Staffing Announcement – Senior System Director for Educational Innovations

I’m delighted to share with you the news that after an extensive national search, Kimberly Lynch will join Academic Affairs on October 1 as our new senior system director for educational innovations.

Dr. Lynch brings to this key position considerable experience as both a faculty member and administrator. She served most recently as dean of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer networking at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she worked with about 80 faculty on a number of programs offered in online, blended, and flipped learning environments. At ARCC and Anoka Technical College, she was also interim chief information officer from 2010 to 2012. In that position she oversaw strategic vision and planning processes, including analytics and emerging technology initiatives. Among the projects she oversaw were network infrastructure investment, classroom technologies, student email and print tracking, mobile computing for faculty, and integration of technology in the first-year experience.    kim

Dr. Lynch also held the title of dean of innovative teaching and learning at Anoka-Ramsey while the college doubled its online learning presence, developed a quality course development process, and implemented a tool for online student readiness assessment. For five years before that, she served as the faculty coordinator of the Center for Instructional Technology, and as active learning advocate in a project funded by the Bush Foundation. As an English faculty member for 15 years, she taught a range of courses using traditional, hybrid, online, and learning-community delivery methods. She was the co-chair of the college’s accreditation steering committee and wrote the college’s self-study report in 2005-2006.

Dr. Lynch received a B.A. in English and Psychology from Hamline University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in English at the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, she taught English composition and coordinated graduate instruction at the writing center for five years. She later directed the writing center at ARCC, and has been an active and accomplished scholar in English composition studies. Dr. Lynch received a graduate certificate in online teaching from Bemidji State University. She has received awards from D2L and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

We look forward to her leadership in the areas of academic technology, online and blended curricula, online student services, and faculty and instructional development.

Lynda Milne  |  Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs  |  Minnesota State Colleges & Universities  |  ofc 651-201-1887   |  text 651-237-2133

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