M Victoria (Vic) Liptak has devoted her professional practice to developing excellence in design education. She believes sustainable human habitation of our shared planet depends on equity and inclusion in higher education and in the spatial design professions.
Prior to joining the BAC, Vic was Chief Academic Officer at Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Brooks Institute in Ventura, California; and at Woodbury University in southern California. Prior to these appointments she served as Associate Dean of Woodbury's School of Architecture.
In her earlier roles as shop master, adjunct instructor, and ranked full time faculty, Vic taught architecture and design studios and interdisciplinary seminars. She has consulted for colleges and universities on curriculum design, new program development, and accreditation and assessment, most recently at Sonoma State University.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz; a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the California State University's joint program at CSU Channel Islands and Fresno State.
Her research interests include systems inquiry and design processes, teaching and learning in beginning design studio, and the synthesis of critical thinking and creativity through the practice of making. Vic has also studied and taught abroad in France and Turkey, and recognizes the crucial human connections across diverse populations.