Kathleen Stinehart, dean for academic outreach of the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs at Mary Baldwin University, was appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore to the Distance Learning Steering Committee.
Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1998, the committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the General Assembly on distance learning, with the objective of making courses and degree programs more accessible through distance learning for citizens of Virginia who seek undergraduate or graduate degrees.
“These individuals are capable and experienced ? education professionals,” Governor Gilmore said. “I am confident they will provide qualified expertise and counsel.”
Stinehart, the only representative for Virginia’s private institutions, will serve with several other college and university appointees, as well as the Honorable L. Preston Bryant Jr., member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and John G. Rocovich Jr., member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education and a member of Mary Baldwin’s Board of Trustees.
“Raising the profile of online education is essential because it will ultimately be beneficial to Virginians and the state’s workforce,” said Stinehart, a recent past chair of the national distance learning committee called the Technology and Distance Learning Team of the Association for Continuing Higher Education. “I hope this committee will explore faculty training for teaching such courses and financial aid for those part-time students who take advantage of them.”
The committee will be supported and advised by the Electronic Campus of Virginia (ECVA), a cooperative instructional technology initiative among the state’s public and private colleges and universities, including Mary Baldwin. They will report their findings and recommendations to the Governor and the co-chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees by September 1, 2000.
Kathleen Stinehart came to Mary Baldwin in 1994 as an associate dean of the college and director of the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. In 1998, she became Dean for Academic Outreach, adding responsibility for summer programs to her job description and developing LearnInc, Mary Baldwin’s corporate training initiative.
She initiated online teaching for Mary Baldwin’s Baldwin Online and Adult Programs in 1998, which has expanded to the entire Mary Baldwin community and has grown in the number of courses offered each semester. This spring, the college will offer 16 online courses.
Stinehart earned her master’s in education from Western Illinois University and her under-graduate and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. She is an educator with a background in innovative management and teaching via telecommunications.