Professor Mentor Nicole Runyon

Professor Mentor Nicole Runyon

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Nicole Runyon, Ph.D., MSA

QM Master Reviewer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MSA, PhD


  • AAS in Maritime Science
  • BA in Political Science
  • MS in Administration
  • PhD in Education
  • SPHR and SHRM-SCP Human Resources Certifications

Dr. Runyon’s areas of mentoring expertise include but aren’t limited to:

  • New faculty classroom challenges
  • Student issues
  • Teaching responsibilities, communications and expectations
  • Time management
  • Technical classroom hiccups
  • Interacting with administration
  • Building rapport
  • Balancing life/work
  • Organizing work habits
  • Transcript Evaluation

Been Teaching Since:


Top 3 strengths as a mentor:

  • Approachable, respectful, confidential, time sensitive, organized.
  • Over 15 years experience formally mentoring online faculty at a variety of universities and on any number of platforms. Additionally, informally mentoring peers who have decided to take the plunge to work online.
  • Over 16 years experience teaching online across multiple disciplines at both the graduate and undergraduate level teaching thousands of adult students. Formally served as course lead, course coordinator, and program counsel at a number of universities to help coach faculty based on the needs of the students and organization.

In her own words...

I love mentoring new faculty and introducing them to the world of online teaching. For some it is their first time teaching at the college level. Others might be transitioning to online from a more traditional onground background. There are almost always questions that new faculty want to ask but don’t necessarily want to ask the faculty manager or dean. And... quite frankly, you’ll find that the level of faculty support can vary widely among not only institutions but also among departments within the same organization.

This is where I can help. Just when I say I’ve seen it all, I see something new….a new challenge, a new innovation, a new platform, etc. I have been around the proverbial block a few times and can assist newer faculty in acclimation to online teaching responsibilities, communications, and expectations. I can offer tips/tricks/shortcuts as well as answer specific questions related to technical hiccups, student challenges, interacting with administration, and building rapport.

I have been teaching online since 1998 and have successfully and simultaneously juggled many classes, students, and schools. I have done this while working an additional full time job and have also done this while raising a family. Juggling all of these commitments can be a challenge but you can do it and do it well! I am happy to share what has/hasn’t worked for me as well as offer other suggestions to help new faculty succeed.