Nikki Shrimpton Named Dean of Undergraduate Studies Effective Sept. 1; Has Been at CNYC Since 1998

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

July 23, 2015

Nikki Shrimpton of the Central New York CenterNicole (Nikki) Shrimpton, dean in Central New York since 2011, has been named SUNY Empire’s dean of undergraduate studies after a national search, effective Sept. 1.

“Professor Shrimpton is a long-time, tenured faculty member, committed to serving the students of Empire State College in innovative ways, from developing and teaching online courses to supporting citizen science projects in the field. By appointing Dr. Shrimpton to this new role, the college takes another step forward in the organization-wide efforts to serve students efficiently and develop new programs, while supporting faculty to grow and excel as scholars and teachers,” said Provost Alfred Ntoko, announcing the appointment.

“I am thrilled to have been offered the position and very excited about being able to build on my varied prior experiences in the college in this newly created role," said Shrimpton.

A native of Yorkshire, England, Shrimpton first joined the college in 1998 as a member of the Central New York faculty and served in that capacity until 2007, when she was appointed associate dean there. In April of 2010, she was named interim dean. She has continued to mentor, teach and evaluate prior learning and has led independent and individualized studies, study groups, online study groups, online studies, blended studies and residencies. She has been active in governance at the center and college level, chairing the center’s personnel and academic review committees and serving on the collegewide Senate. Shrimpton also served as faculty chair in Central New York for five years and on teams that created the Urban Environmental Studies and Native American Studies residencies, as well as redeveloped a Women’s Studies Residency.

Her academic interests include environmental education, citizen science and sustainability and the pedagogy of interdisciplinary studies, blending science and the arts. She developed online courses and participated in the Charitable Leadership Foundation Grant to enrich online math and science courses at the Center for Distance Learning and focused on developing authentic hands-on science activities that can be incorporated into independent studies and online courses. As a proponent of the emerging field of citizen science, Shrimpton facilitated a partnership between the college and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology that was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. In addition, she helped organize the first SUNY-wide citizen science conference in 2013.

Shrimpton has been involved in the establishment of Central New York Learning Communities, brainstorming with faculty on ways to develop more face-to-face learning opportunities for students. She has participated in Middle States accreditation twice and in CNYC’s self-study. She has represented the college at both the Greater New York Educational Consortium and the SUNY Colleges of the North Country Consortium and has been instrumental in developing Pathways agreements with seven community colleges.

Shrimpton earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Forest Management from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Before joining the college, she served as principal coordinator of the Edinburgh Center for Tropical Forests. She has published and made presentations extensively in her areas of expertise.

Interim leadership arrangements for Central New York will be shared prior to Sept. 1.

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