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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 20 years of experience in faculty development is complemented by 15 years in director-level management positions in education and corporate environments.

Wild holds a doctorate 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 Center for Multidisciplinary Studies.

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
  • RIT Production Services, including Video Production, Web Design & Development, Photography, Event Support, SportsZone and live hockey broadcasts
  • Scholarship Services, including Publishing and Scholarship Support

LYNN A. WILD, Ph.D.

Telephone: 585.475.6543
E-mail: lynn.wild@rit.edu

 

Professional Experience

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center 9/12-Present

(See "Responsibilities")

Associate Provost for Faculty Success 7/09-8/12

Led the merger of the units below to create The Wallace Center:

  • Cary Graphic Arts and RIT Press and Archive Collections
  • ETC Production Services, including Video Production, Web Design & Development, large Event Support, SportsZone and live hockey broadcasts
  • Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • RIT Libraries
  • Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Services, including Publishing and Scholarship Support, Online Learning, Academic Technology and Instructional Design

 

Assistant Provost, Teaching and Learning Services 2/09 – 7/09
Promote and support excellence and innovation in teaching and learning through education, development, facilitation, and collaboration.

  • Founder of the teaching and learning center which provides a comprehensive range of services, programs and a website focused on enhancing the learning environment at the Institute.
  • Develop and deliver workshops and multiple day institutes for faculty and staff.
  • Provide individual consultation to faculty experiencing difficulty with or a desire to improve their teaching.
  • Provide consultation to colleges, departments, and committees on teaching and learning.
  • Provide oversight and guidance for Online Learning and the Educational Technology Center.

Gillespie Associates, Rochester, NY11/01 – 2/02
Project Manager, Instructional Designer
Managed a project team of three and provided instructional design expertise in the development of new product launch training for Xerox Corporation.

Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Rochester, NY4/00 – 11/01
Manager, Corporate Training and Organizational Development
Served as internal performance consultant to help the organization address a large-scale organizational change

  • Led a cross-functional team which developed a new training intranet site to deliver traditional and e-learning courses for non-technical training needs.
  • Led the customization and delivery of a management development program for 150 company leaders which delivered skills and tools to enhance their ability to manage employees.
  • Led a cross-functional team which developed a highly effective internal marketing campaign as the foundation for a cultural change initiative.
  • Led the development of a new performance management system which included success profiles, 360 feedback, development plans, and training for key competencies.

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.

  • Created a leadership development program of classroom and non-classroom based interventions to improve the performance of current and future leaders in North America and Europe.
  • Managed the training function which included technical and non-technical programs.

 

Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY8/94 – 8/98
Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
Founded the Center -- established mission, values, processes, procedures and a working advisory board

  • Developed a year-long orientation/enhancement program to involve new faculty members in key college-wide programs, and engage senior faculty members in mentoring relationships with junior faculty members to foster collaboration, learning and retention in both groups.
  • Developed training programs and strategies to help faculty embrace new technologies. 
  • Initiated on-going consultation to more than 50 individuals and 8 departments annually to improve teaching and learning.
  • Assisted in the development of a technology plan for the college. Surveyed and analyzed hardware purchases and maintenance for seven State University of New York institutions resulting in recommendations for centralized services.
  • Served as co-director of the Conference on Instructional Technologies, (the largest technology conference for faculty and professional staff employed at the State University of New York's 64 campuses). Managed and guided a committee of 40 volunteers from 15 different institutions to create a week-long conference which included training sessions, discussion groups, informational sessions, and vendor presentations to educate and support the use of instructional technology.

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ8/93 – 8/94
Director, Teaching Excellence Center
Worked with faculty and professional staff to improve teaching and services to increase student learning, satisfaction and retention

  • Partnered with Faculty, Administrators and Staff to develop and implement strategies to improve teaching which resulted in improvements in student learning and retention.
  • Co-directed the first statewide conference designed to improve working conditions for and the performance of adjunct faculty.
  • Developed a year-long faculty orientation/assimilation program, which led to improvements in teaching and student learning and retention.
  • Served as Associate Director, 1992-1993. Promoted to Director, 1993.

Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY10/88 – 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. Developed effective program marketing to engage and involve faculty and staff in performance improvement efforts.
  • Tracked, monitored and evaluated more than 50 instructional projects annually to ensure timely completion.

Arthur Andersen & Co., St. Charles, IL 1/88 – 10/88
Instructional Designer, Professional Education Center
Conducted needs assessments, designed and delivered programs for professional staff.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA4/83-1/88
Assistant Director, External Studies Program
Worked with faculty to convert their classroom-based courses into a distance learning format.

