Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Donald Judges Named Vice Provost for Distance Education, Global Campus Head
Donald P. Judges has been named as vice provost for distance education and leader of the Global Campus, effective July 1. He served in these roles in an interim capacity since April 2016 and has played a key role on the Global Campus leadership team since May 2015. He also maintains his faculty status with the School of Law, his academic home since 1989.
“Don Judges has been doing an outstanding job as interim vice provost for Global Campus, and I am excited that he will continue his efforts in the permanent role,” said Jim Coleman, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“The role of online education is becoming an increasingly vital part of the University of Arkansas’ ability to reach and teach people all across our state and beyond,” Coleman said. “Additionally, under Don’s leadership, Global Campus is becoming an even more important innovator in adopting technology to improve course design and student learning for both online and in-person formats. I expect that Don will continue to do an excellent job ensuring that Global Campus makes significant contributions to several of the University of Arkansas’ guiding priorities.”
Over the past year, Global Campus performance metrics show a positive trajectory, including increases in online enrollments, development of new online courses and programs, non-credit workforce education offerings, support for U of A faculty, and revenues generated for the general fund and academic colleges.
“I am so proud to be part of a phenomenal team that continues to climb in all major areas,” Judges said. “And I’m excited about what we will achieve in the next year to support the campus in its efforts to keep pace with student expectations and needs.”
The Global Campus’ Fayetteville office expanded its range of services during the past year to begin reaching all instructional modes, including face-to-face. It supports the use of learning technology, instructional design and innovative teaching strategies that give faculty and students flexible, academically robust learning options.
The Global Campus’ office in Rogers provides non-credit workforce and continuing education programs developed through collaboration with U of A faculty, industry, organizations and government agencies. This work helps people further their careers and helps Arkansas fill skills gaps.
Judges first connected with the Global Campus in 2013, when the School of Law initiated an online track of its master of laws degree program in agricultural and food law. Judges continued to serve as an adviser to the Global Campus until he was appointed interim associate vice provost for distance education in 2015.
“I think that’s why I am such a big proponent for academic colleges to use Global Campus services,” Judges said. “I know how Global Campus helped me and my school when we needed it.”
Judges earned his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1983 and his doctorate in psychology from the University of Tulsa in 1999. He held the E.J. Ball Professor of Law chair from 2005 to 2017 and the Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy chair from 2000 to 2005.
About the Global Campus: The Global Campus supports U of A colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online, distance and workforce education programs and courses. It provides instructional design services, technology services and assistance with marketing, recruiting and strategic academic development.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.