2013 Summer Institute Facilitators

Special thanks to our hosts at Barnard College, who are providing us use of the Diana Center for this year's Summer Institute.


Mark Phillipson

Interim Director, GSAS Teaching Center

external image Phillipson.jpgPrior to joining the GSAS Teaching Center in November 2012, Mark led the Digital Bridges strategic initiative at the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). He has worked with faculty at Columbia, Columbia University Libraries, museums, media archives, film productions, and scientific data repositories to build innovative educational activities around curated digital resources. Mark's projects at CCNMTL include Mapping the African American Past (winner of the Award for Innovative Use of Archives from the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York), Project Vietnam (an IMLS-funded partnership with WGBH), and Mediathread (an open source image and video analysis platform).

Mark also teaches in the Core Curriculum and Columbia's English Department, where he has developed several seminars in British romanticism. Before joining CCNMTL in 2006, he was an assistant professor of English at Bowdoin College; his early models of class wikis there attracted coverage from EDUCAUSE and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mark holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in English from Columbia College. He also earned a degree in library science at Simmons College in 2006, and was designated an Association of Research Libraries Academy Fellow.

Dan Beeby

Associate Director of Services, CCNMTL

external image Beeby.jpgDan serves the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning as Associate Director for Services and as an Educational Technologist. Primarily, he facilitates faculty partners' projects and works as the Center's representative to the CourseWorks development team.

Formerly, Dan was the Technical Specialist for the Mellon Tri-College Language Project at Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore colleges where he worked with faculty on dozens of educational technology projects; offered presentations and workshops at numerous language conferences; and developed the "Makers" interactive-exercise creation tool.

Before that Dan taught English at the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania and German at Michigan State University. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree at Teachers College.

David Blancha

Teagle Project Coordinator; doctoral candidate, Columbia University Department of Philosophy

David is the Teagle Project Coordinator, providing a range of support for the "Preparing Doctoral Students for 21st Century College and University Classrooms" project, funded over the next two years by the Teagle Foundation and run collaboratively by the GSAS Teaching Center and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

His current research is directed at providing a foundational theory of luck, beyond the vague synonymical characterizations in terms of control, chance, or probability. He also has a less immediate interest in the nature and ethics of friendship, philosophical logic, and feminist philosophy.


Michael Cennamo

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image cennamo.jpgMichael Cennamo, who previously managed CCNMTL's Faculty Support Lab, is now focusing his efforts in the area of online learning and helping to define the Center's role at the University. Michael is responsible for faculty development programs, both online and in person, geared towards bringing education and technology closer together.

Michael recently co-created a series of tech talks at the Center, named rewirED, that serve as a weekly discussion and exploration of technology trends, ideas, and strategies for Columbia faculty. Michael received his M.A and Ed.M. in Instructional Technology from Teachers College. He is now working on his Ed.D., and is interested in ways in which technology use can be re-imagined for the teachers and students of tomorrow.

Michael's first career was as an automation operator for popular Broadway shows. He left show business to pursue his dreams of teaching. Galileo once said that "we cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." Respecting and using this approach to instruction, Michael is always looking for ways that allow people to find their own way into their learning.

Sarohini Chahal

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image Chahal.jpgSarohini is an educational technologist managing the Faculty Support Lab at CCNMTL. Before joiningCCNMTL, she worked as a Technology Coach at Educate LLC, where she advised K-12 classroom teachers on the effective integration and evaluation of instructional technology.
In addition, Sarohini has researched student learning in multi-modal environments as a Research Assistant at NYU CREATE Lab and Center for Children and Technology. She is very passionate about instructional technology and first realized its profound impact as an Education Volunteer in the U.S.Peace Corps program in Tanzania.

Sarohini holds a B.A. and Teaching Certificate in Education from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University. She enjoys running, traveling, fashion and art.

Adrienne Garber

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image Garber.jpgAdrienne is an educational technologist at CCNMTLfocusing on digital media applications for teaching and learning. Before joining CCNMTL, Adrienne worked as a researcher at the Lit2Quit Lab where she developed mobile games to mimic the physiological and emotional effects of smoking as part of cessation therapy.

In addition, Adrienne has worked on innovative technology projects for the EdLab at Teachers College, Carnegie Mellon’s Language Technologies Institute, and Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center. She was a Fellow at Columbia Technology Ventures and a licensed attorney whose practice areas included corporate finance for emerging companies, technology transactions and intellectual property.
Adrienne is pursuing a doctorate degree in the Instructional Technology and Media program in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education department at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her academic areas of interest include multimedia learning, gesture-based computing, and human computer interaction, as applied in corporate training and professional education.

She earned her B.S. from Lehigh University, an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, a J.D./M.B.A from Duquesne University, and most recently her Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Michelle Hall

Senior Educational Technologist, Head of CUMC Satellite, CCNMTL

external image MHall.jpgMichelle Hall is a Senior Educational Technologist and Head of the CUMC Satellite Office. She provides educational and technical leadership and support for the creation, implementation, and use of digital resources and websites for teaching and learning. She has over five years of experience developing course-specific projects for faculty in the College of Dental Medicine and at the Mailman School of Public Health. In addition to project development, Michelle develops and leads several workshops every year for faculty and instructors on Columbia University’s Medical Campus.

Before arriving at CCNMTL, Michelle created web-based learning courses for Citigroup’s Risk Management group and McGraw Hill Construction’s Continuing Education Center. Prior to this, she served for several years as a secondary-school teacher of biology and chemistry in Barbados. Michelle has a BSc. in Biology from the University of the West Indies, and a M.A. in Computing and Education from Teachers College. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College.

Tucker Harding

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image harding1.jpgTucker joined CCNMTL in September 2006 after spending five years consulting in the Chinese telecom industry. Prior, he was an investigator for a detective agency in Boston, a job he started after completing officer training in the Marine Corps. Tucker completed his undergraduate degree at Bates College studying East Asian languages and cultures in a program that led him to Japan and China. Before starting at Bates he lived and studied at a boarding high school in the Indian Himalayas.

Now a doctoral candidate in communication and education at Columbia, he manages the creation, use, and evaluation of computer-based educational simulations for improving teaching and learning of complex phenomena. His work can be found at Columbia's School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs, where he also co-teaches the course, Prevention of Mass Killing and Genocide. He also manages educational technology projects for the Columbia Business School, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Barnard College.

Tucker speaks Mandarin Chinese, is a frequent presenter at academic and professional conferences, and consults on a variety of education-related projects in North America, Africa, and Asia. He has worked with the US Department of State, US Institute of Peace, the UN, and continues to work with early warning training programs for sub-regional organizations in Africa.

Jeffrey Lancaster

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Columbia Libraries

jeffrey.jpgJeffrey Lancaster is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, who has lived in New York City for the past six years. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in 2011, and now is the Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Columbia University Libraries. Jeffrey has a varied background as a sculptor, freelance web designer, historian of science and technology, problem solver and troublemaker.

At Columbia Jeffrey supports faculty and students working on research that makes innovative uses of resources available in the Digital Science Center, a component of Columbia's Science and Engineering Library in the recently opened Northwest Corner Building. The Digital Science Center incorporates state-of-the-art technology, high-end software and research data sets for scientific analysis and visualization, and professional, discipline-specific consulting and support.

Ellen Maleszewski

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image Maleszewski.jpgEllen Maleszewski is an educational technologist atCCNMTL. Ellen previously worked as a medical and education librarian at institutions including the VA Medical Center, Stony Brook University, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. In addition, she has experience working in K-12 institutions as a school media specialist. Ellen taught part-time in the Informatics program at Stony Brook University for 12 years. For the last 8 years she has taught in the Library and Information Science program at Long Island University (LIU) focusing on research methods, fundamentals of information science, teaching, and emerging technologies.

Ellen has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from LIU and is licensed in New York state as a School Media Specialist. She earned a bachelor’s from Stony Brook University in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Biology, Psychology, and Mechanical Engineering.

Ramya Sampath

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image Sampath.jpgRamya is an educational technologist at CCNTML,where she manages the creation and use of web tools to facilitate learning and teaching of History, Public Health, and Development.

