Dr. Elizabeth Kirby is the Vice President for Innovation and Online, an academic unit positioned as a strategic university partner to support and collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders to accelerate and advance innovative ideas, online programs, and the expansion and growth of non-credit offerings.
Dr. Kirby has been at Central Michigan University since 2004, and during her tenure, she has served in faculty and administrative positions. Kirby was the Interim Dean of the College of the Arts and Media (2020-22) and served in numerous administrative roles in the College of Education and Human Services (2004-2020), including Dean, Interim Dean, Acting Dean, Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean, and Director of Professional Education. In these roles, she regularly collaborated in various committees with representatives in the Michigan Department of Education, served as a member of the Michigan Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation, and held leadership roles as president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) and executive board member for the Michigan Council for Deans of Colleges of Education. She also co-authored and received a $5 million dollar grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for ‘Maximizing STEM Teaching and Learning in the Middle Years.’ Collectively, Dr. Kirby has over 30 years of experience in PK-12 and higher education teaching and administration.
Kirby holds an undergraduate degree from Drake University and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University that include a master’s degree in reading and a doctoral degree in educational administration. She has completed advanced trainings through the HERS Leadership Institute and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Dr. Kirby’s research interests are primarily in critical incident analysis and organizational leadership. Most recently, she was an honoree of the 2021 CMU Book Recognition for her book, Leading for Tomorrow: A Primer for Succeeding in Higher Education.