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Sinkiewich selected as Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

August 16, 2021

Heartland Community College (HCC) has named Dr. Lynda Sinkiewich as the College’s new Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (LASS). 

In her new role, Dr. Sinkiewich will oversee comprehensive curriculum developments in Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sectors that prepares students and graduates for academic and professional success. Responsibilities will include ensuring the effectiveness of LASS instruction and the advancement of diversity throughout Heartland’s LASS  courses, with the ultimate goal of connecting Heartland students with opportunities in discovery and positioning them for a seamless transition into a four-year university or entry into the workforce. 

“I am eager to call Heartland Community College home for the second half of my academic career,” said Dr. Lynda Sinkiewich. “I’ve always had a passion for teaching first-generation and working-class students and it’s a skill and dedication that I see in the work of community college faculty.” 

Dr. Sinkiewich brings to Heartland over 20 years of academic work experience, having contributed to the success of students at Southern Vermont College, Westfield State College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the Community College of Vermont. During which, she has taught over 150 courses, served as an academic advisor for humanities majors, and advanced multi-tiered assessment strategies and outcomes. 

Having earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University with focuses in Humanities and Culture and secondary focuses in Public Policy and Social Justice, Dr. Sinkiewich’s passions and background align with one of Heartland’s main initiatives: to advance equity, diversity and inclusion on campus both in and out of the classroom. 

“One of my favorite things about HCC so far is the College’s commitment to fostering lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and responsible stewards,” continued Dr. Sinkiewich. “Balancing academic excellence with a commitment to the kind of transformative learning that empowers students economically, and to do so while acting for the common good, speaks directly to why I became an educator and what I hope to accomplish with my career in educational leadership.” 

Dr. Sinkiewich will begin at Heartland on September 6, 2021.

Written by: Steve Fast