NITLE Fellows: Kristine Bartanen

Kristine Bartanen is academic vice president and dean of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, a position she has held since 2004. She served for the five prior years as vice president for student affairs and dean of students, so brings to her work a distinctive knowledge of the whole student experience. Dr. Bartanen’s work has included particular attention to development of academic-residential programs on the campus, including residential first-year seminars and support of multi-year programs in social justice, humanities, and environmental concerns; growth of interdisciplinary curriculum, most recently in neuroscience; and support of civic scholarship, such as the Sound Policy Institute, the Race and Pedagogy Initiative, and the Road Home Project. Following seventeen years as a successful director of forensics, and as professor and department chair for Communication and Theatre Arts, she also had the privilege of serving as an associate dean with primary responsibilities for curriculum and management of the academic budget for Puget Sound.

Dr. Bartanen has a long-standing interest in the professional development of faculty members and college administrative leaders. She has served the Council of Independent Colleges as a member of the Chief Academic Officer Task Force, co-chair of the Mentor Program, and as a presenter or discussion leader for department chair workshops, the new CAO workshop, women CAO luncheons, and Institute sessions. She has also presented at NASPA national meetings and the Aspiring SSAO Institute, and for annual meetings of the Annapolis Deans and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Dr. Bartanen chaired the West Coast Technology Project in 2004-2005, an effort to bring liberal arts colleges of the western states into collaborative engagement with new technologies; hosted the Council of Independent Colleges/Project Kaleidoscope/NITLE Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop in 2007; participated in the 2011 and 2013 NITLE Summits, and was recently named a NITLE Fellow for 2013-2014. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the new Northwest Five Colleges consortium.

Dr. Bartanen holds a B.A. from Pacific University-Oregon and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Iowa. Her scholarly work focuses on argumentation, both in the practice of forensics education and in congressional and Supreme Court rhetoric. She has been recognized with a Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keep Living the Dream” Award and as an honorary lavender graduate for her work in support of diversity and inclusion. Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Honorary awarded her the Larry E. Norton Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 1997 and the John Shields Award for Outstanding Forensics Educator in 1992.