Senior Educational Developer
Western Carolina University
Terry Pollard is the Senior Educational Developer in the Coulter Faculty Commons at Western Carolina University. His team consults with faculty across five colleges on issues related to teaching practices, course design, student engagement, syllabus design, and learning outcomes development and alignment.
Prior to joining the teaching and learning center, Terry was at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was the Director for Instructional Development and Distance Learning. There, he consulted with faculty in the development, design, and evaluation of online programs.
He is the author of a chapter in the 2017 Handbook of Research on Building, Growing, and Sustaining Quality E-Learning Programs, where he discusses how institutions can garner faculty and administrative commitment to strive for—and meet—national benchmarks in online education. His 2013 article published in New Horizons in Teaching and Learning addressed similar issues of team-building and leadership within the field.
Prior to his time at UMMC, Mr. Pollard served as the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Mississippi Virtual Community College at the Mississippi Community College Board. There, he led more than one thousand community college faculty in the state to earn their online teaching credentials. He has spoken at regional and national conferences for Quality Matters™, Educause, the Online Learning Consortium, Blackboard, and Canvas, and in 2015 was has been a keynote speaker throughout the state of Mississippi.