Samantha D. Penney is the Director for Distance Education at Indiana State University where she works closely with faculty and administration to create high quality, innovative distance education courses for foundational studies and two- and four-year degree programs. She manages the day-to-day operation of a distance education program generating nearly 50,000 credit hours per year, working to increase enrollments, quality and student success.
Samantha has eight years of experience in higher education. Her expertise in learning management systems and instructional design has allowed her to hold administrative and teaching positions focusing on faculty professional development, development of distance education policy, and instructional technology.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from South Dakota State University, an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Dakota, and an M.A.Ed. in Instructional Design from Austin Peay State University. She has done post master’s work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Media Technology at Indiana State University.
While at Ausin Peay in 2006, Samantha was co-developer of the Innovative Professor Conference, and she is a frequent presenter at instructional technology and distance education conferences. Her research interests include the use of benchmarks with program evaluation, the development of program evaluation models, andragogy, and the use of social collaborative and other technologies in education.
She resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.