Chris Dellarocas: Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation
Chris leads the advancement of activities and strategies that enhance education at Boston University through the use of digital technologies. He collaborates with schools and colleges to ensure the alignment of digital strategies and the introduction of new technologies that further the University’s progress as a 21st century global research institution. In addition to overseeing BU’s Digital Learning Initiative (DEI), Chris works in concert with other members of senior academic leadership to provide guidance to the University’s Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), to the Educational Technology team (EdTech) and to the Office of Distance Education (ODE) through a close partnership with the Metropolitan College. Chris led BU’s involvement as part of the edX consortium, including the development of BU’s first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and facilitated campus-wide experiments in digital learning through the Digital Learning Initiative (DEI) grants program.
Linda Nulty: Executive Assistant, Financial Manager
Linda started her BU career in 2010 in Human Resources, and in 2013 joined the Business office of the College of Arts and Sciences. In July 2016 she joined DL&I, which was a brand new organization within the Provost’s office. Linda supports the Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation. She has extensive experience with all administrative duties, enabling her to tailor her skills to meet the requirements of various tasks. As DL&I’s Financial Manager, Linda is responsible for following BU compliance on projecting the department spending for all budgeting, as well as managing payroll, purchasing supplies and equipment, and processing Journal Entries. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a concentration in Economics from Roger Williams University. In her spare time, she loves traveling with her family, going to the beach and golfing.
Tina Nguyen: Administrative Coordinator
Tina provides administrative support to the DL&I Directors, their teams, and to DL&I’s Financial Manager. She is responsible for scheduling, function planning, student employees, shopping and procurement, and associated clerical work. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies From Brandeis University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Marketing Management program at BU’s Metropolitan College.
Alexis Williams: Administrative Assistant
Alexis is a recent graduate of Bard College, where she majored in Studio Arts and minored in Media Studies. Her passions for painting and digital art inspired her year-long Senior Thesis and art show, entitled Lifecasting & Ubiquitous Relationships. Alexis is an avid pursuer of accessible media. During her time at Bard she led the filming, post-production and advertising for the Experimental Humanities Media Corps. Alexis has created digital projects, designed websites, generated promotional videos and graphic design content for a number of nonprofits, and for historical societies such as the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership in Hyde Park and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Alexis provides administrative support to the Digital Learning & Innovation Associate Provost, Chris Dellarocas. Alexis also works on communications for Digital Learning & Innovation.
The Center for Teaching & Learning
Matthew Trevett-Smith: Director
Matthew is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and adjunct instructor of Communication. With a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, his teaching interests focus on digital fluency and internet-based communication. As director, he oversees the CTL’s programming and offerings for faculty and graduate students, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching and learning. He also consults regularly with BU faculty and administrators about pedagogical issues, seeking to nurture a university culture of innovation and create rich, active classroom environments that support meaningful learning. He has been particularly effective in leading wide-ranging efforts to convene, support, and facilitate faculty learning communities – self-selecting groups of faculty who gather to pursue particular ideas or experiments in teaching and learning. His research focuses on engaging learners with technology, leveraging digital media in educational development, and social pedagogies. Matthew was also host and founder of an educational development Podcast.
Nick Wilson: Sr. Associate for Research & Evaluation
Nick is Sr. Associate for Research and Evaluation at BU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where he takes a design-based approach to applying research from the learning sciences to educational initiatives. Nick holds an Ed.D. in learning technologies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has studied the relationships between learners and technology in classroom settings, with an emphasis on the social interactions and material experiences that support student engagement, agency, and collaboration. As a postdoctoral researcher and educational programs associate at Stanford, his research and evaluation work focused on pedagogical development among early career faculty, effective integration of technology into instruction, and supporting undergraduates’ practice-based research experiences.
Jean Otsuki: Learning Experience Designer
Jean helps faculty and graduate student instructors to grow as teachers. She offers individualized consultations, facilitates workshops, and fosters learning communities. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale and has taught literature and writing courses at the college and high school levels.
Brad Wheeler: Learning Experience Designer
Brad helps instructors develop learning-centered teaching practices with a focus on the purposeful use of emerging technologies and digital innovations in the classroom and beyond. Brad is completing his Ph.D. in learning technologies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has researched how faculty design and implement courses that incorporate technology.
