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Getting to know Jeff Bulkley

Ecampus testing coordinator

Jeff-Bulkley

Oregon State Ecampus Testing Coordinator Jeff Bulkley’s career path has been quite an exciting journey, ultimately landing him in higher education. Prior to OSU Ecampus, Jeff was deployed for nine months in Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served as a sergeant in the Army Signal Corps, which “supplies information systems and worldwide networks for the Army, the Department of Defense and allied nations in coalition operations.” His role involved working on the camp’s network service desk assisting units with gaining access to the various Army systems. Before being deployed, Jeff worked as a property manager in California and danced professionally with small modern dance companies on the West Coast and in the Midwest. After retiring from performing upon his return from deployment, Jeff danced in one last show in Eugene, Oregon, with Harmonic Laboratory, a multimedia performing arts group headed by University of Oregon dance faculty and other artists. Jeff earned a B.A. in Theater from Southern Illinois University and an M.F.A in Dance from California State University.


By Heather Doherty  
June 22, 2017

Hometown:

“St. Louis, Missouri” 

When did you begin working at Oregon State Ecampus?

“September 5, 2013”

What excited you about the opportunity to work for OSU Ecampus?

“A chance to get back into the education field. I enjoy working with students and faculty.”

“A chance to get back into the education field. I enjoy working with students and faculty.”

OSU Ecampus Testing Coordinator Jeff Bulkley says what excited him the most about working for Ecampus was “a chance to get back into the education field. I enjoy working with students and faculty.”

Describe what you do in your role.

“I facilitate all aspects of the proctoring process: gathering information from the faculty, helping students find and submit approved proctors, and communicating all exam details with the proctors. There is a lot of problem solving and last-minute emergency help that is often required.” 

What do you like most about your job?

“The workplace. I enjoy coming to OSU and working with all of the great staff and faculty members.” 

What do you wish others knew about your job?

“It is very much a real-time job. If I am away from my desk and miss a call, that might mean a student that had to take off work cannot take their test. They might have to take off work again, find another babysitter or any number of other issues our online students juggle in their daily lives. So generally when there is a problem, it is something that needs to fixed right away.”

What advice would you like to give to students, staff, faculty?

“Timely communication is what makes the whole thing work.”

What is one surprising thing about you that not many people know?

“I am a retired professional dancer.”

What are your favorite activities outside of work?

“TV and movies – sci-fi and horror are my favorites. I play board games and wargames, and do some miniature painting.”

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