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Faculty and Staff

Eric Bachman, Computer Science & AIMS Affiliate
Phill Alexander, AIMS Instructor

Phill Alexander is a general consumer of all things digital and popular, a cultural critic and gamer, a gadget tinkering, bandwidth hogging scholar for the new digital paradigm.

Currently a professor in Miami University’s English department, Phill teaches courses in composition, professional writing, web authoring, multi-modal digital writing, and related subjects. Phill has an AA in Political Science, a BA in English, and both MA and PhD in Composition and Rhetoric. His areas of specialty are digital and cultural rhetorics, professional writing, visual rhetorics, gaming studies, social networking, distance education/online and hybrid teaching, and multi-modal composing. His work has appeared in the journals Computers & Composition and Kairos as well as in books like World of Warcraft and Philosophy.

Helen Armstrong, Design & AIMS Affiliate

Helen Armstrong is a designer and an educator based in Oxford, Ohio. She has an MA in English literature, an MA in Publications Design and an MFA in Graphic Design. Currently she is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University. In addition to teaching, Armstrong also works as principal and creative director of her company, Strong Design. Her design work—for such clients as Sage College of Albany, USInternetworking, and New College of Florida—has won regional and international awards. Her work has been included in numerous publications in the United States and the United Kingdom, including How International Design Annual, The Complete Typographer, The Typography Workbook and Design Elements. Her first book, Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (Princeton Architectural Press), came out in spring 2009.

Contact Information:
Office: Art 124
Tel: 513-529-2900

Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, Engineering & AIMS Faculty

Michael Bailey-Van Kuren received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University where he Is also an affiliate faculty member of Miami’s Interactive Media Studies Program and directs the Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication Lab. Michael utilizes his background in robotics and controls to design new mechatronic interfaces and devices for pediatric assistive technology. Current projects seek to design an immersive environment that will engage and motivate developmentally delayed children to perform routine therapy.

Contact Information:
Office: Engineering Building 56K
Tel: 513-529-0725

Per Bloland, AIMS Affiliate

Per Bloland is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music whose works have been described as having an “incandescent effect” with “dangerous and luscious textures.” His compositions range from short intimate solo pieces to works for large orchestra, and incorporate video, dance, and custom built electronics. He has received awards and recognition from organizations such as SEAMUS/ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, ISCM, and SCI/ASCAP. His research focuses on the interaction between literature and instrumental music, examining strategies employed by composers in reaction to literary influences. Bloland is also the co-creator of the Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano, about which he has given numerous lecture/demonstrations and published a paper. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Technology and Music Theory at Miami University, Ohio, and will be in residence at IRCAM in Paris for the spring semester of 2013 for a Musical Research Residency.

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William (Bo) Brinkman, Computer Science & AIMS Affiliate

Ph.D. in Computer Science
Princeton University, 2004 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
University of Washington, 1995-1999

Academic Experience
1999-2004: Graduate Student, Princeton University
1997-1999: Teaching Assistant, University of Washington

Professional Experience
1998: Instructional Aide, University of Washington
1996-1999: Application Developer, Cerner Corporation

Professional Organizations
Phi Beta Kappa

Publications and Papers
Bo Brinkman and Moses Charikar, ” On the Impossibility of Dimension Reduction in L1,” in The Proceedings of the 44th Annual IEEE Symposium on the Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS), pp. 514-523, 2003, Invited to the Journal of the ACM.

Sanjeev Arora and Bo Brinkman, “A Randomized ONline Algorithm for Bandwidth Utilization,” in The Proceedings of the 13th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) pp. 535-539, 2002. Also to appear in the Journal of Scheduling.

Major Interest Areas
Analysis of algorithms, massive data sets, randomized algorithms, and approximation algorithms

Contact Information:
Office: 205D Benton
Tel: (513) 529-0354

James Coyle, Marketing & AIMS Faculty

Jim CoyleJames Coyle received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1997) in Journalism (Advertising Studies) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently holds a joint appointment in the Marketing Department and the Interactive Media Studies Program. From 1997 through the Spring semester of 2006, James taught at Baruch College, City University of New York.

