Rick A. Sheets, Ed.D.

"No One of Us is as Smart as All of Us" (Anonymous), is a quote I live by. To live it means that decisions should be grounded in input and thoughtfulness from all stakeholders (real and potential). The key to success is to build effective communication and synergy in solving problems and providing services.

Personal Mission: I want to continue to learn, grow, enjoy, and create; to integrate a part of me into all that I do


EDUCATION:

Ed. D. in Curriculum & Instruction, 8/94
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Certified as a Developmental Education Specialist - 12/86
Kellogg Institute, National Center of Developmental Education, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

MA in Education, 5/82, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

BA in Education, 5/75, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ



CERTIFICATION:

Arizona Community College Certification in:

Computer Information Systems Courses (A.1.b.)
Elementary Education Courses (A.1.a.)
Mathematics Courses (A.1.a.)
Reading Courses (A.1.a.)

Certified Network Administrator (CNA) Novell Netware 5.1


TRAINING:

CNA, Novell Netware 5.1, Lightopint Learning Systems. Training April 2002,
CNA Certified, August 2002.

Self-taught in technology, software, and in building and designing web pages in HTML, Netscape Communicator, PageMill, FrontPage, and DreamWeaver.

ATI Grad in Advanced 4MAT Training - Bernice McCarthy & Susan Leflar, EXCEL, Chicago. An instructional design model that incorporates individual learning differences and needs.

Tel
ementoring Project - Mr. Rob Somers, National Center for Developmental Education, Appalachian State University. Training in providing long distance training in through video, audio teleconferencing, videotapes, and handouts.

Instructional Improvement Training by Catherine Krupnick, Harvard University. Technique using videotapes to help faculty evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

 


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

College Reading & Learning Association President (President-elect, President, Past President) 2007-2009.

ITTPC Coordinator for CRLA 2009-2015

CRLA Technology Coordinator & Webmaster 2009-2012

Webmaster for Council for Learning Assistance and Development Education Associations (CLADEA) Spring, 2009-2012

Webmaster for the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (http://www.lsche.net) 1996-Present

Arizona Regional Director for the College Reading & Learning Association, 2005. Arizona Site Chair for College Reading & Learning Association's national conference, April 1994 and current member.

Co-Director and Mentor, Winter Institute, Tucson, AZ
Week-long annual national institute, 1992-2002

MAT (Management, Administrative, Technology) policy group President for PVCC. 1998-1999.

President SWADE (SouthWest Association for Developmental Educators), regional chapter of NADE, 1990-92



WORK EXPERIENCE:


2010 - 2015, Retired
Volunteered (fulltime +) as ITTPC Coordinator for CRLA

8/87 - 2010, Paradise Valley Community College, Phx, AZ

Director, Learning Support Center (LSC), 7/2005-Present
Responsibilities:

Provide a warm, inviting learning environment to support the learning needs of students, staff, and faculty. LSC services include tutoring, workshops, study and conversation groups, handouts, presentations, manipulatives and models, and other learning support resources. The LSC supports staff and faculty using the Faculty/Staff Resource Room in the LSC. We also provide group rooms for use by students, staff, and faculty. Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality and relevance of tutoring. Serve as campus resource in the following areas: learning assistance, developmental education, instructional improvement services for faculty, instructional technology, study strategies, learning preferences, and strategies in helping students learn to take personal responsibility. Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality and relevance of tutoring. Maintain and revise a tutor training program certified by the ITPC (International Tutor Program Certification) through CRLA. Provide in-class and general presentations and workshops for students in study skills. Collaborate with other campus services and groups to provide better support for students (i.e. ACE, Athletics, AWARE, iStartSmart, Counseling, Distance Learning, Library, PEAK program, Service Learning, Special Services, Student Leadership, and the Under-prepared Student Initiative). Supervise the Learning Support Center (LSC) staff and tutoring program, provide reports relating to the budget, use, and evaluation of the LSC. Maintain good communication with faculty throughout all divisions of the college.

Director, Computer Commons, 1/99-Present
Responsibilities:

Provide a warm, inviting learning environment to support learning needs for students and faculty using the Open Lab and classroom labs in the Computer Commons (CC). Support technology learning needs of students, staff, and faculty in the CC (about 500 computers in the Open Lab and classrooms). Chair the Lab Planning Management Team, as we provide long range planning for the CC and connections with other areas of campus. Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality of services in the Computer Commons Lab. Supervise the Technology Trainer and the technology training efforts. Serve and provide input to Technology Coordinating Team, Web Development Committee and Automated Planning and Budgeting Team.

