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Lesley Blicker

  • Senior Community Faculty


  • Masters of Management and Administration, Management and Administration
    Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science, University College
    University Of Minnesota


Lesley has been a Community Faculty member since 2000, primarily teaching Operations Management. At the end of 2019, she retired from a 17 year position as the director of Instructional Technologies at Minnesota State. She was the original project manager of the D2L learning management system adoption by all 37 institutions in the MinnState system.  

Her experience in Operations Management stems from her years of experience as an organizational/senior consultant with HealthEast, Inc., the Wilder Foundation, and then as president of her own business, DesignWorks. Areas of expertise in these positions include: inter-agency collaboration, redesign of business/service delivery processes, project management, strategic planning, research and evaluation, capacity planning, continuous quality improvement, and large scale innovation implementations.

Lesley earned her master's degree at Metropolitan State University, and decided to return there several years later as part-time faculty. She caught the online teaching bug in 2003 and has been teaching online ever since. She has presented and published on the topic of quality and best practices in online education.

Lesley's teaching philosophy:

I teach for several reasons. First, I believe in the value of any post-secondary education because it’s the first step in setting sail on an intentional pathway; one that can open greater opportunities than what might be achieved with a high school diploma. Second, I’m always excited to be part of this journey with my students at Metropolitan State University, who hail from so many countries, cultures, and life experiences. Their diversity and in many cases, hardships in just getting to this place in time, is a true gift in helping me appreciate the tremendous significance they have in accomplishing this goal. I believe I can impart valuable knowledge from my “real world” experiences as a practitioner in the field, but beyond that, it’s my hope that I can inspire a love of learning, an ability to think critically, and an examination of ideas and beliefs through alternate lenses. And finally, I want to bring Operations Management content to life in a way that has purpose and relevance in any student’s eventual business or service career.