His academic work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Interactive Advertising, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Website Promotion, and the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising. He has written a book chapter that appears in the Advertising and the World Wide Web, 2nd edition (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), and a book titled Internet Resources and Services for International Marketing and Advertising: A Global Guide (Oryx Press, 2002). He was also the recipient of a $240,000 grant from the NASD Education Foundation in 2005. He used the grant money to develop an online guide, DollarsFromSense, to help prepare college-age youth to make wise financial investment decisions.

James’ research interests include how consumers process and share interactive and rich media content in commercial web sites, and the influence of consumer expectations on web site navigation experiences. He currently teaches E-Commerce and the Internet, and the Interactive Media Studies Practicum.

Contact Information:
Office Hours: By appointment
Office: Laws 210
Tel: 513-529-0483

Bob De Schutter, College of Education, Health & Society & AIMS Faculty

bobdeschutterBob De Schutter (MA, PhD) is a C. Michael Armstrong Professor at the College of Education, Health & Society and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies of Miami University (Oxford, OH). His interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of digital games for non-entertainment purposes. He has been invited to teach in Europe, North America and Asia, and his work has been published in leading publications of several academic fields. Bob has served industry as an independent consultant, web developer and entrepreneur, and has founded and chaired the Flemish chapter of the Digital Game Research Association.

Prior to joining Miami University, Bob was a researcher and lead designer for the e-Media Lab of the KU Leuven (campus Group T), where he worked on games to facilitate inter-generational knowledge transfer, rehabilitate psycho-motor skills, train entrepreneurial skills, sensitize university students on urban mobility for the disabled, teach the psychology of game design, etc. He holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool in Antwerp (Belgium) and became a Doctor of Social Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

 For more information about him, please visit his personal website at

Contact Information

Office: 203 Laws Hall

Phone: (513) 529-2177


Todd Edwards, Teacher Education & AIMS Affiliate

Michael Todd Edwards is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education.  His primary professional duties involve the preparation and support of K-12 preservice and inservice mathematics teachers.  His research interests focus on instructional uses of technology, with particular interest in the use of dynamic geometry software and computer algebra systems in the teaching and learning of school mathematics.  Since 2001, Todd has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications related to this work.  Todd has been a co-editor of the Ohio Journal of School Mathematics since 2008, is a co-founder of the GeoGebra Institute of Ohio (GIOhio, the first GeoGebra Institute in North America), and editor of the Midwest GeoGebra Journal.

Peg Faimon, Design & AIMS Affiliate

Peg Faimon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, earning the Norman Ives Memorial Award. She is currently Chair of the Department of Art, Director of the Miami Design Collaborative, and Professor of Graphic Design. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. She was named the Miami University School of Fine Arts Crossan Hayes Curry Distinguished Educator in 2000 and the Naus Family Faculty Scholar in 2008. In addition to teaching, Ms Faimon maintains a design consultancy and she has received national and international recognition for her design work.

Peg Faimon is also the author and designer of Design Alliance: Uniting Print and Web Design to Create a Total Brand Presence, and the co-author, with John Weigand, of The Nature of Design: How the Principles of Design Shape Our World – from Graphics and Architecture to Interiors and Products, both published in 2003 by HOW Design Books. Her third book entitled The Designer’s Guide to Business and Careers: How to Succeed on the Job or on Your Own, was published in June 2009 by HOW Design Books, with the Kindle edition coming out in 2011. At home, Peg shares her life with her children, Anna and Noah, and husband Don. They love to travel and spend time together.

Courses Taught:
IMS 440 Armstrong Interactive
Graphic Design coursework

Contact Information:
Office: 124 Art Building
Tel: 529-2900

Jerry Gannod, Computer Science & AIMS Affiliate

Jerry Gannod received the master’s (’94) and doctoral degrees (’98) in computer science from Michigan State University. His research and teaching interests fall in the areas of software engineering (especially reverse engineering), enterprise computing, digital humanities, applications for mobile platforms, and automated technologies for streamlining assessment of student learning. Dr. Gannod joined the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering in 2006 after spending several years at Arizona State University. Since joining Miami, he has served on the Liberal Education Council and was instrumental in the development the Miami’s software engineering program that was launched in 2009.

