Julie Uranis serves as the Vice President for Online and Strategic Initiatives and serves as the Managing Director for the National Council for Online Education, supporting both the National Council advisory board and various National Council partnerships and collaborations. She leads the planning efforts for the Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), which established UPCEA as the source for innovations focused on online leadership, strategy, management, thought-leadership, and policy.
Prior to joining UPCEA as a staff member, Uranis lead two distinct units at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Her responsibilities included overall operations and the strategic direction of proctored testing, WKU On Demand, instructional design, Career and Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning. WKU’s Distance Learning Unit was recognized by UPCEA for strategic innovations focused on accessibility in 2016 and ranked as high as #2 in the nation on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list of online bachelor degree programs. She played a key role in Kentucky joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) as she was heavily involved in the lobbying effort on behalf of the public four-year institutions in Kentucky. Prior to joining WKU in 2013, Uranis held both teaching and administrative positions at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), joining that institution in 2003.
A native Michigander, Uranis has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Master of Science in Technology Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership from EMU. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Not only does she have a penchant for degrees from her home state, she also has a deep appreciation for ‘all things Michigan’ such as Vernors – her favorite ‘pop’, coney island restaurants, the fall colors in Michigan, and ‘up north’ vacations.
Uranis has been active with various organizations throughout her professional career including University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and in other volunteer leadership roles; the Association of Continuing Higher Education, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Continuing Education; the Kentucky Distance Learning Steering Committee, having served as meeting convener and WKU’s representative; the Blackboard Executive CBE Advisory Council; and other regional community groups and higher education associations.