From Lecture Hall to Laptop
Opportunities, Challenges, and the Continuing Evolution of Virtual Learning in Higher Education

By Nicholas D. Young, Elizabeth Jean, Felix O. Quayson

About the Authors

Nicholas D. Young, PhD, EdD

Dr. Nicholas D. Young has worked in diverse educational roles for more than 28 years, serving as a principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and longtime superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year; and he completed a distinguished Fulbright program focused on the Japanese educational system through the collegiate level. He holds numerous graduate degrees including a PhD in educational administration and an EdD in educational psychology. Dr. Young is the recipient of numerous other honors and recognitions including the General Douglas MacArthur Award for distinguished civilian and military leadership and the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award for exemplary scholarship.

Dr. Young has served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined for over 33 years; and he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Navy War College. After completing a series of senior leadership assignments in the U.S. Army Reserves as the commanding officer of the 287th Medical Company (DS), the 405th Area Support Company (DS), the 405th Combat Support Hospital, and the 399 Combat Support Hospital, he transitioned to his current military position as a faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He currently holds the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Young is also a regular presenter at state, national, and international conferences; and he has written many books, book chapters, and/or articles on various topics in education, counseling, and psychology. Some of his most recent books include Learning Style Perspectives: Impact Upon the Classroom (3rd ed., 2014); and Collapsing Educational Boundaries from Preschool to PhD: Building Bridges Across the Educational Spectrum (2013). He was also the primary author for Power of the Professoriate: Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities in 21st Century Education (2017); To Campus with Confidence: Promoting a Smooth Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities (2017). He also co-authored several children’s books to include the popular series I am Full of Possibilities.

Elizabeth Jean, EdD

Dr. Elizabeth Jean has served as an elementary school educator and administrator in various rural and urban settings in Massachusetts for more than 20 years. As a building administrator, she has been instrumental in fostering partnerships with various local businesses and higher education institutions, such as Westfield State University, Springfield College, Western New England University, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Further, she is currently a graduate professor at Endicott College and previously served as an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Elms College. In terms of formal education, Dr. Jean received a BS in education from Springfield College and an MEd in education with a concentration in reading from Our Lady of the Elms. She completed her doctoral studies at Northeastern University with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Dr. Jean has co-authored several book chapters on such topics as virtual education, public and private partnerships in public education, technology partnerships between K-12 and higher education, developing a strategic mindset for LD students, the importance of skill and will in developing reading habits for young children, and middle school reading interventions, to name a few. Additionally, she has co-authored and illustrated several children’s books.

Felix O. Quayson, EdD

Dr. Felix O. Quayson has worked in diverse professional roles in health care, higher education, and state and local government programs, serving as a graduate school adjunct professor, data analytics specialist, performance, measurement, and quality improvement specialist, document control manager, training manager, disaster case manager, emergency immigrant outreach worker, chaperone for year one medical scholar pipeline program, mental health volunteer, independent health specialist contractor, and founder and chief executive officer of Quaysearch Health Inc. In 2010, he received an award in the pursuit of wellness at Greenspring Erickson Retirement Community in Springfield, Virginia.

Dr. Quayson holds a BS in health and fitness management from Washington Adventist University, an MS in educational leadership and policy studies from Hofstra University, and an EdD in educational leadership and supervision from American International College. Dr. Quayson’s research and teaching interests include higher education, health care, education leadership, policy studies, distance education, online teaching, curriculum and instructional design, and project management.