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Teaching With Technology Conference

A full-day conference featuring presentations by current NYU faculty and graduate students on their experiences incorporating technology into their classrooms, as well as information on basic and advanced learning technologies.

Panelist and Speaker Biographies

Thomas A. Delaney

Thomas A. Delaney, Vice President for Global Technology at New York University, is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of global technology and related services for NYU sites throughout the world. Tom serves as the executive sponsor for the technology portion of NYU's innovative Global Network University (GNU) Program. As Vice President, Tom provides oversight to the Global Program Management Office, and the evolving offices of Global Services and Global Partnerships. Prior to this, Tom was the Associate Dean of Technology and Chief Information Officer at the New York University School of Law. Before turning his career towards academia, Mr. Delaney worked for twenty years in a wide variety of vertical markets. Mr. Delaney holds patents for several telecommunications products. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences focusing on innovations in technology for higher education, global educational technology, shared learning across distances, and the design and adaptation of IT infrastructure and building technology to meet the complex pedagogical needs of higher education. Mr. Delaney received his B.S. and his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic University. He is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer.

Chris Hoadley

Chris HoadleyChris Hoadley is associate professor and director of two programs—Educational Communication and Technology and Digital Media Design for Learning. He designs, builds, and studies ways for computers to enhance collaboration and learning. Currently his research focuses on collaborative technologies and computer support for cooperative learning (CSCL). Dr. Hoadley is the director of dolcelab, the Laboratory for Design of Learning, Collaboration & Experience. He is an affiliate scholar for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE) and was awarded a Fulbright for 2008-2009 in the South Asia regional program to study educational technologies for sustainability and empowerment in rural Himalayan villages. Dr. Hoadley previously chaired the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group for Education in Science and Technology (now SIG: Learning Sciences), and served as the first president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences. Dr. Hoadley earned his baccalaureate in cognitive science from MIT, and a master's in computer science and doctorate in education from University of California, Berkeley. He previously taught at Stanford University, Mills College, and Penn State University in education, computer science, and information sciences.

Anat Lechner

Anat LechnerAnat Lechner is a clinical associate professor of business management at the Stern School of Business, New York University. She teaches, conducts research, and consults in the field of organizational design and change. A former research fellow at McKinsey, Dr. Lechner has consulted to global companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, food, design, information technology, and retail industries. She has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the New York Times and a variety of professional magazines around the world. She serves on several boards and as a judge on the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year competition. She is a certified therapist and holds an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in organization management.

Marilyn McMillan

Marilyn McMillan is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Technology Officer for NYU New York. She leads the delivery and evolution of University-wide services, infrastructure, policies, and plans for information technology and related activities. She has served as NYU's Chief Information Technology Officer since the role was created in 1998. Before NYU, she held numerous IT leadership roles at MIT and subsequently at Stanford, with earlier IT experience in government and private industry. Ms. McMillan has served as a member of the board of directors of Educause and on the board of National LambdaRail. She currently serves on the board of NYSERNet, the New York State Research and Education Network and is an active participant on committees for Internet2. She is a graduate in political science of Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Ken Perlin

Ken PerlinKen Perlin is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University, and co-directs the NYU Games For Learning Institute. He also was founding director of the Media Research Laboratory and director of the NYU Center for Advanced Technology. His research interests include graphics, animation, user interfaces, science education, and multimedia. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television, as well as the NYC Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the Sokol Award for outstanding science faculty at NYU, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Perlin currently serves on the program committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was general chair of the UIST2010 conference, and has been a featured artist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Dr. Perlin received his Ph.D. in computer science from New York University, and a B.A. in theoretical mathematics from Harvard University. He serves on the advisory board for the Centre for Digital Media at GNWC, and has served on the board of directors of both the New York chapter of ACM/SIGGRAPH and the New York Software Industry Association.

Jan L. Plass

Jan PlassJan L. Plass is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Digital Media and Learning Sciences in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, where he co-directs the Games for Learning Institute. He also is the founding director of the Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology in Education (CREATE). His research is at the intersection of cognitive science, learning sciences, and design, and seeks to enhance the quality and impact of dynamic visual environments. His current focus is on cognitive and emotional aspects of information design and interaction design of simulations and games for learning of math, science, and second languages.