Dr. Gannod has received external grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation, including a 2002 Career award for his work in high-integrity software product lines. Dr. Gannod has authored or co-authored over 60 refereed journal and conference papers including a paper awarded one of the best paper awards at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Web Services. He has served on program and organizing committees for several conferences and was the 2009 General Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Contact Information:
Office: 205W Benton Hall
Tel: 513-529-0346
Mobile: 513-593-9803

Katie Gibson, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Information Services Librarian (Assistant Librarian)B.Phil., Miami University (2005); M.L.S., Indiana University (2006).
Interests: Podcasting, Web Publishing

Selected Professional Activities:
2009 Conference Planning Committee, Academic Library Association of Ohio.

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 205
Tel: 513-529-0190

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Humanities Librarian (Assistant Librarian)
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia (2003); M.A./M.L.S., Indiana University (2005).

Selected Professional Activities:
Hartsell-Gundy, Arianne, and Eric Resnis. Using Discovery-Based Learning to Engage Students with Information Literacy. ACRL Instruction Section’s Discussion Group.
ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 9-14, 2009. “Questioning Wikiality: Partnering with Faculty to Move Students Beyond Wikipedia.”
Georgia Conference On Information Literacy (Savannah, GA; October 5-6, 2007).
Participant in ACRL Institute for Information Literacy National Immersion Program (Winnipeg, CA; August 5-10, 2007).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 210Tel: 513-529-8494

Eric Hodgson, Smale Center Director & AIMS Instructor

Eric Hodgson’s primary research relates to human spatial ability, including spatial memory, perception, reference frames, landmark use, and navigation. Because this work often includes the construction and use of virtual environments for people to navigate within, he also conducts applied research related to immersive virtual reality and motion tracking. Most recently, this work has involved developing Redirected Walking techniques to expand the navigable area available for simulations.

Teaching Interests
Spatial cognition, navigation, wayfinding, general cognition, memory, perception, statistics, research methods, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, computer programming, 3D modeling, motion capture, interactive graphics, non-photorealistic rendering

Contact Information:
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office: 236 Psychology
Tel: 513-529-2401

John Humphries, Architecture & AIMS Affiliate

Mr. Humphries is a visual artist and designer focusing on translating one media form to another. The creative work takes the form of watercolor drawings, carved wooden slabs, automatic poems, and multi-layered sounds. The subject of these studies are the desert southwest, a personal narrative coded in a tragic greek myth, and indigenous plant life. Currently directing graphic media at Miami University within the School of Fine Arts and living nearly off of the “food-grid” in urban Cincinnati, John has worked as a designer of architecture and other environments; including entertainment design in the US and Asia and recently awarded the Texas Society of Architect Studio Honor Award for watercolour drawings extending the relationship of drawing, representation, and building. Dissemination of creative works has been through several exhibitions, panel member as design reviewer, and presentations at national conferences. Among these were an exhibition and presentation at Hochschule in Rosenheim Germany, many presentations of work at the National Conference on the Beginning Design student, and a forthcoming presentation and exhibition at the Interior Design Educators Council for work allied with The National Creative Research Award for images related to the artists personal narrative titled: “of mud, Earth, or Nothing”.

M. Arch University of Texas, Arlington
B.S. University of Texas, Arlington

Contact Information:
Office: Alumni Hall 101
Tel: 513-529-7210

Jeff June, AIMS Instructor

Jeff June’s professional experiences include founding companies in diverse industries including life science, biotechnology, digital media, information technology, retail and real estate.

He is very passionate about his latest venture, Ischemia Care, and is inspired by working with a community of neurologists, investors, regulatory and legal professionals; that believe in creating a better future and change the world for the better.

He is also very passionate about education, previously serving as a professor/ chair in an entrepreneurship program and working with all levels of education in the community. He has returned to Miami University in Fall 2010 to teach IMS 333, which is the entrepreneurship class in the Armstrong Interactive Media Studies Program.

He has also founded a separate life science research company, Gerard Biotech, which has built a distribution channel into 600+ medical research facilities (hospitals, academic, government).

