Nominated by Christopher Timmins |
Christyn Klinck, the Graduate Program Coordinator in Economics, plays a critical role in the overall success of multiple programs within our department. This was more evident than ever during the past year, dealing with all of the complications caused by COVID-19. Christyn was instrumental in our “planning group” that met throughout summer 2020 to work out how to best serve our MA students, who were particularly affected by visa challenges and the need for remote learning. A key innovation, due in large part to Christyn’s efforts, was the introduction of “virtual visit” days for admitted MA students, which allowed these students to feel welcomed into the department even when they were unable to be there in person. Issues continued to arise during the course of the year and Christyn went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service to our students. In particular, students struggled with the transition to remote learning, she compiled and made accessible additional resources and support services. When we had a lack of TA’s for our courses due to COVID and VISA issues, she worked tirelessly with faculty to find students whose roles could be switched in order to resolve the issues. The fact that we were able to successfully offer so many courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels during COVID was largely due to Christyn’s efforts.
Christyn is a mentor and leader within the Economics Department’s EcoTeach group, and she is a key figure in how the department interacts with our students and with other units on campus.