Dr. Afsaneh (Sunny) Farhadi
Director of the Koehler Center & Online Learning
Dr. Sunny Farhadi is the Director of the Koehler Center & Online Learning. In this role she provides oversight, leadership, and vision for online courses and fully online academic programs for both distance learning and residential students. She is responsible for ensuring that online programs and courses meet regulatory compliance requirements and accreditation standards through evidence-based practices for distance learning.
Farhadi will collaborate with administrators, faculty and staff members to support online learning through both large-scale initiatives and individual partnerships. She also will support online student learning by combining her expertise in pedagogy, technology, assessment and faculty development. This position reports to the director of the Koehler Center, under the Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs.
With a doctoral degree in education and a specialty in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University, Farhadi brings ample experience to the position. She most recently was director of programmatic quality and online learning for Hodges University, where she developed and implemented innovative strategies for continuous improvement, faculty training and workshops, assessing the newest instructional technology, updating LMS course designs, developing policies and procedures, aligning to accreditation standards, assisting with data collection and partnering with university leaders. Under her leadership, her department was able to assist with student retention, show continuous improvement in high-quality curriculum, and increase buy-in from all stakeholders.