Lisa Stephens


Lisa Stephens, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Dean for Digital Education in the UB School of Engineering and Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation in the Office of the SUNY Provost. In her Asst. Dean role, Lisa is responsible for strategic development of online programs within the School, promoting interdisciplinary opportunities, and helping to coordinate operational program delivery. Her SUNY portfolio includes leadership of the Open SUNY Coursera initiative, and Interim Director of FLEXspace™ (Flexible Learning Environments eXchange) a global open education repository launched by SUNY which was the focus of the 2022 Community Leadership Award from EDUCAUSE.  Lisa is a member and past-chair of the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology (FACT2) and elected co-chair of the UB Faculty Senate Teaching & Learning Committee; she enjoys an adjunct faculty appointment in the UB Department of Communication. Research interests include administrative choice of technology adoption, with publications in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning, the College and University Media Review, as well as various presentations and research reports.  For several years, she managed the UB Distance Education and Videoconference Operations unit. Lisa holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration (University at Buffalo), an MS in Television, Radio and Film (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications - Syracuse University) and a BFA in Communication Design (Rochester Institute of Technology). An avid Lake Ontario sailor, Lisa and her husband enjoy an unofficial, past-commodore ambassadorship with all Canadian ports of call.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • 7 Things You Should Know About FLEXspace
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Contributor

    The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (FLEXspace) is an online resource designed for those in higher education who are considering building or renovating classrooms or other learning venues. It includes a searchable collection of photographs, line drawings, slide decks, floor plans, spec sheets, case studies, research papers, inventories, and videos that describe physical learning spaces. Users can search the database and review details for each record and can build collections of examples that can be shared with others. For learning space planners,

EDUCAUSE Presentations