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Margie McGee-Newton


Margie McGee-Newton has twenty years of experience in higher education in roles ranging from Writing Center, Academic Advising, Curriculum Development, Marketing and Recruitment, and Career Services. She has worked with a wide variety of institutions, including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota, Wellesley College, and DePaul University. In her most recent role, as the Director of Career Education in the DePaul Career Center, she oversaw career education initiatives for 19,000+ students and an alumni population of over 120,000. 

In this role, she led the creation of a 50+ library of scaffolded micro-learning career content, including 15+ videos and a collection of “career activities” ranging from interactive branding workshops to peer-led resume reviews. She also piloted a first-year career experience that is both a yield and retention initiative, unique in its “sprinkle approach” to learning. This program, called Future Forward, has doubled in size in its first three years and has demonstrable impacts on retention and student confidence.

She is passionate about bringing sensitivity and appreciation for a user experience lens to higher education and leveraging accessible and engaging learning experiences to connect learners to meaningful and actionable content. 

She earned her MFA in Visual Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her educational background in studio arts aligns with her design thinking approach to her work and her stamina for innovation. 

In her artistic practice, she is primarily a woodcarver and ceramicist. She has won several artist grants, including the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists, but she is most proud of her two Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts ribbons. Margie lives with her family in a Chicago suburb and enjoys weekend bike rides with her two boys.

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