Dr. Kristin Poppo
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Kristin Poppo, of Belmont, Mass., has accepted the position of vice president of Academic Affairs at Alfred State, effective July 16. Most recently, Poppo has been associate provost and executive director of regional centers and the National Institute of Teaching Excellence at Cambridge College.
Poppo has an extensive background in both education and community service. She has held teaching positions at colleges in Vermont, North Carolina, and Washington. She has also been a minister at Madura Congregational Church in Wakefield, Kan., and an associate minister at Second Congregational Church in Beverly, Mass. Poppo was head of graduate and professional studies at IslandWood/University of Washington from 2001 to 2008 and director of extended learning at Olympic College, a Washington State community college, from 2008 to 2011. Her history with online educational programs; creating educational partnerships; and increasing experiential, environmental, and multicultural education at various institutions has resulted in significant achievement in increasing budget efficiencies, expanding program offerings, and developing new resources for students.
Poppo has served in the Solomon Islands as a community development worker/medical discharge with the U.S. Peace Corps and has held chaplaincy internships at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and Goddard Chapel at Tufts University. She has also served on numerous committees in leadership and membership positions, from the Beverly Interfaith Council in Massachusetts, where she promoted interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance among all religious groups, to the North Kitsap Fishline, where, as president, she led the group through the strategic planning process to expand programs for distributing food to the homeless and children in the area. She has also published articles and given numerous presentations on pedagogy, compassion, environmental education, diversity, and many other topics in the United States and Canada and has been awarded two fellowships.
Poppo received her Ph.D. in the social and philosophical foundations of education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; her master’s in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.; her master’s in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch University – New England in Keene, N.H.; and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion with a minor in women’s studies from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.