Franklin College has announced the appointment of Kristin C. Flora, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Flora has held the position on an acting basis since June 2020.
“Beyond her capable leadership in executing the academic program within the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean Flora has created within the Academic Affairs division a culture of open communication, transparency and trust that has reassured and supported the faculty through this most difficult teaching environment,” said Kerry N. Prather, Franklin College president. “I am heartened by the faculty endorsement of Dean Flora’s leadership and her personal impact on faculty morale.”
Flora earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and psychology from Valparaiso University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Prior to her recent transition to administration at Franklin, she was a faculty member in the college’s psychology department since 2007, serving as department chair from 2009-2015, as well as division head for social sciences. She also holds the Roscoe W. Payne Endowed Chair in Philosophy and Psychology and is a former member of the Faculty Steering Committee.
She has earned multiple awards for her service to the college. In 2011, she was named the college’s Academic Adviser of the Year; in 2018 she was awarded the Faculty/Staff Service Award, the highest award bestowed by student organizations through the Center for Student Involvement; she is also a past recipient of the Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Steering Committee Distinguished Service Award. She is a member of the Alpha Society, Order of Omega, Psi Chi, and Alpha Lambda Delta honorary.
“I am honored to continue in this role and thank President Prather, the Board of Trustees, and the faculty for their confidence in my leadership,” said Flora. “The Franklin College faculty are both skilled teachers and accomplished scholars. It is my privilege to support their work and the overall academic experience of our students.”
Flora, along with her husband Mark and children Riley, 14, and Melanie, 11, reside in Franklin.
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POSTED Apr 6, 2021