Thomas O. Beebee is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the Pennsylvania State University. His publications include: Clarissa on the Continent (1991); The Ideology Of Genre (1994); Epistolary Fiction in Europe (1999); Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492 – 2002 (2008); Nation and Region in Modern European and American Fiction (2008); and Citation and Precedent (2011).

William S. Brockman is the Paterno Family Librarian for Literature and Editor, The James Joyce Checklist and The Joyce Calendar: Additionally, he has been the bibliographer of the James Joyce Quarterly since 1990. Brockman has been at Penn State since 2001; prior to this position, he served as English Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published several articles on the modernist book trade and bibliography.

Laura Michael Brown is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, concentrating in Rhetoric and Composition. Her research interests include feminist historiography, social movement rhetorics, public memory, and regional rhetorics. She teaches first-year composition and is committed to creating opportunities for her students to research and write using a wide range of media–from searching through the folders in the University Archives to creating their own videos and websites.

Dawn Childress is a Humanities Librarian and the Sally W. Kalin Librarian for Technological Innovation at Penn State Libraries, where she serves as liaison to the departments of German and Slavic languages and literatures, French and Francophone studies, Comparative literature, and Philosophy. She also regularly consults and collaborates with faculty and students on projects related to digital scholarship and pedagogy. Her current research areas include digital editions and textual studies, geo-spatial analysis of narrative, and developing community, capacity, and infrastructure in support of digital scholarship.

Katelyn Dion earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Penn State University in May of 2008 and went on to earn a Masters in Library Science with a concentration in Archival Management from the University of Maryland in 2011. Katelyn has been fortunate enough to work on a variety of exciting projects, including processing the Smokey Bear photograph collection at the National Agricultural Library and processing a collection of Theater Lighting Blueprints for Rare Books here at Penn State. Currently, she is employed as the Digitization Specialist for the Audio/Visual collection with the University Archives and also as a Reference Assistant at the News and Microforms Library. During her time at NML, she has had the opportunity to work with TPEN and transcribe the Parker Journal. It has been an exciting project and she has thoroughly enjoyed it.

Casey Fenton s the Digital Media Coordinator in the College of the Liberal Arts.  He previously served as Project Development Manager for Penn State Public Media, where he developed nationally distributed public television documentaries and new media projects. He works closely with faculty looking to incorporate media and technology into teaching and research.  His background in technology and communications is grounded in professional experience with Apple Inc., the American Cancer Society, and FedEx.

Cory Geraths is a graduate student in Communication Arts & Sciences and Assistant Director of Effective Speech (CAS 100), the campus-wide communication course. Cory’s current research focuses on Christian humanitarian organizations and how missionary work is rhetorically constructed online. Currently finishing up his MA thesis this summer, Cory is about to begin PhD coursework in the fall. He is a lover of the basic course in public speaking, and is excited to continue to teach, study, and explore the winding contours of rhetoric.

Hélène Huet is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Penn State University. Her dissertation,entitled “Le livre décadent: éditer, illustrer, lire,”examines the decadent movement was through a publishing lens. She has recently presented a paper on the role and the meaning of illustrations in La porte des rêves by Marcel Schwob (1898) at the Western Society for French History and is organizing a panel, entitled “Humanities in a Digital Age,” for the same conference to be held in Atlanta in October 2013. The panel will be webcast live, and the webcast will be recorded and available on H-France Salon.

Patricia Hswe is Digital Content Strategist and Head, ScholarSphere User Services, at the University Libraries. She also co-leads with Linda Friend, Head, Scholarly Publishing Services, the department of Publishing and Curation Services. In these roles, her efforts are largely about making digital content and data discoverable, accessible, and usable over time, for as long as these materials are useful – toward the related goals of repurposing them and adding value to the Libraries’ collections and data sets. She also works with colleagues in the Libraries to support researchers in their pursuits of innovative digital scholarship. Patricia holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Michele Kennerly is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Director of Effective Speech (CAS100), the campus-wide communication course. While she studies and teaches large stretches of the rhetorical tradition, her heart beats for its ancient strains. Cicero is a particular favorite. Her work has featured in several top rhetoric journals, and she’s laboring away on her first book manuscript, about representations of editing in ancient rhetoric and poetics.

Chris Long is Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education in the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy. He joined the Philosophy faculty in 2004 and served as director of graduate studies in Philosophy from 2005 to 2010 when he joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Professor Long completed his BA at Wittenberg University and his MA and PhD at the New School of Social Research in New York.

