Ivy Tech Anderson Appoints New Senior Academic Affairs Officer | News
ANDERSON — Octavia Thorns-Jackson has been named Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Anderson Campus of Ivy Tech Community College.
“I’m proud to be back in Anderson and working with my community,” she said. “I strongly believe in the power that education has to change circumstances, expand minds and uplift communities.”
Former chair of the Department of English, Communication, and World Languages at Ivy Tech Muncie, Thorns-Jackson will serve as director of studies, overseeing faculty and helping to determine the strategic vision for current academic programs and future offerings. .
Anderson campus chancellor Mia D. Johnson said she thinks Thorns-Jackson will be a strong local student advocate.
“She is passionate about adult learners. She has strong ties to the Anderson community and will be an asset to our leadership team.
Thorns-Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in African-American and African Diaspora Studies. She went on to earn a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a master’s degree in adult learning.
Continuing her studies, Thorns-Jackson is a PhD candidate in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Walden University.
“Octavia is an educator at heart, and academics are where she shines the brightest,” said Emery Peck, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Muncie campus. “His knowledge of pedagogy, learning styles, varied teaching, and building community in the classroom brings tremendous value to both the Anderson Campus and the broader group of Vice Chancellors for Business. academics across the state.”
In addition to being an associate professor of English at Muncie, Thorns-Jackson was a member of the campus diversity committee.
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