Westminster, MD
02/17/2016 01:11 PM

As McDaniel College’s new chief academic officer, Jasken oversees the college’s academic program including curriculum, staffing, instruction, student support services and academic resources. As dean of the faculty, she represents the faculty to the administration and works with key constituents on the development of academic policy.


Jasken began at the college in 2003 and has long been a proponent of campus-community partnerships, particularly related to community engagement efforts. As a faculty member in the English department, she has specialized in new media pedagogy and has taught a variety of professional writing courses.


Her “Writing for Non-Profit Organizations” course has paired McDaniel students with nonprofit organizations, helping them research and write grants, develop brochures, plan special events, update web content and develop social media strategies. In 2012, she received the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact Statewide Faculty Award for Outstanding Service-Learning.


Jasken developed, and then served as director of, the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), the college’s one-stop shop for experiential education and career development for McDaniel students and alumni.


She believes that “every student should have a significant out-of-class learning opportunity as part of their McDaniel experience.” She said, “It’s a game-changer, what really brings the liberal arts to life for our students.”


Jasken also served as the college’s first associate provost, where she collaborated with Julie Routzhan, associate professor of economics and business administration, to create The Encompass Distinction, a new innovation and entrepreneurship program at the college that combines innovative coursework with real world business and entrepreneurial skillsets.


A native of Moorhead, Minn., Jasken earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University. She currently resides in Westminster, Md.

Cheryl Knauer
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