Kathryn Meier

Kathryn Meier

Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation
Office of the Dean

Kathryn Meier

Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation
Office of the Dean

Biography

As part of the senior leadership team, Kathryn Meier works closely with associate deans, department heads, communications staff, and other senior staff to find ways to extend the visibility of CoE programs and to cultivate strategic partnerships. In this outward-facing role, she guides the coordination of CoE activities to leverage them in the advancement of our research, education, and outreach missions, and create/implement strategic growth opportunities. She is the convener of the college’s external focused staff, with the goal of expanding marketing, recruitment, and corporate and alumni relations.

Dr. Meier has worked for over a decade in higher education administration combined with periods in the pharmaceutical and nonprofit industries, and is dedicated to building talented, highly effective teams and creating a collaborative environment to support faculty, staff and student success. She spent the last 13 years in administrative and communications roles with the University of Delaware, most recently serving as chief of staff in the College of Arts and Sciences. There, her portfolio of work for UD's largest college of 8,100 students, 600 faculty, and over 70,000 alumni ranged from engaging external partners to managing high-profile events to negotiating processes of cultural change. Dr. Meier was also an adjunct assistant professor, teaching undergraduate courses in the departments of business administration and English, and she has a long record of mentoring and advising students. She is a member of the Association for Business Communication and serves as chair of the digital media subcommittee of marketing and membership. Dr. Meier is also an alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute, an intensive leadership and management development program for women in higher education administration. Outside of work, she serves as a volunteer and hospice foster with Senior Dog Haven and Hospice of Wilmington, Del.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, English (Business Communication), University of Delaware
  • MBA, University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
  • BA, English/Business and Technical Writing, University of Delaware

Certifications

  • HERS Leadership Institute, Higher Education Resource Services, Bryn Mawr College 

Research Interests

Business communication, professional writing, organizational storytelling; narrative impact in creating and maintaining corporate identity, brand, and reputation; management and organizational behavior

Academic Distinctions

  • National Federation of Press Women First Place Award, Electronic Newsletter-Nonprofit, Government, Educational, 2019
  • Delaware Press Association First Place Award, Web and Social Media- Electronic Newsletter, 2019
  • Association for Business Communication Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, 2017
  • University of Delaware “UDeserve It” Certificate for Outstanding Service, 2017
  • National Federation of Press Women First Place Award, PR Materials-Newsletters, 2016
  • National Federation of Press Women Second Place Award, PR Materials-Brochures, 2016
  • Delaware Press Association First Place Award, Brochures-Educational, 2016
  • Delaware Press Association First Place Award, Newsletters-Educational, 2016
  • UD Ten-Year Service Award, 2016
  • UD Outstanding Adviser "YoUDee" Leadership Award, 2013
  • UD Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics MBA Alumni Leadership Award, 2006
  • UD Woman of Promise Certificate of Distinction, 2003

Select Publications

Authored over 350 news releases, magazine features, executive speeches, and creative publications with select items picked up in national and international media outlets.

Presentations

  • “Crafting Your Personal Brand.” UNIDEL/UD College of Arts and Sciences Competitive Graduate Student Global Research Grant Public Engagement Workshop, Newark, DE, November 30, 2018.
  • “Designing Your Future: English Majors Write Career Success.” (Panelist) Society of Technical Communicators, Newark, DE, November 9, 2017.
  • “University Communications: Insights, Storytelling and Collaborations.” Delaware Public Humanities Institute, Newark, DE, June 7, 2016.
  • “University and College Communications: Current Landscape and Trending Topics.” Delaware Public Humanities Institute, Newark, DE, June 2, 2015.