Mount’s director of instructional technology selected for inaugural innovation challenge

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Kim Hunter, director of instructional technology at the College of Mount St. Joseph, has been selected as a participant in the inaugural Educause Breakthrough Models Academy. Educause is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Hunter is one of 49 participants who will meet in Cambridge, Mass., for a week-long workshop in July, where they will be organized in work teams, and then work online throughout the summer on a breakthrough model design challenge. The team models will be judged by experts and peers at the Educause Annual Conference 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., in October. The winning teams will receive up to $5,000 in prizes and scholarships to be used for future professional development.

The Educause Breakthrough Models Academy is a three-step advanced leadership program that prepares IT leaders to become active change agents in higher education through the use of information technologies and innovative approaches to student support. A breakthrough model is a model that fundamentally alters current instructional delivery and student support strategies, financial models, operating structures and institutional policies.

“It was an honor to write a letter of recommendation for Kim to participate in this program,” said Keith Weber, chief information officer at the Mount. “She is already a great leader in our department, and this academy will help her develop her skills even more.”

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Hunter. “I’m hoping to learn a lot to advance innovation here at the Mount.”

Hunter earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo. She lives in West Chester with her husband, Tom. They have four children.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.