PBA Appoints Melanie Jackson as Director of eLearning
Palm Beach Atlantic University appointed Melanie Jackson as the director of eLearning, effective January 8, 2018. She brings to PBA 19 years of experience in higher education, 13 years at the senior administrative level.
In this position, Jackson will provide vision and leadership for online and hybrid courses at PBA. She will work collaboratively with faculty and administration for the creation of new and existing courses, and support the implementation of technology in instruction.
“We are excited to have Melanie Jackson leading our eLearning team,” said Dr. Nathan Lane, associate provost for instruction. “Mrs. Jackson combines the highest level of technical expertise and knowledge of the online landscape, with a personable and affable spirit. She brings a proven track record in the creation and development of online courses to PBA. We look forward to her leadership.”
Most recently, Jackson served as the director of eLearning and as an adjunct faculty member at South Florida State College (SFSC). She was the director of eLearning for over 10 years and an adjunct faculty member since 1995. Jackson also has held directorship of the Educational Technology Center at SFSC where she designed, developed and managed the college website.
Jackson served on a several committees at SFSC including the advancement via individual determination committee, copyright committee, eLearning committee, learning and student success committee, planning and institutional effectiveness committee, and the web development committee.
Prior to working for SFSC, Jackson spent 10 years at Avon Park High School as a business and computer science teacher. She served on multiple committees and advised several extracurricular activities at the school.
Jackson has been a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) since 2003 and serves as a member of the AFC Technology Commission speakers bureau. In the South Florida State College Chapter of the AFC, Jackson was on the scholarship and bylaw committees, was the staff and professional development chair, and a voting delegate to state conferences.
Among other professional organizations, Jackson has been a member of Desire2Learn, the National Business Education Association, the Florida Vocational Association and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Jackson has a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in education from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of the Cumberlands. She has been awarded by several organizations for her leadership, volunteerism and hard work. The AFC presented Jackson with the President’s Leadership Award in 2013 and the Unsung Hero Award-Region Four in 2010.
Jackson is married with four children. While living in Avon Park, Florida, she was active in her community through Avon Park High School, the School Board, Rotary Club and her local church.