Lambert Earns National Distance Ed Award

May 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 13-4: The Many Faces of Leadership, Tribal College News

Lori Lambert: “The award belongs to all of us.”

The Sloan-Consortium has selected Dr. Lori Lambert (formerly known as Colomeda) as the recipient of the 2001 Sloan-C Excellence in Teaching Award. Competition for the award is rigid with over 71 colleges and universities submitting candidates. Lambert is the curriculum specialist for the Distance Education Department at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo, MT. Her supervisor, Dr. Michael T. O’Donnell, director of distance education at SKC, nominated her for this prestigious award, which was presented at Sloan’s international conference in November.

In 1998, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded SKC a development grant to provide stipends for faculty developing courses for online distance delivery.  Lambert developed 15 courses pro bono and was instrumental in assisting SKC faculty to develop 100 additional courses for the college.

Lambert states “The award belongs to all of us at the college and especially the Distance Education Department, Michelle Mitchell our technology manager, David Burland computer specialist, Kim Barber of Student Services, and Mike O’Donnell. We are a team, and this validates our hard work over the past four years.”

Lambert is a member of the Abenaki Nation and a descendent of French Canadians and Mi’kmaq peoples. She graduated in 1979 from Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA. In 1980, she received her bachelor of science degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her master’s in education was awarded in 1982 by Beaver College/ Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. She holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute of Arts and Science, Cincinnati, OH. Last year she completed an online post-doctoral certificate from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Distributed Learning and Technology.

This is her ninth year at SKC. She is married to Frank Tyro, media director for the college, and lives in Pablo, MT, with their six Huskies.

The goal of the Sloan Foundation’s grant program in asynchronous learning is to make quality higher education and training available anytime and anywhere. The Sloan ALN Consortium includes 71 institutions, ranging from elite universities to community colleges that have received grants from the foundation.

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