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Information Technology and Administrative Management

Mary Minor, Senior Lecturer

Office: Hebeler 105
Phone: 509.963.2611
Email: minorm@cwu.edu

As a Senior Lecturer, I bring 35 years of teaching experience and professional knowledge to the students of the ITAM Department. I am one of the primary instructors for the IT 101 - Computer Applications course and specialize in the Microsoft Office Suite. I am focused on providing quality instruction at the introductory level of computer applications that will prepare Central students for their academic and professional careers. In order to remain prepared to help my students get their start in the Office Suite, I make sure to attend conferences on all upgrades to the software so I can bring the most current information to my classes.

I consider getting your education to be a full-time job, and one of the most important you will ever have. Because of this, I go above and beyond to help students do this job to the best of their ability. I have taught traditionally for 34 years and am now enjoying the challenges of the modern online learning environment. I recognize that with this technology, students have new needs from their instructors, requiring a higher level of engagement and facilitation as they explore the material. I enjoy guiding them through this discovery process.

I also believe in having a meaningful rapport with my students, and since we are now working together online I make sure to connect with my students and be highly accessible to them. I am up at 5 a.m. most days and one of my first priorities is to get answers to my students’ emails out the door.

In the ITAM department I have worked on the Eugene Kosy Scholarship committee and help organize our annual department graduation party. On campus, for the last 5 years, I have assisted the General Education Committee with incorporating Information Literacy into the IT 101 curriculum design. My primary volunteer work, though, is serving as the Coach and Advisor for the CWU Rodeo Club since 2010. Each year, I and this talented group of young people produce our college rodeo that occurs the fourth weekend in April. We are proud to say that this is the only college rodeo where admission is the price of a smile. Getting this show off the ground involves organizing sponsors, space management concerns, working with officials from the fairgrounds and community, promotion, marketing, and organizing a silent auction to fund the Todd Anderson Memorial Scholarship. While this is a whole different world from our computer labs (no horses in there!), the skills that I teach in my classes are vital to ensuring the success of this event, just as those skills prove invaluable in any industry or field.

My second full-time job is helping my husband on our cattle ranch. Teaching is my first love, but ranching and rodeo are my roots. My life has taught me several lessons and one of the most important is that you have to find balance. You also have to make sure to live your values. I loved being a student and took my job very seriously. Nothing, not even illness, was going to keep me from knowledge. I hope my students feel equally inspired to pursue their academic goals.


Advice to Students:

Technology isn’t always perfect. Please do not procrastinate and even better, work ahead. IT 101 is a class where you as the student have the chance to take control of the pace of your studies. You can set yourself up for an easier quarter with a little planning and a little work.


"You win or lose by the way you choose."
~Mary Minor


Education

Teaching

  • IT 101-  Computer Applications
  • ADMG 271 - Business Math Applications

Publications/Projects

  • Assessment of IT Computer Applications Courses