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.

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EDUCAUSE Presentations