Dr. LaMetrius Daniels has been promoted to dean of online learning and support services at Trevecca Nazarene University, school officials announced recently.
Upon joining Trevecca as director of online learning in 2014, Daniels worked with TNU leadership to establish the Center for Innovative Instruction, broadening the scope of online learning to support all areas of the University. In 2017, she was also named program director for instructional design and technology.
In her new position, Daniels will have expanded responsibility in the areas of program design, strategy and compliance, while continuing to collaborate with faculty to build on Trevecca’s online instruction capabilities.
“LaMetrius is constantly proving her value by providing creative solutions and new ideas, and she’s a big reason Trevecca has claimed a position of leadership in the realm of online learning,” said Dr. Tom Middendorf, Trevecca’s provost. “The circumstances of the past year have brought her expertise to the forefront in new ways, but her tremendous work ethic, her eagerness to innovate and her ability to lead have always been there, and she plays a vital role in what we hope to accomplish in the future. We’re fortunate that she’s a part of our team and the TNU community.”
Daniels oversees a group of eight program designers and support specialists. Her team’s work in online instruction is prominent in the majority of Trevecca’s graduate and continuing education programs, but they also help faculty in traditional degree programs incorporate elements of digital learning in their classes. Through Daniels’ networking connections, the school has developed opportunities to provide training and resources to schools, nonprofits and other organizations as well.
Daniels says external collaborations, mentor relationships, membership in national associations and adjunct instructor duties all help her stay current in the evolving world of program instruction. Those connections are important, she believes, because technology isn’t the only moving target in her line of work.
“The workforce is changing, and demographics are changing,” Daniels said. “To prepare students for success across all career fields, we want to use all the resources at our disposal, and that includes helping instructors understand and use the newest technology.”
Daniels, who served as dean of campus technology and director of information technology at Fisk University prior to joining Trevecca, first worked as an instructional designer at the University of Alabama. She began her career as a high school teacher and then took a position as a distance learning specialist at a community college.
Daniels has earned a Ph.D. in instructional systems and workforce development; a master’s degree in instructional technology; and bachelor’s degrees in information technology and business education, all from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the International Society for Technology Education, the Online Learning Consortium and the Quality Matters Instructional Design Association and she has volunteered as a peer mentor for instructional designers across the U.S.
Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education that encourages students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. In addition to its historic main campus near downtown Nashville, Trevecca offers two other locations across Tennessee, and online classes worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 20 associate degrees, 73 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs and three doctoral programs as well as specialist and certificate programs.
Trevecca has been recognized recently with a national university listing in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges; a doctoral university classification from the Carnegie Foundation; and a statewide top 10 listing by WalletHub’s 2021 College and University Ranking.
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