Leaders from Tyler Junior College gave a presentation at the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference held this week in Denver.
Maggie Ruelle, TJC director of learning commons, and Katie Moses, TJC director of professional development, led a workshop and presentation called “Overdue! Rethinking Facility Usage to Support Learning for All.”
During their discussion, Ruelle and Moses outlined their strategic approach to reinventing current facility spaces at the institution and building on that momentum toward more student- and faculty-focused areas.
“We were honored to share the positive results of our work to better engage and create additional learning opportunities for our students, faculty and staff,” Ruelle said. “Anytime we can take the mission of TJC to a national stage, it’s a win for all of us.”
Dr. Ali Esmaeili, dean at South Texas College, who attended and participated in the workshop, said, “The TJC team presentation was unique and exemplary, especially through the approach of making the decisions and actions using data and analytics. It is a great working model that can serve other institutions throughout the nation.”
“Congratulations to Maggie Ruelle and Katie Moses for making real our institutional pillar of innovative programming and having student success as paramount,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC president and CEO.
In addition to the national opportunity and presentation/workshop, the TJC delegation had the opportunity to represent the College throughout numerous meetings.
Maggie Ruelle has over 15 years of experience in higher education, serving in various roles within the areas of academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management and human resources. Ruelle earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from The University of Texas at Tyler. She is currently completing her doctorate in education, with an emphasis on learning and organizational change, from Baylor University. She has been instrumental in leading impactful changes in the areas of space design and organizational realignment at TJC. Ruelle is passionate about employee learning and development and is a committed advocate of engagement as a critical component of student success.
Katie Moses has more than 20 years of experience in education as a certified K-12 teacher and college professor. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with students and families in public service. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development and family living and her master’s degree in education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She is currently finishing her dissertation for her doctorate in global educational leadership through Lamar University.