MarylandOnline Leadership Institute
Annapolis, MD

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 MOLLI Residential Program has been postponed until next summer. Please save the dates for the 2021 MOLLI Residential Program: June 14th-17th.
In lieu of the 2020 residential Leadership Institute, we are pleased to offer the Uncharted Waters: Online Learning Leadership Series.
Please see the details of each session below.
If  you would like more information, please email molli@marylandonline.org.

Who we are

Since 2017, the MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI) has served both emerging and mid-career distance education leaders and practitioners in Maryland, providing them the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, develop a professional network, and apply their knowledge to benefit the colleges and universities in the state. Today, the growing cohort of MOLLI alumni constitutes a valuable resource for the principles and practices of excellence in e-learning, a resource never more in demand than now.



Like many in-person events, the residential Institute, scheduled for June 2020, had to be postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the vital need to sustain and continue to build the MOLLI network during this unprecedented event, MarylandOnline (MOL) is sponsoring a summer webinar series to address and discuss the challenges facing us during this time.



Uncharted Waters: Online Learning Leadership Series

In 2020, the COVID-19 virus has caused colleges and universities to adapt instructional delivery and student services overnight. This webinar series offers insight into the leadership challenges associated with this rapid shift from multiple perspectives: higher-level state and institution leaders, faculty leaders, and leaders addressing the operational challenges of ensuring equity of access during a change to remote instruction.

To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 1: Leading in Times of Unprecedented Crisis

Monday June 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Two Maryland leaders give their unique perspectives on the extraordinary and ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education, in Maryland and across the country. How does a leader mitigate the damage from an unforeseeable calamity?  How does a leader respond to the impact of the virus on the students, faculty, and staff?  How does a leader manage the existential threat to our institutions?  What are the policy implications of the upheaval of our traditional instructional model and the overnight transition to an online learning mode? What is the future of higher education in Maryland? 

Join this session to engage with other Maryland higher education professionals in a discussion of crucial leadership strategies for survival and ultimate success.

Webinar 2: Leadership Strategies During Sudden Change

Thursday July 9 at 2:00 p.m.

No college or university was prepared for the massive impact of the pandemic. Survival was a best-case result. As institutions prepare for more turbulence in the near future, we look to two change leaders for their advice on preparation and planning for truly disruptive change. How can Maryland institutions provide the training, support, and technical tools for their faculty, students, and staff to succeed in education in a time of pandemic?

Join this session to discuss the tools and support that your institution will need to succeed and prosper.

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 3: Reflections on a Quick Transition to Remote Learning: Faculty Perspectives

Wednesday July 15, 11:00 a.m.

The critical link in any learning system--face-to-face, remote, or online--is that between the teacher and the learner. Increased pressure is placed on this link when the transition time does not allow for adequate preparation and pre-planning. What lessons (good and bad) have been learned from the recent COVID-19 experience? What became the priorities and what did we learn was not so important? In this session we’ll reflect on the take-aways with several instructors who made the transition.

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 4: Mind the Gap: Addressing Equity of Access During a Crisis

Thursday July 23, 11:00 a.m.

Remote and online learning became the “go-to” reaction for many institutions in order to provide continuity of educational services during the COVID-19 crisis. What quickly emerged in this response was the disparity of access for students due to the technical and support requirements for connecting to education. Whether a lack of personal devices, inadequate or nonexistent bandwidth, and limited technical support, the size of the gap between students with adequate resources and those without was exposed. How do institutions address the needs of all students in order to provide equal opportunity for educational success?

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.


Dr. Charlene M. Dukes

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes.

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes is the president of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education. Her achievements have helped to make PGCC a nationally distinguished institution. With approximately 40,000 students at 6 locations, including the Largo Campus, PGCC offers 117 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. The college is home to the National Cyberwatch Center, is an ATE site funded by the National Science Foundation, and is designated a 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the two-year level.

Dr. Dukes holds membership in a variety of professional associations and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Campus Compact, the Biden Institute, the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Round Table, and Hillside-Works Scholarship Connection. She is on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP).

In 2014, Dr. Dukes was the recipient of the Dr. Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH), and the Golden Hammer award from the Fuller Center for Housing. In 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, she was recognized by the Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Washington metropolitan area, and named a Washingtonian of the Year in 2017. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dr. Dukes has received numerous community awards for her longstanding service and commitment. Additionally, she received, in 2008, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In October 2007, the African-American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh recognized Dr. Dukes as an Outstanding Alumnus.

From 2007 to 2015, she served on the Maryland State Board of Education and was its president from 2012 to 2015. From 2002 through 2006, she served on the Board of Education of Prince George’s County and chaired the Student Support, Student Appeals, and Personnel Committees. She participated in the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation; Women in Leadership sponsored by the Office of Women in Higher Education/American Council on Education; and the National Leadership Academy sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Dukes is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. James Fielder

Dr. James D. Fielder, Jr.

Maryland Higher Education Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder is an effective and highly regarded executive and public servant with a passion for leading change, focused on improving the economic well-being of Marylanders through educational and business opportunity.

He has been appointed by four Maryland governors, providing his talents and expertise in numerous leadership capacities. These include:

  • Current Secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission;
  • Secretary of Appointments;
  • Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations;
  • Deputy & Acting Secretary for Business and Economic Development;
  • Assistant Secretary for Department of Economic & Employment Development
  • Member of Governor Hogan’s Transition Team.

He also served as Towson University’s Vice President of Finance & Administration, as well as the Director of Budget, Personnel & Institutional Research at the University of Michigan – Flint.

Secretary Fielder received his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Michigan State University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Fielder will speak at Wednesday's lunch.

MJ Bishop

Dr. M.J. Bishop

Dr. M.J. Bishop is Associate Vice Chancellor and inaugural director of the University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance and promote USM's position as a national leader in higher education academic innovation. The Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates findings, offers professional development opportunities for institutional faculty and administrators, and supports the 12 public institutions that are part of the system as they continue to expand innovative academic practices.

Prior to coming to USM, Dr. Bishop was Associate Professor and Director of the Lehigh University College of Education's Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program where, in addition to being responsible for the institution's graduate programs in instructional technology, she also played a leadership role in guiding the general and special education teacher preparation programs through a curricular overhaul to address the new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) guidelines for teacher certification. While at Lehigh, Dr. Bishop received several awards for her research and teaching including the 2013 Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching for leading students to “excellence in their chosen field” as well as “excellence as human beings and as leaders of society.”

MJ Bishop

Dr. Christina Sax

Dr. Christina Sax is a nationally recognized leader in academic innovation and online education and has 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, administration, and teaching. She has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2016. Prior to MUIH, Dr. Sax was the Dean of Extended Studies and then Associate Provost for Academic Outreach and Innovation at Shippensburg University (2007-2016). She served in successive roles at University of Maryland University College (UMUC, now UMGC) including Director of Natural Sciences, Assistant Dean for Natural, Behavioral, and Mathematical Sciences, and Interim Senior Associate Dean (1998-2007). Dr. Sax was the Founding Co-Director of the FIPSE-funded Quality Matters project (2003-2006). She has been an online and face-to-face faculty member in the biological sciences at UMUC, University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dr. Sax was also a research scientist at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (1987-1998). She has received numerous regional and national awards and has held Board and leadership positions with several other education organizations. Dr. Sax’s areas of expertise include academic innovation; online teaching, learning, and quality assurance; higher education leadership and planning; institutional and learning outcomes assessment; academic program development; STEM education; faculty development; and molecular biology, gene expression, and transcriptional regulation. Dr. Sax holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rochester.

Location: Annapolis, MD
Email: molli@marylandonline.org