Texas Tech University

College of Human Sciences Faculty Wins Friend of the Great Plains IDEA Award

Ashley Brister

April 27, 2018

Lynn Huffman was honored with an award for leadership in the academic alliance.

Lynn Huffman
Lynn Huffman

Lynn Huffman, the executive associate dean for academics, research and faculty development in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, was honored with a 2018 Friend of the Great Plains IDEA Award at the annual meeting of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) April 10 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mitzi Ziegner, associate chairwoman of human development and family studies and director of the Great Plains IDEA early childhood online program at Texas Tech, said she nominated Huffman because of her leadership in the academic alliance.

Ziegner said Huffman's role was critical, supporting faculty from seven universities as they created the first bachelor's degree for the online consortium, which previously only offered graduate degrees.

“Being charged with developing the first undergraduate degree program in the organization was a rather daunting task,” Ziegner said. “Lynn has been there as a resource every step of the way right up to the successful launch. Words cannot convey the complexity of this process, the many meetings and conference calls involved and the complicated issues along the way that had to be resolved. Lynn's broad knowledge base and experience were important to the approval process.”

Great Plains IDEA brings together faculty from accredited universities to offer high-quality and cost-effective online academic programs. Texas Tech participates in four human sciences programs and two agriculture programs through the consortium. Seventeen accredited member institutions and two accredited affiliate institutions share responsibilities to offer 11 online degrees and 14 online certificates.