Nearly three decades of ELO experience will be missed… Paul Jewell retires.
For over 42 years, Paul Jewell has dedicated his professional career to supporting education through the relevant and innovative application of instructional technology, service to professional organizations, and dedication to mentoring students.
For the past 28 years, Paul has been applying this same pioneering mindset to advance distance education and communications technologies for Iowa State University. Paul started in the College of Engineering in 1993 when there was a two-person staff and 200 annual student enrollments in distance education. Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) is now a two-college collaboration with a staff of 20, serving online student enrollments averaging around 10,000 per year.
Paul also became known for his skill in leveraging ELO to help meet challenging multi-media event needs for the entire ISU community, from specialized research meetings and presentations to engineering industry gatherings to special projects for the ISU President’s office. His ability to adapt and push the boundaries of what is possible comes from a combination of education and early experience in educational technology.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in radio/television production from the University of Northern Iowa, he worked for the San Diego Unified School District, applying his knowledge of television production as a way to help teachers use video as an instructional tool to enhance their high school curriculum. For these accomplishments, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Christa McAuliffe Institute for Educational Pioneering in 1988. He also was integral in the creation of a distance learning network in Point Barrow, Alaska, connecting nine remote Arctic village schools across the 88,000 square-mile North Slope Borough School District, using live, interactive video classrooms.
While working at ISU, Paul was active in the American Society for Engineering Education’s Continuing Professional Development Division from 2003 to 2020, including as Chair of the Division for several years. He was recognized as an award-winning technologist and leader in the profession.
Paul likes to work, and will continue to stay busy, but he is looking forward to spending more time with family and friends, while pursuing his personal interests. In his spare time he enjoys collecting and listening to vinyl records, restoring vintage audio systems, working on home improvements, and touring the country on his motorcycle. Life is a highway… and Paul is ready to hit the open road!