Director, Mac Lab, 7/97-1/99
Responsibilities:

Manage the small centralized Macintosh MicroComputer Lab. Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality of services in the MicroComputer Lab. Coordinate with Business and Math/Computer Science divisions regarding plans to merge the two centralized computer labs into one facility. Coordinate technology training efforts for the '97-'98 school year. Serve and provide input to Technology Coordinating Team, Web Development Committee, Web Training Pilot Team. Teach and pilot web training classes for PVCC faculty and staff.

Instructional Developer, 1/97-6/97
Responsibilities:

One-semester reassignment to work on the MCCCD LCS project. Duties were to include writing documentation for the first and second workflow documents that would become the user-end documentation for the new Learner Centered System (LCS) of software by Oracle/Buzzeo to replace current Maricopa CC District systems. Area assigned was in Curriculum Development and later assigned Articulation. Developed web page for Learning Assistance Center, Student Life areas, and Construction Planning for E & B buildings. Also began developing training for web page design for colleagues at college.


Director, LAC & MicroComputer Lab, 8/94-12/96
Responsibilities:

In addition to responsibilities listed below for Director, Learning Assistance Center: Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality and relevance of the centralized Macintosh MicroComputer Lab. Serve as campus resource in the following areas: instructional technology and computer-assisted instruction. Manage a large centralized microcomputer lab that would provide: software support for students, staff, and faculty; computer literacy; and computer-assisted instruction. Direct development of or purchase of computer-assisted instruction materials for lab.


Director, Learning Assistance Center, 8/88-8/94
Responsibilities:

Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality and relevance of tutoring. Establish and monitor study groups for tutoring in appropriate courses and areas. Establish, maintain, and revise a tutor training program certified by the ITCP (International Tutor Certification Program) through CRLA. Serve as campus resource in the following areas: learning assistance, developmental education, instructional technology, learning styles-4MAT, study skills and computer-assisted instruction. Provide in-class and general presentations and workshops for students in study skills. Collaborate with other campus services to provide better support for students (i.e. Counseling, Special Services, Computer Labs for in-class tutors). Establish and maintain a grant program (using internal, state, and/or federal funds) to provide additional services for at-risk students in math and computer classes. Supervise a few computer stations with microcomputers computer-assisted instruction. Supervise the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) staff and tutoring program, provide reports relating to the budget, use, and evaluation of the LAC.

Mathematics Faculty, 8/87 - 8/88
Responsibilities:

Teach basic skills math classes including Math Anxiety. Co-coordinate the establishment of the Learning Assistance Center and developmental education program at the new campus. Six hours reassigned time each semester for major focus on operationalizing the LAC, providing tutor training, begin networking with other faculty and campus services to establish a team of resources for instructional support, and offering study strategy workshops.



10/82- 8/87 Gateway Community College - GWCC (Formerly Maricopa Technical Community College), Phoenix, AZ.

Director, Learning Assistance Center, 11/84-8/87
Responsibilities:
Coordinate and interact with faculty, staff, and students to improve the quality and relevance of tutoring. Establish and monitor study groups for tutoring in appropriate courses and areas. Serve as campus resource in the following areas: learning assistance, developmental education, instructional improvement services for faculty, instructional technology, Telementoring project, 4MAT, and computer-assisted instruction. Establish and supervise a small computer lab with both microcomputers and terminals that would provide: software support for students, staff, and faculty; computer literacy; and computer-assisted instruction. Direct development of or purchase of computer-assisted instruction materials for lab. Develop and manage a staff/tutor training program. Supervise the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) staff and tutoring program, provide reports relating to the budget, use, and evaluation of the LAC. Teach individualized math courses.

Learning Assistance Center Coordinator, 9/83 - 11/84
Responsibilities:

Establish and monitor study groups for tutoring in appropriate courses and areas. Supervise and maintain accurate statistics and records of Learning Assistance use by students. Assist in the development of computer-assisted instruction materials. Conduct workshops and classroom presentations on the operation of the LAC, software training , and computer literacy. Establish and supervise a small computer lab with both microcomputers and terminals that would provide: software support for students, staff, and faculty; computer literacy; and computer-assisted instruction.
Responsibilities shared with the director: Develop and manage a staff/tutor training program. Supervise the learning assistance center (LAC) staff and tutoring program, Provide reports relating to the budget, use, and evaluation of the LAC.

