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Dean School of Business and Technology

Lifang Shih

Dean, School of Business & Technology


PhD, Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany, 2004
MS, Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, University at Albany, 1998
BA, English Language and Literature, TamKang University, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1995

Lifang Shih

In January 2017, Lifang Shih became the dean of the School of Business & Technology (SBT) at Excelsior College. She had previously been associate dean, director of program development and assessment, as well as director of online course management. In her new role, Shih is responsible for managing activities of faculty and staff relating to academic policies, course development, student services, learning and instruction, and program growth.

Shih has been a champion of online education for the past 20 years, gaining extensive experience in online learning technology, curriculum development, outcomes assessment, and instructional design. During her time with SBT, she has overseen tremendous growth at the school, from the 9 courses housed within SBT when she arrived, to the 300 courses the school offers today.

Shih's expertise lies in instructional design and technology, curriculum development, outcomes assessment, program evaluation, and online education. Her work can be found in several publications, such as "Pathways of Learning that Opens Career Pathways in Cybersecurity," proceedings from Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in 2016, and "The Integrated Technology Assessment: A Portfolio-Based Capstone Experience," in the Information Systems Educational Journal.