biopic-001— I research and design educator learning associated with everyday digital media practices —

My research on educator learning and everyday digital media practices focuses upon two interconnected strands of inquiry: (a) Enacting participatory and sociotechnical design processes for educators’ professionally-relevant learning; and (b) Investigating mobile media and educator learning across professional, digital, community, and cultural settings. I have advanced both research strands through collaborative and iterative design-based research, engagement with educators’ problems of practice, and playful approaches to professional development.

I am an Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. Since joining the CU Denver faculty in January of 2015, I have been named a Creative Research Collaborative Fellow and a member of the University of Colorado President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative. I was a 2016 National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow, and through that fellowship initiated a research collaboration with the non-profit organization Hypothesis to advance Playful Annotation with Hypothesis Studying Interactive Text (PAHSIT).

I earned my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Education, my M.A. with the University of Michigan-Flint’s Technology in Education: Global Program, and a B.A. with department honors from Earlham College. I am a co-founder of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Innovation in Education, and – with colleagues from UM’s Interactive Communications and Simulations Group – have designed and facilitated educational technology partnerships in support of educator and youth learning on four continents (in Canada, the Czech Republic, Jamaica, Oman, South Africa, and Switzerland). I am an avid runner, and enjoy classic film, cooking, and hiking Colorado’s mountains.