Dr. Alan McCord has served as Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies since June 2010. He also serves the College of Management as a College Professor, focusing on Information Systems courses at the doctoral and master's levels. As Associate Provost, Dr. McCord supervises the University Library, Academic Achievement Center, University Advising Center, and eLearning Services, units which provide academic support services to all students. He also facilitates the University’s assessment processes, represents the Provost in coordinating research and sponsored projects, leads the University’s academic program planning and review process, and facilitates academic quality and processes for the University’s master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Dr. McCord is also responsible for the orientation of new faculty and department chairs, and coordinates services for existing department chairs and program directors. He serves as the University accreditation liaison officer for the Higher Learning Commission, and led the University’s successful re-accreditation efforts with the HLC in 2010 as chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee. Dr. McCord also serves as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.
Prior to assuming the role of Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. McCord served Lawrence Tech as Executive Director of eLearning Services and Executive Director of LTU Online, establishing both departments. He has served on many College and University committees and has led several University-wide task forces. Prior to coming to Lawrence Tech in 2003, Dr. McCord served in senior leadership roles for the Information Technology Central Services organization at the University of Michigan, including associate university chief information officer. He also served as executive director of university computing at Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. McCord has published a number of journal articles in areas such as information systems education, information technology outsourcing, and distance learning. He has authored textbook chapters on information technology infrastructure, outsourcing, virtual work environments, plagiarism prevention in online learning environments, and classroom lecture capture. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences, and has consulted for several private sector businesses and higher education institutions in the areas of information technology strategic planning, technology governance, and distance learning services.