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Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has been named the chancellor’s administrative intern for implementation of the Summer Term Task Force recommendations. In this new role, she will be responsible for improving enrollment during the summer term in 2014 and fulfilling recommendations identified by the Summer Term Task Force.

Yamagata-Lynch previously developed and implemented the university’s new online master’s degree program in instructional technology.

“I’m really interested in looking into our resources and how students can take advantage of what we have to offer during the summer,” said Yamagata-Lynch. “I’m excited to look at how we can take advantage of our innovative solutions and partnerships in ways that we’re not already.”

The Summer Term Task Force was formed in 2012 to assess the university’s current summer operations, identify existing strengths and weaknesses, study best practices, and develop strategies to improve the overall effectiveness of the summer term. A team of administrators, faculty, and students worked together to develop key recommendations, which include minimizing students’ barriers to accessing the summer term, incentivizing efficient instruction with a tuition-sharing funding model, and improving marketing, among others.

Members of the task force will now form an advisory committee that will help guide Yamagata-Lynch in carrying out the recommendations.

Before coming to UT, Yamagata-Lynch taught at Northern Illinois University where she also was the instructional technology program coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, a master’s in instructional systems technology from Indiana University, and a double Ph.D. in educational psychology and instructional systems technology, also from Indiana University.