Speaker Profile: Susan Collins
Susan Collins brings almost ten years of experience leading teams in the day-to-day customer support, maintenance, and upgrade of higher education learning spaces. As the Manager of Learning Space Support at Princeton University since 2017, Susan is currently collaborating with campus stakeholders in one of Princeton’s largest Learning Space Initiatives to date. With 240 classrooms slated for renovation over 5 years, the initiative benefits from Susan’s years of experience with strategic planning, programming, technical design and engineering coordination, and management of the implementation of the associated technologies within spaces. Currently in its second year, the Learning Space Initiative blends structural and technological enhancements to create a simplified user experience that flows seamlessly from one classroom to the next. The project is a partnership between the Office of Capital Projects and Instructional Support Services, with guidance from the Office of the Registrar, the Vice Provost for Space Programming and Planning, and the Faculty Committee on Classrooms and Schedule. Susan is working with teams on a variety of other campus projects. With Princeton’s campus steeped in historic architecture, Susan is participating on the project team in the complete renovation of one of Princeton’s most iconic spaces. As a part of this 400 seat auditorium project, the full technology overhaul includes a 20 foot videowall at the center of the design.
Prior to coming to Princeton, Susan spent 7 years at California State University, Sacramento where she was the Director of Learning Spaces leading a team in the support, maintenance, and upgrade of 200 learning spaces. Her project portfolio included classrooms, computer labs and informal learning spaces. While at Sacramento State, Susan played a central role in the design of several active learning spaces and implementation of lecture capture. Before her departure, Susan collaborated with project stakeholders on the recently completed Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex.
Susan is currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration - Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education – Educational Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications – Organizational Communications from California State University, Sacramento, and an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Cerro Coso Community College. Susan holds several Extron control systems certifications and she recently completed the MOR 2019 Ivy League Information Technology Leadership program. Susan is a former conference speaker for Next Generation Learning Spaces.