Our Team

Kevin Conaway

Kevin Conaway

Director of the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship

With a degree in journalism from the Penn State Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications, Kevin has worked in the communications and education field for more than twenty years at CBS, NBC & PBS affiliates, as well as the Creative Services team at WPSU Penn State. He has produced and directed award winning educational experiences including “We Regret to Inform You“, a death notification training for law enforcement, in partnership with the FBI and Penn State; and “TOPCORP” Energy Training for oil and gas regulators, a three school collaboration with University of Texas, Colorado School of Mines & Penn State. His most recent work finds him leading the Liberal Arts Edge Seminars at the College of the Liberal Arts. This series of courses explores current events from multiple disciplines as they happen including topics like President Trump’s candidacy and campaign, NFL protest, DACA, Immigration, and a look at the the pivotal year 1968 and what it means today.
Jennifer Isasi, PhD

Jennifer Isasi, PhD

Assistant Director of the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship/Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Research Initiative

Dr. Jennifer Isasi recently join PSU as an Assistant Research Professor of Digital Scholarship. Her position in progress will establish a research methodologies community at PSU to articulate and integrate digital research in projects in the humanities and social sciences. She also collaborates with the Department of Research Informatics and Publishing at PSU Libraries to participate in collaborative workshops, run DH grants and assist research in general. Jennifer is also a member of the editorial board of the open access journal Programming Historian. She contributes to the Spanish-speaking team with translations and editing, and serves as the Communications Manager for the overall board.

Prior to joining Penn State, Jennifer was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation in Latin American and Latino/a Studies at the University of Texas Libraries, where she contributed to collections as data efforts, educational resources, and digital scholarship initiatives at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. Isasi holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Digital Humanities from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017), a MA in the same field, a Certificate on Professional Qualification on Digital Humanities (2015) and a BA in English Philology (2011).

Professional Portfolio

 

Dave Sandor

Dave Sandor

Instructional Designer

Since coming to Penn State in 2015, Dave has contributed to the design and development of hybrid and fully online courses in foreign languages, applied linguistics, Labor and Employment Relations, Communication Arts and Sciences, Business Writing, and History. Dave also supports experimental special topics courses, such as The World of 1968 and Democratic Dissent, as well as Digital Humanities projects and special initiatives within the College of the Liberal Arts.

Before coming to Penn State, Dave worked in a variety of positions in education and industry: Dave has worked as an adult ESL instructor, a technical writer/design assistant for e-Learning simulations and courses for the military, and a writing tutor. Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Dave’s research areas include emerging educational technologies (especially computers in the Humanities), project-based learning, and gamification.

Emilee Spokus

Emilee Spokus

Multimedia Specialist

Emilee helps faculty, students, and others develop and deliver online courses, lectures, and special presentations. She also produces video, photography, and other multimedia resources for the College’s Office of Strategic Communications.

Emilee earned her bachelor’s degree (with honors) in digital media from Juniata College; she also studied new media as a non-degree graduate student and earned her certification in digital art, both at Penn State.

In her spare time, Emilee enjoys hiking and training her dog and learning to garden.

Nick McLean

Nick McLean

Data Analyst/Software Developer

Nick began working with DPS in 2018 as an undergraduate intern. His projects since then have focused on AR/VR application development and learning analytics. With an interest in a more immersive classroom experience, Nick focuses on developing new software and methods to achieve an engaging academic experience for students. In addition, Nick strives to help provide a classroom experience that prepares students for their futures after graduation. After graduating in 2019 with a bachelor’s in Economics, he began pursuing a Master of Public Policy here are at University Park.

Conferences

Collectively the office has presented at the following conferences:

“Americans in the Middle East in the Nineteenth Century” A Course and a Site – Nina Safran, Dave Sandor, Kelsey Bell – Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, October 2019
Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Training for Faculty in the Liberal Arts (Poster Presentation) – Aaron Mauro, Dave Sandor, Kevin Conaway, Erica Fleming, and Jessie Driver – Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, October 2018
Writing Intensive Courses Revised: Applying Hybrid Learning Techniques – Jessie Driver, Erica Fleming – Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, August 2018
Applying and Workshopping Successful Blended Learning Strategies – Jessie Driver, Erica Fleming, TLT Symposium – March 2018
1968: Promoting Digital Fluency through Student and Alumni Engagement – Jessie Driver, Dave Sandor, Kathy Salzer, Jamie Brenner, Reilly Ebbs – TLT Symposium, March 2018
Future Learning Experience for Distance Education – Rick Shearer, Tugce Aldemir, Jessie Driver – AECT Conference, November 2017
Empowering Faculty to Redesign Courses Through a Blended Learning Cohort – Jackie Sabol, Jessie Driver – Montgomery County Community College Technology and Learning Conference, October 2017
Analyzing Trump: Showcasing Liberal Arts in the Classroom and Online – Jessie Driver; Emilee Spokus – TLT Symposium, March 2017
Quizzes and Question Banks – Louise Sharrar, Jessie Driver – Canvas Day, 2017
Quizzes and Question Banks – Louise Sharrar, Jessie Driver – Canvas Day, 2016

Student Employees

Claire Byrnes – Anthropology

Kay Fleming

Colleen Flickinger – Communications

Anna King – Communication Arts and Sciences

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