Robertson photoDr. Carolyn Robertson’s distance learning career has spanned almost thirty years and focused on practice, advocacy, teaching, and administration. Dr. Robertson served twelve years as Director of Distance Learning for the Tarrant County College District, building one of the largest distance learning programs in the state with more than 25,000 enrollments each academic year. Retired in 2005, she remains involved in distance learning as an adjunct professor of government. Dr. Robertson began teaching via distance learning in 1977, long before it was the “cool” or even acceptable thing to do by taking on one of the largest of distance-learning challenges: developing and teaching laboratory science courses via distance learning. Convinced that students can and will learn via distance, she proved the same with research comparing the achievement of on-campus and distance learning students. Dr. Robertson also chaired the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) Distance Learning Advisory Committee (DLAC) for seven years, addressing the myriad of issues and details of the Virtual College of Texas, a tremendously successful collaborative which now provides access to distance learning courses for students all over the state. Known for her encouragement and counsel to her colleagues in the field, Dr. Robertson has been a friend and supporter of TxDLA for many years. TxDLA salutes her pioneering efforts in the field of distance learning and enthusiastically welcomes her to the Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame.