Director, Distance Learning & Continuing and Professional Development
As the director of Distance Learning and Continuing & Professional Development, Julie Uranis is responsible for the overall operations and strategic direction of proctored testing, WKU On Demand, instructional design, Career and Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at Western Kentucky University. Prior to joining WKU, Uranis held both teaching and administrative positions at Eastern Michigan University, joining that institution in 2003. Uranis had been the program manager for EMU-Online at EMU, where she was responsible for student services, recruitment, and retention for online programs and courses.
B.A., History, 1996, University of Michigan – Dearborn
M.S., Technology Studies, 2009, Eastern Michigan University
Graduate Certificate, Community College Leadership, 2009, Eastern Michigan University
ABD, Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership, 2013, Eastern Michigan University.
ACHE, 2013 – present, member
Chambers of Commerce – Allen/Scottsville, Barren County, Bowling Green, Daviess County, Edmonson County, Edmonton-Metcalfe, Franklin-Simpson, Grayson County, Hart County, Logan County, Monroe/Tompkinsville, Morgantown/Butler,
LERN, 2014 – present, member
Online Learning Consortium (Sloan-C), 2011 – present, member
University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 2008 – present, serves as the 2014-2015 chairperson of the Online Management and Design Network.
With experience in teaching and advising adult learners, Julie’s research interests are in community college career and technical programs, bachelor completion programs, and online learning.