2021 Virtual Session Series

Join the Continuing Professional Development Division’s Virtual Session Series! 

The Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) will miss connecting in-person at the 2021 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, but we can still connect virtually! The Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders for the CPDD will host a series of virtual sessions, addressing a variety of challenges and opportunities faced by our institutions and organizations.

Sessions are free and open to the public! Each session will be held on the last Friday of each month, with sessions planned from February  – June 2021. Sessions will start at 12:00 pm (ET)  and will run approximately 60-90 minutes. Please mark your calendars and register for sessions as details are updated.

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues via Zoom for the next session on May 28th at 12:00 pm (EDT)

Session #4: How Digital Marketing Can Work for Your Budget

Session Date and Time: Friday, May 28th at 12:00pm (EDT)

Hosting Special Interest Group: Marketing – Members interested in all aspects of marketing relative to the creation and delivery of all educational products targeted for adult learners.

Session Description:

Join experts in digital marketing as they present on best practices for digital advertising and how your team can promote degree and non-degree, continuing education programs at any budget. They will share expert advice on how to best utilize your marketing dollars through a variety of digital marketing opportunities.


  • Ryan Garrow, Director of Partnerships and Client Solutions, Logical Position
  • Rachel Pesin, Account Executive, LinkedIn – Education Vertical


  • Meghan Balding, Director, Business Development, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Session Registration (No Cost!):


Please “Save the Date” for our upcoming virtual sessions!

Date Session Topic and Link to Register Special Interest Group and Session Lead
2/26/2021 Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility Ron Fitch- Delivery SIG Lead
University of Minnesota
3/26/2021 “How have you survived?” Greg Ruff – Administrative Lead
Auburn University (Retired)
4/30/2021 Best Practices in Supporting Contract Faculty Doug Ernie – Faculty SIG Lead
University of Minnesota
5/28/2021 How Digital Marketing Can Work for Your Budget Meghan Balding  – Marketing SIG Lead
University of Southern California
6/25/2021 Details Coming Soon! Candace Teixeira  – International SIG Lead
University of Southern California

Past Sessions

Session #1: Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility

Session Date and Time: Friday, February 26th at 12:00pm (ET)

Hosting Special Interest Group: Delivery – Members from education and industry interested in the technical issues associated with the development and delivery of distributed/distance learning programs.

Session Description:

Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility

Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act of 1973 extends protections for individuals with disabilities.  Coupled with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 ensures Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are accessible to people with disabilities, including websites, software and documents, and media.  This session will introduce Section 508 and focus on accessibility for media commonly used in distance/remote education such as videoconferencing, live video streaming, and asynchronous video.  Includes time for questions and answers (please submit prepared questions in advance, if you have any).


Kathy Eng is a Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist with the US Access Board and has worked in the federal accessibility community for over 20 years. Her accessibility career began in assistive technology accommodations with just a sprinkle of Section 508 and has evolved to almost entirely focused on Section 508 in the last 10 years. Kathy collaborates on interagency Section 508 guidance and is the co-chair of the Best Practices subcommittee of the Federal CIO Accessibility Community of Practice.

Session #2: “How have you survived?”

Session Date and Time: Friday, March 26th at 12:00pm (ET)

Hosting Special Interest Group: Administration –  Members who are involved with the administrative aspects of development /delivery of credit and non-credit courses in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Session Description:

Join a session of panelists, explaining how their role has changed during the pandemic. Each panelist will share what adjustment strategies have worked for them and what has not worked as well.


  • Kevin M. Calabro – Director, Senior Lecturer, Keystone Instructor
    The Keystone Program, University of Maryland
  • Kerri Poppler James – Director of Academic and Student Affairs
    Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Linda Krute – Director of Distance Education Programs
    College of Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Michelle Lane – Coordinator for Industry Partnerships
    Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Krysta Weed – Program Administrator, Online Degree and Professional Development Students
    Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University


  • Greg Ruff, Director of Eng Online and Cont. Ed. (Retired), Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University

Session #3: Best Practices in Supporting Contract Faculty

Session Date and Time: Friday, April 30th at 12:00pm (EDT)

Hosting Special Interest Group: Faculty – Members interested in the issues relative to the education and training of engineering and technology professionals through continuing engineering education programs with emphasis on andragogical learning strategies, course development, and other issues related to the education of adult learners.

Session Description:

This session will focus on the issue of support for contract (non-tenure/non-tenure track) faculty teaching in professional development programs. While these instructors are invaluable members of our program teams, they face a multitude of challenges due to our programs’ target audiences and delivery formats, and the often part-time nature of their employment. Unfortunately, they typically lack the level of peer interaction and campus institutional support afforded tenure/tenure-track faculty. Join our group of panelists to discuss how these faculty can effectively be supported, both pedagogically and logistically, as they prepare for and deliver their courses.


Rosemary Astheimer – Assistant Professor of Practice
Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Nelson Baker – Dean of Professional Education
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul Marca – Principal, Parallax Global Advisors, LLC
Former Associate Vice Provost, Stanford University

Amanda Renz – Instructional Designer
College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eugene Rutz – Director of Master of Engineering Programs and eLearning
College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Cincinnati


Douglas Ernie – Director of UNITE Distributed Learning
College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota