What is your name and current title with the University of Montevallo?
Jennifer A. Alexiou-Ray, Ph.D., director of graduate studies, program coordinator of Instructional Technology & Educational Master’s Programs and professor of instructional technology & leadership.
Where are you from and what city do you currently reside in?
I grew up in Helena and attended Thompson Elementary, Middle and High School.
I currently live in Pelham.
If you hold any degrees, what are they in and from what schools?
A Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Technology, all from The University of Alabama.
How long have you worked here?
I began working at UM in 2008 as an adjunct professor and a full-time K-12 technology specialist in the Vestavia Hills City School System. I transitioned to higher education in 2009 and took a brief break with the University. I took a job as a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in 2010.
Did you hold any previous positions here? If so, what are they?
Adjunct professor – my initial faculty appointment in 2010 was in secondary education/technology. I transitioned to instructional technology/leadership in 2020 to better align with my terminal degree and the classes I taught.
What brought you to Montevallo?
I wanted to transition to higher education and enjoyed my time as an adjunct professor. When a full-time position came open, I jumped at the chance.
What’s the best thing about working for Montevallo?
Without hesitation, I would say my colleagues. The best people work at UM. I am fortunate to work among them.
Do you have any interesting stories about one of your favorite experiences here?
I have had many favorite experiences since beginning at UM. Every day, I cherish the students I have met along the way. When I see them accomplish great things in their classrooms or schools, I feel proud to have known them and had the opportunity to learn with them on their journey through higher education.
What’s your proudest accomplishment since being at UM?
I have been fortunate to work with colleagues who have been instrumental in my accomplishments at UM; one of the most notable collaborations was on the GEAR UP Jefferson County grant application. It was the largest grant the University had ever received.
Why do you belong at Montevallo?
I belong at Montevallo because it just feels like home. I enjoy helping students. This is my guidepost in everything related to my work. I always ask, “What is best for students?” and try to do that.