Brenda Ward Watkins has served as the instructional designer for Hillsborough Community College (HCC) for nine years, and managed the College's major initiatives including the creation of online professional development for HCC faculty and staff, and the implementation of online professional development for Hillsborough County School District K-12 educators. As a faculty member of the University of South Florida (USF), Brenda taught Business Technology Education courses and Diversity courses, both online and on-site. While at USF she served on a committee that developed the first fully online M.A. program to be offered by the College of Education. She holds an M.A. in Business and Office Education, plus an additional 30 graduate hours in Higher Education Administration.