Higher Learning Commission VP to speak at Faculty/Staff Seminar

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Linnea A. Stenson, Ph.D., Vice President for Accreditation Relations for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association will be the featured speaker during the 2014 Fall Faculty/Staff Seminar to be held August 18-19, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Stenson, who joined the Commission in December 2013, brings 30 years of higher education experience as an educator, scholar and administrator at a wide range of institutions, including a research university, correctional facility, Liberal Arts College and a comprehensive community and technical college, affording an understanding of higher education in multiple venues. Dr. Stenson was the Program Director of Steven J. Schochet Center for GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. From there and for ten years, she served as academic dean for liberal arts departments and career programs at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, providing leadership, budget preparation and management, curricular administration, and annual program reviews; for five years during this same tenure, Dr. Stenson served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Dr. Stenson received an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota with research concentrated on the formation and place of lesbian identity in 20th century American novels. She has published a number of articles and presented papers at national conferences, most recently on creative partnerships between community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to support world language learning, and on programs designed for college readiness and retention.

For more information, call 575-8475.

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