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Academic Leadership

Tonya Troka, Ed.D.

Program Director, General Education

Chicago, IL

Communications specialist. Lifelong learner. Storyteller.

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Education
  • Ed.D, Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University (2016)
  • MA and BA, Communication, Department of Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University (2004)
Background

Tonya Troka is Colorado Technical University’s Program Director for General Education. In her current role she oversees CTU’s General Education curriculum. Dr.Troka has led the implementation of adaptive learning at CTU, specifically in General Education. Her leadership has helped to foster a true adaptive learning community with the faculty teaching Gen Ed courses. She has also worked diligently to impact student success in math courses using Intellipath™ as the main instructional tool across the math curriculum. Her specific work with Intellipath™ in math courses was published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2015. She has been a part of the CTU team since 2004.

Dr. Troka began her CTU journey working in Student Success, leading the Advising team as well as the Learning Center and Tutoring services. She also currently heads up CTU’s Gen Ed Leadership Team and Program Committee.

Prior to joining CTU, she taught Television Studio Production while earning her graduate degree.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

General Education

  • Why are you excited to be at CTU?

    I love teaching students. No matter what type of day I have, when I get to teach students in the classroom it always gives me a boost of energy. I am in because we are all changing lives every day!

    Our faculty care about students and love teaching at CTU. Our students aren’t typical students. They have busy lives and somehow they fit it all in and strive to be their best. It is inspirational. 

  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    I have the most experience teaching our introductory student success course. I utilize my experience working with students throughout the last seven years to help provide guidance to all of my students. I also use my leadership experience when I teach professional communications. My students get a kick out of my personal stories and how I make them feel engaged in the classroom.

  • Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

    I am passionate about my family, fantasy football, cooking and eating great cuisine, and animal rescue. My husband and I rescued our French bulldog, and he is an amazing addition to our family.

  • Awards or achievements
    • EdAchievement Innovation Award: Adaptive Learning Implementation 2013 - Colorado Technical University
    • High Achiever Award 2006 & 2008 - Colorado Technical University
    • Teaching Assistant Fellowship - Northern Illinois University - Department of Communication
    • Outstanding Leadership Award - Northern Illinois University
    • Excellence in Academic Achievement - Northern Illinois University
  • Professional Memberships
    • Trained Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission
  • Publications
    • Komar, J.A. & Troka, T. (2015). Improving Performance in College Algebra Using Technology. American Society of Engineering Education.
  • Research interests
    • Student retention and success
    • Student placement
    • First-year college experience
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Johnson, C. & Troka, T. (2015). It Works: Efficacy Evidence for the Use of Adaptive Learning. Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.