June 21, 2012

SUNY Empire State College’s Dean Tom Mackey Named to Open Praxis Editorial Board

Thomas P. Mackey headshot

Tom Mackey, dean Center for Distance Learning


David Henahan

Director of Communications

SUNY Empire State College

518-587-2100, ext. 2918



(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - June 20, 2012) Center for Distance Learning Dean Tom Mackey recently joined the editorial board of Open Praxis, the international, peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education. Open Praxis is a scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. Members of the editorial board represent Spain, Argentina, Botswana, India and China, as well as the U.S.

Of his appointment Mackey said, “I am honored by this opportunity to join the editorial board of Open Praxis and look forward to working with editor Dr. Inés Gil-Jaurena from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, who is in Spain, and my esteemed colleagues on the board. This connection to a scholarly journal published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education  will enhance our global, open and online efforts at SUNY Empire State College.“

About Dean Tom Mackey

Mackey has expertise in open and distance education and in promoting  collaborative approaches to technology-enhanced learning design. He has published four books, co-edited by Trudi E. Jacobson, of the University at Albany, and several peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded journals. His latest book, “Teaching Information Literacy Online,” was published in 2011 by Neal-Schuman Publishers and includes a foreword  by Terry Anderson, of Athabasca University. This past year he also published the peer-reviewed article “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy” in College & Research Libraries, the top journal in the field of library and information science. 

Mackey earned a Ph.D. in writing, teaching and criticism, his master’s degree in English and his bachelor’s degree in communication, all from the University at Albany; and an associate degree in liberal arts from Hudson Valley Community College. 

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout her or his college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

Additional information about the college is available here.




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