Pamela Collins, Ph.D., an experienced higher education administrator with expertise working with adult learners and degree-completion programs, has been named academic dean and executive director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, effective July 28. In this role, she will build on the success of the School and support delivery of PhilaU’s high quality education to adult learners.
Since 2006, Dr. Collins has served as director of the office of academic and professional development at Eastern Illinois University, where she managed enrollment functions, developed degree-completion programs and implemented new online learning resources. She has experience teaching at the University level in both traditional and online courses.
Her influence on and commitment to adult education at the national level includes her leadership role as executive director of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the honor society for adult learners.
Dr. Collins has authored and co-authored several publications and professional presentations relating to adult learners, including “What do they know? Assessing learning outcomes in an adult degree completion program,” “Marketing strategies and tactics to increase summer session enrollments” and “The importance of honor societies for adult learners.”
She received her Ph.D. in higher education administration and leadership from Indiana State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the transition of adult learners into college courses and how that transition impacts GPA and time to graduation. She also holds a master’s degree in family and consumer science and a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science and hospitality management from Eastern Illinois University.