From the classroom to the president’s office: Thirty-two years at UD

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 9:00 – 9:35 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater


Nancy Targett

Nancy Targett    
President, University of Delaware

Dr. Nancy M. Targett is President of the University of Delaware. A member of the UD faculty since 1984, Dr. Targett has served as Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program since 2005.

A nationally recognized expert on ocean issues, Dr. Targett is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and immediate past treasurer of the Sea Grant Association, a national network of 32 Sea Grant College Programs. She has served on the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.

Making “making” accessible: Analyzing the opportunities and challenges for 3D printing in education, therapy, and assistive technology

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 9:35 – 10:10 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater

In this session, Amy Hurst will discuss her research working with educators, therapists, and end-users to understand the opportunities to integrate Doing it Yourself (DIY) and Maker Culture into their daily practice. She will present common obstacles that she and her students have identified through working closely with these populations who are learning this technology. She will draw from these experiences to provide concrete recommendations for those interested in incorporating Making and 3D printing into their work.


Amy Hurst

Amy Hurst    
Assistant Professor, Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Amy Hurst is an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Computing in the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a member of the Interactive Systems Research Center and runs the Prototyping and Design Lab. She received her BS in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, and her MS and PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon. Her research interests are centered aroundempowerment, and most of her projects explore engaging people with disabilities in the DIY / Maker movement and building software that automatically adapts to user needs. Find out more at

Lightning round of 3 topics

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 10:10 – 10:25 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater


Two minutes for two-factor authentication

Richard Gordon    
Manager, IT Communication Group


Cheryl Richardson    
Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning

General education

Chris Knight    
Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

What’s so great about “makers”?

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 10:45 – 11:20 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater

Have you ever wondered, “What exactly is a ‘maker’?” or “How is ‘making’ or a ‘makerspace’ different from what people have been doing for years from art to engineering?” In this session, Georgia Guthrie will do her best to answer these questions, and more. She’ll talk about how the “Maker” movement came about, and what sets it apart from other communities and practices centered around hands-on work. She’ll also discuss how makerspaces can be optimized to promote high levels of engagement and creativity for all participants. The session will explore the future potential of makerspaces on campus for interdisciplinary connections and novel learning.


Georgia Guthrie

Georgia Guthrie    
Executive Director, The Hacktory

Georgia Guthrie is formally trained as a human-centered designer and art historian. Her DNA, interests, and life experiences have made her a maker. Her professional work is focused right now on being the Executive Director of The Hacktory, a hacker/makerspace in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly, she was a designer at the Action Mill, where she helped conceptualize, design, and launch My Gift of Grace, a game to help individuals and families talk about end-of-life issues. This spring, she was a student at the School for Poetic Computation. Find out more at

The University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative: Making a difference – within and beyond UD

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 11:20 – 12 noon
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater

Partnerships form the cornerstone of the new University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative. Education, health, arts and culture are a few of the partnerships that will be developed in collaboration with University, state, and global partners.

We expect that this new initiative will have great benefits for students, faculty, staff and community partners. Community engagement strengthens student learning. Students learn how the knowledge they obtain can improve the communities where they live and work. Even now, more than half of UD’s students participate in service learning, community-based research and volunteer projects, donating more than 225,000 hours each year to serve communities in Delaware, across the nation and around the world.

With this new Initiative, even more UD students will participate in civic and community engagement. We want to make community engagement part of the defining character of a University of Delaware education. Community engagement also strengthens UD as a major research university, enabling faculty and professionals to craft research that responds to community needs and has greater impact. One of the measures of every great research university is the extent to which the knowledge it generates enriches the quality of life in its own community. We encourage all faculty and staff to be part of the creation of new community engagement programming.

So, join us in a conversation about the Community Engagement Initiative – your participation will contribute to the success of this program.


Lynnette Overby

Lynnette Overby    
Deputy Director, Community Engagement Initiative, and Professor, Theatre

Lynnette Young Overby, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theatre and Dance, and Chair of the Community Engagement Commission at the University of Delaware.  She is the author or coauthor of over 40 publications including eight books. Her honors include the 2000 National Dance Association Scholar/Artist, and the 2004 Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization.  She is a strong believer in interdisciplinary education and community engagement. A daCi International At-Large board member, she is the archivist for the organization Dr. Overby is currently collaborating with literary historian P. Gabrielle Foreman on a long term “Performing African American History” research project.She was a member of the dance writing team for the new National Core Arts Standards.

Dan Rich

Dan Rich    
Director, Community Engagement Initiative, and University Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy & Administration

Daniel Rich is Director of the Community Engagement Initiative and University Professor of Public Policy at the University of Delaware. As Director of Community Engagement, he supports the development of new partnerships between the university and communities at all levels, local to global. He holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Political Science and International Relations. He has served on the faculty since 1970, and is the recipient of the University of Delaware’s Medal of Distinction. From 2001-2009 he served as University Provost. From 1996-2001, he served as founding dean of the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and from 1991-1996, as dean of the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

Developing metaliteracy to engage citizens in a connected world

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater

Session recording
Presentation file (PDF)


As a redefinition of information literacy, metaliteracy shifts the focus from consumer to producer of information, and from user to maker in collaborative makerspaces that are actual and virtual, networked, and social. Metaliteracy is a framework for learning that emphasizes metacognition and the production of original and repurposed information in a participatory and connected world. The metaliterate individual reflects on their own learning, expands quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and contributes to society in a productive and ethical manner as an engaged citizen. Metaliteracy supports our goals as educators to design curriculum that advances critical thinking, reading, writing and creating through multiple formats and settings.