Creation of new ventures, education (all levels), digital and mobile technology, biotechnology.

Contact Information:
Tel: 513-529-1637

Sarah Fay Krom, AIMS Visiting Faculty

SFK_grayscaleSarah has been in interactive media for over twenty years working on digital games for both online and mobile platforms, interactive environments for learning and exploring, and interactive storytelling. Her core interest is in building on a user’s natural inclination for storytelling and the ways that interactive media, and particularly the design of game experiences, can expand and enrich their options for influencing a story­‐inspired world. Sarah is currently teaching game design, game prototyping, and web interaction and design courses within AIMS. Coming most recently from Peking University in Beijing, she has also taught at National University of Singapore, Fachhochschule Kiel University of Applied Sciences in Germany and DeAnza College in CA. She was the Founding Director of the GameLab at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Artie Kuhn, AIMS Faculty & Assistant Director

For over ten years, Artie worked in the interactive industry as a designer, developer, project manager, user researcher and product manager. His work included digital solutions for a diverse set of firms including toy maker Hasbro, Inc., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s innovative Bioinformatics Research Center, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Aplia Learning and Thomson Publishing/Cengage Learning. Through leading inter-disciplinary teams in the creation of digital products and platforms, Artie saw the positive transformative effect interactive media can have across all disciplines.

This experience fuels a passion for engaging with diverse students in exploring and coming to grips with the ramifications of interactive media in their field of pursuit. His current research, design, development and consulting work also explores this transformative effect. He teaches courses in interaction design, data visualization and digital product development.

Artie earned his Bachelors in Science in digital design from the University of Cincinnati and his MFA in interaction design and game development from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been presented at the TED 2011 conference, earned awards from ID Magazine and Macromedia and published was in the book Type in Motion 2. Before joining AIMS, Artie taught part time in DAAP at the University of Cincinnati for eight years. At home, Artie partners with his wife Lisa (also a designer) in raising their three rambunctious, but wonderful, young kids.

Gabe Lee, Business Chair for AIMS

younghwa gabe leeGabe Lee is a C. Michael Armstrong Business Chair for AIMS and the Farmer School of Business and an associate professor in the department of information systems and analytics. His teaching and research interests include website design, web usability, and innovative technology acceptance.

His work has appeared in premier journals in the information systems field including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, Information & Management, Communications of the AIS, Data Base and among others. He received the Association for Information Systems’ Best Paper Award in 2008.

He has served as a Co-Chair of Interface Design, Evaluation, and Impact Track at the Americas Conference on Information Systems from 2007 and worked as special issue co-editors of the DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems and International Journal of Human-Computer Systems. He was also selected as a winner of the University Teaching Award in 2011.

Gabe received over ten grants and fellowships from academia and industry including the Institute for International Business Research Grant, the General Research Fund, Webroot Industry Research Grant, and Big XII Faculty Fellowship among others.

For more information about him, please visit his website.


Contact Information:
Office: Farmer School of Business 245A



Alexandra (Lexi) Marsh, AIMS Program Manager


Alexandra, or Lexi as she is most commonly known, is the Program Manager for Interactive Media studies at Miami University. Lexi received her Honors B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Toronto and her M.A. in Theatre Theory and Directing from Miami University. In 2011, Lexi moved to New York where she transitioned her skills from stage to screen at the New York Film Academy. Lexi continues to work in commercial and film production in Cincinnati and develops her own creative her production company, On Your Feet Entertainment.

As the Program Manager, Lexi works to further develop the internship and entrepreneurial programs within the San Francisco Digital Innovation Center. She also oversees the execution of opportunities for projects driven by industry-partnerships, provides students with academic advising, and brings the ideas of students and faculty from the development stage into existence.

Contact Information:


Phone: (513) 529-2835

Office: Laws 203D

Heidi McKee, English & AIMS Affiliate

Heidi McKeeHeidi McKee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Miami University and an affiliate faculty member with the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. Her teaching and research interests include computer and technological literacies, multimodal and digital rhetorics, composition pedagogies (including teaching and learning online), qualitative research methodologies, and ethical research practices.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Pedagogy, and The Community LIteracy Journal. With Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, she co-edited Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues (winner of the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award for best book in the field in 2007). With DeVoss and Dickie Selfe, she is co-editing Technological Ecologies and Sustainability. Her current primary writing project is a book manuscript, Internet Research Ethics: A Rhetorical, Case-Based Approach, co-researched and co-written with James Porter.

