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R-MC Staff Member Awarded Leadership Certification

Apr 16, 2018


Robert PlienisRandolph-Macon College staff member Robert Plienis was recently awarded Leadership Certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). Plienis is associate director of the Higgins Academic Center (HAC) and director of the Office of Disability Services.

The Learning Center Leadership Certification
The National College Learning Center Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting excellence among learning center personnel. The NCLCA supports learning assistance professionals as they develop and maintain learning centers, programs, and services to enhance student learning at the post-secondary level.

The purpose of the Learning Center Leadership Certification is to give learning assistance professionals a nationally recognized credential and set of standards by which to foster their future growth and development. Focusing on evolving levels of practice, training, self-reflection, service, and evaluation, the certification offers learning assistance professionals opportunities to further their expertise and knowledge.

R-MC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Susan Parker explains that the certification program provides an interdisciplinary comprehensive approach to recognizing the accomplishments of people in the field of learning assistance based on a series of benchmarks, experiences, and training in the theories and best practices of learning assistance.

"We congratulate Robert on this well-deserved achievement," says Parker. "The certification provides validation of Robert's expertise in the field of learning assistance. While all candidates for certification are required to submit a personalized learning assistance statement and a professional development plan, the program is designed to meet the different career paths and goals of learning assistance professionals. Robert's work at both the state and national level—including leadership positions and presentations for both NCLCA and the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)—were evaluated as part of his application."

Robert Plienis
Plienis, who joined Randolph-Macon College in 2016, earned his B.A. and M.A. in women's & gender studies with a concentration in sociology from the University of Louisville. In addition to serving as associate director of the HAC and director for the Office of Disability Services, Plienis holds an online adjunct faculty position with the University of Louisville.

His work in the areas of learning assistance and disability services spans the course of 18 years and across three different institutions including the University of Louisville, the University of Indianapolis, and Ball State University. Plienis has presented on topics including universal design, program review & assessment, online teaching, and successful transitions for students with disabilities.