Kate Hamilton: Learning Experience Designer
Kate Hamilton is a Learning Experience Designer at the Center for Teaching and Learning, where she helps faculty develop and redesign courses for the BU general education curriculum. Prior to joining the CTL, she was a Postdoctoral Teaching Consultant at Carnegie Mellon University’s Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation, where she facilitated workshops on topics such as inclusive teaching and course design, and worked with faculty and graduate student instructors to develop syllabi and other instructional materials. Kate earned her Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU, she developed and taught courses on British literature, gender studies, first-year writing, art history, and design.
Emily Gamber: Administrative Coordinator
Em Gamber is an Administrative Coordinator at the Center for Teaching & Learning. Em comes to Boston University from Wellesley College where she worked in the Provost Office on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Her past work has ranged from women’s public policy to historical interpretation to building hiking trails, and she hopes to bring her diverse skill set to support the growth of the CTL. Em received her B.A. in American Studies & Gender Studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.
Roland Jaeckel: Director Educational Technology
Roland leads the Educational Technology team, which reports primarily to the Associate Provost for Digital Learning and Innovation and secondarily to Information Services and Technology. His academic background includes a long history of teaching at the college level, including classroom as well as individual applied instruction. As an IT professional he worked in various settings, from manufacturing plants in Europe to the realm of US higher education. Roland has an extensive background in web technologies, databases, software development, project, program, and team management. He is a graduate of the EDUCAUSE Institute’s Learning Technology Leadership Program.
Amod Lele: Lead Educational Technologist
Amod helps faculty navigate a wide array of technologies for use in their classes and professional life. His specializations include e-Portfolio, WordPress, Google Apps and NVivo. He also runs the educational technology blog to share BU faculty innovations. He holds a PhD from Harvard in religious studies and has eight years of college and university teaching experience. As a life-long learner Amod also earned an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Metropolitan College in 2016. He has always loved working with information technology and is excited to combine the two fields. In his spare time, he writes a weekly updated blog on cross-cultural philosophy.
Chihsun Chiu: Educational Technologist
Chihsun Chiu (錡熏邱 Pinyin: qí xūn qiū), helps faculty get the best results out of the Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Her specialization includes the LMS, but also instructional design, and all other technologies that touch the LMS. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with a Minor in Instructional Design from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts degree in Digital Storytelling Media from Ball State University, and a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan. Chihsun’s doctoral dissertation elaborated on designing online instruction for students with learning disabilities and other struggling learners.
Damon Carlson: Educational Technologist
Damon has deep experience with classroom technologies, lecture capture, and the daily use of these technologies at Boston University. He is an infoComm Certified Technology Specialist and supports faculty with his expertise. Damon’s responsibilities include Audience Response Systems (clickers like TurningPoint, Tophat etc.), Echo360 Lecture Capture, and many other technologies. Damon earned a B.S. in Business Administration degree with a concentration in information systems from Salem State University (Salem, MA) and an M.Ed. degree from Boston University. He currently is actively pursuing another graduate degree in information technology/computer science at Metropolitan College.
Maria Afzal: Educational Technologist
Maria advises and assists faculty and educational developers concerning supported technologies, with a focus on ePortfolios, Qualitative Data Analysis and Adobe’s Creative Cloud .
Prior to coming to BU, Maria worked as a technology consultant at UMass Amherst with a particular interest in educational approaches that promote multimedia, collaboration, and active learning. Maria holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Lahore Pakistan, as well as a Masters in Multimedia Arts and a Masters in Learning, Media & Technology from UMass, Amherst. She brings her broad understanding of instructional technologies, design and pedagogy to this position.
Robert (Bob) Heim: Educational Media Producer
Bob is from Quincy, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from UMass Boston.
He has been shooting and editing video for almost 20 years. In that time he has shot Superbowls, All-star Games, documentaries in Europe, and countless interviews in Boston and the surrounding area. He spent a year as a video editor and producer for the New England Patriots, and owns Mass Video Productions.
David Charpentier: Educational Media Producer/Technologist
David is an experienced media producer and editor. After graduating from UNC’s School of Architecture, David grew into a career of media production and design, which he later amped up with an MFA in Film and Media Production from Boston University’s College of Communication. Before joining the Digital Learning & Innovation team, David worked freelance in New York, shooting digital media, writing and producing theatrical films and television shows, and directing and editing a wide range of commercials, lifestyle videos and educational media. As a media producer and technologist at DL&I, David is interested in crafting inclusive, interactive education experiences that use a combination of traditional lectures, collaborative online environments, and the ever-expanding world of digital media.
