Robin A Leaf, MEd

Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Accreditation, Student Affairs

Contact

G009 PUBHLT, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: ebova.yrns@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-193-0439
Fax: 967-179-8200


Personal Statement

This position was esablished to lead and manage of all aspects of academic planning processes and to support the school's strategic initiatives. Robin leads the school's accreditation process by ensuring ongoing compliance with the policies and standards of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  She is also responsble for the development and approval of new academic programs, including the evaluation and assessment of current programs. Robin also develops processes to support continuous improvement and innovation in all areas in the school through the usage of data analytics and institutional effectiveness processes and best practices. 

Prior to her current position Robin was the educational programs and practicum manager in the office of student affairs and the student services/ academic administrator in the department of infectious diseases and microbiology. During this time, she earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Management from Pitt. 

 

As a native of a rural town in Pennsylvania she enjoys sharing all of the hidden treasures of Pittsburgh with students. Her favorite time of year is “a tie between orientation and graduation as she enjoys the excitement of both events equally." Robin is a first-generation college student and is always seeking ways to support students in their education. 


Education

2007 | University of Pittsburgh | Master of Education, Higher Education Management
2001 | Seton Hill University | Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Associations & Memberships

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) | Member 

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) | Chair-Elect & Member: Data section

Tableau User Group (TUG) - Pittsburgh Region | Member


Presentations

Presentation | Bridging the Gap: The Story of One Schools Data Journey | eduWeb Digital Summit [conference August 2021]

 

Poster | Bridging the Gap: The Story of One Schools Data Journey |  Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Virtual Forum | May 2021 

 

Poster | One Decade to Another: Career Trends in One Public Health Graduate Program Over 10 Years | ASPPH Annual Meeting | March 2021

 

Presentation | Experiential Learning in the time of COVID-19: When adaptability leads to sustainability | co-presenters: Leah Lamonte, MS and Jamie A. Sokol, MPH | Association for Prevention Teaching and Research | March 2021

 

Poster | Making the student practicum a winning trifecta: Views from an academic and practice partnership | co-author: Jamie Sokol, MPH | Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting | March 2020 [accepted poster - poster session cancelled]

 

Presentation | Why Mentoring within Internship Experiences Matter Most | co-presenter: Jamie A. Sokol, MPH | Mentoring and Advising Summit | March 2020

 

Poster | Utilizing NACE Framework of Best Practices: Practica and Internships IRL | University of Pittsburgh Assessment & Teaching Conference | January 2020 

 

Poster | Making the student practicum a winning trifecta: Views from an academic and practice partnership | co-author: Jamie A. Sokol, MPH | American Public Health Association Annual Meeting | November 2019 

 

Poster | Utilizing NACE Framework of Best Practices: Practica and Internships IRL | Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | November 2019 

 

Poster | Interdisciplinary Collaborations Through Reading: The Pitt Public Health One Book, One Community Program | co-authors: Jessica G. Burke, PhD, MHS, Sarah McMullen, MBA, and Kimberly Rehak, MA | Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | November 2019 

 

Presentation | Incorporating Practice-Based Experiences into Your Career Services Model | Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting | March 2019 

 

Poster | Framework of Using an e-Portfolio System to Assess Attainment of Experiential Learning Competencies | co-author: Kimberly Rehak, MA | Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting | March 2019

 

Poster | Framework of Using an e-Portfolio System to Assess Attainment of Experiential Learning Competencies | co-author: Kimberly Rehak, MA | University of Pittsburgh Assessment & Teaching Conference | January 2019

 

Presentation | Connecting all the Dots: Collaborating between Admissions, Student Services, Career Services, and Alumni Relations | Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting Student Services Webinar | June 2018

 

Poster I Interdisciplinary Collaborations Through Reading: The Pitt Public Health One Book, One Community Program | co-authors: Jessica G. Burke, PhD, MHS, Sarah McMullen, MBA, and Kimberly Rehak, MA | Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting | March 2018

 

Presentation | Building Local Health Department Capacity Through Experiential Learning: An Innovative Governmental and Academic Collaboration | co-presenter: Jamie Sokol, MPH |  NACCHO Annual Meeting | July 2017

 

Poster | America's Opportunity Gap: How Harder Lives and Diminishing Prospects Threaten Our Kids | University of Pittsburgh Year of Diversity Poster Showcase | April 2017


Public Health Service and Volunteer Activities

2021 | APHA | Abstract Reviewer: Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus 

2020 | APHA | Abstract Reviewer: Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus 

2019 | Allegheny County Health Department Raccoon Rabies Bating Project Volunteer 

2016 | Allegheny County Health Department Raccoon Rabies Bating Project Volunteer

2015 | Allegheny County Health Department Raccoon Rabies Bating Project Volunteer

2013 | STREAM Academy coordination on curricular grades 9-12 multidisciplinary unit on viruses


Pitt Affiliations/ Trainings

Allies Network Trained 
Business Intelligence Practice Group 
Canvas Subaccount Administrator 
Cognos User Group
Diversity and Inclusion Certificate | â€‹University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources 
Human Resources Administration Certificate | â€‹University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources
Social Justice Action Leadership Committee (within Public Health) 
Tableau Practice Group 
Teaching Partner with the University Center for Teaching and Learning 


Awards

2017 | Nomination | Chancellor’s Award for Staff in the Innovation in Advancing Administrative and Operational Efficiency 

Robin A Leaf