RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Lisa A. Stephens

Assistant Dean for Digital Education

University at Buffalo, State University of New York


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Lisa Stephens serves as Assistant Dean at the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences leading the Office of Digital & Online Education, and also serves as Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation in the Office of the SUNY Provost; and also enjoys an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication.

Lisa leads strategic development of online programs within the School promoting faculty development, interdisciplinary opportunities, and operational program delivery. Her SUNY portfolio includes serving as Co-Program Manager of the Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) seed fund program to support the Chancellor's strategic innovation plan, leadership of the Open SUNY Coursera initiative, and Program Director of FLEXspace™ (Flexible Learning Environments eXchange), a global, open education repository of learning environment exemplars which has been rapidly adopted by 4,000+ users from 1,300+ educational institutions across 64 countries.

Lisa has received several awards for her leadership in environmental advocacy, fundraising and project coordination with multiple federal and state regulatory agencies to maintain the health and economic viability of the Wilson, New York Harbor - a significant destination for recreational boating, sportfishing and international tourism within the State.

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 international presentations and research reports.