Paul Iwancio, Coordinator of Instructional Television with the New Media Studio has been selected as Exempt Staff Employee of the Quarter for April-June of 2009. During the last 30 years Paul has provided UMBC with instructional technology support, beginning as a student employee in the late 1970s. He joined the campus as a full-time employee in AV Services in 1986. Since joining the New Media Studio three years ago, Paul’s duties have expanded and diversified. While continuing to coordinate class lecture recording, duplication services, and video conference support, Paul has become a key member of the Studio’s video production team, developing into a talented media producer.
One of the best examples of Paul’s exceptional work is his evolving role in the Studio’s digital story work . In order to be more effective in these projects, Paul trianed with the Center for Digital Storytelling in workshop facilitation techniques. He has drawn on his own writing talents to help workshop participants develop exceptional digital stories. As the Studio’s Charlestown Digital Story project has developed over the last two years, Paul’s role has grown significantly. He was lead facilitator and coordinator during the most recent workshop at Charlestown. Paul contributes greatly to the project’s ongoing success and shares much of the credit for our 2007 Telly award and 2008 New Media Consortium Center of Excellence Award.
All who know Paul are struck with his high energy and willingness to put every bit of himself into whatever he takes on. His attention to detail and commitment to doing good work is evident in all he does. As a supervisor, he expects and earns the best from his students while remaining a compassionate and inspiring leader. The Studio’s event-driven schedule frequently requires Paul to work long, irregular hours which he does without complaint, inspiring his students to do likewise. Always a team player, he never asks an employee to do something he wouldn’t do himself. In working with clients, Paul excels in forming lasting relationships, earning him a steady stream of return business from satisfied customers who value the personal touches he brings to the job.
Paul has also demonstrated his leadership abilities outside the UMBC community. He is founder and past president of the Baltimore Songwriters Association. Paul is actively pursuing a Masters degree in Instructional Technology at Towson University, and is already applying what he has learned in his work at UMBC.