Dr. Edward Leach serves as the Executive Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (www.nisod.org), a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD supports excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership by distributing professional development materials to faculty, staff, and administrators at its member colleges. Dr. Leach assures that NISOD has a long-range strategic plan that achieves this mission and toward which it makes consistent, timely, and measurable progress.
Prior to his tenure at NISOD, Dr. Leach served as the Vice President of Services and Programs for the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) where he managed their direct sales arm that provided targeted expertise and resources of interest to and appropriate for community colleges. Dr. Leach also directed the League STEMtech Conference, first offered in 2010, and directed the Conference on Information Technology from 1999 until 2010. In addition, Dr. Leach served as a Co-Principal Investigator for Build It Scale Up, a five-year, $2,500,000 National Science Foundation grant designed to scale up a proven curriculum in which students participate in a series of complex engineering challenges using underwater robotics to learn science and mathematics content, programming, problem-solving, and other 21st century skills. Dr. Leach also served in Co-Principal Investigator roles for Alliance+, a five-year, $10 million Internet-in-Education program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Preparing Tomorrow Teacher to Use Technology, a Department of Education grant that familiarized over 1,000 community college faculty and 7,000 preservice teachers with internet-based learning objects.
Dr. Leach is the author of Technology: Connecting Students to Their Community Colleges; Community and Technical Colleges, Information Technology, and Revolutionary Times; Brother-to-Brother: Enhancing the Intellectual and Personal Growth of African American Males; Preparing K-12 Teachers in the Use of Technology: Community Colleges Address the Digital Divide (a chapter for the book Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide); and A Collection of Practices From the League Conference on Information Technology.
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The University of Texas - Austin: Ph.D., Educational Administration 1995
Miami University - Oxford, Ohio: M.Ed., Health Education 1988
Eastern Kentucky University: B.S. 1987
- American Association of University Women
- National Advisory Committee - WomenTech Educators
- American Society of Association Executives
Technology: connecting students to their community collegesDiverse Issues in Higher Education
Community colleges have an extremely difficult job trying to connect with students, given that so many drive to campus only to attend class and then return home or to work after the class concludes. In these cases, the only time a student interfaces with the college is during the 50 minutes in class. This leaves a very small window of time to "connect." How can colleges use technology to reach out to this increasingly demanding and diverse population?