Linda Summers has held a range of instructional and administrative roles throughout her career. At the same time, she earned degrees in Library & Information Science, English, Liberal Arts, and Fashion Merchandising and Management. She has completed more than a dozen certifications in Online & Blended Instruction. Linda worked full time to support her family throughout her college career, and she strongly believes that learning is a lifelong journey. In fact, she will continue that journey by working on a doctorate in Teaching & Learning here at Illinois State University, starting in the 2013-2014 academic year.
A strong advocate for student-centered learning, Linda focuses her research on user information behavior to ensure the tools used to facilitate online instruction are as intuitive as possible and complement rather than compete with the learning objectives of the course. Like many in the field of faculty development, Linda enjoys the cross-section of interdisciplinary studies and particularly appreciates how working with teachers enhances her own instruction.
Originally from Tulsa, Linda joined the CTLT staff in 2013 as the Coordinator for Blended & Online Instruction. She is responsible for helping develop a full program of support for teaching faculty interested in incorporating research-based best practices of online instruction into their curriculum. Linda also serves as Online Facilitator and Master Reviewer for the Quality Matters Program, an international organization that promotes inter-institutional collaboration and shared understanding of online course quality.