Joins SUNY Orange Following 12-Year Faculty and Administrative Career at Parkland College

PHOTO: Erika HackmanMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president, has announced the hiring of Erika Hackman, most recently the dean of learning support at Parkland College, in Champaign, Ill., as the new vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Orange.

Hackman, who worked with Young when the SUNY Orange president was Parkland’s vice president for academic services, will begin her tenure at SUNY Orange on June 27. In her new role, Hackman will direct an academic division that offers 38 degree and certificate programs to a student body of nearly 6,000 full- and part-time students. She will also oversee the College’s libraries, academic support services and Center for Teaching and Learning. SUNY Orange employs nearly 150 full-time faculty and more than 300 adjunct (part-time) instructors.

“Erika Hackman is an accomplished, yet still rising, star in higher education. She is remarkably intelligent, creative, energetic and dedicated,” Young said. “She is an innovator and a collaborative academic leader who I am confident will become an immediate asset to the College’s leadership team. But, more importantly, our faculty will find her to be a conscientious leader and strong advocate for the great work they are doing with our students each day.

“I have challenged the entire SUNY Orange community to find ways to make the College entirely accessible to the youth and adults of today, and then to help them make the most of their time while they are here,” Young added. “Erika’s deep understanding of teaching, technology and student support will guide our faculty in making our rigorous academic program more accessible than ever before.”

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Young again, given our shared commitment to academic excellence and students’ learning and success,” Hackman explained. “In every discussion I had with faculty and staff during the interview process, the students and their success were at the center of the conversation. I immediately felt right at home at SUNY Orange and I am looking forward to collaborating with the faculty, staff and administration so that we may continue to provide excellent academic experiences that transform the lives of students.”

As Parkland’s first-ever dean of learning support, a position she accepted in July 2014, Hackman collaborated with academic deans and other Parkland leaders to ensure a cohesive, comprehensive and effective learning experience for students and employees. She served as the executive leader of academic support services including the Library, Center for Academic Success, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the College’s distance and virtual learning programs.

She served as project director of Parkland’s “Pathways to Accelerate Student Success” program that was funded by a $2.1 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She was also the academic administrative leader for Parkland’s first-year experience program for students. She served on a wide variety of committees, and oversaw the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and Service-Learning Program.

“Erika Hackman is an accomplished, yet still rising, star in higher education.

She is remarkably intelligent, creative, energetic and dedicated.”

In September 2014, Hackman received the 2014-15 Community College Leadership Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding academic and professional accomplishments in the two-year college environment.

Hackman, alongside Parkland’s library director, accepted the 2014 ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award for their development of Scholarship at Parkland (SPARK). SPARK was one of the first institutional repositories in the nation created at a community college to promote, preserve and showcase scholarly and creative work of the college’s students and faculty.

She was also selected as one of the top “40 Under 40” by Central Illinois Business Magazine in October 2015.

Hackman joined the Parkland faculty as a part-time computer science instructor in 2004. In 2008-09, she served as a business training instructor before being elevated to director of the College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in July 2009. Over a five-year span, she worked hand-in-hand with faculty, staff and administrators to offer more than 300 professional learning and development sessions annually in support Parkland’s mission and core values.

She directed the College’s year-long new full-time faculty orientation, part-time faculty orientation, monthly supervisory training and a professional learning series for academic department chairs. She also partnered with faculty and staff to create new faculty development courses in the areas of student engagement, academic assessment and instructional technology.

Hackman is expecting to complete her doctorate degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this Fall. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and her master’s of education degree in human resource development from UIUC, as well as an associate’s degree from Southwestern Illinois College (formerly Belleville Area College).

She and her husband, Arthur, are the proud parents of sons Aidan and Oscar.

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