This keynote will explore the theory of metaliteracy and illustrate practical applications in several projects developed by the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative. This work includes three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and a competency-based digital badging system. This presentation will introduce the Metaliteracy Learning Goals and Objectives as a flexible, adaptable, and evolving resource, and highlight the influence of metaliteracy on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.


Tom Mackey

Tom Mackey    
Vice Provost for Academic Programs, SUNY Empire State College

Thomas P. Mackey, Ph. D. is Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College. His academic and professional interests are focused on the collaborative development of metaliteracy.  He is interested in the connections to open learning, the design of innovative social spaces, and the critical engagement with emerging technologies. His partnership with Trudi Jacobson to originate the metaliteracy framework emphasizes the reflective learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. They co-authored the first article to define this model with Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy (2011) and followed that piece with their book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (2014).  This team co-authored the essay Proposing a Metaliteracy Model to Redefine Information Literacy (2013) and a new co-edited book for ALA/Neal-Schuman entitled Metaliteracy in Practice (2016). Previously they co-edited several books on faculty-librarian collaboration and co-authored several articles about information literacy. Tom is part of the editorial team for Open Praxis, the open access peer-reviewed academic journal about open, distance and flexible education that is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice. Connect with Tom via LinkedIn and Twitter: @TomMackey.

Computational thinking for all

Date: Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Mitchell Hall Theater

Jim Kurose

Jim Kurose    
Assistant Director of NSF for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), National Science Foundation

Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $900 million, in its mission to uphold the nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose also serves as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, facilitating the coordination of networking and information technology research and development efforts across Federal agencies.  Find out more here.

Introducing the Student Success Collaborative

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theatre

An introduction to the new Student Success Collaborative (SSC). SSC is a retention management system that combines technology, research, and predictive analytics to help UD positively inflect degree completion outcomes for at-risk students.


Chris Lucier

Chris Lucier    
Vice President, Enrollment Management

Christopher Lucier is Vice President for Enrollment Management, with responsibility for identifying, attracting, yielding, funding and ensuring the success of UD’s undergraduate students. He oversees the offices of Admissions, the Registrar, Student Financial Services and the University Tutoring Center. Before joining UD in 2014, he was at the University of Vermont, serving as a member of the president’s senior leadership team, helping shape and manage overall university strategy. Reporting to the provost, he was responsible for developing enrollment management strategy and implementing and assessing operational programs to recruit, admit, retain graduate and undergraduate students.

John Pelesko

John Pelesko    
Interim Assoc Dean, Arts & Sciences

John A. Pelesko is an applied mathematician with a passion for doing and teaching mathematical modeling. At the University of Delaware, he co-founded the “MEC Lab,” an experimental laboratory designed to bring hands-on, real-world, project based experience to mathematics students. He has worked extensively with undergraduate students, graduate students, and K-12 mathematics teachers in exploring the use of projects to teach mathematics. A former chairperson of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, he is presently serving as Interim Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Lynn Okagaki

Lynn Okagaki    
Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs

Lynn Okagaki is Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, with responsibility for undergraduate academic affairs. She works with the Provost on the administration of academic policies and faculty appointment and promotion. She also works with the Provost to establish global collaborations and partnerships to extend the University’s global role, leadership, geographic presence and visibility.

Mindfulness in academia: Refining awareness to foster learner engagement

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Location: 104 Gore Hall

Session recording and presentation slides are available here.

Closing plenary session
Based on an emerging body of research in the area of Mindfulness in Education, participants will learn to develop and capitalize on both their own and student attentional skills for success in and outside the classroom.


Michael Mackenzie

Michael Mackenzie    
Director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory and Assistant Professor, Behavioral Health & Nutrition / Human Development & Family Studies

Michael Mackenzie is the Director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory (AHBSL), Program Director of the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, at the University of Delaware. He holds a MSc in Counseling Psychology, PhD in Health & Exercise Psychology, and has maintained his registration as a Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia, Canada. Our lab utilizes mixed methods and community-engaged research approaches to investigate how engagement in physical activity and mind-body practices interacts with physiological, psychosocial, and phenomenological characteristics to influence health behaviors and outcomes. Ultimately, this innovative translational research approach aids in the development, implementation, and dissemination of state-of-the-art community-based health behavior interventions, programming, and education. Our mission is to advance public health and medical care models to better include health behavior science as standard to health promotion and chronic disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Five minutes of fame

Date: Thursday, June 2
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
104 Gore Hall

Five Minutes of Fame is a fast-paced session where you can pick up ten exciting ideas, technologies, projects, or resources, all in five minute doses. Presentations can come from any faculty or staff participant at this year’s institute. Want to be considered for this year’s list? E-mail your idea to

My UD Business
Get the mug! Get the scoop. Find out what My UD Business can do for you.

Joy Lynam    
Director, IT Web Development

CritBoard in Canvas
A digital critboard within Canvas that facilitates the project-based learning critique and tangibly engages students in the process.

No Entries Found

Five cool things you can do in Canvas

Mathieu Plourde    
IT Project Leader I, IT Academic Technology Services

Mini Maker Fair 2017

Tanya Looney    
Science Program Manager, Hagley Museum & Library

Canvas Threadz
Threadz is a data visualization tool, and the data for this demonstration will come from SFI2016 Canvas Discussion posts. For best results in this demo, all SFI participants should login to Canvas and make multiple discussion posts!

Becky Kinney    
Educational Technology Consultant II, IT Academic Technology Services

iSchool Animation

Nico Carver    
Assistant Librarian, University of Delaware Library

Maker track participants report on what they made.

Mobile photo safari participants report on what they produced.