Young to Lead Instructional Technology

OBU has named Jimmy Young as assistant vice president for instructional technology. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation, training and utilization of instructional technology resources for the university.

Young earned a bachelor’s degree from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md. He came to OBU from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, where he served as instructional technologist. In that role, he trained and assisted faculty in implementing progressive, technology-based methods of classroom instruction.

“With educational technology changing almost by the minute, it is difficult for faculty to keep up with the most effective tools while managing their teaching and other university responsibilities,” said Dr. Pam Robinson, associate provost and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Thus, I am thrilled to have someone with Jimmy’s expertise and experience to assist faculty in enhancing their teaching, whether that is through the use of different technologies in the classroom or simply using technologies to become more efficient in the day-to-day tasks such as grading.”

Robinson said Young is available to assist faculty in using technology to enhance classroom presentations when appropriate.

“More importantly, he will be providing direction in future technologies, thereby putting us in a position to better prepare our students for their careers by modeling the effective use of technology,” she said.

Young previously served as director of information technology at Cascade College in Portland, Ore., and management information unit supervisor with the Department of Human Services in Oklahoma City. He also has served as a social services professional.