  • Served as an instructional designer ensuring that courses were instructionally sound.
  • Developed the course acquisition plan, working with departments, Chairs and Deans to identify new courses and faculty for inclusion.

Publications

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.


Invited Presentations

Becoming An Exceptional Faculty Advisor: Strategies and Resources, Presentation with Thomas Brown at the Teaching Professor Conference, Schaumburg, Illinois, May 2005.

Learned Optimism. Presentation at The Teaching Professor Conference, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, May 2004.

Effective Distance Learning. Two day training for faculty of joint Master of Social Work Program at Cleveland State University and University of Akron, April 1997.

Instructional Design Considerations for Multimedia Development. Presentation at Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York, June 1996.

Instructional and Graphical Design for Educational Technology. Presentation at the Fifth Annual Conference on Instructional Technologies, Oswego, New York, May 1996.

Empowering Faculty Through Instructional Technology: Strategies and Issues. Presentation with Valerie Chakedis at the Computers on Campus Conference, Houston, Texas, November 1995.

Facilitating Professional Development Through Peer Support. Presentation with Joseph Moran and Frederick Howe at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Kansas City, Missouri, November 1995.

The Teaching Portfolio: A Tool for Development and Documentation presented at Canisius College, September 1995.

Style or Substance: Instructional Design Considerations for Media Development presented at Genesee Community College, June 1995.

The Concepts and Uses of Instructional Technologies: An Overview developed course curriculum for the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of Educational Technology. Offered full-day workshops with team of presenters at SUNY campuses at Stony Brook, College at Buffalo, College at Brockport, and Syracuse University, April 1995. Developed program evaluation instruments, conducted program evaluation.

Students as Allies in Faculty Development. Presentation at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching-West, Lake Arrowhead, California, March 1995.

The Teaching Portfolio: Help or Hype? Presentation at Borough of Manhattan Community College, September, 1994.

Organizing for Successful Active Learning. Presentation at the Nineteenth International Conference on Improving University Teaching, College Park, Maryland, July 1994, with N. O. Boy.

Internet Show and Tell. Panel presentation at the first New Jersey Intercampus Network, Inc., Internet Show and Tell Conference, Piscataway, New Jersey, June 1994.

Open Forum: Defining Vehicles for the Future. Presentation at and co-directed the first statewide conference on Adjunct and Part Time Faculty: Problems, Practices, and Strategies, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, April 1994.

The Academic Community as the Variable for Teaching Assistant Programs and Teaching. Panel presentation at the Fourth National Conference on the Training and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Chicago, Illinois, November 1993

The Politics of Faculty Development. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Faculty Development Network, New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 1993.

Teaching Experience

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY2006 –Present
Understanding Organizational Culture,
Managing Organizational Change,
Learning Organization, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY1997-1998
Business Communications, Business Department

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ1993-1994
Business Communications, Graduate School of Management
Research Seminar on the Psychology of Teaching,
Department of Psychology (Developed the seminar)

Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY1989-1992
Writing Workshop; English Writing I: English Department


College/University Service

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Agenda for Action Committee (2005)
Provost Learning Innovation Grants Committee (chair) (2003-present)
Academic Senate (2004-present)
Project Access (2004-2005)
Strategic Planning Committee (2004)
First Year Experience Assessment Committee (2003)
Office of Educational Technology, State University of New York (SUNY)
Conference on Instructional Technologies, Planning Committee (1996-1998)
New Dimensions Faculty Development Program Project Team - member (1994-1998)

Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
Technology Plan Oversight Committee - (1997-1998)
Classroom Committee - (1994-1996)
Restructuring Instructional Resources Committee - (1996)
Distance Learning Committee - (1996-1998)
SUNY Faculty Access to Computing Technology Campus Representative - (1996-1998)

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Computer Planning Committee - member (1993-1994)
Freshman Seminar Program - developer and trainer (1993-1994)
Partners in Learning Research Project - coordinator (1992-1994)

New Jersey Institute for Collegiate Teaching and Learning, Seton Hall University,
West Orange, NJ
Adjunct Faculty Advisory Group - steering committee member (1992-1994)
New Jersey Faculty Development Network - board member (1992-1994)
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY
Computer Planning Committee - member (1991-1992)
Instructional Resources Committee - member (1988-1992)
Student Success/Retention Committee - member (1988-1992)
Affirmative Action Committee - member (1988)


Education

Principles and Practices of Organizational Development Program
Teachers College, Columbia University

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration
Administrative Certificate

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
(585)475-7108 Fax
lynn.wild@rit.edu

Susan K. DeWoody
Program Coordinator
The Wallace Center
1530 Wallace (Bldg 5)
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
(585)475-6024 V/TTY
(585)475-7108 Fax
susan.dewoody@rit.edu