Dr. Nicole Runyon has been teaching online for a variety of universities and colleges since 1998. She is a subject matter expert in online learning and has taught a diverse platform that includes hundreds of different graduate and undergraduate classes in management, human resources, education, marketing and related fields. She has mentored and trained many faculty members who are new to online learning and she understands what motivates online faculty (the topic of her dissertation). In addition to teaching and mentoring online, she has served in many other academic capacities including onground faculty, course lead, course developer, program counsel, and subject matter expert.


Beyond teaching, she has had a diverse professional career that has included:

  • Deck officer aboard Great Lakes commercial ships;
  • Fleet supervisor for a fleet of ships owned by a steel manufacturer;
  • Human Resources Director for a startup dot com;
  • Human Resources and Branch Operations Director for a horticultural distributor.

Dr. Runyon has the following degrees and certifications:

  • PhD in Education
  • MS in Administration
  • BA in Political Science
  • AAS in Maritime Science
  • SPHR certification from HRCI
  • SHRM-SCP from SHRM

Dr. Runyon lives in Northern Michigan with her family that includes a husband, 2 west highland terriers, and her three kids: a set of triplets. When not working or chasing kids/dogs, she spends time enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer including skiing, beach life, local festivals, and an up & coming foodie scene.

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