Mary Lou, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has worked at Paradise Valley Community College in a variety of administrative roles since 1987 including Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Associate Dean and Dean of Instruction. Prior to her tenure at PVCC, Mary Lou was an Instructional Designer at the Maricopa Community Colleges district office under the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.
A third generation native of Denver, Colorado, Mary Lou earned her B.A. in History with a secondary education teaching certificate from the University of Colorado. During her junior and senior years, she worked with a team that developed instructional materials in economics that were used nationally with 4th and 5th graders. After teaching high school U.S. History and Economics for 4 years in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Lou returned to the University of Colorado to earn her M.A. in Library Media. She then worked as a Library Media Specialist at Golden H.S. (suburb of Denver) as well as on special projects to reorganize 2 junior high school library media centers. During that time, she also earned 21 graduate hours in Bilingual Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado. Mary Lou took a 1 semester leave to set up the college library on board ship for the Semester at Sea program (http://www.semesteratsea.org) and served as college librarian for the spring 1978 voyage around the world.
Mary Lou earned her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in 1983. The program combined instructional design, learning theories, curriculum development, and instructional uses of technology, all areas that Mary Lou had used throughout her education, teaching, and librarian careers. She continues to use all that she had learned in her doctoral program in her current job and has been able to combine it with her passion for teaching. At PVCC, Mary Lou has taught workshops for students and faculty, continuing ed noncredit classes and credit classes. She currently teaches online classes covering Levels II and III of the Internet (CIS133BA and CA) and one class face to face in the evenings, History of Western Civ 1789 – Present (HIS102). Teaching helps Mary Lou focus on the mission of the community college, understand how students have changed over the years, and understand the challenges faculty face in the classroom.