An Action Research Paper By Dr. Audrey Penner

Bio

Dr. Audrey J. Penner is Vice President Academic and Student Success at Northern College, responsible for academic planning, policy and procedures at Northern College, including applied research. Prior to coming to Northern, Dr. Penner managed a large directorate with responsibilities for policies and operational needs of applied research; curriculum and instructional development; adult education; language training for Newcomers to Canada; library services; assessment services; and integration of the education enhanced technology pedagogically and technially. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she lead several cohorts of Masters of Education in Leadership and Learning, specific to College needs and technology enhanced learning. She has been a member of the Ontario provincial task force to review flexible delivery models and quality assurance in the Ontario College system. She is currently co-chair of the College Committee of Vice Presidents Academic for Colleges Ontario and is a director on the eCampus Ontario Board. She co-chairs the Northern College Collaborative Program project, as well as having co-chaired the Northern Institutions Pathway Steering Committee.

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Audrey J. Penner is the Vice President Academic and Student Success at Northern College. She is responsible for all academic planning, policy and procedures at Northern College, including applied research. She co-chairs the Northern Colleges Collaborative Program project, which is a consortium of six colleges in Northern Ontario, committed to assuring access for learners. Her leadership is evident in her role as director on the Board for eCampus Ontario, a driver for online and technology enabled learning in Ontario Post-secondary education. She co-chairs the Committee of Vice Presidents Academic, Colleges Ontario. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has worked and lived in four Canadian provinces, with experience in a variety of PSE environments.

She has led research teams in a variety of social innovation areas that support learner success, labor force development, community needs, quality assessment and human capital expansion. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, consultant, researcher, and senior leader in the postsecondary environment. She has published nationally and internationally on PSE trends and issues.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Penner earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Waterloo in 2000. In 2002, she completed her Master’s at the University of Prince Edward Island. She completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Calgary in 2007.

She is the recipient of several professional awards including Alumni of Distinction, University of Manitoba, 2004. She has received numerous local, provincial and national recognition for her volunteer work.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Audrey and her husband Bob, are avid gardeners. They travel extensively and have been volunteers in developing countries in Central America. They share an extended family of 7 children and 10 grandchildren

Connect
Audrey Penner can be found on LinkedIn.

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