Academic Support Programs and Services
Dr. Dolores Kiesler has served as Senior Director for Academic Support Programs and Services since July 2018. Prior to that position, she was Assistant Dean for TRIO and Outreach Programs. She began working as FGCU Director of SSS and Outreach Programs in October 2014 and had previously served as Director of Student Support Services at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. She also has taught Composition I at FGCU, English and literature at Brescia University and was Assistant Professor of English at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. Dr. Kiesler received her MA in English from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and her PhD in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Go Salukis!) where she also taught freshmen and sophomore composition and literature classes.
She notes that “Over the years I have developed an affinity for working with students who struggle to overcome barriers to education, particularly with first generation and low income students who dream of having a college degree.” She attributes this passion to her own first generation, low income background.