Dr. Konopa has been with Walden University since 2010. In her role as Director of Academic Operations in the Office of Academic Affairs, she collaborates on university-wide change management initiatives and supports the implementation of technology solutions that innovate and improve student, faculty, and staff experiences. Additionally, she oversees the planning and delivery of academic and co-curricular events and communications and also designs and implements operational process improvements across academic units.
She earned a B.S. in General Business Administration, an M.S. in Training and Development, and an Ed.S. in Industrial and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota. With over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education, she has served in various roles including program director for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, faculty for business, marketing, and post-secondary teacher education, curriculum developer, post-secondary and secondary student teaching supervisor, research advisor for graduate and doctoral students, change lead/champion, and assessment coordinator.
Dr. Konopa has delivered numerous presentations and workshops focused on online teaching, learning, teacher preparation, faculty development, student engagement, problem-based learning, communities of practice, and career clusters and pathways in local, state, national, and international arenas.
PhD, University of Minnesota
EdS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Awards / Honors
Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader Award, Phi Delta Kappa, 2008
Professional Excellence Award – Full-Time Career and Technical Education Teacher, Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE), 2007
Morgan, A., Jobe, R. L., Konopa, J. K., Downs, L. D. (2022). Quality Assurance, Meet Quality Appreciation: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Define Faculty Quality Standards. Higher Learning Research Communications
Schulz, W. C., Konopa, J. (2022). Developing a Rubric for a Person-Centered Approach to Teaching in Inclusive Online Learning Spaces.
Konopa, J. K. (2007). A Study of Student Engagement in Online Classes. Miami University
Konopa, J. K. (2008). Problem Based Learning and Communities of Practice: Global Implementation and Assessment. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Konopa, J. K. (2006). Problem-Based Learning in an Introductory Teacher Education Course. Miami University
Konopa, J. K. (2007). Problem-Based Learning in an Introductory Teacher Education Course.
Konopa, J. K. (2007). Problem-Based Learning in Professional Teacher Education and Organizational Development. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning