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Dr. Linda Kuk currently serves as an associate professor of education at Colorado State University. She served as the program coordinator and developer of the Higher Education Leadership doctoral specialization in the School of Education at Colorado State University since 2007. Within her work, she continues to prepare leaders for roles at higher education institutions. Prior to her return to the faculty in 2006, she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Colorado State University, her alma mater.
During her administrative career in student affairs, she served as a Vice President for Student Affairs for nearly 23 years at Colorado State University, the Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY, Cortland. She also served as Dean of Students at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and held various positions within student affairs divisions at Iowa State University and the University of Connecticut. She has served as an organizational consultant for a number of colleges and universities within the United States and China.
She wrote and edited four books, Positioning Student Affairs for Sustainable Change (2010), New Realities: Emerging Specialist Roles and Structures in Student Affairs Organizations (2012), The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges (2014), and Student Affairs Leadership: Defining the Role Through an Ecological Framework. She has 27 articles in referred journals, as well as numerous book chapters and presentations. Her research interests include: issues related to organizational behavior and leadership in student affairs and higher education, student engagement and retention, and student affairs professional development. In her limited spare time, she is an artist, dabbling in a variety of media, and likes to bike, hike and golf. In recent years, she has traveled widely around the world.
She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.A. in Social Work and a master's degree in Student Personnel Administration, and has a Ph.D. in Professional Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education and Organizational Behavior from Iowa State University. In March 2014, she received the NASPA award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education. She has been honored by Iowa State University as the College of Education Alumni of the year (2003), and is a Pillar of the Profession awarded by the NASPA Foundation (2004). She has also been honored as the Advisor of the year by the College of Applied Human Science at Colorado State University (2011), and received the OLiE award from CSU Online in 2016 as recognition for being an innovative online educator.