PhD, Political Science, Cornell University
M.A., Political Science, Cornell University
B.A in Political Science, Amherst College
Current field of Study
I work at the intersection of computing and the humanities. On the one hand this means that I develop digital tools that help humanists teach more effectively. On the other hand it means that I use the framework of the humanities to shed light on the culture of computing and how computing, in turn, is shaping American culture. I am currently co-authoring a history that traces some of the hopes and anxieties that Americans have harbored about information technology.
- "Before MOOCs: Colleges of the Air" Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23 2013, with Susan Matt
- "Concentrating Class: Learning in the Age of Digital Distractions" Educause Review, Dec 10th, 2012, with Scott Rogers and Susan Matt
- iPhones Each Day Keep the Instructor OK; Mobility and Place in American Academic Life, Academic Commons, June 2010
- Apple's AcademiX 2009--the Closing and Opening Of University Minds, Academic Commons, April 2009
- The Impact of the Open Source Portfolio on Learning and Assessment (with Daren Cambridge et al), Journal of Online Technology, December 2008
- Moodle and Social Constructionism: Looking for the Individual in the Community, Academic Commons, July 2008
- Frankenstein in the University, Campus Technology, May 2008
- "An Antidote for the Faculty-IT Divide" Educause Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (January–March 2008)
- "I Upload Audio, Therefore I Teach" Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2007
- "Are Collaboration and Learning Environments (CLEs) Tools or Countries?", Campus Technology, June 2007
- "Code and Composition" Association for Computing Machinery's Ubiquity Magazine , Issue 19 (May 15, 2007 - May 21, 2007):
- "Sleepwalking in the University: Combating Educational Somnambulism in the Information Age;" Educause Quarterly, Peer Review, Fall 2006
- "The Technical is not Political (and other myths)" Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2005
- "Change Management on Campus: Revolution and Counter-revolution" Educause Quarterly, Issue Number 3, 2005
- "Coordinating a Distance Learning Software Rollout with the Needs and Visions of a Mature Test Organization; Political and Technical Lessons Learned." Online Assessment and Measurement, Volume II: Case studies from higher education, K-12 and Corporate, (Idea Group, Inc, 2005)
Biggest Accomplishment in CS
For the last twelve years I have been developing and maintaining an enterprise-level assessment engine for Weber State University. The application delivers over 700,000 secure online tests a semester to Weber State students and licenses are also being used at other universities. In addition I recently finished building and deploying a “Concentration Browser” that was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The “Concentration Browser” helps students confront the challenges of digital distraction while working online and is used widely across the Weber State campus.
In 1981 I hitch-hiked from New Jersey to Louisiana to make my fortune working as a roustabout on the Gulf of Mexico oil rigs. It was during the oil glut so I never found a job. Instead I ran out of money and ended up sleeping on the street and in missions.