Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Buban to take on innovative new role as Assistant Provost for Post

In an effort to continually raise the bar in online education, Post has created a new leadership role focusing on enhancing and expanding the online academic reach of the university.

Jill Buban, Ph.D., former Dean of the School of Education, was recently named the Assistant Provost for Research and Innovation for Post University and took over this role on July 1.

Buban has been focused extensively on online teaching while guiding the School of Education and serving as the Academic Program Manager for the Teaching & Learning and Online Teaching concentrations of Post’s Master of Education program. She has a deep interest in using the current tools offered to enhance adult student learning and has encouraged online learning for children of all ages.

Head shot of Jill Buban
Jill Buban, Assistant Provost for
Research and Innovation
Buban’s role will include building partnerships with public and private high schools, developing and growing articulation agreements with community colleges, and leading the migration from traditional textbooks to electronic course materials designed to provide students with a richer, more customized learning experience.  Buban also will lead other research and development projects to support other innovations within Post’s academic initiatives.

“I feel very fortunate that Post has allowed me to grow within this community,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to work on innovative projects that present so many fabulous opportunities for students to grow and learn.”

One of Buban’s first projects in her new role will be the transition to Electronic Course Materials (ECMs).

“By moving from traditional textbooks and print materials to electronic course materials,  we can provide students with customized content that’s been developed and gathered by our Academic Program Managers to meet specific program and course outcomes,” said Buban.  “ECMs also result in less expensive and more predictable costs, and ensure that students have all the necessary resources at the beginning of each course, accessible when and where they need them.”

Buban also plans to build on a partnership program she began with the Florida Virtual School and two other private high schools in Connecticut. 

“These partnerships give high school students online access to a pre-college experience,” she said. “It prepares them for what college courses are all about and helps them take advantage of today’s quality online learning opportunities in a structured and supported environment. We’ll be looking at expanding these offerings to other schools, both private and public.”

In addition to supporting students, the partnership with Florida Virtual also makes online learning opportunities available to the school’s faculty and staff at reduced tuition costs.  “It’s a win-win for everyone,” added Buban.

Another way Buban sees Post growing as a university is through the expansion of articulation agreements with community colleges. These agreements will ensure that the classes students take in community college will transfer to Post University, allowing a seamless transition for interested students.

“For students who may already have an associate degree, these articulation agreements will get them in and get them enrolled,” she said. “It’s also important for adult learners who may have and abundance of college credits and wants to further their education. It’s about making this work for them.”

A search has begun to find the new dean of the School of Education. Buban is confident her replacement will continue to grow the program and would encourage that individual to use all of the amazing resources that will be available to them.

“They’ll have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of educators whose breadth of knowledge reaches from Pre-K to higher education administration,” she said. “I’d encourage them to work with each member in the program and members of the other schools to build programs  that are forward-thinking and prepare Post students for new careers or advancement opportunities within their current careers.”