TEDX Billings


Date: October 3, 2015
Location: Cisel Hall, MSUB Campus
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Theme: Innovation in Action

Speaker Bio

Robert (Bob) Hoar


Robert (Bob) Hoar is the newest member of the academic leadership team at Montana State University Billings (MSUB). The provost and academic vice chancellor is the chief academic officer of Montana State University Billings and is responsible for all operations of the university related to instructional programs, educational policy, academic planning, academic resources, and faculty personnel actions. In addition, the provost is responsible for academic support units including the library, the Office of Graduate Studies, Grants and Sponsored Programs, the Office of International Studies and Outreach, the Academic Support Center, MSUB Extended Campus, and Information Technology. Hoar was most recently the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, where he was also a tenured full professor in the Department of Mathematics. He led the Institute for Campus Excellence, a subdivision of Academic Affairs that includes the offices on campus that support faculty and instructional academic staff. Nearly a decade ago, Hoar became the founding director of the Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning (IIURL), which brings the skills of students, faculty, and staff together to facilitate advances in teaching, learning, and the sharing of ideas. One offshoot of this work is the award- winning University of Wisconsin (UW) System College Readiness Math Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a project that Hoar spearheaded. The MOOC is designed to help incoming students prepare for their first college-level mathematics course and has been incorporated into a variety of programs on a number of campuses, allowing these campuses to collaborate on supporting student success in new ways. This course has increased access for many, reduced time to degree, and helped improve retention rates. The University of Wisconsin System’s Learn@UW Executive Committee oversees a multi-million dollar budget and selects academic systems used to enhance student success on the 26 campuses in the system. Hoar is a recent chair of this committee. The mission of the group is to provide vision, strategic direction and oversight for instructional applications and tools that support teaching and learning across the UW System. Specific responsibilities include planning, budgeting, advocating, fostering collaboration, and resolving differences in priorities. Recently, the group embarked on an Academic Roadmap development process, bringing together faculty, staff, and administrators from around the system. Partially as a result of this experience, Hoar was listed as one of the 2013 top 40 individuals nationwide in the Technology Innovation in Education Yearbook.