Message from the Dean
Dear SCS Students, Faculty, and Staff:
This has been an extraordinary year for the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). At the close of my first year as dean, I look back on a year of outstanding engagement with the Hilltop and our surrounding community, student and faculty achievement, and continued development to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy.
This year, I am pleased that we have been able to create connections between the principles of continuing and professional education and the work of our colleagues on the Hilltop. The 100th Annual UPCEA Conference Leadership Reception, which we hosted on Sunday, March 29, truly exemplifies how relevant our work is to solving the challenges in higher education today. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson was the keynote speaker of the event, which drew as attendees senior leaders at Georgetown and academics from other leading institutions. Henderson shared her thoughts on increasing access for students, ensuring professional development opportunities for staff, and designing high-quality pedagogical methods, all points that resonated with our audience. SCS’s flexible, innovative model, which positions us at the nexus of industry and academia, charts a sustainable path forward and incorporates these crucial elements.
I am delighted to see that students from many programs have taken advantage of opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations over the course of the year. In April, Urban & Regional Planning students Maura Brophy and Arianna Koudounas presented their research paper, “Eco-Districts in the District of Columbia,” at the American Planning Association’s 2015 annual conference in Seattle. In May, Christine Lai, graduate of the Technology Management program, was named a Georgetown Fulbright Scholar. Our first Fulbright recipient, Lai will be studying at the IE Business School in Madrid in the fall of 2015. Additionally, we learned in April that the Osher Foundation approved $1 million in grants for Georgetown students, specifically geared to adult learners re-entering the classroom. This will serve many eligible Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies students for years to come.
As our faculty members receive accolades and honors both in academia and in industry, they advance our reputation and elevate the quality of our applied curriculum. Last fall, Bruce Harrison and Judith Mühlberg, Public Relations & Corporate Communications faculty members, saw their book Leadership Communication: How Leaders Communicate and How Communicators Lead in Today's Global Enterprise (2014) published by Business Expert Press. In April, Ben de la Cruz and Rolando Arrieta, faculty members in the Journalism program, received a Peabody Award for stories they produced about the 2014 Ebola epidemic. In February, Jimmy Lynn, special advisor to the Sports Industry Management program, received an appointment to the board of directors of the new National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (NFFSN). This congressionally chartered foundation seeks to inculcate lifestyles of fitness in America’s children.
The introduction of our online program offerings further increases the accessibility of our programs to students across the country. The online modality of the Technology Management program welcomed its first class of 57 students in January 2015. Our Real Estate program began online classes in the summer term of 2015, and we look forward to taking our Sports Industry Management program online in the fall of 2015. As we expand our program offerings and modalities, we are energized by the opportunity to meet a fundamental goal of a Jesuit institution: to take high quality education to new frontiers. I look forward to the next year together and all that we will accomplish.
Kelly J. Otter, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Continuing Studies