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Darlene Smucny

George Mason University
Assistant Director, Digital Learning, Stearns Center
Fairfax, VA
Darlene's work at The Stearns Center (GMU) focuses on online course quality, online faculty development, services, and support. Offering an experienced instructor’s perspective of online teaching and learning, Darlene shares guidance, tips, and resources for getting started and actionable feedback for online teaching & online course improvement. Darlene received her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Prior to Mason, she worked at University of Maryland University College (now known as University of Maryland Global Campus) as academic administrator and Collegiate faculty member. At UMUC, Darlene worked with faculty teams to re-design the online curriculum in the social science degree program in The Undergraduate School. She also taught fully online courses and hired & managed online faculty in the social sciences undergraduate program. During her years at UMUC, Darlene helped to establish UMUC's fully-online chapter (Maryland Theta Chapter) of Pi Gamma Mu (The International Honor Society for Social Sciences). Maryland Theta is one of the largest active Pi Gamma Mu chapters, and has received multiple awards for its innovative chapter activities and events for UMUC's global student population.