Room for Improvement: Women in Online Leadership Roles

Distance Education Report

Women in higher education have made tremendous strides; no longer does a woman have to assume that she will be the only female in a department or in a leadership position, as may have been true just a few decades ago. But that doesn’t mean there is not still work to be done. In a presentation and panel discussion held at the Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Elizabeth Ciabocchi, vice provost for digital learning at St. John’s University; Shanta Goswami Varma, director of the office of online programs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and Renee Cicchino, senior instructional designer at Seton Hall University, discussed women in leadership positions in online learning and what still needs to be done to help these women and their institutions reach their full potential.

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