Heidi serves on Miami’s human subjects institutional review board. She co-chairs the Qualitative Research Network, which meets each year at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She serves on the ethics committee for the Association of Internet Researchers. I also served for two years as the co-founder and coordinator of Miami’s Digital Writing Collaborative.

Contact Information:
Office: Bachelor Hall 364

Jason Paul Michel, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

User Experience Librarian (Assistant Librarian)
B.A., The Ohio State University (2003); M.S.L.I.S, Simmons College (2007).
Section Taught: IMS 201 MW 3:30 – 4:45
Interests: CSS, Web Publishing, Web 2.0

Selected Professional Activities:
Michel, Jason Paul. “Golf Pencils or Cell Phones: Sending Main Entries, Call Numbers, and Locations via SMS to Users’ Cell Phones” [poster session]. Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Wilmington, OH; Oct. 24, 2008).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 303
Tel: 513-529-3935
Yahoo: jasonpaulmichel

John Millard, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Head of Digital Initiatives and Associate Librarian
B.B., Western Illinois University (1991);M.S., Western Illinois University (1993); MSLIS; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)
Section Taught: IMS201 M 6-8:30
Interests: Digital Libraries, Open Content, Geospatial Information, Web Development

As the Head of Digital Initiatives for the Miami University Libraries, John Millard provides leadership to a team of librarians and staff with expertise in web application programming, digital libraries, database design, interface development, metadata, digital imaging, and rights management to develop freely available digital collections based on the Libraries’ unique resources.

Selected Professional Activities:
Millard, J. and Gibson K. (2010) “Teaching in the Cloud: Replacing Monolithic Course Management with Web 2.0″ Innovate! (Ohio State University, May 23, 2010).

Millard, J. (2008) “Digital Imaging Best Practices in the Humanities.” Workshop presentation at the NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) Summer Institute. Oxford, OH

Wright, D. and Millard J. (2004) “The Matthew Prior Project: An Electronic Database of his Correspondence.” Paper presented at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA

Millard, J. and Sessions, J. (2004) “Collaborating directly with Research Faculty to build a Digital Library for Satellite Remote Sensing: The Ohioview Model.” Paper presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Science and Technology Section Research Forum, June 2004.

Selected Grants:
Millard, J.; Tzoc, E. and Jody Perkins (2010) “Enhancing Access to Newspaper Collections in DSpace.” State Library of Ohio LSTA ($10,000)

Millard, J. (2004) “VisualOhio: Implementing a Visual interface to online remote sensing data inventories.” NASA Glenn Research Center through Ohio Aerospace Institute ($15,000)

Millard, J.; Munru-Stasiuk, M. et al (2003) “OhioView Virtual University Program in Remote Sensing.” Ohio Board of Regents. ($30,000)

Millard, J. (2000) “Building and Enhancing an OhioView Geospatial Digital Library for K-12, Higher Education and the General Public.” NASA Glenn Research Center ($105,000)

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 303
Tel: 513-529-6789

Jason Palmeri, English & AIMS Affiliate

Jason Palmeri (PhD Ohio State, 2007) is an Assistant Professor in English and an affiliate faculty member with the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. His research and teaching interests include digital rhetoric, new media activism, convergence culture, video/multimedia composing, and writing pedagogy. He is the current coordinator of the digital writing collaborative in the English Department. He regularly teaches IMS 224 “Digital Writing and Rhetoric” and IMS 171 “Humanities and Technology.”

Contact Information:
Office: Bachelor Hall 356
Tel: 513-529-7110
AIM: jasonplameri367

Glenn Platt, Marketing & AIMS Director

Glenn PlattGlenn Platt received his Bachelor of Arts (with departmental honors) from University of Florida and his MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1993.

