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Lisa Stephens (University at Buffalo-SUNY)

Lisa Stephens
Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation

Buffalo, New York

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Lisa Stephens serves as Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation in the SUNY Office of the Provost. A member of the Academic Technology and Instructional Support team, she is responsible for the Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) program designed to leverage technology in service of pedagogy as part of the Chancellor's Open SUNY strategic plan. She is the interim lead for the Open SUNY Coursera initiative and the FLEXspace (Flexible Learning Environments eXchange) open education repository project.

Lisa is a member and past-chair of the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology (FACT2) and continues to play a support role for strategic and operational communications for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the University at Buffalo, serving on several Middle States reaccreditation teams. She was recently elected co-chair of the UB Faculty Senate Teaching & Learning Committee and has 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. Lisa has led the UBlearns Faculty Advisory Committee, co-chaired the UB Teaching, Learning & Technology Task Group that made master planning recommendations for learning space and facilities renovations, and for several years, 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). She is pursuing a graduate certificate in Creative Studies (Buffalo State) focusing on facilitation, problem solving and leadership. Lisa has served on several not-for-profit boards, and is an avid sailor and Past Commodore of the Wilson Yacht Club located on Lake Ontario.

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • EDUCAUSE Review Online Reviewers
    Member , 2014 - 2017