Bonnie Mullinix

Bonnie currently works as a Senior Consultant with the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, a national organization that works to support TL&T in Higher Education. This position allows her to work out of Greenville and continue to build other educational research and consulting efforts domestically and internationally.


Most recently, she and Dave McCurry established Jacaranda Educational Development. The first activity undertaken by this consulting firm was Bonnie's work with CIE/UMass helping with the development of a M.Ed. for faculty responsible for secondary teacher education throughout Afghanistan (beginning in a snowy January return to Amherst and continuing through 6 weeks in Kabul (February-March 2008). "It was wonderful walking the halls of CIE, visiting with everyone, and working with all the interesting and dedicated Center members, HEP Project personnel and Afghans associated with this wonderful project!" she commented. "As for the Web site and consulting firm, we are offering several CIE friends and colleagues a Web presence with us and welcome CIE members to think of us if you need consultative help."


Prior to these most recent endeavors, Bonnie concluded two years as Assistant Academic Dean at Furman University (2005-2007) where she worked intensively to establish the Center for Teaching and Engaged Learning (CTEL) and create a unique, interesting and worthwhile set of programs to support both faculty and students. This position is what brought them to Greenville, SC, where they are happily settled an hour north of Dave's parents.


Before this, Bonnie served as Associate Professor of Higher Education at Drexel University and spent 7 years serving in various capacities at Monmouth University (MU), where she established a Faculty Resource Center, designed a Center for Teaching and Learning, and redesigned the educational counseling program. These positions gave her a chance to write, research, connect with various professional communities and build familiarity with new technologies. The international connections came when she worked with the MU Social Work International Community Development Concentration and got Monmouth its first federally-funded international institutional partnership grant, with Latvia.


All of this University-based teaching and faculty development work is situated in the context of what is now 25 years of work in international development that is now calling her back. A brief retrospective: Namibia NGO Capacity Building and Training of Trainers (1995-98); World Education - LSI, domestic literacy/numeracy, Kenya, Mali, (1992-1998); Malawi Adult Literacy (1988-91); CIE (1983-1995); and before that The Gambia Peace Corps Secondary Science and Adult Literacy (1980-83) - with lots of consulting in between. [4/08]






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