March 16, 2022

Purdue University Global faculty and staff to share their expertise at UPCEA Annual Conference, SOLA-R

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than a dozen Purdue University Global faculty and staff will share their expertise at the UPCEA Annual Conference, set for April 11-14 in Orlando, Florida.

The UPCEA Annual Conference convenes deans and other senior university leaders, key staff and teams responsible for the management, administration and growth of professional, continuing and online education programs.

“UPCEA’s annual conference offers a great opportunity for the PG team to network and gain insights from thought leaders and practitioners across the field of online and professional continuing education,” said Judy Lewandowski, Purdue Global vice provost for adult teaching and learning. “Our team will be leading sessions to share ideas as well as attending sessions to learn from our colleagues.”

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Here is a list of Purdue Global-related topics and presenters:

At Your Service: Bringing Community Engagement and Service Learning to an Online University

  • Jeff Buck, dean and vice president, School of Business and Information Technology.
  • Tricia Berry, associate dean School of Health Sciences.
  • Catherine Flynn, faculty, School of Business and Information Technology.

Incorporating Virtual Reality into Your Graduate Nursing Skills Lab

  • Melissa Burdi, dean and vice president, School of Nursing.
  • Abbey Elliott, national senior manager of simulation, School of Nursing.

Professional Success: Empowering Students to Find Success Through Professional Skills

  • Jody DeKorte, dean and vice president, School of General Education.
  • Michele Riley, associate dean, School of General Education.

Developing New Online Programs in Six to Nine Months

In addition, the following Purdue Global faculty and staff will participate April 11-12 in the co-located SOLA+R (Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable), which is focused on the online enterprise from both strategic and operational perspectives:

Shrinking the Skills Gap: Utilizing Labor Market Data, University-Wide Collaboration, and Employer Engagement to Prepare Graduates with Skills for Careers of Today and the Future

  • Jennifer Katz, director of career services.
  • Adam Bufka, director, Center for Career Advancement.

Strategic Planning at Lightning Speed: Working with Online Teams in a Condensed Time Frame

  • Judy Lewandowski, vice provost for adult teaching and learning.
  • Beth Gillon, chief of staff.
  • Jacob Askeroth, project manager, academic operations.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit


UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

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