Mark Mattson holds a B.A. in French from Messiah College and M.S.L.S from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, he completed an internship in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. He is currently a Project Associate in Publishing and Curation Services at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Mark’s professional interests include bibliographic data publishing, information and research consulting, data management, open access publishing, and special collections and archives curation. He is currently working to create a curated standard for his bibliographic markup method: MaBiMaMeth.

Kate Miffitt is the new Director of Digital Media, Pedagogy, and Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. Her previous years of experience as an instructional designer both for Education Technology Services and CoLA inform her efforts to leverage technology to enhance the academic and pedagogical work of faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate.

Jonathan Miller teaches math, statistics, and tech entrepreneurship at Saint Francis University and Penn State, and has co-founded several companies, including Dimples, PopArchitexture, and Brightcourse. He is currently writing an introductory statistical programming book available at

Eric Novotny is the Acting Head for the George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library and the News and Microforms Library, and a member of the Scholarly Workflow Project Team.

Manuel Ostos is a Humanities Librarian at Penn State University Libraries where he serves as liaison to the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and the programs in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies.

Rob Peeler is the Digital Media Coordinator for the Rock Ethics Institute in The College of Liberal Arts at Penn State and holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Penn State University. Prior to assuming his current role, Rob spent 6 years at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions as a Faculty Manager, Faculty Trainer and Instructor. He was also a director for a media company star-up and has several years of management experience in the hospitality industry. Throughout his career, Rob has created intranets for employees and used social media to engage employees and customers.  His main interest is finding ways to better integrate technology and education with the goal of making it easy for everyone to find what they’re interested in and learn as much about that topic as possible.

Megan Ruffe is a recent graduate of Penn State University where she double majored in film production and geography and minored in business. Her research interests are in cultural and feminist geography. She has a passion for sharing stories and someday would love to leverage film as a vehicle to share messages about social and environmental justice issues.

Stuart Selber is an associate professor of English and an affiliate associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, where he works as Director of Digital Education in English and serves as a Faculty Fellow in Education Technology Services. He also directs the Penn State Digital English Studio. Selber is a past president and Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, a past president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, and a past chair of the CCCC Committee on Technical Communication.

Julia Schrank is a rising senior at Penn State University, a painter, a techie, and a feline aficionado – among other things. After studying abroad in Paris at La Sorbonne for her senior year, Julia hopes to study French Studies and/or Fashion Studies with the eventual goal of becoming a digitally-savvy professor.

Jeanne Spicer is co-ordinator of the Penn State R User Group (On the web at On Yammer as ‘rusergroup’). She has been engaged in programming and data management in the social sciences as Director of Data, Programming and Statistics at the Population Research Institute since 1994. Jeanne’s educational roots are in Comparative Literature and Library & Information Science. It was actually a class in linguistic text analysis that got her started writing code.

Sabra Statham is the project coordinator for The People’s Contest: Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project. Before working at Penn State she was a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Virginia where she launched her own digital edition of letters by American composer George Antheil. She is an active member of the Association for Documentary Editing and publishes and presents regularly on musical modernism, Civil War era song and manuscript studies.

Nadine Swartz is a lecturer with the Department of French and Francophone Studies. She recently finished a dual-title Master’s degree in French and Women’s Studies. Her Master’s project, “Nineteenth-Century French and Francophone Women Writers: An Instructor’s Module,” is a website designed to prepare instructors to teach such a course, as well as create a space for them to discuss literature, pedagogy, and literary theory. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, second language acquisition, and contemporary French and Francophone women writers.

Dawn Taylor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her areas of specialization are Latin American literature, particularly, Brazilian and Cuban, translation, digital humanities, book history, and publication history. Her research is a comparative analysis of the trajectories of novelist Jorge Amado and poet Nicolas Guillen as their work became a part of the World Literature canon.

Dan Tripp specializes in digital media and rhetoric, distance education, and postmodern American prose. In particular, his research interests include the future of writing in an expanding media ecology, the survivalist rhetoric of literary innovation in the late age of print, and the visualization and virtualization of English studies.

Stephanie E. Vasko is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Rock Ethics Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Vasko received her B.A. (magna cum laude) in Chemistry from Carleton College in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry & Nanotechnology from the University of Washington in 2012; her thesis focused on performing high electric field chemistry with scanning probes. Her current work focuses on the development of open-access interactive online modules for graduate students that teach about ethical issues in scientific topics related to sustainability. Her research interests include STEM education, learning analytics, online learning methodologies, and nanoscale characterization techniques.

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and English. Her forthcoming book, Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions, is to be released any day now from Cambridge University Press.  Current research project explores contemporary literature and art focused on climate change and other environmental crises.