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Instructional Technology and Distance Education Committee

Purpose and Function: The Instructional Technology and Distance Education Committee (ITDEC) evaluates options, reviews and recommends rules and procedures, and provides advice regarding Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s distance education efforts.  The ITDEC’s role is to ensure that the Office of Distance Education promotes the educational mission of the University.  In carrying out these functions, the ITDEC serves as a resource regarding the standards, development, creation, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of blended as well as fully online courses and degree programs to ensure high quality offerings.  It also analyzes, supports, and provides planning advice and recommendations regarding distance learning. Members liaison between the unit they represent and the office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies.

Membership: One representative from the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, one faculty representative from each college appointed by the dean, one representative from the Center for Faculty Excellence, one representative from the library, one representative from the Division of Information Technology, one Graduate Council representative, one Department of Undergraduate Studies representative, two student representatives (one undergraduate, one graduate), one representative from Enrollment Management, and the Chief Information Officer (Ex-officio member).

Deans appoint members or are otherwise selected from within their respective units.  The criteria for appointment of the faculty shall be that they are genuinely interested in expanding TAMU-CC’s opportunities for distance education and represent a broad spectrum of disciplinary content and levels of instruction. Terms are for three years with the exception of student terms that are for two years.  

Chair: Lauren Cifuentes, Director of the Office of Distance Education

Responsible University Official: Ed Evans, Chief Information Officer


Reason for Membership

Term, if applicable

Cifuentes, Lauren (Chair)

Director of Distance Education


DeGrande, Heather

College of Nursing & Health Sciences Faculty Representative

Aug - 2019

Luttrell, Eric

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Representative

Aug - 2019

Loveland, Karen

College of Business Faculty Representative

Aug - 2019

Huang, Lucy

College of Science & Engineering Faculty Representative

Aug - 2020

Watson, Joshua

College of Education and Human Development Faculty Representative

Aug - 2019

McNamara, Mark

Department of Undergraduate Studies Representative

Aug - 2020

Smith, Kellie

Center for Faculty Excellence Representative

Aug - 2020

Louis, Lisa

Mary and Jeff Bell Library Representative

Aug - 2020

Spaniol, Frank

Graduate Council Representative

Aug - 2019

Soto, Ben

Divisions of Information Technology

Aug - 2020

Dejour. Jayla

Undergraduate Student Representative

Aug - 2019

Polishetty, SaiVarun

Graduate Student Representative

Aug - 2019

Chapa, Missy

Enrollment Management

Aug - 2020

Evans, Ed

Chief Information Officer


Moreno, Miguel

Faculty Senate Representative

Aug - 2020


Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Ex-Officio)


Last Updated: 03/13/2018