Christianne Nieuwsma, Interim Dean of Instruction, Career & Technology Education
Christianne Nieuwsma is an award-winning champion of student-success initiatives with proven experience moving projects from pilot, to full-implementation, scaling and replication in other institutions. She is an expert in gathering, analyzing and clearly communicating data and results.
As the Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education at Paradise Valley Community College, Ms. Nieuwsma oversees Career and Technical Education and supports diverse programs in areas such as Computer and Information Technology, Health Sciences, EMT/Paramedicine and Fire Science. One of her current foci is the $3.8 million project to expand PVCC’s nursing program in support of regional shortages in entry-level and skilled nurses.
Before joining PVCC in the fall 2019, Ms. Nieuwsma worked at South Mountain Community College, first as Math faculty and the Coordinator for Developmental Mathematics and Developmental Education for 10 years, then as Interim Dean of Academic Innovation. During a year-long sabbatical, she spent a year in South Africa as Deputy Director of the North American International School.
Ms. Nieuwsma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She received her Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed graduate work in Applied Statistics at Penn State University. She worked for 10 years as a Software Engineer.