The Charles McMickle Award

The Charles McMickle Award for Excellence and Innovation is established in memory of our colleague who passed away in 2010. Charlie was Director of Technology and a guiding force behind our network architecture.

Charlie McMickle was instrumental in the design and the deployment of NJEDge.Net Regional Optical Network which is the foundation of NJEDge.Net. It enables us to deliver emerging technologies for academic innovations. The first interactive video classroom deployed to 39 New Jersey colleges as well as the design and deployment of a digital video satellite uplink and video portal used by all NJ higher education institutions was designed by Charlie. He was a key member of the William Paterson University community and responsible for some of the original grants that created the first video classrooms in NJ’s colleges and universities.

This year’s recipients are:

SanWPPers3_editedDr. Sandra L. Miller, Deputy CIO and Director of Instruction and Research Technology at William Paterson University

Dr. Sandra. L. Miller provides leadership and vision for the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT), Media Services/Classroom Technology Support, and Broadcast, Production and Support Services at William Paterson University. In June, 2015, Miller conducted an Instructional Design Symposium with Gayle Stein from Rutgers University for NJEDge.Net participants. In July, 2013, Miller taught an Online Pedagogy MOOC for NJEDge.Net. Miller was PI for NJVID built with NJEDge.Net, an IMLS National Leadership Grant in 2007-2011. Miller has presented at numerous conferences including EDUCAUSE, Lilly Conference, NERCOMP, VALE, and more. Miller (2015) published an article on “Teaching an Online Pedagogy MOOC” in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching from MERLOT; a chapter (2013) on “Creating a Video Dialogue” in the Plugged-In Professor, Eds., Ferris, S. and Wilder, P. and more. Miller has served as Past President of CCUMC.


Yaw_2014_Headshot_editedEdward J. Yaw, President, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

Dr. Edward J. Yaw, County College of Morris (CCM) president, has played an instrumental role in shaping higher education in New Jersey through his work on professional and educational councils, including NJEDge.Net. A supporter of the consortium during its infancy, Yaw was actively involved with NJIN (NJEDge.Net’s predecessor) and the Educational Activities Task Force. As NJEDge.Net grew into its current role, Yaw served as the chairman of its Board of Trustees. A believer in technology’s role in the classroom, Yaw has consistently demonstrated his support of professional development in areas emphasizing cutting-edge technology.

Edward J. Yaw has been with the County College of Morris since 1980 and assumed the role of President in 1986.  County College of Morris is a publicly supported community college dedicated to meeting the needs of area residents and employers for educational advancement and career training.  Dr. Yaw is respected by his peers and has been elected to serve on various professional and educational councils working with state officials.  He has served as Chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council and was a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Yaw has also led accreditation evaluation teams on behalf of the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association.

Dr. Yaw earned his Ed.D. from Columbia University, his M.S. from Southern Illinois University, and his B.A. degree from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton.  Prior to his appointment as CCM’s President, Dr. Yaw held the position of Dean of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Yaw had previously served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Adelphi University, NY.

Active in community affairs, Dr. Yaw currently serves on the boards of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Morris County Human Relations Commission, the Urban League of Morris County, and the Morris-Sussex-Warren Counties Workforce Investment Board.