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Ronald F. Bergmann, who recently worked in instructional technology with Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State, has been hired as the new director of instructional technology for the University of La Verne. Bergmann is hopeful to expand the technological and software resources available to faculty, staff and students for classroom presentations, projects and meetings. / photo by German Jimenez

Ronald F. Bergmann, who recently worked in instructional technology with Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State, has been hired as the new director of instructional technology for the University of La Verne. Bergmann is hopeful to expand the technological and software resources available to faculty, staff and students for classroom presentations, projects and meetings. / photo by German Jimenez

Adrianna Gardner
Arts Editor

The University has added a technology sleuth to its faculty, to provide faculty and students with instructional information that promotes academic success.

Ronald Bergmann joined the University in October as the new director of instructional technology, replacing Office of Instructional Technology and Research Director Jay Jones, who served as the director for three years.

This position guides the strategic and operational efforts of the Department of Instructional Technology and throughout the school.

Bergmann helps faculty with the use of technology and manages distance-learning classes, as well as other supplemental resources to course study.

“He is a very good expert and is very supportive of faculty development,” said Richard McDowell, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Bergmann obtained his doctorate in education and education technology from Pepperdine University and obtained his undergraduate degree and masters from Chapman University. He brings many years of expertise in the field of instructional technology.

Before coming here, Bergmann served as director of academic and instructional technology at Loyola Marymount University.

He served in a variety of positions through the California State University system as Director of California State University Virtual Learning at Cal State Long Beach where he consulted with the 13 campuses of the California State University system on instructional technology.

At Cal State Monterey Bay, he developed multi-media language programs and “smart” classrooms that included video streaming as language laboratory coordinator in Instructional Technology Support. With his extensive experience in instructional technology, Bergmann enjoys being able to apply education to technology to communicate in different ways.

“We plan to make a big difference here and make use of available technology, not for technology sake, but for whatever advances student achievement,” Bergmann said.

What first attracted Bergmann to the position was that it was a “true” instructional job and gave him the opportunity to be a part of the faculty. Previous experience in instructional technology had more to do with administrative affairs.

He finds the campus to be very friendly and welcoming, especially the University’s faculty.

Bergmann was chosen from over more than 30 applications from all over the country.

The University’s Search Committee was coordinated by McDowell and included both full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

The committee included Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership John Bartelt, Associate Professor of Public Administration Suzanne Beaumaster, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean and School of Business and Global Studies Ibrahim Helou, Chief Information Officer Clive Houston-Brown, Academic and Student Assistant Dean Steve Lesniak, Law Library and Associate Professor of Law Director Kenneth Rudolf, University Librarian Taylor Ruhl, Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Training Director Raymond Scott and Associate Professor of Computer Science Seta Whitby.

Adrianna Gardner can be reached at agardner@ulv.edu.

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