I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kristine M. Collins as Dean, Division of Continuing Education, effective August 22, 2022.
Since January 2022, Dean Collins has served as Vice President of University Partnerships at Circuit Stream Inc., a virtual reality education start-up focused on delivering online courses in partnership with North American Universities. In this role, she is responsible for leading the higher education partnership strategy and the partnership development team, an experience that has given her a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities within continuing education and extension schools across the U.S.
From 2015-2022, she held a range of administrative management roles at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. As Assistant Dean, Academic Programs, she was responsible for academic and operational oversight of 850+ courses, 125+ certificate programs and 2,200+ course sections per academic year. She served as a strategic advisor to the dean and helped drive growth in enrollment, programs and revenue. She initiated relationships with internal and external partners which helped the school add new students and diversify programs to offer a high-quality learning experience in new and emerging technologies. A strong proponent of equity, diversity and inclusion, she championed efforts to increase staff training, representation in instructor hiring and accessibility for students.
Prior to departing University of Toronto, Dean Collins served as President-Elect on the board of directors for the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. She earned an M.A. in Communication and Culture through a joint program at York University and Ryerson University and a B.A. in Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.
I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, for their contributions to this North American-wide search. I would also like to extend my appreciation to Gary Matkin for his many years of leadership and service.
Please join me in welcoming Dean Collins to UCI.
Hal Stern Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics