Tiffany Ivins: Executive Director

International development consultant with 18 years experience in Asia, Africa & Latin America; program director particularly interested in education, health, microfranchising, open educational resources (OER) and localized ICT tools for bottom-of-the-pyramid markets; facilitator focused on building capacity of NGOs for social entrepreneurism, participatory learning and action-focused community change; also offering 15 years experience building interdisciplinary programs for integrated community development focused on improving education, health, and environment through microenterprise.

Educational Background

PhD (Brigham Young University, USA)
Instructional Psychology & Technology (Aug 2006 – Apr 2011)
Dissertation: Open Educational Resources for Rural Development in Himalayan Villages
Committee Chair: Dr. David Wiley

Master of Science (University of Oxford, England)
International & Comparative Education (Sep 2000 – Mar 2003)
Dissertation: Female Literacy for Rural Well-Being in Nepal
Committee Chair: Dr. Colin Brock

Bachelor of Arts (Brigham Young University)
Humanities & English Literature, Cum Laude (Aug 1993 – Apr 1999)
Intensive Study Abroad: London, England (Dr. Hillam & Dr. Bassett)

Minor Degree: International Rural Development (Rural Literacy)
Practicum: 2 summers interning in Mdantsane, South Africa (1998, 1999)
TESOL & ABE: Practicum in Eastern Cape, South Africa (1998, 1999)
18-Month Service Mission:  Rural Philippines (1996-1997) 

Professional Experience

Community Development Network (Oxford, England)
International Programs Consultant(Nov 2000 – Present)
Aggregate stakeholders for ICT initiatives focused on access to open educational content;  manage literacy programs, including staff & finances; train field facilitators in participatory literacy methodologies; build capacity of social mobilizers for integrated-literacy focused on community change.

Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (Logan, Utah)
Program Manager & Content Developer (Aug 2006 – Apr 2008)
Facilitate localization of content for educational programs in rural areas; conduct trainings for international partners to access/develop open courseware; build capacity of local organizations to create, modify and adapt learning tools for lower-literates and remote, disenfranchised groups.

World Education International (Boston, Massachusetts)
International Programs Officer (Jan 2005 – Mar 2007)
Managed literacy programs in South Asia (Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh) with particular focus on rural women; conducted participatory trainings for literacy staff and NGO facilitators; built capacity of district government officials and NGO leaders to plan, manage, and execute literacy programs.

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Instructor & Cultural Diversity Consultant (Aug 2002 – Apr 2004)
Facilitated inter-departmental English classes for international students preparing for graduate programs and teaching assistantships; developed ESL curricula for 4 classes, created training videos; initiated Cultural Integration Initiative for immigrant/refugee groups in the workplace; trained university interns in participatory literacy pedagogies.

Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Community Outreach Coordinator (Apr 2002 – Apr 2003)
Developed a peace education pilot-program for refugees from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe; liaised with Mayor’s office, government, and local businesses for outreach to Sudanese refugees; developed ESL curricula for refugees in cooperation with International Rescue Committee.

Laubach Literacy International (Syracuse, New York)
International Programs Officer (Jul 1999 – Aug 2000)
Trained trainers on prototype Environmental-Literacy and Health-Literacy Manuals for local NGO leaders; liaised with community groups in Philippines, Thailand, South Africa and Nepal; conducted training for field facilitators on literacy; assessed teaching strategies of facilitators. 


Ivins, T. (2011) Localization of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Nepal: Strategies of Himalayan Knowledge Workers. Brigham Young University Doctoral Dissertation: Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Provo, UT.

Ivins, T. (2009) Microfranchising MicroLearing Centers: A Sustainable Model for Expanding the Right to Education in Developing Countries.Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Vol. 12: Issue 1, IRRODL Special Issue. (Peer-Reviewed Article).

Ivins, T. (2004) Refugees Build Peace with Education. Say What? Magazine Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 19-22. Salt Lake City, UT. (Peer-Reviewed Article.)

Ivins, T. (2001) The Impact of Female Literacy on Rural Well-Being in Nepal. Oxford University Master’s Dissertation: Oxford University, England, UK.

