Please join me in welcoming Dr. Khendum Gyabak as the Director of Online Teaching and Learning. Khendum will begin in the role on November 15.
Khendum received her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. Her background intersects technology, education, and design. Over the last decade, Khendum has supported and led the design of instructional programs and facilitated faculty learning at the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and the University of Minnesota. Khendum has engaged with non-profits, educators, community leaders, and healthcare professionals in various teaching and learning contexts at international and national levels. Internationally, she collaborated with rural teachers in designing a culturally-responsive elementary health curriculum in Papua New Guinea. In Bhutan, she engaged fourth-grade teachers and students with digital storytelling to enhance literacy instruction and empower rural children by using new media tools. And in Nepal and Papua Guinea, she has led workshops and information sessions, training health care workers and community leaders on sanitation, hygiene, and clean water. The ethos of Khendum's research and professional work foregrounds the importance of building pedagogical capacity in teachers, and the role agency plays in cultivating a vibrant teaching and learning ecosystem. Outside of academia and the non-profit space, Khendum is a council member for the Minnesota Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans where she advocates for supporting elder mental health and the prevention of school bullying of immigrant youth. In her spare time, Khendum tends to her urban gardening, maintains a cooking blog on Himalayan cuisines, and spends time with her dogs.
Thank you to all community members who participated in the search process and especially the search committee members, including adjunct faculty in the MA in Sustainable Design, Deann Garcia; Assistant Director of Online Teaching and Learning, Alex Mitchell; Director of Continuing Education, Lara Roy; and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Melissa Rands, who chaired the committee.
All of my best,