Head of Digital Projects, Administrative Faculty
I have worked at JMU for almost 25 years in various technology positions within JMU Libraries. My experience spans a wide variety of technology work, from managing computer labs and server hardware to developing a large open-source software project used by hundreds of universities. More recently, I managed a small group of programmers and IT professionals who provisioned and managed the campus LMS, WordPress, Omeka, and other instructional systems. Today I work on a small team with expertise in design, pedagogy, and technology. We collaborate with faculty and students on a variety of innovative and cutting-edge digital projects and assignments. Most days, you will find us helping faculty integrate the use of Digital Humanities practices in the classroom. My current interests include text and data mining, analysis, and visualization. I am especially focused on maps, graphs, and charts using tools and platforms like Tableau and the ESRI GIS suite. I am also learning more about text and data mining and analysis.
About Academic Engagement
Academic Engagement is a new, public-facing division of the Libraries, under formation now. Departments include Library and Information Services, the Music Library, Research & Education Services, Digital Projects, and Special Collections. These latter two teams are coming together soon as the department of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections.
About Digital Projects
We build partnerships with faculty and students to design learning experiences that leverage critical instructional design and critical digital pedagogy. Through the lens of social justice and using equity-based strategies, we support faculty and students as they design, implement, and evaluate digital projects that enhance, transform, and promote scholarship, teaching, and learning.
About Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections
We partner across JMU and in the surrounding communities to create, collect, steward, and imaginatively share unique collections in a variety of media types. We leverage the latest technologies and best practices in digital scholarship to support the exploration and understanding of our shared cultural heritage. Our expertise includes rare books, manuscripts, archives, digital archives, primary source instruction, preservation, conservation, digitization, digital pedagogy, and digital and immersive projects. The Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections (DSDC) department combines the Digital Projects and Special Collections teams.