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Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D.

Amber Garrison Duncan is a strategy director at Lumina Foundation where she leads a portfolio of work that supports the creation of a system where all learning can be validated and valued regardless of where it happens, and efficiently contribute to high-quality credentials. Lumina’s work in this area includes competency-based education, learning frameworks, assessment, credential recognition and learner records, as well as quality assurance.

This work allows Garrison Duncan to draw on her 15 years of experience as a campus-based professional, designing co-curricular learning experiences and leading assessment. Prior to joining Lumina Foundation in 2013, Amber served as director of student affairs assessment and research, University of Oregon; director of family programs and commencement, University of Oregon; first-year experience instructor, Florida State University; intake and investigations coordinator, University of Michigan; and assistant director of housing and Greek life, Hope College.

Garrison Duncan has researched and written on general education, assessment, innovation in student affairs, Latinas in higher education and women in leadership. She is co-editor of the book Leading Assessment for Student Success: Ten Tenets That Change Culture and Practice in Student Affairs (Stylus, 2015). Amber holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Leadership experiences include former board member of Alpha Gamma Delta, founding board chair of Oregon Women in Higher Education, and co-founder of Levo League Indianapolis. Dr. Garrison Duncan currently serves on the Indiana Latino Education Summit Steering Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the Texas Woman’s University Foundation.