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Dr. Lynn Wild
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center

Lynn Wild came to RIT in February of 2002 as the Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning Services, a newly created position. In 2009 Wild was appointed Associate Provost for Faculty Success to encourage and emphasize faculty development to further enhance RIT's initiatives for excellence. In 2009 Wild guided the merger of Teaching and Learning Services and the RIT Libraries forming "The Wallace Center" which provides academic support and service for students and faculty, contributing to RIT's recognition as a leader in research, scholarship, innovation and creativity.

She appreciates that at RIT, faculty work hard to keep up with cutting-edge technology and apply it in the classrooms so that students are the best they can be when they transition from the classroom to the working world. Through her and the department's work with Deans, faculty, administrators and staff, she strives to incorporate The Wallace Center's vision to become "the heart and intellectual nexus of the Institute."

Wild's experience in higher education includes the development of teaching and learning centers at RIT, Rutgers University and Buffalo State College. Her 30 years of experience in faculty development is complemented by 20 years in director-level management positions in education and corporate environments.

Wild holds a Ph.D in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor's degree in English education from Buffalo State College and her master's in educational communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently teaches several online courses through RIT's School of Individualized Study.

The Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center is responsible for:

Oversight of The Wallace Center which includes:

  • Faculty Career Development, including New Faculty Orientation, Institute Mentoring and Academic Leadership
  • RIT Libraries
  • Cary Graphic Arts and RIT Press and Archive Collections
  • Scholarship Services, including Publishing and Scholarship Support

Professional Experience

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Associate Provost, Faculty Development and The Wallace Center 8/12 – Present
  • Provide leadership, oversight and fundraising for The Wallace Center.
  • Associate Provost, Faculty Success 7/08 – 7/12
  • Led the successful merger of RIT Libraries, Teaching Learning Services, RIT Production Services and Faculty Recruitment and Retention to create The Wallace Center, the largest academic support unit at the University.
  • Assistant Provost, Teaching and Learning Services 2/02 – 6/08 Promoted excellence and innovation in teaching and learning through education, development, facilitation, and collaboration.
Gillespie Associates, Rochester, NY 11/01 – 2/02
Project Manager, Instructional Designer
  • Managed a project team of three and provided instructional design expertise in the development of training for a new product launch for the Xerox Corporation.
Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Rochester, NY 4/00 – 11/01
Manager, Corporate Training and Organizational Development
  • Served as internal performance consultant to help the organization address a large-scale organizational change.
Computer Task Group, Buffalo, NY 8/98 – 2/00
Director, Leadership Development
  • Responsible for identifying factors impeding organizational performance and providing appropriate interventions. Managed, conducted, and evaluated professional and leadership development programs for an audience of 4,000 in 55 offices throughout North America and Europe.
Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY 8/94 – 8/98
Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
  • Founded and ran the Center -- established mission, values, processes, procedures and a working advisory board.
Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 8/93 – 8/94
Director, Teaching Excellence Center
  • Worked with faculty and professional staff to improve teaching and services to increase student learning, satisfaction and retention.
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY 10/88 – 8/92
Instructional Designer, Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence
  • Worked with faculty and professional staff to improve teaching and services to increase student learning, satisfaction and retention.


The Power of Many: Mentoring Networks for Growth and Development, with A. Canale and C. Herdklotz, College and University Journal, Vol. 92, No. 2, Spring 2017, pp. 37-41.
Mentoring Strategies for Faculty Development, with D. Harnish, Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 1994, pp. 191-201.
Faculty Peer Mentoring, with D. Harnish, Journal of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Fall 1993, pp. 22-28.
Faculty Peer Mentoring: A Strategy for Improving Instruction, with D. Harnish, Community College Journal, August-September 1993, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 22-27.
Peer Mentoring in Higher Education: A Professional Development Strategy for Faculty, with D. Harnish, Community College Quarterly of Research and Practice, May-June 1993, Vol 17, No. 3, pp. 271-282.
Encouraging a College-Wide Program of Instructional Innovation, with D. Harnish, Issues and Inquiry in College Learning and Teaching, Fall 1992, pp. 32-47.
In The Words of Faculty: What Difference Does Professional Development Make? , with D. Harnish, Community College Review, Fall 1992, Vol. 20, No. 2.
Faculty Speak: A Way to Assess Professional Development, with D. Harnish, The Journal of Staff, Program and Organizational Development, Spring 1992, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 5-12.


Personal Mastery, Women’s Leadership Initiative, Johnson & Johnson, May 17, 2013.
Beyond Content: Ensuring Student Success, Workshop at Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York, January 2007.
Creating Windows in Walls: Strategies and Resources Academic Leaders Can Use to Support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 2005.
Becoming An Exceptional Faculty Advisor: Strategies and Resources, Presentation with Thomas Brown at the Teaching Professor Conference, Schaumburg, Illinois, May 2005 (by invitation).
Learned Optimism. Presentation at The Teaching Professor Conference, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, May 2004 (by invitation).
Instructional Design for Effective Learning, Workshop at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, New York, August 2003
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Teaching Experience

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Understanding Corporate Culture, Managing Organizational Change, Learning Organization, Leadership Development (Developed all courses in an online format), School of Individualized Study 2006-present
Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
Business Communications, Business Department 1997-1998
Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Business Communications, Graduate School of Management Research Seminar on the Psychology of Teaching, Department of Psychology (Developed the seminar) 1993-1994
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY Writing Workshop; English Writing I: English Department 1989-1992


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Ph.D., Curriculum and Supervision
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY M.Ed., Educational Communications
State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY B.S., English Education

Lynn A. Wild, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center
The Wallace Center
1535 Wallace (Bldg 5)
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
(585)475-6543 V/TTY

Susan K. DeWoody
Comunications Assistant
The Wallace Center
1530 Wallace (Bldg 5)
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
(585)475-6024 V/TTY