A Delaware native, Monica Rysavy has over 15 years of experience teaching students from first grade through college. Monica began her full time teaching career in the New Castle County Vo-tech School District, teaching Business-related courses such as Introduction to Business and Marketing, as well as the full Microsoft Office Suite of programs. After teaching these courses in two of the District’s high schools, Monica moved to the newest high school in the District (St. Georges), to start the Web and Print Technology program.
While teaching in the District, Monica served on a variety of committees, led several professional development workshops, provided educational technology building-level support, and provided teacher leadership as the IT Academy’s Department Chairperson. She also completed several professional development certification programs at the district and state levels, in addition to being nominated for and completing the Aspiring Leaders program – a program for individuals considering positions as school administrators. During this time, Monica completed her first doctorate degree, an Ed.D. degree in Education Leadership.
From 2011-2014, Monica held a full assistantship with the ITS HR Department at Penn State University while pursuing her 2nd doctorate degree, a Ph.D., in Learning, Design, & Technology. She successfully defended her dissertation in April 2015 and graduated in August 2015.
In her current role as the Director of Institutional Research & Training for Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware, Monica is building the College’s first institutional research and training office. This new role is an expansion of her previous role as Instructional Technology Coordinator and she leads all institutional research and data analysis projects for the College. Her office provides faculty and staff training support by developing new training offerings (asynchronous and synchronous face-to-face and online programs) on a variety of instructional technology, survey research, and data management/interpretation topics.
Monica frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences, most recently at AECT and ALCTS. Her current research agenda focuses on improving information literacy skills of undergraduate and graduate students and methods of utilizing online instruction and training to improve mastery of content for students, faculty and staff.