Quality Matters coordinator, headed the Online Learning Advisory Taskforce, and created a customized online-course development process. Prior to her work at AUM, Dr. Laws worked in Atlanta, Georgia for Life University, as coordinator and acting Associate Dean of the College of Online Education. Dr. Laws speaks frequently at national and international distance-learning administration conferences on topics related to online higher education.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Laws,” said UNT Dallas Provost, Dr. Betty Stewart. “Her experience and leadership in online learning will be valuable to the faculty and students at UNT Dallas.”
Dr. Laws has dedicated her career to the advancement of online education with the belief that affordable access to education can help adults transcend work and family obligations as well as time and geographic boundaries in pursuit of their academic aspirations and in preparation for the career of their dreams.
“I look forward to leading the DLIT team, in close collaboration with faculty and academic leadership, as we collectively endeavor to support UNT Dallas’ mission of empowering students, transforming lives, and strengthening communities,” said Dr. Laws. “My vision for online education is to design everything with our diverse students’ needs in mind, focusing on quality and continuous improvement in everything we do.”
Dr. Laws will begin her new position on January 3, 2022.