Evening Supervisor for General Studies (math, science, English, communication, humanities, social and behavioral sciences), GWCC 1/83 - 8/86
Responsibilities:

Recommend and coordinate schedule for evening classes with division chair. Select visiting faculty to teach evening classes. Supervise and evaluate 20-25 visiting (part time) faculty each semester.

Instructor, Spring '83 - Spring '86
Responsibilities:
Teach GWCC developmental math courses:
  • MAT033: modules
    A) Whole numbers
    B) Fractions
    C) Decimals, percents, and ratio & proportion
  • MAT055 - Arithmetic Review
  • MAT077- Beginning Algebra
Learning Assistance Center Technician- Math/Science Tutor 10/82-6/83
Responsibilities:

Tutor students needing help in math or science classes. Organize and monitor systems of instruction for students in independently-arranged classes. Coordinate tutoring with the teaching methods of the instructors. Establish study groups for math, chemistry, and applied science courses. Develop data base format to collect , sort, total, and report on LAC usage statistics. Identify uses and establish needs for computers as instructional tools to be housed in the LAC. Act as a resource for staff or students regarding the LAC's computer system or regarding the operation of the LAC in the director's absence.


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6/78-10/82 Yellow Brick Road School, Inc. Phoenix, AZ

Director, Owner, and Teacher
Responsibilities:

Manage the preschool program. Plan, organize, and direct the operation; hire, train, supervise, and terminate employees; promote program to parents and maintain good communication with them; develop brochure and advertising; maintain communication and rapport with the church board; manage fiscal and operational budget including weekly tuition collection; manage two government programs - DES Title XX and the Child Care Food Program.


10/77-6/78 Osborn Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ

Special Education Teacher
Responsibilities :

Teach junior high learning disabled students (grade 5-8) in a self-contained classroom.


9/75-5/77 Washington Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ

Teacher
Responsibilities :

Teach in a team-teaching fourth grade open classroom (pod) situation. First year, team teaching: two teachers and a student teacher(fall semester) with 52 students. Second year , team teaching: three teachers and 78 students.





PRESENTATIONS:

Mentor and presenter at Technology Institute for Developmental Educators, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. Working with Post-Secondary professionals in gaining technology skills in the areas of MS Office, Presentations, and Web Design.

Technology trainer for PVCC staff and faculty as part of Computer Commons Director duties 1997-Present. Teaching courses and workshops on using ClarisWorks, MSOffice, Web Page Design and Development and Use of Web Page Creation Tools, APB System (New Automated Planning and Budgeting System for PVCC), and PowerPoint. Co-founder, mentor, and presenter at each of PVCC's first seven annual Summer Fun Technology Weeks, 2003-2009.

The ABCDE Cycle of Technology Decisions CRLA, Utah, 1998. A presentation describing a model to facilitate campus/department technology decisions.

Mentor and presenter of technology applications for Winter Institute for Learning Assistance Professionals, Annual week-long Winter Institute: 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 2001, 2002.

"Success"ness" in Math" (Sheets, R.) Presentation as part of pilot program for Motorola, Inc. through Workplace Education Systems, August 1987.

"Tips for Success" (Sheets, R.) Spring 1986 - 97
A classroom presentation tailored to meet the specific needs of a course or program. The strategies that could be included are test taking, notetaking, memory techniques, vocabulary, textbook study methods, and time management. The presentation could be a single time or a series. The instructor and I confer to determine the time, structure, and content of the presentation. Handouts of tips are provided to the students.

4MAT - Learning Style Preferences (Sheets, R.) Spring 1985-Present
Advanced Training Seminar grad in 4MAT - a powerful tool in understanding one's own preferences for learning, other's learning preferences, and how to use preferences knowledge to implement better study techniques and work more effectively with others. Also includes an excellent instructional model for presenting any content to a diverse group.

"Success Seminars" (Sheets, R.) Fall 1985 - Present
A series of free generic seminars independent of each other that are offered to students each semester. "hands-on" activities and handouts are provided.
"Taking Good Notes"
"Preparing for Tests"
"SQ3R - Textbook Study Method"
"Manage Your Time Effectively"
"Improving Your Memory"
"Expanding Your Vocabulary"
"Final Exams"

"Faculty Involvement in Academic Support Services" (Sheets, R., Bensyl, C.) Presentation at the Arizona Association of Student Personnel Administrators' conference, Tucson, October 1986.

"Author! Author! Developing Quality CAI" (Field, B., Martens, K., Mosley, M.L., Sheets, R., Story, N.) Presentation at the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, Miami, October 1986.

