Dr. Minkler joined MxCC in 2012 as its new Dean of Academic Affairs. In this role, he supervises academic programs as well as full-time and adjunct faculty, oversees the development and review of credit courses, and manages related budgets for the College.
Dr. Minkler came to MxCC after serving as Academic Division Director of Business, Science, Health and Technology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, Conn. While there, he developed courses, managed faculty, applied for grants, and built strong relationships with local employers and local high schools. He also served on numerous college and state-wide committees including the Academic Planning Review Committee and the Teaching and Learning Work Team.
For 14 years prior, Dr. Minkler was the Director of Academic Media Technology at Capital Community College in Hartford. In addition to coordinating the associate’s degree program in Communication Media, he managed the college’s multimillion-dollar production facility, which was used for teaching as well as for commercial productions, generating income for the school that funded additional student equipment. While in this role, he produced original magazine-format programming for Connecticut Public Television’s CPTV-2 cable station that featured CCC’s academic programs, students, faculty, alumni, and on-campus events.
He also played a key role in the distance learning programs at CCC, as well as the use of instructional technology in the classroom. He was a technical consultant during design and construction of the new downtown Hartford campus, and oversaw the installation of $2 million in presentation media equipment in labs, classrooms, and public areas.
Dr. Minkler has experience as an audio-visual specialist working with CCC as well as with Bristol Hospital, and was an operational engineer at WFSB-TV in Hartford. He has taught courses in communications, media, broadcast production, culture and leadership.