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Dr. Monica Flippin Wynn Joins The Gardner Institute


Last updated 12/31/2019 at 10:55am

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (Gardner Institute), a national nonprofit focused on helping higher education institutions improve teaching, learning, success, retention, and completion and advancing higher education’s broader goals of equity and social justice, has announced the appointment of Dr. Monica Flippin Wynn as an assistant vice president.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Flippin Wynn on our team,” said the Gardner Institute’s president and chief operating officer, Dr. Andrew (Drew) Koch. “She brings wonderful depth and experience as a faculty member, an administrator and a scholar. She will help us continue to refine and develop our evidence-based student success processes and efforts.”

“Dr. Flippin Wynn adds depth to the organization in terms of her research in student engagement and new media, online equity and postsecondary education,” said John N. Gardner, chair, chief executive officer, and co-founder of the Gardner Institute. “My Gardner Institute colleagues and I are excited about all the ways in which Dr. Flippin Wynn will help the organization provide outstanding support for American higher education at the campus level.”

Prior to joining the Gardner Institute, Wynn was an associate professor and director of undergraduate and interim director of graduate communication programs at Lindenwood University. Prior to her service at Lindenwood, she served as associate professor of mass communications at Jackson State University.

“I am elated to be joining the John Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and work with my colleagues to continue the mission of collaborating as partners with colleges and universities,” Wynn stated. “I look forward to expanding performance outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention and completion while continuing to authentically strive for equity and social justice in higher education.”

Wynn’s current research projects include student engagement and new media, online equity and post-secondary education, examining how new modes of communication are incorporated into academia and investigating the mainstream educational paradigms to promote erasing the disparities of race, health disparities, mentoring in academia, ageism, human interaction and accurate and positive media portrayals, storytelling and the art and song styling of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Wynn earned her Ph.D. in communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and her undergraduate degree from Southern University. She began her employment at the Gardner Institute on Oct. 1, 2019.

The home office of The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is located in Brevard.


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