in alphabetical order:
Itiya Aneece, Graduate Student in Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Itiya Aneece, a PhD candidate in the department of environmental sciences at UVa, studies the effects invasive plant species in northern Virginia have on ecosystem properties and processes using remote sensing techniques. She has been a teaching assistant for an ecology lab at UVa since Fall 2011, where she enjoys implementing new teaching techniques learned in the Tomorrow’s Professor Today program that help her students develop throughout the semester.
Matthew Burgess, UVaCollab User Support Specialist, Information Technology Services
Matthew Burgess is a UVaCollab User Support Specialist, working with the team that develops and supports UVa’s innovative online learning environment. He came to the team from the university’s department of Religious Studies, where he was a graduate student and teaching fellow for six years. In this role, he encouraged the use of technology in teaching in numerous courses, from initiating electronic discussions of scriptural passages using the NowComment tool to building an interactive syllabus exploring the relationship between television, history, and culture using the Kaltura tool. He holds degrees from Centre College, Yale University, and UVa.
Jama Coartney, Head of Digital Media Lab, University of Virginia Library
Jama Coartney is Head of the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library serving some 23,000 students, faculty, and staff. She brings twenty years of experience with integrating technologies into the academic experience, including consultation and project planning involving digital imaging, audiovisual production, physical interactivity, animation, mobile technologies, 3D imaging, and delivery of media content. She holds a B.A. in Communication and English from James Madison University and an M.S. in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.
She is excited about exploring media production techniques with this group of faculty.
Yitna Firdyiwek, Instructional Designer, Technology Strategies
Yitna Firdyiwek is an Instructional Designer in the Office of Technology Strategies in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Until recently, he was with the University’s Information Technology Services where he worked as Instructional Technology Advisor in the Scholarly Technology Group.
From 1997-2009 he was actively involved in the University of Virginia’s Teaching + Technology Initiative. He also worked with UVaCollab, the University’s Learning Management System, where he developed the “interactive syllabus” project. He also focused on integrating external applications into the University’s LMS. He is currently involved with learning technology initiatives and works with instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences on the design, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to technology integration in undergraduate courses.
Judith Giering, Director of Technology Strategies, Technology Strategies
Judy Giering is the Director of Technology Strategies at the College of Arts & Sciences. In her role, Judy works with faculty to support them across the full cycle of course design and delivery. Judy manages a staff of instructional designers/technologist who consult with faculty on exploration of new pedagogical or technological teaching strategies, (re)designing courses, use of technology-enhanced learning spaces, and training on tools and technologies. Judy has an undergraduate degree in History, an M.S. in Information Technology and a Ph.D. in Education/Learning Technologies. Prior to starting A&S Technology Strategies at UVA, Judy worked in a variety of roles at Drexel University related to instructional design and learning technologies.
Trisha Gordon, Director of UVaCollab Applications, Information Technology Services
Trisha has a solid history of supporting faculty at UVa in their uses of UVaCollab for instruction. She led the transition team for the migration to UVaCollab from Instructional Toolkit in 2009, and since then, served as the UVaCollab User Support Manager for several years. Trisha was recently elevated to Director of UVaCollab Applications & Support and is delighted to now have the opportunity to lead the UVaCollab technical and support teams in day-to-day operations of the UVaCollab (Sakai) and Course Evaluation systems at UVa. For the past four years, she has led the group responsible for organizing the annual Teaching with Technology Fair at UVa. Trisha is happiest when collaborating with instructional designers and technologists at UVa and beyond to help instructors accomplish their teaching and learning goals using technology.
Arel Haggins, Administrative and Budget Coordinator, Teaching Resource Center
Originally from San Diego, Arel has been working at UVA since his time as an undergraduate. Since his second year, Arel worked with the Intramural Recreational Sports Department as a student office assistant and referee. After earning his BA in Psychology, he became a full time customer service specialist for IM-Rec Sports. As the Programs and Logistics Coordinator at the TRC, Arel is grateful to continue to be a part of academic life at UVA. When not at work, Arel enjoys cooking, road trips, and sports.
Gail Hunger, Instructional Designer, Technology Strategies
Gail Hunger has her doctorate in the field of Instructional Design and Technology, and currently holds a position of Instructional Designer at the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in the Technologies and Strategies department. Her focus is to collaborate with faculty to construct thoughtful connections between academic technologies, scholarship, and innovation in teaching and learning for course design across disciplines. Her research interest is on creating a collaborative team based environment for authentic instruction. She has extensive experience leading synergistic projects incorporating technology enhanced learning and course redesign across many disciplines, with an emphasis in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Michele Irvine, UVaCollab User Support Specialist, Information Technology Services
Michele Irvine, UVaCollab User Support Specialist since 2009, provides end user consulting and training to all members of the University and scholars external to UVa who wish to use UVaCollab for collaborations and/or courses. Important aspects of her job include the development of user documentation, development, scheduling and delivery of training tutorials and demos, testing and evaluating new features or enhancements to UVaCollab, as well as providing technical support to UVaCollab users. She is a big fan of UVa sports, especially, basketball and baseball! GO HOOS!
Pil-Won On, Instructional Technologist, Technology Strategies
Pil-Won “PW” On joined on Grounds as part of the A&S Technology Strategies team in July 2014. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, PW obtained her B.A. in Early Childhood Education at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea and M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has been serving as a practitioner in higher education specialized in learning technologies for more than a decade. With a wide range of expertise including learning sciences, instructional design/development, web/multimedia development, e-learning, etc. her research interest has been focused on interaction and engagement of teaching and learning with technology.
Tiffany Stull, UVaCollab User Support Specialist, Information Technology Services
Tiffany Stull is a member of the UVaCollab Support team. She recently completed her PhD in UVa’s French department, where she worked as a TTSP (Teaching + Technology Support Partner) for five years. While working on her PhD, she was also able to combine her technology interests with her studies by serving as a research assistant for her adviser’s, Prof. Amy Ogden’s, Lives of the Saints: The Medieval French Hagiography Project. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her fiance, drawing, and playing board games and video games.
Matthew Trevett-Smith, Assistant Director & Assistant Professor, Teaching Resource Center
Matthew’s interests include connectivism, social learning theory, digital fluency, digital anthropology & ethnography, technology enhanced classroom engagement, graduate student development, and instructor as role model/mentor. He teaches classes on a wide range of anthropological topics and an undergraduate seminar on digital fluency. An extended biography is available online through the TRC website.