University of Alaska Southeast

2nd Director Candidate January 31


Chris Gilmer, Ph.D. will be visiting the UAS campus on Friday, January 30, and will make his presentation in our Meet the Candidate event at 11:30 am in room 229 of the UAS Campus. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served to the public, students, faculty, and staff from 12:00 to 1:00, with ample opportunity to meet and ask questions on an individual basis. Since 2009 Chris has been Core Professor and Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Writing at the College of Undergraduate Studies of Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also Chair of its Undergraduate Writing Task Force, and Faculty Development Director for the College of Undergraduate Studies. “Walden enrolls 60,000 students in 137 countries and is among the largest, most highly accredited online adult-serving universities in the world”, according to Dr. Gilmer’s C.V. Chris was one of only five professors to receive the Faculty Excellence Award in 2014, chosen from among a global faculty of 2500. From 2010 to 2013, Professor Gilmer served as Visiting Faculty Member and Curriculum Developer of the Department of English at Mississippi State University. He also, since 2000 to the present, has been President of Chris Gilmer and Associates Consulting. “I coordinate a group of affiliated, independent college and university faculty members from various disciplines to serve the training and grant writing needs of clients nationwide.” This work funds the pro bono services of a regional nonprofit social services agency, Innovative Behavioral Services, which provides counseling serves to battered women and children, and persons in drug recovery, without regard for their ability to pay. An overview of his skills includes experience as a university administrator, professor, trainer, grant writer, and editor. In the private sector, he has 15 years of consulting and training experience for a variety of government agencies, universities, nonprofits, and major corporations. He is a published editor, writer, and master communicator in both written and verbal forms. A few of the many listed clients of his consulting group include the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Florida State University, Mississippi University for Women, and the U.S. Departments of Education Justice, and HHS. The group has secured in excess of $75 million in competitive federal and non-federal grant funds for their clients nationwide. Chris’ higher education began with an A.A. in Liberal Arts at East Central Community College, Decatur, Mississippi. He completed a B.S. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a M.A. in English from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Chris writes, “My mother read David Copperfield to me in the womb and promised that my world would be larger than hers. A sharecropper’s daughter, she was the valedictorian of her tiny high school class in the red clay hills of rural Mississippi and got me instead of the college education of her dreams. My grandparents gave me a calf when I was born, and it grew into a small herd of cattle large enough to pay for two years of community college.” He lists his four dogs – Sophia, Lillian, Stella and Naomi – along with cooking, entertaining, music, theatre, and long walks as his major hobbies, and writes, “I am more than looking forward to meeting the whales in Sitka. I have always felt a special kinship with animals and the ocean, even though I have not lived near the ocean so far.” Both candidates will make a presentation, and then be available to meet and converse with the public and campus community. In an effort to be transparent in our hiring process, the University will provide feedback forms to each member of the public who attends and wishes to share their impressions of the candidates, Les and Chris. The two candidates are finalists in a nationwide search for a replacement of Campus Director Jeff Johnston, who will be retiring in June. For more information, contact Nicole Rogers, Human Resources Director at UAS Sitka Campus. 907-747-7706

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