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New Dean starts at College of the Rockies

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The College of the Rockies has welcomed a new Dean to lead its newly established Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The College said Dr. Shaun Longstreet was brought on board in response to priorities outlined in its two-year plan.

“We are eager to launch our Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and excited to welcome Shaun to the role of Dean,” said Paul Vogt, College President and CEO. “He brings extensive experience in curriculum development, instructional design, innovation, and leadership which will be great assets to the College.”

College of the Rockies staff said the new Centre was created to renew focus on growth in educational programming and provide support for faculty in the development and delivery of curriculum. The new department will also oversee a quality assurance process audit of current educational programs.

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“Under Dr. Longstreet’s leadership, this new Centre will help the College advance priorities including the creation of new programs, Indigenization of curriculum, expansion of open education resources and innovation in teaching methods that are so important for the success of our students and communities,” said Robin Hicks, Vice President Academic and Applied Research.

According to the College, Dr. Longstreet brings in over 20 years of experience with leading and supporting academic development, growth, and advancement for higher education and professional learning environments.

“He was at Marquette University for eight years where he last held the position of Associate Provost, Educational Development & Technology and has served as a consultant for the Menominee Nation Tribal College, and universities in Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya,” said College officials.

Dr. Longstreet also holds master’s degrees from Carleton University, University of Notre Dame, and Western Governor’s University as well as a Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame.

“As the first person in my extended family to complete high school, I have a passion for the public service mission of education and how colleges create opportunities to better people’s lives,” Longstreet said. “I especially believe in the power of a community-anchored, faculty-led, and student-centred culture. My family has three generations of ties to the East Kootenay and I look forward to joining the community.”

Dr. Longstreet started his role as Dean of  Innovation in Teaching and Learning on August 23rd.

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