Andrea Backman

Senior Associate Dean, Jack Welch Management Institute

Andréa Backman serves as the Senior Associate Dean at the Jack Welch Management Institute.  She has a PhD from the University of Virginia, an MA from DePaul University and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University.  She has spent her academic career leading initiatives related to online learning, adult learning, and innovation in higher education.

Andréa most recently served as a faculty member and leader in online education at the University of Virginia.  In her role, she was responsible to grow new student populations, ensure academic rigor and quality, lead business development relationships, establish faculty performance goals, and lead instructors in adopting innovative approaches to teaching with technology.

Prior to her role at U.Va., Andréa served as Chief Academic Officer at Rasmussen College, a college with 15,000 students and 22 campuses.  In this position, she was responsible for all academic matters including faculty hiring, development and evaluation, curriculum design, review and assessment, online program development, and student services.

Before joining Rasmussen, Dr. Backman served as the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Strayer University.  In this role, she was responsible for the hiring, training and evaluation for over 3,000 full-time and part-time faculty employees.  During her tenure at Strayer University, Andréa established the University’s virtual Center for Teaching and Learning, developed programs to review and enhance the quality of instruction, implemented credential guidelines to ensure compliance with regional and state accreditation, and established optimized process and systems related to faculty information and faculty success. 

Prior to Strayer, Andréa served as the Director of New Program Development and Academic Approvals at the University of Virginia.  In this role, she oversaw the approval of courses and programs to ensure rigor and compliance with accreditation standards.  She also engaged faculty in the development, implementation and assessment of academic programs and helped to build a diverse portfolio of academic offerings.  While at UVA she worked closely with instructional design staff to build and strengthen online learning programs.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Virginia, she served as the Associate Director of the Center for Distance Education at DePaul University in Chicago.  In this role, Dr. Backman provided strategic leadership for the University’s first online degree program and helped to establish DePaul’s Center for Distance Education.