The experiences of faculty with invisible disabilities

Author: veludo

Vera Dolan has devoted almost two decades to the delivery and improvement of online education. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a faculty mentor, guiding and supporting hundreds of instructors. Her master’s thesis research, illuminating the factors that drive motivation and loyalty in online faculty, was recognized by a graduate award from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) and led to an article in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning: “The isolation of online adjunct faculty and its impact on their performance”. Vera is currently finishing her PhD degree in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. She has made the experiences of university and college professors with not-easily detectable disabilities the focus of her doctoral thesis, with particular interest in the process of disclosure and how it might affect their reputation as capable thinkers and, consequently, their chances for career advancement.