Faculty & Staff Profile

Michelle Christopherson

Dir of Outreach and Engagement
Chancellor's Office
Outreach and Engagement
(218) 281-8369


  • Build alliances and partnerships to deliver educational programs and services in support of regional community, vitality and economic development.

  • Collaborate internally and externally to establish and advance UMC’s reputation as a premier provider of continuing education.

  • Create and sustain strong relationships with public and private partners for customized workforce training and extended learning.

  • Develop, deliver and promote innovative, profitable programs for new, under-served or untapped markets.

  • Lead and coordinate marketing, promotion, recruitment and retention efforts in the Center; including but not limited to online degree seeking seeking students, College in the High School, the University of Minnesota Digital Campus Calling Center and Workforce Development and Outreach efforts and initiatives.

  • Manage and be accountable for budgets, work effectively within and between UMC administrative offices, campus committees, and academic units.

  • Promote and support the integration and expansion of technology enhanced/enabled learning.

  • Supervise Center staff and student workers; serving non-traditional audiences

  • Support academic program quality improvement efforts

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 1997 Pulitzer Prize - Public Service 1997 Grand Forks Herald coverage Flood of '97

  • 2001 President’s Emerging Leaders Award; University of Minnesota

  • 2003 Outstanding Service to Students Award

  • 2006 Women's Leadership Institute; University of Minnesota

  • 2013 Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award

Selected Publications

  • Syllabus 2002 Technology in Education Conference Newton, Massachusetts, November 3-5, 2002 “Technology in an online and face-to-face classroom, should it be different?”

  • “Beyond the Boundaries” Technology Conference Online Courseware Developed Utilizing the Learning Management System, WebCT October 2003

  • Classroom of the Future, Learner-Centered Learning, Hamline University March 22, 2002 “Learning by doing, a constructivist approach for instructors and students”

  • COTF IV "Learner-Centered Architecture" Professional AgriSelling developed online utilizing LMS, WebCT March 2003

  • Minnesota E-Learning Summit, Hamline University March 23, 2002 “Instructional Systems Design as a curriculum”

  • Minnesota E-Learning Summit, Hamline University March 23, 2002 “Learning by doing, A constructivist approach for instructors and students”

  • SALT Conference Education Technology Conference Arlington Virginia August 5-8, 2003 Online Courseware Developed Utilizing the Learning Management System, WebCT

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Communications and Broadcast Journalism from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

  • Instructional Systems Design Certificate from the University of Minnesota, Crookston

  • M.A. in Education Instruction and Curriculum from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

In the News

December 7, 2022
UMC Teambackers held their first annual Pickleball Tournament November 19-20, 2022 and raised $1,100 for University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Athletics.
May 3, 2021
This is the week at UMN Crookston, one many have been awaiting as students are wrapping up final projects and presentations and taking final exams. Some will be concluding the week with commencement.
April 13, 2017
Director of Admissions Michelle Christopherson was part of the 12 member Study Minnesota Delegation who had a very successful trip to multiple embassies in Washington D.C. during Cherry Blossom Season.