Evan Kropp


As a seasoned leader in higher education, I bring a unique blend of academic expertise and strategic vision to the realm of online education. With a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a focus on strategic communication, I've navigated the evolving media and communication landscape.

Currently serving as the Executive Director of Distance Education at the University of Florida, I have been at the forefront of shaping online graduate programs within the College of Journalism and Communications. In this role, I oversee curriculum development, manage a robust team, and set the strategic direction for a diverse range of programs, supporting up to 900 students and 80 faculty & staff.

My journey in academia has been marked by achievements such as leading the first online program to ever receive the Certificate in Education for Academic Programs in Public Relations (CEPR) certification from PRSA, pioneering a Hardship Award Program to assist students in financial need, and managing a remarkable 185% increase in applications during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to my current role, I served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Southern New Hampshire University, where I provided curriculum oversight for multiple programs. During my tenure, I led a dynamic team, managed faculty, and played a key role in designing the world's first undergraduate program allowing students to seamlessly switch between on-campus, online, and competency-based international programs.

My teaching experience spans diverse courses at institutions like Reinhardt University and the University of Georgia. I've been recognized for my contributions to teaching, receiving awards such as the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award at the University of Georgia.

Prior to entering academia, I ventured into entrepreneurship as the Owner/President of two successful businesses, showcasing my business acumen and versatility.

Beyond my professional roles, I've contributed to the academic community through peer-reviewed journal articles, online scholarship, blog posts, and presentations at conferences such as BEA and NCA.

As a continuous learner, I've earned certifications in Professional Coaching and completed various workshops, enhancing my leadership and project management skills. My commitment to leveraging technology in education is reflected in my active participation in organizations like EDUCAUSE, UPCEA and OLC.

I thrive on creating innovative, learner-centric experiences. Let's connect to explore opportunities for collaboration, share insights, and shape the future of education together.