The 2019 Scholars Institute Committee is proud to announce Dr. Alexandera "Sasha" Thackaberry as the keynote speaker. Dr. Sasha Thackaberry serves as the Vice Provost for Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University.  She leads fully online programs, support for online and blended courses, and continuing education that encompasses professional development, K-12 and community programming.  Previous to her current post, she was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology, Course Production and New Learning Models at Southern New Hampshire University.  She is on the Executive Committee for WCET, is a member of the National Council for Online Education Advisory Board for UPCEA, and is on the 7 Things Advisory Committee for EDUCAUSE.  
She has served as a consultant for K-12, community college, non-profit and corporations in instructional design, professional development and e-learning ecosystems.  She has also held a variety of roles spanning the field of e-learning and innovation, including as the Director of eLearning Technologies, Manager of Next Generation Learning and Senior Instructional Designer at Cuyahoga Community College, and as the Online Learning Coordinator at WVIZ/PBS ideastream, a designated ed-tech agency for the state of Ohio where she ran online programs for professional development of in-service K-12 faculty statewide. 
Dr. Thackaberry has published articles in Inside Higher Ed, EDUCAUSE Review, eLearn Magazine, Distance Learning, e-Literate, WCET, evoLLLution, and the League for Innovation’s Learning Abstracts.   She is the co-recipient of the 2013 MOOC Award for Excellence through the Open Education Consortium, and a 2010 Innovation of the Year award through the League for Innovation.  Sasha holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration with a research focus in Competency-Based Education as well as an MAT from Kent State University.  Her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is from the University of Akron.

The University of Alabama System invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 UA System Scholars Institute, May 13 - 14, 2019 at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. We seek individual and group proposals for lecture, panel, hands-on, poster, and roundtable sessions related to the institute’s theme, The Future is Now: Building a Culture of Innovation through Technology for a New Generation.

The Scholars Institute fosters a shared community of knowledge among members of the three UA System campuses.  It brings faculty, staff, and students together to discuss and discover best practices and new ideas for the roles of technology in our administration, teaching, learning, and research processes.  

The 2019 Scholars Institute Committee is accepting proposals until February 28, 2019. For more information, or if you have questions please contact Melissa Berry at or 256.824.4762.  You may also visit the conference website at

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