Ken Udas

Biography

While serving as the program development director and editor of the OSI Open Source Technology Management program at the Rebb School of Continuing and Graduate Studies, Brandies University, Dr. Udas has engaged in independent consulting since returning to North America in 2018. A native New Englander, Dr. Udas has recently served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia where he was responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and management of the centres and departments that comprise the Academic Services portfolio. With responsibility for ICT Services, Learning, Teaching and Quality, Educational Technology Systems, and the University Library, Academic Services enhances the University’s performance and innovation, ensuring a clear strategy for the quality and support of teaching, learning and information access and use. Prior to serving USQ, Ken co-founded an education services company, Everspring Partners where he served as Chief Academic Strategist.

Ken’s diverse set of executive management and teaching includes roles in Slovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as in the United States. He served as CEO of UMassOnline and Executive Director of Penn State World Campus where he was responsible for strategy development and leadership of academic, student, and enterprise services; outreach and partnership development; and overall organizational health and performance. In addition to his managerial roles, Ken has enjoyed teaching assignments at numerous colleges and universities including UMass Boston, the University of Maryland University College, Babson College, the University of Southern Queensland, and Univerzita Komenského (Slovak Republic). He taught his first online course for the University of Maryland, European Division in 1996 and has maintained teaching practice as responsibilities permitted through 2017. Ken holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and a Masters of Science in Business Analysis, MIS from Texas A&M University in the US and has written and presented extensively on the topics of distance education, technology, and openness.

In addition, Ken is completing a Master of Arts program in History at UMass Boston and is preparing a thesis investigating patterns of university reform, intellectual immigration, and the State in Germany and the United States during the nineteenth century through 1939. Ken has served in numerous professional associations. He is the co-founder of the Educause Constituency Group on Openness, and the Jasig 2-3-98 project that are focused on the emergence and adoption of open technologies, practices, policies, and initiatives, and how they affect the delivery and support of education. He also serves on advisory boards and has actively participated in numerous professional associations including Educause, Online Learning Consortium, UPCEA, NUTN, IMS, OSI, and WikiEducator.

Professional Sites

The following is a list of professional sites that provide structured information about my professional background.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenudas/

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ken_Udas

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3381-5850

Professional Overview

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Educational Administration, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1995
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1992
  • Master of Business Administration in Management, Salem State University, Salem, MA, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, 1986
  • Master of Arts in History, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, all but thesis, anticipated date of completion 2020

Managerial & Professional History

  • Independent Consultant, Course Development Chair, Rabb School, Brandeis University, and Adjunct Professor, University of Southern Queensland (11/17-Present)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Services and Chief Information Officer, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (1/13 – 10/17)
  • Chief Academic Strategist and Co-Founder, Everspring Inc., Evanston, IL (7/12 – 12/12)
  • Chief Executive Officer, UMassOnline, The University of Massachusetts, Shrewsbury, MA (8/09-7/12)
  • Executive Director, Penn State World Campus and Online Programs, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (8/06-5/09)
  • Director, SUNY Learning Network, The State University of New York System Administration, Albany, NY (4/05–7/06)
  • E-Learning Director, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, NZ (3/03–4/05)
  • Director, Distance Learning Network (DLN), EdNet, CARANA,, USAID Project, Almaty, Kazakhstan (5/02–3/03)
  • Web-Based Course Developer and Instructor, Spotfire, Inc., Somerville, MA (2/01–5/02)
  • Course Director and Teaching Faculty, School of Information Technology, Harcourt Higher Education, Boston, MA (4/00–2/01)
  • Operations Manager, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State College, Salem, MA (09/86–05/90)

Teaching & Academic History

  • Adjunct Professor (university appointment), The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (2017 – present)
  • Professor (university appointment), The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (2013 – 2017)
  • Clinical Associate Professor (joint appointment), Department of Instructional Design, School of Education, and the University College, The University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, MA (2009 – 2013)
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Adult Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (2008-2009)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor (part time/online), Graduate Faculty, Management, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD (05/00–05/05)
  • Lecturer (part time), Department of Mathematics and Science, F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College, Babson Park, MA (05/00–05/02)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Univerzita Komenského, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (01/96–09/99)
  • Lecturer (part time/online), University of Maryland System, European Division, Heidelberg, Germany (06/96–09/99)
  • Lecturer (part time), International University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria (06/96–09/99)
  • Lecturer (part time), University of Pittsburgh, Weekend Executive MBA, Pittsburgh, PA (01/98–09/99)
  • Lecturer (part time), City University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (01/98–09/99)
  • Research Associate, Commitment to Education, Department of Educational Administration, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (10/93–10/95)
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Business Analysis & Research and Department of Educational Administration, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (05/90–09/93)

Some Representative Publications

Udas, Ken, and Adrian Stagg. “The University as Ideological State Apparatus: Educating to Defend the Corporate Status Quo?” International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives 18, no. 1 (2019): 66–70.
Article available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332212675_The_University_as_Ideological_State_Apparatus_Educating_to_Defend_the_Corporate_Status_Quo

Brosnan, Susan, Udas, Ken, and Wade, Bill. “Technology Demonstrator Projects: Advancing a Culture of Innovation.” EDUCAUSEreview (December, 4, 2017). https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/12/technology-demonstrator-projects-advancing-a-culture-of-innovation

Udas, Ken, Helen Partridge, and Adrian Stagg. “Open Education Practice at the University of Southern Queensland.” In Open Education: International Persepectives in Higher Education, edited by Patrick Blessinger, 321–341. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0103.16.
Chapter available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332212598_Open_Education_Practice_at_the_University_of_Southern_Queensland

Udas, Ken. “Would We Be Missed?” Social Alternatives 34, no. 2 (April 2015): 63.
Request article at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316825317_Would_we_be_missed

Udas, Ken, Rob Abel, Gavin Baker, Leigh Blackall, Cole Camplese, James Dalziel, Jean-Claude Dauphin, et al. The Impact of Open Source Software on Higher Education. Edited by Ken Udas. Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong, 2009. http://www.opentextbooks.org.hk/system/files/export/18/18667/pdf/The_impact_of_open_source_software_on_education_18667.pdf.

Patrick Masson, and Ken Udas. “An Agile Approach to Managing Open Educational Resources.” On the Horizon 17, no. 3 (August 14, 2009): 256–66. doi:10.1108/10748120910993286.

Udas, Ken. “Participatory Action Research as Critical Pedagogy.” Systemic Practice and Action Research 11, no. 6 (1998): 599–628. doi:10.1023/A:1022184120067.
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Udas, K., Fuerst, W. L. & Paradice, D. B.. “An Investigation of Ethical Perceptions of Public Sector MIS Professionals.” Journal of Business Ethics 15, no. 7 (July 1996): 721–34.
Access article at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/226897161_An_investigation_of_ethical_perceptions_of_public_sector_MIS_professionals

Corrigan, Dean, and Ken Udas. “Creating Collaborative, Child- and Family-Centred Education, Health, and Human Service Systems.” In Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: A Project of the Association of Teacher Educators, edited by John P. Sikula, Thomas J. Buttery, and Edith Guyton, 2. ed., 893–921. New York, NY: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1996.
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