May 6, 2018


MDLA and MarylandOnline honor Herbert “Buddy” Muse, as the Inaugural Barbara Zirkin Award winner

The Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) and MarylandOnline (MOL) give, as a tribute to long-time educator and online learning advocate Barbara Zirkin, an award to an outstanding Maryland professional. Zirkin was a lifelong educator, a former associate dean of Stevenson University before she retired in 2018. She was long involved in both organizations as well as serving as an educator and as a mentor for many involved in distance learning. Zirkin passed away in 2019.  

As a joint award between MDLA and MOL we wanted to make sure that the recipient worked with both organizations, was a professional in eLearning, and has performed outstanding work in the field of eLearning.

The first recipient of this annual award is Herbert “Buddy” Muse of Montgomery College. Buddy is Program Manager for eLearning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) at Montgomery. He has been heavily involved with both organizations having previously served as President and Treasurer of MDLA, served as a MOL Board Member, and took part in the QM and COAT projects.