"Learning Assistance" (Field, B., Myrland, C., Sheets, R.) Presentation at the Maricopa Community Colleges' Faculty Convocation, Phoenix, January 1986.

"Telementoring in Maricopa Community Colleges" (Sheets, R.) Presentation at the MCCCD regional Developmental Education Conference, Phoenix, November 1985.



AWARDS:

-2015 CLADEA Fellow (inducted in February 2015) Highest award for outstanding service for Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations in Higher Education.

- 2012 NCLCA Use of Technology Award for LSCHE web portal (with Co-Founder Frank Christ)

-2008 25 Years of Service in Maricopa.

-2007 Innovation of the Year, a team-member recipient of the college award given by Maricopa Community Colleges through the national League for Innovation for developing and implementing:

iStartSmart: Member of initial development and implementation team for PVCC's USI initiative which became the iStartSmart program for Student Success and was later adopted as a model program to integrate collegewide efforts for the success of students who were "New to college."

-2004 Karen G. Smith, National Special Recognition Service Award from the College Reading & Learning Association for outstanding service to our learning profession.

-2002 Innovation of the Year, a co-recipient of the college award given by Maricopa Community Colleges through the national League for Innovation for developing and implementing:

Member of initial development and implementation team for PVCC's new Automated Planning and Budgeting System. APB is an online planning and budgeting system which enables any individual and opprotunity to give input into the planning and budgeting of the college, but also an opprotunity to monitor plans and budget decisions made. Any individual can view any formal plan and the status and priority of every formal budget request. Currently one of the trainers for the campus in this system. Also part of the revision team as we moved from Beta into pilot phase: https://zen.pvc.maricopa.edu/apb/.

-2001-2002 Golden Web Award Winner, for LSCHE as an outstanding website (with co-founder Frank Christ)

-2000 Innovation of the Year, a co-recipient of the college award given by Maricopa Community Colleges through the national League for Innovation for developing and implementing:

Campuswide Employee & Organizational Learning at PVCC. Was one of the original team members, co-chair, and currently serve on the team as the technology training supervisor and representative. The E&OL coordinates, supports, and/or facilitates the many learning opportunities for all PVCC employees. It coordinates efforts of various committees to provide a campuswide initiative avaliable to all employees including temporary staff and adjuunct faculty.

-1998 Innovator of the Year, a co-recipient of the college award given by Maricopa Community Colleges through the national League for Innovation for developing and implementing:

Technology Training at Paradise Valley Community College-A training model based on a needs assessment, providing alternative delivery options, and continuous improvement based on evaluations and feedback

-1989 Innovator of the Year, a co-recipient of the college award given by by Maricopa Community Colleges through the national League for Innovation for:

Tutor Training Seminars-Developed for Paradise Valley Community College which are now certified under an International Tutor Training Certification Program

Recognized as the Outstanding Management Employee for Gateway Community College in 1986-87. May 1987.

Recognized as "One of Ten Highly Respected Learning Assistance Professionals in the Nation" in a report by Mr. Rob Somers, National Center for Developmental Educators, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, July 1986.

Black and Gold Service Award for Outstanding Service to the College, Maricopa Technical Community College, Phoenix, AZ, May 1984.



WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT INVOLVEMENT :

Webster (Webpage manager) for:

Learning Your Way: A Metacognitive Approach to Study Strategies, a web iste establsihes to be accessed and used as a first step and the key to success in applying appropriate study strategies effectively.
http://www.sheetsoriginals.net/lyw/index.htm

Learning Support Centers in Higher Education: Massive site of more than 500 webpages of information for Learning Center Professionals worldwide: http://www.lsche.net (began in 1996 using HTML, Netscape Navigator, PageMill, FrontPage, Dreamweaver, and converted to a WordPress site in 2013)

Learning Support Center at PVC. Default home page for browsers of the LSC computers. Contains floorplan and pics of the LSC, a list of services, pictures of the staff, up-to-date listing tutors and their schedules, online resources to support learning, tipsheets, and an online evaluation/suggestion box: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/lsc/

In Memory of ..., a tribute to PVCC employees who passed on while working at PVCC
- no longer available

My personal web page at PVCC:
Fun stuff, dissertation, and interesting links - no longer available


Member of initial development and implementation team for PVCC's new Automated Planning and Budgeting System - no longer available

Provided workshops and individual training sessions for managers and staff interested in developing own webpages. 1997-2010.



REFERENCES:


Paul Dale
President
Paradise Valley Community College Center
(602) 787-6610

David Gerkin
Couselor
Glendale Community College Center
(623) 845-4762

Other references available upon request.

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