TROY, Mich., Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas Petz, Walsh College clinical assistant professor, Business Information Technology, and director, Online Learning, has received the 2015 Keith A. Pretty Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award from the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education, a Detroit-area based professional organization.
The award recognizes commitment to course quality through innovative use of instructional technology; enhanced student learning and retention; development of interesting, highly engaging student learning opportunities; and role-modeling as a champion and mentor to colleagues who teach in the virtual classroom.
Petz, a resident of New China Township, Mich., accepted the award at a recent Alliance symposium held in Southfield, Mich.
Petz has worked in the e-Learning field for more than 10 years, holding increasingly technical and leadership positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Science from Walsh College in Information Assurance.
Petz currently teaches courses for Walsh College in cryptography, physical security, web technologies, software design, business information technology, and e-Marketing technology.
He also has Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from ISC2, a designation he earned in 2006.
"This important recognition for Tom underscores his hard work and determination on behalf of Walsh students and the College," said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. "It reflects positively on the high-quality instruction and academic rigor that all Walsh College faculty members bring to their classrooms every day."
Terri Washburn, Ph.D., professor, Business Information Technology, Walsh College, added, "Tom is uniquely positioned to not only understand the software and infrastructure to support a high-availability Moodle LMS implementation, but he also continually looks for ways to improve the online learning experience for students and faculty alike."
The Alliance is a coalition of members from educational institutions, vendors, and corporate partners dedicated to advancing educational quality by continuously upgrading online educational experiences for faculty, staff, and students. Its members work together so that all students will benefit from new online degree programs relevant to the job market.
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 19 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region's largest business schools and one of Michigan's top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management and leadership, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. Walsh has about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan. Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.
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