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Mandy Brookins Blinn

Professor, University Studies at DePauw University
An experienced educator and administrator committed to identifying and developing solutions to improve student learning outcomes. Focused on engaging teams to maximize effectiveness through strategic engagement and individualized development plans. Specialties: Experiential Learning, International Education, Faculty Engagement, Short & Long Term Study Abroad Programming, Risk Management, Program Evaluation, Social Media presence, Web Authoring, Student Engagement Theory and Practice, Budget Administration, Leadership, and Supervisory experience.
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Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Off-Campus Programs at DePauw University
I work closely with the Vice President for Student Academic Life to promote and advance experiential learning, including but not limited to semester and short term off-campus study, and manage the operations of the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. Management of the Center includes identifying and achieving strategic priorities, developing and implementing operating structures and systems, ensuring a sound financial plan and fiscal responsibility, ensuring a strong set of experiential learning opportunities through design, delivery, and assessment, and engaging internal and external stakeholders in building the reputation and success of the Center. I engage faculty in the development of global learning models within the DePauw curricular and co-curricular offerings. The individual collaboratively develops and implements university wide structures designed to provide students with equal opportunity to participate in off-campus study programs. Additionally, I engage with prospective donors and alumni to support the goals and the mission of co-curricular learning at DePauw University, and collaborate with the Director of Career Services to identify goals and programming needs designed to reach across functional areas within the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. I am responsible for a professional staff, whose main role is to build pathways to experiential learning opportunities designed to align with the mission of DePauw University.
July 2016 - Present
Director of Off-Campus Study at DePauw University
Provides leadership and direction in the delivery of high-performing experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad, internships, service-learning, and undergraduate research programs. Partners with faculty governance committees, student affairs, administration officials and community organizations to facilitate curriculum integration of experiential learning programs. Allocates financial and personnel resources to achieve strategic results. Expands fundraising activities to support existing program operations and promote innovative programming models of delivery. Identifies resource development opportunities by leveraging relationships with program partners and alumni to support existing program operations and promote innovative programming models of delivery. Develop positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders through negotiation and mutually beneficial solutions.
March 2014 - Present
Associate Director, Center for Student Engagement at DePauw University
Provide leadership for global and civic experiential learning programming including: semester abroad and exchange, faculty-led, pre-college, community-engaged learning, and alternative breaks. Manage a multiple programmatic budgets including annual operations, endowed accounts and provide stewardship for donors committed to experiential learning at DePauw University. Conduct assessment of programs based on identified learning outcomes using focus groups, re-entry programming, collaboration with faculty, and student evaluations. Facilitate academic and professional development advising to students of all academic majors. Engage with faculty governance committees to fully integrate experiential learning programming into the liberal arts curriculum and develop policy consistent with University academic, fiscal and student life guidelines and utilizing nationally recognized standards of best practices. Engage with current and prospective donors to the University in the development of innovative academic programming models designed to further the mission of the liberal arts curriculum at DePauw University. Collaborate with supportive professional and administrative staff in identifying and executing short and long term goals for the our unit in relation to the overall Hubbard Center and DePauw University goals.
July 2007 - Present
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