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L. Edward Bednar Jr.

Professor, general studies
Vice chancellor, academic services, Purdue North Central
Director, Institutional Research and Campus Assessment
(219) 785-5262

Coordinates Purdue North Central's extensive prison-college program and has been recognized nationally for his efforts in correctional higher education. Also directs the off-campus credit course program with educational centers in 10 communities in a three-county area. Is responsible for PU/NC's ongoing assessment and institutional research programs.

Marilyn J. Haring

Professor, counseling and development
Dean, School of Education
(765) 494-2341

Is chairwoman of the board of directors of the Corporation for Educational Communication, which will award $30 million in grants between 1995 and 2000 to encourage distance learning in grades 7-12. Is a nationally recognized authority about mentoring, and has published research and spoken extensively about women's leadership. Also has studied women's career development, education for the 21st century, education reform and educational equity.

James D. Lehman

Professor, educational computing
Co-director, Technology Resources Center
(765) 494-5670

Teaches courses in uses of computers in education. Works extensively with schools. Has published more than 20 articles related to research and applications of computers in education. Has written commercial software for education. Special areas of expertise include computer uses in science education; computer-based distance education; and instructional uses of interactive video and multimedia. Associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

William D. McInerney

Professor, educational administration
(765) 494-9731

Researches the planning and implementation of organizational and technological innovations in schools. Also studies the nature of the planning process and the effects of planning in such areas as educational computing, school-university collaboration and school restructuring. Is co-leader of an interdisciplinary team that developed a program to allow teachers and school administrators in northwest Indiana to earn doctoral degrees in educational administration at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond from the West Lafayette campus via the latest in distance education technology. It is the first time in Indiana that an entire Ph.D. program has been offered by distance education.

Philip H. Swain

Professor, electrical and computer engineering
Director, Office of Distance Learning
(765) 496-3103

Has had a major role in developing and implementing distance learning technology and programs at Purdue and statewide. Develops programs to connect instructors and learners in two different places via a variety of media, including television, videotape, Internet, videoconferencing, World Wide Web, CD-ROM and telephone.

Phillip C. Wankat

Professor, chemical engineering
Interim director, Continuing Engineering Education
(765) 494-7015

Has expertise in distance education, engineering enrollments and retention, teaching methods, and student learning.

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