Speakers & Presenters
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Keynote Speakers

James Lang

James Lang

Professor of English and director of Center for Reaching Excellence, Assumption College, Worchester, MA

James M. Lang is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than seventy-five colleges or universities in the US and abroad. In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
Valerie Barr

Valerie Barr

Professor of computer science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Valerie Barr received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S. in Computer Science from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Valerie has previously worked on industry applications such as automated blood analyzers, automated storage and retrieval machines, and banking back office operations. Valerie is also involved in curriculum development, chiefly through the creation of interdisciplinary programs between CS and the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with a goal of changing the demographics of and increasing enrollments in computer science. She has been the recipient of NSF POWRE and CPATH awards. Valerie is currently chair of ACM-W, the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing.
Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly

Professor of history, George Mason University

Dr. Mills Kelly is a national expert in the scholarship of teaching and learning in history and its intersections with digital humanities.   From 2001-2011 Kelly was an associate director of George Mason’s award-winning Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where he has been either co-director or principal investigator on three major website projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  His most recent book, Teaching History in the Digital Age, provides guidance for practitioners hoping to leverage powerful digital media tools in the research, writing, and teaching of history.   He is also the author of more than a dozen articles on the intersection of historical pedagogy and digital humanities.  Dr. Kelly has a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA from George Washington University, and PhD from George Washington University.

Presenters

Jesse Erickson

Jesse Erickson

University of Delaware Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities

Jesse R. Erickson’s role at the University involves the development of digital scholarship projects and the active promotion of student engagement with archival and manuscript collections through a joint teaching appointment with the English Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Studies and his master of library and information science from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael Mooney

Michael Mooney

Education Engagement Manager at The New York Times

Michael Mooney is a diplomatic, innovative, and tenacious leader with a proven history of results. He has outstanding interpersonal, communication, and team-building skills with the ability to build trust and rapport. He is a resourceful decision-maker and self-starter, with strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Mooney also has a comprehensive list of in-house training seminars in consultative selling, strategic negotiations, public speaking, and workshop development.
Tracy Jentzsch

Tracy Jentzsch

Regional Digital Humanities Coordinator, Interdisciplanary Humanities Research Center at University of Delaware

Tracy Jentzsch serves as the program coordinator for UD’s Museum Studies Program and a media specialist for UD’s History Media Center within the Department of History. Jentzsch earned her BA in Communication Arts at Notre Dame of Maryland University, her MA in Liberal Arts from the University of Delaware, certificates in Museum Studies from University of Delaware,  and Marketing Strategy and Planning from New York University School of Continuing Education.
Meg Grotti

Meg Grotti

Associate librarian and Assistant Head of Instructional Services at the University of Delaware Library

Meg Grotti provides leadership and support for the cross-departmental team of librarians who provide instructional services.  Meg also serves as library liaison to the School of Education.  Meg holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and an M.Ed in Educational Technology from the University of Delaware.
Nico Carver

Nico Carver

Senior assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library

Nico Carver coordinates services at the Student Multimedia Design Center, and can consult on questions related to photography, video production, web design, and multimedia software. His background is in experimental filmmaking, which he studied at Hampshire College. He holds an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nancy Karibjanian

Nancy Karibjanian

Director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware

Nancy Karibjanian teaches broadcast journalism courses as an instructor in the Communication Department and for the Journalism Program. She brings thirty years experience in journalism to the classroom having worked as a reporter, producer, and news anchor. She is part of the core group of journalists who founded Delaware Public Media, Delaware’s only native NPR station. A 1980 graduate of the University of Delaware, Karibjanian earned her degree in communication and was inducted to the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2011.
Olena Smith

Olena Smith

GIS Consultant at the University of Delaware

Olena Smith supports the UD Geospatial Research community as a technological leader and consultant to campus GIS projects in research and administrative realms. She has an M.A. in Geography from Western Michigan University with GIS specialization and has been working with GIS for over 13 years. Over the years, Olena has worked in developing and managing servers and databases, and she has extensive experience in creating, managing, and editing ArcGIS data. She is also teaching a GIS course at the University.
Nancy Chase

Nancy Chase

Director of Student Wellness and Health Promotion

Nancy has been working at UD as a professional in Student Wellness since 1995. Before that she was both an undergrad and grad student at UD, and began her practice of wellness promotion on the UD campus with Sexual Offense Support (SOS) in 1988. Her skill areas cover the practice of health promotion in higher education settings; substance abuse prevention, screening, and intervention; sexual violence prevention and victim advocacy; human sexuality; healthy body image promotion and eating disorder prevention; and tobacco cessation. Her passion is in advocating for the student voice and in helping late adolescents emerge successfully into adulthood.