George Otte

An old dog learning new tricks.

University Director of Academic Technology and chief academic officer of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, home of CUNY's online degrees.

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Academic Interests

In a previous life I was an English professor and a director of writing programs. In the late nineties, while still at Baruch College, I served Baruch College’s Executive Director of Enrichment Programs, which included presiding over high school outreach and communication-across-the-curriculum programs. A member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center (in the PhD Programs in English, Urban Education, and Interactive Technology & Pedagogy), I was co-editor of the Journal of Basic Writing from 1996-2002. In 2006, I became Academic Director of the CUNY Online Baccalaureate, CUNY’s first fully online degree, and since have been kicked upstairs as the chief academic officer of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, where that online degree is one of ten online degrees, two Master’s and eight Bachelor’s. In 2008, I was named University Director of Academic Technology for CUNY, a modulation in the title of CUNY Director of Instructional Technology, a position I’ve held since 2001. That title reflects a lot of interests, chief among them academic technology, online instruction and blended learning, digital rhetoric, and computer-mediated communication.

Positions
  • Doctoral facultyEnglish, interactive Technology & Pedagogy, and Urban EducationCUNY Graduate Center
  • Associate Dean of Academic AffairsAcademic AffairsCUNY School of Professional Studies
  • University Director of Academic TechnologyOffice of Academic AffairsCUNY Central
Education

Ph.D., Stanford University (Modern Thought and Literature, 1982)
M.A., Claremont Graduate University (History, 1977)
B.A., Claremont McKenna College (Literature, 1975)

Publications

(selected from the last decade)

“The CUNY Academic Commons: Fostering Faculty Use of the Social Web” (with Matthew K. Gold). On the Horizon 19:1 (2011), 24-32.
Basic Writing
(with Rebecca Mlynarczyk). Parlor Press, 2010.

“An Administrator’s Guide to the Whys and Hows of Blended Learning (with Mary Niemiec). Journal of Asychronous Learning 13:1 (Spring 2009): 19-30.

“Sunrise, Sunset: Basic Writing at CUNY’s City College,” in Basic Writing in America, ed. Nicole Greene and Pat McAlexander (Hampton Press, 2007): 21-47.

“New Questions for Online Learning, and New Answers: The Case of the CUNY Online Baccalaureate,” On the Horizon 15:2 (Fall 2007), 169-176.

“Online Learning: New Models for Leadership and Organization in Higher Education” (with Meg Benke), Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 10:2 (Spring 2006): 23-31.

“Using Blended Learning to Drive Faculty Development (And Vice Versa),” in Elements of Quality Online Education: Engaging Communities, ed. John Bourne and Janet Moore (Sloan-C, 2005): 71-84.

“High Schools as Crucibles of College Prep: What More Do We Need to Know?” Journal of Basic Writing 21.2 (Fall 2002): 106-120.

“The Improving Power of e-Conversation,” in Teaching/Writing in the Late Age of Print, ed. Paul Johnson, Jeff Galin, and Carol Haviland (Hampton Press, 2002): 85-97.

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