Dr. Leshinskie has more than 20 years of experience in education in the areas of student success, faculty development, program management, instructional design, and classroom instruction. Prior to coming to Paradise Valley Community College, Dr. Leshinskie served as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Glendale Community College (GCC), where he provided leadership to 18 academic departments and collaborated with faculty and staff to advance GCC’s mission of student success and completion. He also assisted in the development of its Academic Strategic Plan and successfully co-authored a Title V grant, which awarded the college $2.4 million over a five-year span.
Prior to GCC, Dr. Leshinskie served as the District Director of Academic Affairs Support Programs and Services, providing leadership for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI). He also taught part-time English courses for both GCC and PVCC and is an Academic Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College at ASU. Dr. Leshinskie is a current Board Member for the PV Schools Education Foundation, a member of the Arizona Association for Developmental Education, and a graduate of the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Fall 2017.
Dr. Leshinskie earned his Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation in May 2017 from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College at ASU; his dissertation focusing on the impact of faculty peer observation in the developmental level community college classroom. He also received his Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Technology from ASU and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA, where he earned his bachelor’s in English.