As the Assistant Director of Online Learning Natasha provides college-level leadership for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of distance learning initiatives. Watts is the main point of contact for distance learning related issues within the College of Engineering.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, Natasha worked as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Visual Communication at Hazard Community and Technical College. Watts began her career at Appalshop, a nonprofit media arts center located in the coal fields of Eastern, Kentucky, serving as a director, educator, filmmaker and youth media trainer. For the last ten years, her work has focused on placed-based visual learning and using distance learning methodologies to facilitate rural classroom equality. Watts is passionate about distance learning, accessibility, and Appalachia. She believes there is a classroom for everyone.
Natasha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media, with a minor in Appalachian Studies and a Master’s of Science in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis on occupational training and development from Eastern Kentucky University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Technology and Leadership from Morehead State University.