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Employee Spotlight: Mary Addison, Executive Assistant to the Dean and Instructional Designer

Mary Addison is the executive assistant to the dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) since 2013. She began her work at ODU's Human Movement Science in the College of Education, formally known as Exercise Science, Physical Education, & Recreation (ESPER), in 2006. In October 2006, she completed her bachelor of arts in Occupational and Technical Studies and in 2018, her master's degree in Occupational & Technical Studies.

Among other duties assigned, Addison was appointed as an instructional designer for the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department. Her upbeat and pleasing personality is the perfect fit for the job as an instructional designer. She fosters collaboration, synergistic partnerships among the faculty. She consults, analyzes, and develops highly engaging and interactive learning solutions focused on student success initiatives. Her eagerness to stay current with new technologies allowed her to apply advanced adult learning theories into practical, application-based learning strategies.

The experience of returning to school as an adult learner provided a better understanding of how she can make a difference in students' delivery of learning objectives. She incorporates creative and innovative learning platforms that speak to students' diversity and cultural differences.

Addison said, "diversity brings different perspectives, ideas, and challenges. Students' needs can change every day. Having diversity provides the tools, strategies, and vision to meet the different learning needs. Students are the reason we are here. Ensuring students' success is our priority. BCET is here to serve the students and provide pathways for success. "

"I am motivated to work at ODU because of the students and my colleagues. The students bring energy, ideas, and excitement. Together with colleagues, we work very well together to meet the student's needs and push the college forward, "added Addison.

Addison is a physical fitness trainer. She loves to dance, act, and teach group exercise fitness classes. She is also the host of the upcoming tv magazine for the Batten College of Engineering and Technology called EnguiniTV. Stay tuned for more information.

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