Jessica White named assistant dean for innovation in teaching and learning

Carolina Nursing is delighted to announce that Jessica White, EdS, PhD, MEd, BS, has been named the new assistant dean for innovation in teaching and learning, effective August 5, 2024. 

In this pivotal role, White will serve as an innovative and visionary leader, spearheading pedagogical transformation at the School of Nursing. As assistant dean for innovation in teaching and learning, she will direct evidence-based curricular initiatives and innovations, oversee program accreditation and evaluation efforts and lead faculty development in teaching to advance the science of nursing education in collaboration with our esteemed faculty and administrative team. 

White brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role. From 2017 to 2022, she served as a lead instructional designer with Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) and the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences (FBNS) at NC State University and has been in her current senior instructional designer role since. In these positions, she has demonstrated an exceptional talent for developing creative and innovative solutions to instructional challenges. 

White’s collaboration with faculty, staff and students has resulted in the development and evaluation of engaging and cutting-edge courses that significantly enhance the learning experience. Notably, she implemented a competency-based alignment project for a master’s degree program and established the Distance Education & Instructional Design Assistance Program in 2017, which supports food science faculty members in creating or revising courses into blended, hybrid, flipped or fully online formats.  

White’s leadership extends beyond departmental boundaries. Since 2021, she has been the project manager and lead instructional designer for a multi-state USDA grant project, developing a food product development curriculum for higher education instructors nationwide. Her successful leadership on this project has led to her involvement in a second USDA grant, and White has overseen all aspects of these projects, from needs assessment and instructional design to implementation and evaluation, showcasing her ability to manage complex, multi-institutional initiatives. 

Her dedication to quality and innovation in education has earned her recognition, including the 2024 UPCEA Outstanding Service in Postsecondary Instructional Design Award. In addition to her roles with DELTA and FBNS, White serves as an adjunct teaching assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development in the College of Education. She has also contributed significantly to the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, fostering the next generation of educators and researchers.  

White’s commitment to course quality, student success and faculty development aligns perfectly with the mission of the UNC School of Nursing. We are confident that she will be an extraordinary addition to our team, bringing her leadership in online and blended course design and dedication to high-quality pedagogy to the School.

We’d like to extend our appreciation to Carol Durham, professor and director of EISLE, for chairing the search committee that identified a talented pool of candidates and to all search committee members for their dedicated service.  

Please join us congratulating Jessica and welcoming her to Carolina Nursing in August!