Matthew S. Santirocco

Matthew S. Santirocco is Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at New York University, where he is also Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies. He served as Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1994 to 2011. He also has taught at the University of Pennsylvania (where he was College Dean), Columbia, Emory, University of Pittsburgh, and Brown. His publications include a book on Horace's Odes and several edited volumes. From 1989 to 1992 he was editor of the American Philological Association's monograph series, American Classical Studies, and is currently the editor of the journal Classical World, and of the Palgrave MacMillan monograph series, "The New Antiquity." In 2009 he was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 was appointed assistant secretary of the Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

David Schachter

David SchachterDavid Schachter is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at NYU Wagner. Focusing on the totality of the student experience, he oversees student and program services, career services, alumni relations, and the Capstone program. He teaches Wagner's Composing Your Career workshop, and he has offered training, consulting, and facilitation nationally in the areas of leadership, staff development, supervision, team building, training of the trainer, and career planning. David received the 2006 NACE/Chevron Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovative Programs in Career Services for his partnership with Action Without Borders/ This partnership enabled the creation of the Institute on Public Service Careers, a series of conferences designed to educate college career services professionals from across the country on how to increase the visibility and accessibility of public service careers to their students. He has served on the advisory board and contributed to the Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers and the Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers. David received his master's degree in public administration from NYU Wagner and a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Peter Schilling

Peter SchillingPeter Schilling serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation in NYU Global Technology Services, where he promotes leading-edge approaches to academics and pedagogical standards, curriculum development, and technology for global learners. Prior to joining NYU, Peter was the Director of Information Technology at Amherst College. He has also worked at Bowdoin and Wagner Colleges, the College Board, and several Simon & Schuster educational imprints. He earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia University.

Malcolm Semple

Malcolm Semple is Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), as well as GSAS Vice Dean and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University. Dean Semple's research is on neural mechanisms of hearing, with particular emphasis on how the central auditory system processes information about sound source direction and acoustic motion. His research at NYU has demonstrated that a neural sensitivity to auditory motion emerges in the ascending auditory pathways, and that this motion sensitivity is an example of a much broader category of adaptive conditioning to dynamic features of acoustic stimuli. His published work has appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Neurophysiology, the Journal of Comparative Neurology, Science, and others. Dean Semple holds a Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia. After postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford, England, he held an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of California, Irvine, before joining New York University in 1995. At NYU he was chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for over ten years, and interim director of the Office of Veterinary Resources for two years.

Clay Shirky

Clay ShirkyClay Shirky teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU, where he is an associate arts professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and a distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of three books on social media—Cognitive Surplus (2010), Here Comes Everybody (2008), and Voices from the Net (1994). His writings on the internet and media can be found at .

Carl Skelton

Carl SkeltonCarl Skelton is Industry Professor and the founding director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center and the academic programs in Integrated Digital Media at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. His creative/research work bridges the arts, design, technology, and community engagement. He is currently working on two books: New Soft City Culture: The Case of Betaville for Springer, and The Multimedia Programming Fakebook with R. Luke DuBois for MIT Press. Dr. Skelton's work has been supported by Microsoft Research, the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

G. Gabrielle Starr

G. Gabrielle StarrGabrielle Starr is Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and an associate professor of English. Dean Starr is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and of aesthetics, as well as a researcher in neuroaesthetics, a relatively new field of inquiry that uses the tools of cognitive neuroscience to explore the contours of aesthetic experience. Dean Starr was most recently chair of the Department of English, and prior to that was Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Honors for English. She received a Golden Dozen prize for her undergraduate teaching, and she also has taught at Harvard University (where she was honored by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching Excellence) and the California Institute of Technology.

Debra Szybinski

Debra M. Szybinski is the executive director of the Office of Faculty Resources, which incorporates the Center for Teaching Excellence, in the Office of the Provost at New York University. She also is executive director of the Faculty Resource Network, a nationally recognized partnership of fifty-four colleges and universities across the nation that is devoted to faculty development. Dr. Szybinski previously served as executive administrator of the Renaissance Society of America and managing editor of Renaissance Quarterly. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she studied Renaissance literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She serves on the advisory committee of the United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies (Tisch) and Spanish and Portuguese (FAS) at New York University. Most recently, she is the author of The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003) which won the Outstanding Book Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association. Dr. Taylor has been the editor or co-editor of many works and her articles on Latin American and Latino performance have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Estreno, Gestos, Signs, MLQ, and other scholarly journals. She also has been invited to participate in discussions on the role of new technologies in the arts and humanities in important conferences and commissions in the Americas (e.g. the American Council of Learned Societies' Commission on Cyberinfrastructure). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005-06. Dr. Taylor is founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, funded by foundations such as Ford, Rockefeller, Mellon, Henry Luce, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

John Waters

John WatersJohn Waters is a clinical assistant professor of Irish Studies, as well as the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for the program. His areas of research interest include Irish Studies, eighteenth-century British and Irish culture, and British Romantic literature. He holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
Kimmel Center

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