2014 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

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

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Dan 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 has a masters degree at Teachers College.

David Blancha

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

IMG_20140512_114836672_HDR.jpgDavid 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.


Carlos Alonso

Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Vice President for Graduate Education

Carlos J. Alonso came to the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia in fall 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages, as well as the recipient of a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the university's highest award for pedagogical excellence. He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American intellectual history and cultural production, and in contemporary literary and cultural theory.

Professor Alonso was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2011. In this capacity he oversees the training of graduate students for careers in and outside academia, as well as the integration of graduate students into the research and pedagogical enterprises of the university. More on Dean Alonso's approach to the development of GSAS may be found in this interview.

Maxe Crandall

Lecturer and Course Co-Director, University Writing Program

Maxe is co-director of the University Writing Program's "Readings in Gender and Sexuality" pilot program. Before coming to Columbia, Maxe developed courses in rhetoric, composition, gender studies, and media studies at Georgia Tech as a Postdoctoral Fellow and, as Assistant Professor, taught composition, literature, and creative writing at Temple University. Maxe has developed composition assignments in documentary video, performance, and campus event organizing.

Maxe received a PhD in English and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, where she wrote a dissertation on masculinity, friendship, and Gertrude Stein. She is a working playwright and poet, whose published play "Together Men Make Paradigms" will premiere at the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place this summer. Earlier this year, Maxe was named a 2014 Poets House Emerging Fellow.

Josh Drew

Lecturer and MA Program Advisor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

drewbw.jpg Josh conducts research and teaches in Columbia's E3B Department and runs the MA in Conservation Biology program. His scholarship focuses on the processes generating marine biodiversity and how understanding those processes can be used to generate more effective conservation programs. He has an active field component with recent sampling conducted in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Josh is a firm believer that science should not stop at the walls of the Academy. Rather, in order to bring about the most effective conservation from research, it is critical that we explore a variety of avenues to bring the science to the public. He thus encourages his students to engage with other cultures and to blog. He also works on short video projects that get information out to a wide variety of audiences. More information about his research and teaching is available at the Drew Labs website. Follow him @Drew_Lab.

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.

Reyes Llopis-García

Lecturer in Language (Spanish), Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Reyes Llopis-García holds a European doctorate (Doctor Europeus) with Honors in “Linguistics Applied to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language” from the Universidad Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. Her thesis, titled Gramática cognitiva e instrucción de procesamiento para la enseñanza de la selección modal, focused on the search for better methods to teach grammar to foreign learners. In October 2010, her dissertation was awarded the Premio ASELE de Investigación (research award) by the Asociación para la Enseñanza de Español como Lengua Extranjera, and it has been published twice: in 2011 by ASELE, and again in 2012 by the Ministry of Education in Spain.

Reyes strives to teach grammar in the most effective, operative way possible. You can hear her speak about Second Language Acquisition and grammar teaching here. Both her teaching and research have concentrated on various aspects of the linguistics-oriented classroom: reading, writing, speaking, or the teaching/learning of culture (CLIL). She is also interested in applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to her classes, mainly through Email Tandem exchanges and Twitter. Follow her @rllopis_CU.

Miriam Neptune

IMATS Specialist and Personal Librarian, Barnard Library

mnbw.jpgMiriam is the Instructional Media Specialist at Barnard Library's IMATS (Instructional Media & Technology Services). At IMATS, she provides video production services in support of curriculum and special events at Barnard, such as conferences, lectures, and panel discussions. The customized support for faculty available at IMATS features consultations ranging from curriculum development and project design, to technical demonstrations and tutorials for both instructors and students. Miriam has worked on many projects over the years, including the Barnard Arsenic Awareness Initiative she will be discussing at the Teagle Institute. Prior to joining Barnard, Miriam worked as a youth media educator teaching documentary production and media literacy skills to high school students in New York City.

Miriam is also a documentary filmmaker. Her recent film Birthright Crisis addresses the Haitian-Dominican community’s resistance in the face of illegal deportations, scapegoating, and exclusion" in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Nisa Bakkalbasi

Assessment Coordinator, Columbia University Libraries/ Information Services (CUL/IS)

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Nisa serves as the Assessment Coordinator for Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS). Her primary role is to provide centralized leadership, coordination, and support for division-based and library-wide assessment activities.

Prior to joining Columbia University, Nisa was the Director of Planning and Assessment at James Madison University Libraries and Instructional Technologies, and has held previous positions at Yale University. She has also taught courses at the Information and Library Science Department at the Southern Connecticut State University. She holds an M.S. in Applied Statistics, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and a B.A. in Mathematics, from University of Alabama.

Workshop facilitators

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.

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.

Ashley Jester

Data Services Coordinator, Columbia University Libraries

ashleybw.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.

Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen

Geospatial Services Coordinator, Columbia Libraries

jcbw.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.

Steve Welsh

Educational Technologist, Language Resource Center
Steve is an educational technologist at the Language Resource Center, where he works with language faculty from across the university on the useful integration of technology into their curricula. Steve is also a pursuing a doctorate in Communications, Computing, and Technology in Education at Teachers College.

You can find him on twitter at @SteveDotEdu.