Shelley C. Kurland, Ph.D.
Dean, Virtual Campus
Shelley Kurland is the Dean of Virtual Campus at the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey. She has been an educator since 1999 and involved in distance education since 2003. Dr. Kurlandâ€™s areas of expertise and interests are in distance education, active learning, faculty learning, and the use of digital technologies with pedagogical considerations. She uses the question, â€śIs this the best for the student?â€ť as the compass for her professional work.
Dr. Kurlandâ€™s scholarly activities involve active contributions through professional presentations in the areas of teaching and learning in all delivery methods. As part of her action research dissertation study, Rethinking Teaching in STEM Education in a Community College: Role of Instructional Consultation and Digital Technologies, Dr. Kurland discussed educatorsâ€™ tendency to introduce or to implement technology without aligning it to a theoretical framework, which may lead to the â€śusing technology for the sake of using technology mindsetâ€ť. She developed and introduced the Learning-Teaching-Technology Cycle. Each of the elements – learning, teaching, and technology – is critical, connected, and inform each other as an educator designs and implements an activity and/or lesson.
Dr. Kurland holds a B.A. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Teacher of the Handicapped and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Teacher Education/Teacher Development. Both postgraduate degrees are obtained from Montclair State University. She also serves as a member of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) Advocacy Committee and a member of the New Jersey Community College Consortiumâ€™s Distance Education Affinity Group. Dr. Kurland was also the recipient of NJEDge Distinguished Service Award for Educational Technology in 2018.
Coordinator of Virtual Campus Services
Sheri Ventura is the Coordinator of Virtual Campus Services at the County College of Morris. In her role, Sheri works closely with the Dean of the Virtual Campus to meet operational and strategic needs and functions. While coordinating all aspects of distance education by supporting students, faculty and staff, one of her critical responsibility is that of Accessibility Liaison.
A graduate of Montclair Sate College with a B.A in Psychology, Ms. Ventura has been a member of the CCM Distance Education department and active member of the college community for more than 15 years. She is a member of the national Instructional Technology Council, most recently serving on the Accessibility Services Committee. In addition she has held numerous leadership roles in the New Jersey Community College Consortium Distance Education Affinity Group and in 2012 was recipient of the Community College Spirit award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. She remains an active member of the NJEdge.net community of practice.