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Dana Grossman Leeman

Senior Associate Director

Dana works with faculty to help bring their most creative, confident, and intentional selves to their teaching in order to improve student engagement, build community, and optimize the quality of teaching and learning in face-to-face and online domains.  Prior to coming to CELT, Dana was on faculty at the Simmons University School of Social Work for 25 years, during which she built two online degree programs in Clinical Social Work and Behavior Analysis. She was the inaugural Associate Dean for Online Education for the School of Social Work and was then appointed as the Inaugural Provost Faculty Fellow for Online Education in which she provided professional development to all faculty teaching in six online Masters programs across the university. Dana’s work derives from relational cultural theory, experiential learning, and mattering.  She holds an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University.  Dana is a passionate guitarist, balletomane, voracious reader, and is currently co-editing a text on Creating Communities in Online Education. She and her husband, Rafe, have two amazing children- Gabriel and Marissa.