People

Co-Chairs


Dr. Aaron Mauro is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is the director of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab and teaches on topics relating to digital culture, computational text analysis, and scholarly communication. His articles on U.S. literature and culture have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Symploke among others. He has also published on issues relating to digital humanities in both Digital Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Kevin Conaway is Director of the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship within the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. With a degree in journalism from the Penn State Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications, Kevin has worked in the communications and education field for more than twenty years at CBS, NBC & PBS affiliates, as well as the Creative Services team at WPSU Penn State. He has produced and directed award winning educational experiences including “We Regret to Inform You“, a death notification training for law enforcement, in partnership with the FBI and Penn State; and “TOPCORP” Energy Training for oil and gas regulators, a three school collaboration with University of Texas, Colorado School of Mines & Penn State. His most recent work finds him leading the Liberal Arts Edge Seminars at the College of the Liberal Arts. This series of courses explores current events from multiple disciplines as they happen including topics like President Trump’s candidacy and campaign, NFL protest, DACA, Immigration, and a look at the the pivotal year 1968 and what it means today.

There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person — Fred Rogers

Development Team


Erica Fleming is a Lecturer in the English department teaching for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is also a co-author and facilitator of the BlendDLA cohort. An alumnus of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Erica studied 20th century science fiction and fantasy literature with an emphasis on the cultural link between science fiction of the 60’s and 70’s and the second wave feminist movement. Currently, she teaches professional writing classes: Writing in the Humanities, Technical Writing, and Business Writing. Erica’s current research focuses on incorporating blended learning  and digital tools into writing intensive courses. Her life goals include visiting all seven continents, convincing her pre-teen son that he is not allergic to cleaning his room, and figuring out which vat of radioactive material she needs to jump in to gain the power of teleportation.

 

Jessie Driver is an Instructional Designer with the College of the Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship. Jessie earned a M.Ed in Learning, Design & Technology from Penn State in 2016, and now has a focus on developing assignments that could be thought of as performances for Liberal Arts students.

In the Spanish program, she worked with an instructor to create a framework for weekly “board meetings” where each student prompts the next with a cultural question that invokes learned vocabulary and grammar. In the History course, The World of 1968, she helped the instructor create a process for students to record live interviews with people who lived through the events being studied in class, and then interpret those oral histories in a common format. In a Psychology course, she is working on a game that students will play to demonstrate their own awareness of their implicit and systemic biases.

In all cases, technology keeps students focused on the course objectives, and keeps instructors aware of student progress.

Dave Sandor is an Instructional Designer with the College of the Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship. Dave has over 10 years of diverse professional experience in education and industry. Since coming to Penn State in 2015, Dave has supported the design and development of numerous courses including hybrid and fully online language courses, experimental special topics courses, such as Democratic Dissent, and Liberal Arts Edge Seminars, such as The World of 1968. Dave’s research areas include emerging educational technologies, hybrid course design, gamification, and digital liberal arts.

No matter what part of nature one studies—microbes or Milky Ways—there is a point where one begins but never an end. —H.A. Rey

Emilee Spokus is a Multimedia Specialist with the College of the Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship. Emilee helps faculty, students, and others develop and deliver online courses, lectures, and special presentations. She also produces video, photography, and other multimedia resources for the College’s Office of Strategic Communications.

Emilee earned her bachelor’s degree (with honors) in digital media from Juniata College; she also studied new media as a non-degree graduate student and earned her certification in digital art, both at Penn State.

In her spare time, Emilee enjoys hiking and training her dog and learning to garden.

 

Libraries


John Russell is Assistant Professor for Digital Humanities in the University Libraries and Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information. He specializes in digital humanities pedagogy and librarianship and has taught courses in digital scholarship methods, text encoding, digital art history, and humanities librarianship in a digital age.
Dr. Heather Froehlich is the Digital Scholarship Fellow in Quantitative Text Analysis & an Assistant Librarian at Penn State University Libraries. Her doctorate is in how to study the language of social identity in Early Modern London plays using computers, and she has 8 years of experience using quantitative digital methods for historical printed materials. More information about Heather, including lists of her presentations, papers, and workshops can be found on her website.
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