Ivins, T. (1999) Ndiyindoda: Becoming a Man in Xhosa Culture.Journal of International Area Studies. Volume 4, Issue 1, pp. 12-16. Kennedy Center Press, Brigham Young University: Provo, UT. (Peer-Reviewed Article.) 

Evaluation & Research

Ivins, T. & Nabi, R. (2006) Literacy Retention Study in Pakistan. Education Reform Assistance Program (Funded by ESRA-USAID & Executed by World Education): Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ivins, T. & Nabi, R. (2006) Sustaining Literacy Skills: Assessing the Viability of Literacy Resource Centres in Pakistan (Funded by ESRA-USAID & Executed by World Education): Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ivins T. & Nabi R. (2005) Cultivating a Culture of Literacy in the Home: an Evaluation on the Effects of the Family Reading Programme in Pakistan. Education Reform Assistance Program (Funded by ESRA-USAID & Executed by World Education): Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ivins, T., Ziyenge, N. & Sharma, M. (2003) Situation Analysis of ProLiteracy’s Field Work in Rural Himalayan Villages. Funded by Tulasi Meher UNESCO Club (TMUC) & Executed by Community Development Network (CDN): Kathmandu, Nepal.


Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2013) Sustaining Himalayan Community Centers in Uncertain Times: How Nepalese Youth Cultivate Communities of Practice Using 21st Century Technologies. Center for International Education Conf Paper Presentation at University of Massachusetts: Amherst, MA.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2012) Exploring Local Definitions of Quality in Himalayan Technology Centers. Comparative International Education Society Conf Paper Presentation: New Orleans, FL.

Ivins, T., & Spalding, A. (2011) Educational Implications of Corruption in South Asia: Case Studies of Nepal and Pakistan. South Asian Law Conf Presentation & Panel. Madison, WI.

Ivins, T. (2011) Localization of OER in Nepal. Open Education Conference, Park City, UT.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2010) Open Content for Development (OC4D): Increasing Access to Localized Content in Himalayan Community Technology Centers. Comparative International Education Society Conf Paper Presentation. Chicago, IL.

Ivins, T., Spence, M. (2009) Creating Self-Reliant Telecenters in Nepal: Open Content for Development.Economic Self Reliance Conference (ESRC) Roundtable Presentation. Brigham Young University: Provo, UT.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2008) Himalayan Educational Technology Centers: Expanding the Right to Educational Technology Centers in Rural Areas. Comparative International Education Society Conference, Columbia University: New York, NY.

Ivins, T., & Shrestha, R. (2007) Opening Educational Resources in Nepal: Case Studies of Localization in the Himalayas.  Open Education Conference Paper Presentation. Utah State Univ: Center for Open Sustainable Learning, Logan, UT.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2007) Building Communities Through Open Content in Rural Himalayan Villages. Open Education Conference, Utah State University: Logan, UT.

Ivins, T. & Lee, J. (2007) Crossing Borders While Respecting Boundaries: Incorporating the Culture of Technology into Himalayan Educational Programs. Association for Educational Communications & Technology Conference: Anaheim, CA.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J.  (2006) Enhancing Youth Managed Resource Centers. Open Education Conference, Utah State University: Center for Open and Sustainable Learning, Logan, UT.

Ivins, T., & Nabi, R. (2006) Creating a Culture of Literacy: The Family Reading Program in Pakistan. Comparative International Education Society Conference: Honolulu, HI.

Ivins, T., & Lee, J. (2006) Raising the Bar on Community Through Technology: Initiating Gender-Sensitive Technology Training in Rural Nepal. Comparative International Education Society Conference: Honolulu, HI.

Ivins, T. (2006) Keynote Address: Literacy, Gender, and Education: Crossing Borders and Respecting Boundaries. International Inquiry Conference, Brigham Young University, Kennedy Center: Provo, UT.

Ivins, T. (2005) Panelist: Education in Africa: Promoting Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University: Boston, MA. 

Memberships & Volunteer Service

InterWeave Solutions ( Board Member & Facilitator

United Nations Association of Utah ( Board Member & Secretary

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy ( Member & Home Host

Mormon Steward ( Board Member & Co-Founder

Think Again SLC ( Board Member & Co-Founder

Faith Again SLC ( Board Member & Co-Founder

Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) ( Member & Researcher

University of Oxford Alumni Society ( Member