Dr. Bret Eynon is a historian and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), where he is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of college-wide initiatives related to learning, teaching, curriculum, and assessment. From 1985-2000, through CUNY’s American Social History Project, Eynon created award-winning books, films, videos and CDs, including Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry Into the Civil War and Reconstruction, Who Built America?, and Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl: Immigrant Women and the Uprising of the 30,000. With Georgetown’s Randy Bass he co-led the Visible Knowledge Project, a network of 20 colleges engaged in scholarship of teaching projects that produced the 2009 study, The Difference that Inquiry Makes: a Collaborative Case Study on Technology and Learning from the Visible Knowledge Project.
A national faculty member for the Association of American Colleges and Universities Eynon serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of ePortfolio. His work has been honored by AAHE, the American Council on Education, the Community College Futures Association, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the national Community College Humanities Association recognized him as its 2010-11 Distinguished Humanities Educator of the Year. Coming to LaGuardia in 2000, Eynon founded the LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning, LaGuardia’s ePortfolio project, and the Making Connections National Resource Center on Inquiry, Reflection, and Integrative Education. From 2010-14 he directed the FIPSE-funded Connect to Learning project, which worked with 24 ePortfolio campuses nationwide, including Boston University, San Francisco State, IUPUI and Virginia Tech, and produced a unique international resource site, Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio Resources and Research (http://c2l.mcnrc.org). The author of multiple books and articles, his most recent publication is “What Difference Can ePortfolio Make? A Field Report from the Connect to Learning Project” (http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP127.pdf).