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Pamela Northrup

Pam Northrup is Senior Associate Provost of Academic Innovation and the inaugural CEO of the University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute. Dr. Northrup has spent her career engaged in transformative educational projects with the goal of solving some of education’s toughest challenges. Most recently, Dr. Northrup is leading the Florida Virtual Campus, which is a hub for all 40 higher education institutions in Florida serving the academic library infrastructure, distance learning and student support services. Dr. Northrup is leading Florida’s legislatively funded degree completion initiative, Complete Florida for the state where policy and best practice will emerge regarding competency-based education, prior learning assessment and reducing the cost of education. Dr. Northrup recently served on the Florida Board of Governors Task Force for developing the Online Education Strategic Plan 2025. Dr. Northrup also has engaged in many other transformative projects including the development of a fully immersive curriculum in partnership with TEQGames at Universal Studios for the National Flight Academy. Dr. Northrup also has extensive expertise in online course and program design, development and implementation as well as many years’ experience in measurement, assessment and evaluation. She also has worked with the U.S. Navy on the development and deployment of mobile learning for service members and language instruction. She also has worked with performance improvement efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard and has presented at the Joint Special Operations University and led workshops on distance learning at the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College. Dr. Northrup publishes and speaks extensively with her most recent efforts focused on the development of systems that support transformational change. She has authored a text on learning objects and has written extensively in the areas of systemic change, immersive education and distance learning. Dr. Northrup served as the Dean of the College of Professional Studies for many years and prior to that, developed the University of West Florida’s distance learning model that now serves over 30% of the university’s student population. Dr. Northrup received her B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Florida, masters in Instructional Systems/Technology at Florida State University and PhD at Florida State University in Instructional Systems/Educational Research.
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