Teaching in Uncertain Times: Ensuring a Quality Educational Experience

23 June 2020 | Online


Tawnya Means

Dr. Tawnya Means is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this role, she provides vision, leadership, and management for a Center focused on serving the needs of students and faculty as it relates to teaching and learning. Her team develops and implements a comprehensive and effective learning support structure for students and creates faculty development programs and resources to assist faculty with instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. In addition, her team supports the college Assurance of Learning process for maintenance of accreditation through AACSB. She is a professor of practice in the Management department, teaching courses in strategy and leadership, communication, and teams in the virtual world for the college.

Previously, Tawnya spent more than 9 years as the director for the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida and before that, as an instructional designer for the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies and a consultant leading a team of instructional designers for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Means received her B.S. in Education, M.S. in Educational Technology, and PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral Bridge Program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.


Nicholas Igneri

Nicholas Igneri is currently the SVP of Learning and Development at AASCB. In this role, Nicholas leads the strategic vision of AACSB learning products and is developing a sustainable digital and virtual learning strategy for the organization.

Nicholas was most recently SVP of Education for the American Management Association International. In that role Nicholas led the strategic direction of AMA’s educational content distributed in classroom, virtual classroom and on demand modalities. In addition, Nicholas lead the direction and strategy for the learning technology ecosystem, including the learning management system, synchronous learning platform, evaluation platform and support platform. Prior to the SVP role at the AMA, Nicholas held a leadership role at Vitesse Learning. Vitesse Learning designed and developed highly interactive, custom eLearning content for corporate clients. Nicholas joined the executive team of VitesseLearning as Vice-President of Learning Solutions and responsible for leading the learning solutions team and client consulting on web-based content development. Prior to joining Vitesse Learning, Nicholas was with SumTotal Systems as Director of Professional Service. SumTotal Systems is one of the leading learning management platform vendors in the market.  While at SumTotal he was responsible for leading the professional services team.

Nicholas holds a BS in Psychology and Computer Science and a MA in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Development.