What does a Career in L&D Look Like? Hear from the Pro's that Know.

  • April 21, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Graduate and current students from the University of New Mexico Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) program.

The OILS program is unique among comparable programs in the country because it is an interdisciplinary program that integrates fields such as, adult learning, organizational learning and human resource development, and eLearning into a single program with the belief that competence in all these fields is necessary to solve complex problems in an organization that employs and trains adults. The presentation will highlight this from recent work at Albuquerque Public Schools and Project ECHO during COVID-19 and how the program has prepared them to adapt.

Theme Change

  • Adapting to virtual environment
  • Equity in Learning and Development in a post-COVID world

Getting Data out of Evaluations

  • What questions are coming out of evaluations related to change/virtual environment?
  • Pros and cons to synchronous and asynchronous sessions 

What are the Implications for the Future?



Kristen Ferris

Kristen is a PhD student in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include faculty development, change management, and organizational citizenship behavior. Much of her research is part of a National Science Foundation grant at UNM where the chemical and biological engineering department is redesigning curriculum to support diverse student retention and graduation. She currently works as Director of Accreditation and Strategic Planning at Central New Mexico Community College and leads continuous quality improvement efforts. 

Ann Swickard

Ann is an English Language Development Teacher Support Specialist from Albuquerque Public Schools. Her passion is empowering teachers and transformational education practices.  She is interested in learning culture and creative problem-solving. Ann has a degree in K-8 Education and MA from UNM in Organization and Information Learning Sciences (OILS) and hold TESOL and visual arts endorsements.

Joaquin Baca

Joaquin Baca is an educator and a public health professional. He is a Senior Health Equity Policy Analyst for the Center for Health Equity at the AMA. He served dually as the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Accountability and Director of the Office of Health Equity, overseeing the department’s Office of the Tribal Liaison and Office of Border Health from 2015-2019. Baca serves on the board for the Center for Health Innovation, the Scientific Advisory Board for a Pacific Institute Research and Evaluation project on developing an LGBTQ Primary Care Toolkit, and participates on the New Mexico Birth Equity Collaborative, and Baca earned his MS in public health with a concentration in community health, a BA in liberal arts through St. John’s College’s Great Books Program, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) at the University of New Mexico.

Jasmine Desiderio

Jasmine is a Ph.D. student in the Organizational, Information, Learning Sciences (OILS) program at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests focus on applying innovative approaches in learning sciences, eLearning, organizational learning and development, instructional technology, and human performance technology to address adversities of marginalized populations. She currently works as an Instructional Designer with the State of New Mexico Department of Health assigned to the operations and implementation of the NM COVID-19 Vaccine Plan. 

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