Kiersten Shinrock Blankley of Rochester, New York, has been named director of student and academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Blankley will work closely with NTID’s assistant vice president for student and academic affairs and will have direct responsibility for the college’s Career Exploration and First Year Experiences programs. She also will oversee NTID’s Judicial Affairs response and coordinate with RIT Judicial Affairs Officers. She will serve as the point of contact for Public Safety/Crisis Management, parents and Vocational Rehabilitation representatives.
Blankley earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and American Sign Language-English Interpretation from RIT, and a master of social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Prior to her appointment at RIT/NTID, Blankley served as associate director of reunion and affinity programs in RIT’s Development and Alumni Relations Office as well as an adjunct professor in RIT’s School of Individualized Study. She also served as a campus advocacy response and support advocate. She has been a freelance interpreter and serves as the chapter advisor for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority on campus.
“We are pleased to be welcoming Kiersten back ‘home’ to NTID in the role of director of student and academic affairs,” said Stephen Aldersley, associate vice president for academic affairs. “Her education and background in sign language and Deaf culture, together with her additional training and experience will be invaluable as we renew the traditionally strong leadership team in student and academic affairs.”