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Dr. Isis Artze-Vega

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Valencia College
Isis Artze-Vega

How many of us had invested deeply in our faculty and our teaching? And I am at an institution that absolutely had done that and thank goodness because it made it possible for us to support our students through that transition. Our faculty supported one another. They had been training and learning together with our teaching and learning team how to teach online.

Dr. Isis Artze-Vega

Key Interview Takeaways

There are a lot of changes in the works, although there will be big differences by sector.

In the transition to remote learning, inequities were noticeable to us. We’ve heard it now. It became concrete. It came to us so tangibly.

Another of the changes that will likely last is the role of online learning. We have students who realize that this fits their complex lives. We have Faculty who have now made the shift and see that it affords them some flexibility. This kind of shift to online learning would have seemed inconceivable. But we did it. We proved this to ourselves that this could be done. We learned something about ourselves.


Isis Artze-Vega, Ed.D. serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Valencia College in Central Florida, long regarded one of the nation’s most innovative community colleges, serving more than 70,000 students each year, and a recently designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. She provides strategic leadership for the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, distance learning, career and workforce education, and partnerships for educational equity. Prior to joining Valencia, Isis served as Assistant Vice President for Teaching and Learning at Florida International University. There, she provided leadership for such university-wide initiatives as a multi-year gateway course project, a hybrid course initiative, and the comprehensive redesign of teaching evaluation. Prior to joining FIU, Isis taught English Composition and Enrollment Management at the University of Miami. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Duke University, a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Miami, and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Miami. Isis is an active member of the national educational development community, currently serving on the board of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network. Most importantly, she is the proud wife of visual artist Sinuhe Vega; the proud mami of Kamilah, 13, and Delilah, 11; and forever indebted to extraordinary parents, Mayra and Elias. Her work is fueled by a commitment to equity and justice, implemented through love and service.