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Information Technology and Administrative Management

Shani Watkins, Lecturer

Office: ITAM Office Suite
Phone: 509.963.2611
Email: watkinssh@cwu.edu

Passion, I have a passion for learning and for helping others find their success. I have more than 16 years’ experience in education ranging from K-12 teaching and administration, as well as university teaching and program management at Central Washington University.
Not only do I have teaching experience, but I also have industry-level experience, working in both for-profit and not-for-profit accounting. Having served as an administrator and manager within the education field provides me with a rich background in leadership, learning, managing both self and others, and an understanding of the overall workplace environment.
My educational philosophy is to find relevancy to the workplace and workplace situations that provide thoughtful and thought-provoking scenarios for students. I believe that everyone has something to learn and that it is my job as the instructor to be as clear as possible and provide opportunity for student growth. As an online learner and instructor, I believe strongly in the need for clear direction and intention. It is my goal to set up a challenging, caring, and supportive environment for learners so that they grow to their potential. I am committed to helping others find their success.
Personally, I love to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. Every day is a new experience and new opportunity. Most recently, I am starting to look for fun runs or as one of my close friends says, wogging (somewhere between walking and jogging) that I can participate in around the Puget Sound area. My first major 5k is coming up in May – the Color Run.


“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island”

~ Walt Disney
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

~Nelson Mandela


Advice to Students

Find your passion, whatever it is, be the best you can be at it, learn all you can, go above the basics, and really dig in and learn. It is through this passion that you will find your future. Your future is here, believe in it and follow it.


Experience

Director, Seattle Skills Center – Seattle School District

  • Develop and manage budget for multi-program department

Prepare all marketing and communication for skills center
Develop, update, and maintain skills center website
Evaluate certificated and classified staff for the skills center
Prepare all school expectations and crisis management plans
Manage all capital projects including more than $800,000 for skills center development
Develop and manage summer school options for students grades 9-12
Mitigate any disputes and determine resolution
Increase equity and access for all students in the Seattle School District
Work with community leaders to facilitate improvement of the educational opportunities for students in Seattle
Prepare all state audit documents for compliance

Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education – Tacoma School District

  • Prepare all curriculum for state and local approval
  • Work with community leaders to improve educational opportunities for students
  • Meet and exceed all district expectations for document management
  • Manage and evaluate classified staff
  • Provide input for all CTE staff
  • Provide extensive professional development opportunities
  • Prepare all state audit documents for compliance
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Instructional Facilitator – Tacoma School District

  • Provide curriculum development for all subject areas in career and technical education
  • Provide additional professional development for a variety of instructor needs
  • Provide support to new teachers and current teachers
  • Develop professional development calendar and offerings

Education

  • Principal’s Credentials – expected completion 2015
  • PhD, Organizational Systems and Human Sustainability - expected completion 2018
  • MBA, Grand Canyon University
  • MA.ED. Higher Education Leadership Organizational Leadership, Grand Canyon University
  • MA.ED., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Education, Central Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Central Washington University

Teaching

  • ADMG 201 - Introduction to Business
  • ADMG 302 – Financial Analysis for Administration and IT Support
  • ADMG 310 – Administrative Support
  • ADMG 355 – Office Procedures
  • ADMG 371 - Administrative Management
  • ADMG 372 – Leadership and Supervision
  • ADMG 385 - Business Communication & Report Writing
  • ADMG 471 – Contemporary Issues in Administrative Management
  • ADMG 485 – Managerial Communications
  • RMT 366 – Customer Relationship Management

Presentations

  • Presenter: WA-ACTE Summer Conference 2013
  • Presenter: WAVA Spring Conference 2013
  • Presenter: WAVA Fall Conferences 2012
  • Presenter: WAVA Spring Conference 2012
  • Presenter: WA-ACTE Fall Conference 2011
  • Co-Presenter: SLOAN-C Conference 2011
  • Presenter: WA-ACTE Fall Conference 2009
  • Co-presenter: Marketing Educators’ Association Conference, April 2009
  • Co-presenter: NASPA Fall Conference, 2008
  • Reviewer: Business Communication Text

Research

  • Online, Web-Based Curriculum Development
  • Administrative Management Curriculum Development
  • Program Development
  • Human Sustainability in the workplace