Assistant Director, Distance Learning
Office: 101 Garrett Conference Center
Phone: (270) 745-5305
Tanja Bibbs supervises the daily operations of the DL Testing Centers and WKU On Demand. Tanja is responsible for supporting faculty needs within those two areas in Distance Learning and collaborating with various WKU administrative units to improve the functioning of distance learning courses and programs. Tanja has been with WKU since 2009 and her previous role was as distance learning coordinator where she oversaw the day-to-day activities of WKU On Demand, coordinated the office marketing and recruitment activities, and provided conflict resolution strategies to faculty and students.
BA, Sociology, Western Kentucky University, 2005
Master Public Administration, Western Kentucky University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Education Sciences, University of Kentucky, Anticipated completion 2018
Awards Committee Co-Chair, Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, 2014
Member, Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, 2012-2014
Member, The Online Consortium (SLOAN-C), 2013 – present
Member, University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 2013 - present
Member, Distance Learning Administration, 2014 - present
Co-Advisor, Beta Sigma Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., 2009 – present
Mentor, WKU TRIO Programs College Bound Communities, 2010
Bibbs, T. & Vincent, T. (2015, November). Non-term based courses: Leveraging operations for competency-based education. Presenter for Kentucky Convergence Conference in Bowling Green, KY.
Uranis, J. & Bibbs, T. (2015, September). Developing a competency-based education program. Presenter for Kentucky Association for Continuing Higher Education Conference in Park City, KY.
Bibbs, T. & Kirtley, S. (2014, November). For Students by Students: An Approach to Addressing Accessibility. Presenter for Kentucky Convergence Conference in Louisville, KY.
Bibbs, T. & Troutman, C. (2014, October). From the Ground Up: Building Student Services for Distance Learners. Presenter for Online Learning Consortium International Conference 2014 in Orlando, FL.
Bibbs, T. (2012, October). How Did You Hear About Us? Presented at the annual conference for the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning in Grand Junction, CO.
Bibbs, T., Dougherty, B., Thornton, P., Vincent, T. (2010, October). Expanding Opportunity for Servicemembers: Leadership, Advocacy, Policy and Practice. Workshop presented at the annual conference for the Association for Continuing Higher Education in Albuquerque, NM.
Bibbs, T., & Haugen, J. (2010, April). What Should My Password Be? Presented at the spring conference for the Association for Continuing Higher Education South Region in Cocoa Beach, FL.
Bibbs, T., & Haugen, J. (2009, October). Independent Learning: 2008 Rebranding Initiative. Presented at the annual conference for the Association for Continuing Higher Education in Philadelphia, PA.
Uranis, J., & Bibbs, T. (2016). The challenge of CBE programs: Administrative and technological considerations pertaining to the delivery of non-semester based programs. Manuscript submitted for publication.
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