When Linda Gabrielson started graduate studies at the University of Maine, there’s no way she could have predicted how her education and professional pursuits would coincide this year.
Gabrielson is finishing doctoral coursework in higher educational leadership after three years of classes taught by some of the state’s foremost experts, including former University of Maine System Chancellor Terrence MacTaggart.
Gabrielson has been in the classroom for a decade, teaching at Southern Maine Technical College in South Portland. One of her responsibilities last semester was establishing the college’s new Center on Teaching Excellence. In addition, Gabrielson is participating in the transformation of Maine’s technical college system to a statewide community college network as of July 1.
“It’s an exciting time,” says Gabrielson. “I look forward to continuing to work with students so we can open doors and change their lives. This transition (from a technical to community college system) is part of a bigger picture of making higher education the norm in Maine for those who have not thought about college or need the opportunities to participate.”
Open access to higher education for all who want to pursue college has long been important to Gabrielson. Academic rigor, coupled with attention to the learning needs of students entering community college, ensures that graduates attain the level of training, education and knowledge required to pursue the next chapter in their lives. “Academic integrity is alive and well, and I hope to continue to champion it, whether I contribute as an administrator, teacher or educational leader in a higher education organization.”
Linda Gabrielson, a registered dietician, discovered her love of teaching when she taught nutrition and diet therapy. Through the years, her commitment to quality education, including service learning, has only gotten stronger.
July – August 2003
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