Stephanie Foote Appointed as Assistant VP for Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices

John N. Gardner Institute Appoints Stephanie M. Foote, Ph.D. as Assistant Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices

BREVARD, NC. (August 2017) – The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a national nonprofit focused on helping higher education institutions improve teaching, learning, retention, and completion and simultaneously advance equity and social justice, announced the appointment of Dr. Stephanie Foote as Assistant Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices.

“Dr. Foote’s experience with designing and implementing efforts to enhance teaching, learning, and success make her the ideal person to serve in this role,” commented Dr. Andrew K. Koch, Gardner Institute Chief Operating Officer.

“Her experiences as a teacher and scholar combined with her administrative acumen will help the Institute continue to innovate in its Teaching and Learning Academy and Analytics in Pedagogy and Curriculum efforts,” continued Koch. “She will also be a key leader in the development of additional national projects that will help institutions improve the scale and quality of their high-impact undergraduate education practices.”

“The Institute is fortunate to have someone as skilled as Dr. Foote join our team,” added John N. Gardner, President and Co-Founder of the Gardner Institute. “She has been a valued collaborator for nearly two decades, and we are thrilled to be able to now call her a member of the Institute’s staff.”

Prior to joining the Gardner Institute, Dr. Foote was the founding director of the Master of Science in First-Year Studies, professor of education in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies, and faculty fellow for High-Impact Practices at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Before joining the faculty at KSU, she served as the founding Director of the Academic Success Center and First-Year Experience at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and was the Associate Director for Student Orientation and Family Programs at Stony Brook University.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the exemplary work of the Gardner Institute, and specifically, to help advance the existing efforts and to create new initiatives aimed at supporting teaching, learning, and evidence-based practices,” contributed Dr. Foote.

Dr. Foote, a recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars award and a past recipient of the NODA Outstanding Research Award, earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Educational Administration-Higher Education and has served as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Lead Evaluator for several institutions during their reaffirmation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). She has participated in the Foundations of Excellence Process for both first-year and transfer students. Dr. Foote is also a emember of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition National Advisory Board. She began her work at the Gardner Institute on August 1, 2017.



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About the John N. Gardner Institute 

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, educators, and other entities to increase institutional responsibility for improving outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention, and completion. Through its efforts the Institute strives to advance higher education’s larger goal of achieving equity and social justice. Specific focus is given to helping institutions develop and implement strategic action plans for first-year, second-year and/or transfer student success; improving teaching, learning and success in gateway courses; and conducting professional development focused on advancing educational excellence. For more information, visit

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