NWI Innovators of the Month highlights Kathleen Gibson, CEO/Founder of APL nextED, Valparaiso. This new Member launched the first digital platform to help higher education institutions “recruit, manage, onboard and certify” part-time and full-time faculty. Also featured is the latest about IVDiagnostics, the innovative team that received the Chanute Prize in 2011 for developing cutting edge cancer diagnostic treatments in Crown Point. This issue is for the media serving Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties. Each edition features inspiring stories of innovators who are Members of The Society of Innovators. The Society is part of Ivy Tech’s Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. For information, contact O’Merrial Butchee, Director, Lamkin I & E Center at (219) 981-4942, or John Davies, Managing Director, The Society of Innovators of NWI at (219) 981-1111, Ext. 2292.
Recognizing a need to match a first rate faculty with colleges and universities, Kathleen Gibson launched the first digital platform for recruiting, managing, “on-boarding” and certifying adjunct and full-time faculty. “My passion is to match the most accomplished faculty with universities and colleges so that students receive the very best education possible,” Gibson said, who was in higher education for 14 years at Valparaiso University.
Named Adjunct Professor Link or APL, this start-up with 13 employees, has enjoyed resounding success since launched nine months ago, and is now used by 22 colleges and universities in 17 states, ranging in size from 200,000 to 2,000 students. Although 70% of college and university courses are taught by adjunct professors, there was no digital platform to connect experts with department chairs and program directors who hire them as adjunct faculty. Gibson saw the opportunity to introduce a digital solution in an industry where colleges and universities typically place advertisements to seek candidates.