September 2002 Issue
Person of the Month
Dr. Rick Sheets, Paradise Valley Community College
Rick Sheets has been involved in learning support services for twenty years and was the founding director of the Learning Support Center (1987-1997) at Paradise Valley Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Phoenix, AZ. He is currently the Director of the Computer Commons, a centralized student-use computer lab with over 500 computers and eleven class labs.
A brief series of events in Rick’s life:
Dr. Sheets professional accomplishments include:
Areas of Interest
Areas of professional interest for Rick include employee development and training, learning styles, metacognition, team-building, web page development, use, and maintenance, and applications and implications of technology in teaching & learning, and office support. He loves working with colleagues and helping to “de-mystify” technology and make it seem easy to use.
Rick loves the fascinating world of web access and design. You are invited to explore some of the links from his web page. Rick has been the Webmaster for the international Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (Winter Institute) web portal, “LSCHE” since its inception with Frank Christ in 1996. He also serves on the campus web development committee, has helped in the development of a web-based campus wide Automated Planning & Budgeting system, and maintains his department page and the PVCC Organizational Realignment page at the campus. He also teaches a series of web workshops for faculty and staff, and a graduate course through NAU on Computers and the college classroom.
He also writes original, inspirational verses called "Thoughts in Verse." He finds the ocean and sunsets to be very moving. Examples of some of his VerseArt are included in the In Memory... collection linked to his PVCC web page. The collection is the beginning of a tribute to PVCC employees who had become terminally ill or died while working at the college.
"No One of Us is as Smart as All of Us" (Anonymous),
is a quote Rick lives by. “To live it means that decisions should be grounded in
input and thoughtfulness from all stakeholders (real and potential). The key to
success is to build effective communication and synergy in solving problems and
Christ, F.L., Sheets, R. A. and K. Smith (Eds.) (2000) Starting a Learning Assistance Center. Clearwater, FL: H & H Publishing Company, Inc., 109-116.
Rings, S., & Sheets, R. A. (1991). Student development and metacognition: Foundations For tutor training. Journal of Developmental Education. 15(1), 30-32.
Sheets, R. A., & Rings, S. (1989). Ideas in Practice: Tailor-Made Study Strategies: A Success Story. Journal of Developmental Education.12(3), 22-24
Sheets, R. A., (1994). The effects of training and experience on adult peer tutors in community colleges. Doctoral Dissertation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
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