NJEdge Recognizes Contributions to Higher Education Community

Dr. Shelley Kurland, dean of the Virtual Campus at County College of Morris (CCM), and Rob Stirton, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and CIO, recently were presented with NJEdge awards for their technological contributions to the higher education community.

Man and woman in suits hold awardsKurland, of Rockaway, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Educational Technology in recognition of her “outstanding services and exemplary contributions with the use of educational technology to advance teaching, learning and student success …” At CCM, Kurland is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the development of a Virtual Campus to serve diverse populations. She also has written and spoken extensively on instructional design, online learning and digital technology in the classroom.

Stirton was presented with the Enterprise Technology Innovation Award for his “outstanding creativity, innovation and risk-taking in the use of enterprise technology to advance research, institutional effectiveness and students success …” At CCM, Stirton has led the charge to support a data-driven culture at CCM by providing the necessary tools and resources. Included among those resources is the development of a data dashboard to provide college officials with ready access to the information they need for effective decision making. Stirton has expansive experience in the area of institutional research and effectiveness in higher education. Prior to joining CCM last year, he oversaw the design and implementation of strategic data extraction and reporting at Jackson College, the University of Detroit and Schoolcraft College.

“CCM is fortunate to have Dean Shelley Kurland and Vice President Rob Stirton serving as technology leaders not only for the college but the higher education community in general,” said President Anthony J. Iacono. “Through their innovation and creativity, we are able to further ensure the success of students and the effectiveness of our operations. We’re proud to have their contributions recognized by NJEdge.”

The awards were presented to Kurland and Stirton at the NJEdge Member and Partner Appreciation Day held at Montclair State University on October 5. NJEdge is a nonprofit consortium of academic and research institutions that provides access to optimal technology solutions and services, and insight and expertise in information technologies.