Author Profile

Deborah Keyek-Franssen | Associate Vice President and Dean of Continuing and Online Education, University of Utah

Current Position and Past Experience
Deborah Keyek-Franssen is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Continuing and Online Education at the University of Utah. She took this role after seven years as Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Engagement at the University of Colorado, supporting MOOC initiatives on three campuses, overseeing state authorization efforts, and serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference and Community.

Keyek-Franssen started at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1998. After ensuring the Y2K compliance of the campus, she led educational technology Initiatives and research and later became Director of Academic Technology in the Office of Information Technology. During her time on the Boulder campus, Keyek-Franssen also served on the Leadership Teams for ATLAS Institute and the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Keyek-Franssen graduated with a B.A. in German Literature from Dartmouth College. She earned her M.A. in German Literature, a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, and her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. She also earned another M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She is the founder of the EDUCAUSE IT Women constituent group, a member of the Frye Leadership Institute (now Leading Change Institute) class of 2008, and faculty for the EDUCAUSE Management Institute. She also serves on the Coursera Advisory Council and on the steering committee for the national Taking Student Success to Scale initiative (through NASH, the National Association of System Heads).

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Keyek-Franssen served as Co-Director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender and IT. AS a practitioner of Shotokan karate, holds the rank of Sensei in the International Martialarts Association. She is a proud wife of an engineer and adoring mother of two sons. loves traveling, and recently fell head over heels for improvisational comedy.

You can connect with Deborah Keyek-Franssen through her LinkedIn profile.