Rob Bruce is a leader in higher education with over twenty years of experience in a variety of administrative and academic roles, including strategic planning, online learning, teaching, technology-enhanced learning, continuing education, outreach and engagement, faculty and graduate student development, research, and development.
He is currently the Director of the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he leads advances in continuing education initiatives online, in the classroom, and at the Center's state-of-the-art continuing education conference facility.
Industry Expertise (1)
Areas of Expertise (8)
Established UNC-Chapel Hill's Office for Online Learning (professional)
Directed the evaluation, recommendation, and establishment of the University’s Carolina Office for Online Learning (COOL). The COOL is a central University office that partners with UNC Chapel Hill schools and departments to evaluate, develop, promote, research, and administer UNC online courses and programs.
Led Creation of UNC CORE Program (professional)
Led the creation of the UNC CORE program designed to serve active-duty service members, veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members will general education college opportunities.
Launched UNC Chapel Hill's Massive Open Online Course Initiative (professional)
Launched the University’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative, an ongoing partnership with Coursera.
Texas A&M University: Ph.D, English, 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Mark Twain 1997
Texas A&M University: M.A., English, Creative Writing 1993
The University of Texas at Austin: B.A., English 1991
- UPCEA Unbound Editorial Board
Media Appearances (2)
UNC Will Do More to Help Active-duty Military, Vets Get Degrees
Robert Bruce helped The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to unveil two initiatives to help military personnel and veterans navigate the higher education process.
UNC's Friday Center Considers Expanding Services for Seniors
Robert Bruce appeared on WRAL to talk about the potential for the UNC Friday Center to better serve a growing senior citizen population after the state stopped providing free non-credit classes in the UNC system to people over 65.
Sample Talks (5)
“Leadership Discussion Forum: Best Leadership Practices in Today’s Change Environment”
2014. 99th Annual University Continuing Education Association Conference. Miami, Florida.
“Continuing Education Leaders Forum”
2012. 98th Annual University Continuing Education Association Conference. Boston, Massachusetts.
“Samuel Langhorne Clemens: God’s Fool”
2010. UT Odyssey Lecture Series. Austin, Texas.
“Leading Innovation: An Entire Statewide University System Goes Virtual”
2010. 95th Annual University Continuing Education Association Conference. San Francisco, California.
“Rhetorical Peaks: Developing a Virtual Environment Case Study on Tools and Processes”
2009. New Media Consortium (NMC) Annual Conference. Monterey, California.
Introduction to Fiction
2016. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
American Humor from 1830s to Present
2005. Freshman Seminar 301. The University of Texas at Austin.
World War II and American Humor
2004. Freshman Seminar 301. The University of Texas at Austin.
Mark Twain and American Humor
1997. English 203: Introduction to Literature. Texas A&M University; 1998-2003. Freshman Seminar 301. The University of Texas at Austin.
1996. English 203: Introduction to Literature. Texas A&M University.