Tom Thibodeau has been an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in East Greenwich, RI for the last 18 years. As assistant provost, he serves as the division chair for nine academic departments with 18 degree programs (AS, BS, MS and PPD) and over 1,000 students. He also leads faculty development, outcomes assessment and attendance tracking through a team-based approach. As facilitator of new faculty orientation, Thibodeau stresses the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed the development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology in 1998 and implemented a new curriculum mapping process that drives the outcomes assessment program. Tom started at NEIT in 1990 as an adjunct instructor in video production and then an assistant professor, department chair, and director of the Center for Distributed Learning and the Faculty Resource Center.
He has been involved in online education since 1996 and has seen, first hand, the impact that positive planning and design can have on student engagement, especially when these are designed to meet the needs of all learners. Tom is the co-author of “UDL in the Cloud” with Dr. Katie Novak and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses with Dr. Novak.