Applying for a national level position

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The Tecnológico de Monterrey put out a call for applications for national level coordinators for five distinct areas of study. This is my application letter for one of those positions. The deadline for applying is today (May 25, 2015) and the published date for notification is June 15, 2015.

I really believe this is an excellent opportunity for the Tecnológico de Monterrey to engage their faculty across all of our campuses to enable the #unSoloTec ideal.

The Application Letter

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to apply for the position of National Leader for the area of Exact Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology and Electronics. I chose to provide this letter in English, you will find my video application (in Spanish) at

I meet all of the basic requirements which can be found in my resume (long and short version included) and also have a letter of support from our campus director Dr. Mario Adrián Flores Castro.

A modified blog version of this letter is also available at the following URL

Mission Statement

Over my twenty years (16 as ‘planta’) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, I have been involved in national level meetings and events. I spent two years as director of ISC at the Guadalajara campus in which I was very active in discussions of the degree program.

After leaving that position to return to full time teaching on the campus, I remained active nationally including coordinating the first third of the ISC program design for the 2005 version of the degree plan.

I have a strong belief in community openness and decisions being made in open forums. Some of our faculty across disciplines would like to play a more active role in decision processes and even more would at least like to have visibility of decisions that affect them and their students. I also believe very strongly in the #unSoloTec motto and have made that clear over the last year with my colleagues. I am a professor at the Tec, not just a single campus.

How can I help and lead? I have the technical background to use and build systems to support online collaboration. I worked in industry (IBM in the 90s) in a distance collaborative environment as well as coordinating many large international conferences (2000 plus attendees) with other committee members distributed across the globe. Additionally, my research during the pursuit of my doctorate in computing science was focused on tools and best practices for distributed collaborative software development. Most of that research applies to any distributed collaboration since the tools and key problems are pretty much the same. I have conference publications related to this research.

I am also active in the Tecnológico de Monterrey community in innovative practices: I coordinated the Flipped Learning project at Campus Guadalajara and also have given courses remotely and in person to other faculty across our system. My more recent work in pedagogy is in the Open Educational Resources and connected courses communities which is the aligned more with the social or connected style of MOOC pioneered by Stephen Downes, George Siemens and Dave Cormier (cMOOC).

I have presented my work in Flipped Learning at international confereneces and events including FlipCon14 (and FlipCon15 in July 2015) in the U.S.A. as well as being an invited speaker at three conferences/events in Seoul Korea in October 2015. Currently I am working on presentations on Flipped Learning and another course on Using Open Educational Resources to be given at Tecnológico de Monterrey campuses Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Morelia and Chiapas.

I would be honoured to be considered for this position and look forward to engaging and leading a highly motivated team of colleagues.

Thank you for your time and consideration, please contact me for any additional information that you may require.

I also am including a recent copy of my short form and long form resumes.

Ken Bauer

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