Prior joining CCNMTL, Ramya worked in pedagogical assessment at the American University in Cairo's Center for Learning and Teaching, as well as at Luidia, a start-up in California, where she managed educational software development and conducted competitive analysis for the company's product planning and sales teams.

Ramya earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Both at CCNMTL and outside, she loves to dabble in a bit of everything.


Ashley Jester

Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Columbia University Libraries

ashleyjester.jpgAshley works in the Lehman Social Sciences Library and supports work in the Digital Social Science Center at Columbia. She helps faculty and students with all steps of the research process, from identifying and finding appropriate data sources to setting up analytical models to interpreting the results of data analysis. She has expertise in several statistical software programs and can give advice on research design and methodology.

Ashley's subject specialities include political science, international relations, economics, political economy, organizational behavior, international institutions, comparative politics, research methodology, and statistical analysis. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Ashley Kingon

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image AshleyKingon.JPGAshley Kingon joined CCNMTL in 2013 as an Educational Technologist. Before joining CCNMTL, he served as the Communication and Administration Coordinator for the Global Master’s in Development Practice Secretariat, based at Columbia University. With the GMDP, Ashley focused on developing their suite of online ‘global courses’, specifically the core course – Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice. He was also the lead member of the GMDPteam responsible for overseeing the development of the GMDP website and course management system. He is interested in the evolution of higher education into that of a blended learning system and in the tools and resources needed to facilitate this transition.

Ashley received his B.A. in Cognitive Science from Brown University and his Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Paul Stengel

Educational Technologist, CCNMTL

external image stengel.jpgPaul is an educational technologist for the faculty of more than six schools on the Columbia Campus. He provides consultation to instructors on the use of tools and services in Columbia classrooms, and is a project manager for a range of projects including the Amistad Digital Resource, EdBlogs, Class POP(Perspectives of Practice), and the new media technologies workshops for the Teaching Residents at Teachers College program.

As an educational technology consultant to Columbia faculty, Paul draws from his experience as a former high school language arts teacher at Joseph A. Foran High School. While at Foran, Paul developed and delivered presentations on multi-modal instruction, which supported the school's integration of technology in lesson design. Paul graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in secondary English education. He also has an MA in instructional technology and media from Teachers College Columbia University where he is also pursing a doctorate.

Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen

GIS/Map Librarian, Columbia Libraries

external image 1368543139078.jpgJeremiah is based in Columbia's Lehman Library, where he supports students and researchers on a broad range of projects involving maps, geographically-coordinated data, and a range of software that supports advanced analysis of these materials. Along with other members of the DSSC Data Service, he runs a range of workshops, advanced workstations, and consultations to help with GIS software and data. He also assists with the discovery and use of Columbia's extensive print map collection. You can get a sense of some of the work that Jeremiah and his team are doing by visiting the CU Spatial blog.

Jeremiah has been working at Columbia since 2003. He has a BA in Geography from the University of Washington, and an MS in Information and Library Service from Long Island University.

Heather Van Volkinburg

Data Librarian, Barnard Library

external image head3aktreeoflife6.jpg?itok=SSkk50yfHeather manages the Empirical Reasoning Lab and serves as the Personal Librarian for Economics, Neuroscience & Behavior, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology at Barnard Library.

She has a PhD in Psychology with a focus in Cognitive Psychology. Her research in Psychology focused on the perception and memory of time, or in other words, how we learn about time from our environment and how we remember and use that information. As an undergraduate she worked on a project revitalizing a Native American Language (Mutsun) with no living speakers using primary source materials while getting her BA in Linguistics, so she has a very varied research background. Her current work focuses on supporting the use of data across the curriculum by developing online resources, conducting workshops and training sessions, providing consultations, and developing means for increasing confidence in using quantitative and qualitative data in research and education.

Megan Wacha

Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard Library

external image img_1558.jpg?itok=1XJQXRP6As the Media and Performing Arts Librarian, Megan serves as the personal librarian to the dance and theatre departments, film and music programs, and the Barnard Constellation Lyra. She also coordinates with Collection Services and the newly created IMATS in the management of the the Library's media collection.

She holds a Master's degree in Performance Studies as well as a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Her research interests include twentieth century American concert dance, issues of information access, and the intersections between these two areas.