Harry Lawrence: Application Administrator
Harry is the primary Application Administrator for the Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn, and the lecture capture solution, Echo360. His background working with the LMS and lecture capture spans many years, having served as a Client Support Specialist in the IT Help Center and also in Information Technology and Academic Technology at Simmons College. Harry is knowledgeable in many other educational technologies and supports faculty and the front-line Client Support Specialists in the IT Help Center when deep expertise is required. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena College and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
Wendell Seale: Platform Administrator, Video Streaming
Wendell serves in the role of Platform Administrator for the streaming video platform for instructional video. Wendell has more than a decade of a track record of proven leadership in Video and Audio Production in higher education. Besides his expertise in the AV area Wendell has many years of experience with a plethora of instructional technologies, which he gained during his career at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While his primary job designation is on the technical side Wendell is also an experienced and well-rounded educational technologist. Wendell’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in New Media from Emerson College and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College.
Monty Kaplan: Platform Administrator/Educational Technologist
Prior to coming to Boston University, Monty spent six years as an Instructional Technologist at Emerson College. During his time in Higher Education he supported technologies such as Learning Management Systems, ePortfolio, WordPress, and audio visual media related systems.
Monty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Clark University, where he also worked as a Web Technical Assistant. Monty’s current responsibilities include the support of the BUx edX Platform, the program-level Assessment Management System, and general support of educational technologies.
Jennifer MacLeod: Learning Technology Administrator
Jennifer joined the Educational Technology team in June 2018, after the merger of Boston University and Wheelock College. She brings 18 years of experience with a broad spectrum of learning technologies and distance education to her position. Jennifer supports BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development with teaching out several programs that use the Moodle Learning Management System. In addition to her LMS related duties, she takes on responsibilities in the area of online assessment tools. Prior to serving at Wheelock College, Jennifer worked for the Colleges of the Fenway, Texas A&M University at Galveston (where she earned the Vice President Meritorious Service Distinguished Staff Award), and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Lo-Su King: Manager, Scanning Services
Lo-Su is responsible for scantron (form) based exam scoring, course evaluation, and data collection. The 2017 recipient of the Faculty Council’s John S. Perkins Award for Distinguished Service, Lo-Su joined BU 16 years ago as a Senior Program Coordinator of the Scanning Services and has been providing continuing scanning services to various departments and schools within BU as well as external clients such as Harvard University and Lesley College. In addition to her full time work at BU, Lo-Su taught Mandarin Chinese at Lexington Chinese School on Sunday for 20+ years and retired 5 years ago. Lo-Su is married with two children and two grandsons.
Lo-Su earned her Bachelor degree in Journalism from National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan and worked as a reporter for Da-Hua Evening Newspaper from 1977 to 1979. Lo-Su came to the U.S. as an immigrant in late 1979 and lived in Charlottesville, VA for eight years. While in Charlottesville, Lo-Su worked at University of Virginia Pharmacology Department for more than five years before moving to Massachusetts.
Digital Education Incubator
Romy Ruukel: Director
Romy leads the BU DEI team charged with encouraging and nurturing innovative ideas and approaches in digital education through incubating select pilot projects. She joined BU after program managing at edX, a global e-learning and MOOC platform. She has MA degrees in human development & psychology (Harvard University) and humanities & leadership (New College of California) and a BA in English Language and Literature (Whitman College). Throughout her career, Romy’s work and research have focused on sociology of education, universal design for learning, and 20th-century social movements.
Tim Brenner: Media Production Manager
Tim comes to the DEI after more than a decade at Harvard Extension School’s Distance Education Program, where he worked with instructors on how best to present content online while maintaining a valuable face-to-face experience. His focus on learning led him to earn a master’s degree in education with a concentration in instructional design. With a background in both technology and education, Tim has experienced firsthand how effective planning, thoughtful design, and the use of technology can enhance student success.
Diana Marian: Project Manager
Diana joined the DEI team after coordinating several projects within the Open Society Foundations network. She has managed innovative literacy initiatives, including adult education programs and the development of an online tool guiding legal comprehension. She holds a Master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate of School of Education, where she focused on education initiatives for 21st-century demands and strategic management of education non-profits. At the DEI, Diana works with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to manage the development of MOOCs and the implementation of pilot projects using an Agile PM approach centered on design thinking.