Dean Wiley McKinzie heads new academic program incubator
What does an “incubator” make
you think of?
Much like the function
of an incubator in hatching new life, RIT’s planned Academic
Program Incubator will nurture new academic programs of study.
|Wiley McKinzie is taking on a new challenge.
Wiley McKinzie, dean
of the College of Applied Science and Technology, is developing
the incubator for launch later this year. The incubator will be
a center for technology forecasters, demographers, marketing specialists
and instructional designers to forecast the needs of industry
and government five years before engineering and technology graduates
are in demand in the marketplace.
is positioned to be a leader in identifying new technologies
early in the development cycle and creating new academic
programs before graduates are needed in the marketplace,” says
McKinzie, adding that the current process takes up to a
decade since academic programs often are created in reaction
to rather than in anticipation of demand for employees.
has a longstanding reputation as an innovator in higher
education. As dean and, previously, associate dean and
director of computer science and information technology
at RIT, McKinzie was a pioneer in distance learning. He developed
and taught RIT’s
first distance-learning course in 1982 and fostered creation
of the university’s first distance-learning academic
program, a master’s in software development and
management, in 1987.
He initiated numerous
corporate training and interdisciplinary programs. Under his
guidance, RIT launched first-in-the-nation undergraduate and
graduate programs in information technology and software engineering
and the first ABET-accredited program in telecommunications
engineering technology. McKinzie was instrumental in
the creation of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing
and Information Sciences.
In order to devote
time and energy to development of the incubator, McKinzie temporarily
stepped aside from day-to-day dean’s
responsibilities in January. Guy Johnson, former director
of RIT’s National Technology Training Center, is serving
as interim dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology
through June 30.