He is currently the C. Michael Armstrong Chair, Professor of Marketing and has been Director of the Interactive Media Studies Program (and AIMS) since 2000. Glenn is President Emeritus of the International Digital Media and Arts Association. Glenn, along with his colleague Prof. Lage, coined the phrase “inverted classroom” with a 2000 seminal work outlining the benefits of using technology to move active learning into the classroom and lecture outside of class. He has won the School of Business Teaching Effectiveness Award, the Associated Student Government Effective Educator Award, and the University’s Knox Award for Teaching.

Besides directing AIMS, Glenn teaches the Social Media Marketing, Internet/Digital Marketing, and the IMS/AI capstone consulting course. He consults in areas of Social Media, Internet Marketing and eCommerce.

Contact Information:
Office: 203 A Laws Hall

James Porter, English & AIMS Faculty

Jim Porter is a Professor in AIMS and in the Department of English specializing in rhetoric history and theory (particularly digital rhetoric), technical and business communication, ethics and methodology for Internet research, and the rhetoric and ethics of interaction. Porter has published three scholarly books on digital research, ethics, and methodology, including The Ethics of Internet Research (with Heidi McKee). His co-authored online textbook (Professional Writing Online) was one of the first fully online technical communication textbooks. He is the winner of the 2010 Ellen Nold Award for best article in the journal Computers & Composition, for his article “Recovering Delivery for Digital Rhetoric.” Currently he is conducting research on the design of online writing/communication courses, serving on the University’s eLearning Advisory Council, and pondering whether writing can be taught responsibly and effectively in a MOOC. 

Contact Information:
Office: Bachelor Hall 367



Eric Resnis, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Information Literacy Coordinator (Assistant Librarian)
B.A., College of Wooster (2001); M.L.I.S., Kent State University (2002); M.E.S., Miami University (2004).
Section Taught: Not teaching this semester
Office: Brill Science Library 208
Interests: Graphics, Web Design

Selected Professional Activities:
Resnis, Eric; Yu, Jen-chien. “Smart Searching: An Easily Customizable Subject-Specific Online.” Information Literacy Programs in the Digital Age: Educating College and University Students Online. (Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), forthcoming).

Resnis, Eric; Sekyere, Kwabena; Withers, Rob; Yu, Jen-chien. “We Don’t Make the Rules: Developing User-Centered an Academic Integrity Tutorial for First Year Students.” HighEdWebDev Annual Conference (Rochester, NY; October 1, 2007).

Resnis, Eric. “First Year Engineering Students Invading the Library: Integrating Collaboration, Outreach, and Information Literacy.” (Poster Session) 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference (Chicago, IL; June, 2006).

Resnis, Eric; Yu, Jen-chien. “Whose Tutorial is it Anyway? Applying User-Centered Design in Developing Web-Based Information Literacy Tutorials.” Ohio Digital Commons For Education 2006 Conference (Columbus, OH; March 6, 2006).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 208

Andy Revelle, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Social Sciences Librarian (Assistant Librarian)
B.A., SUNY-Albany (1996); M.A., Indiana University (2000); M.L.S., Indiana University (2004).
Section Taught: Not Teaching This Semester
Office: King Library 206
Interests: Statistical Data, Usability Testing, Web Design, Web 2.0

Selected Professional Activities:
Revelle, Andy. “Towards a Tagged Future: Folksonomies in the Academic Library” [poster session]. Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Wilmington, OH; Oct. 24, 2008).

Resnis, Eric; Revelle, Andy. Faculty/Librarian Partnerships for Enhancing Student Learning.” AAC&U Sharing Responsibility for Essential Learning Outcomes (Savannah, GA; November 2, 2007).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 206
Tel: 513-529-6231

Lisa Santucci, Libraries & AIMS Affiliate

Head, Information and Applied Technologies (Associate Librarian)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1990); M.S.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh (1994).
Section Taught: IMS201 MW 2:00 – 3:15
Interests: Digital Video, Evaluating Information, Invisible Web

Selected Professional Activities:
Santucci, Lisa. “The Missing Link: Writing Centers in Academic Libraries.” Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Wilmington, OH; Oct. 24, 2008).

Santucci, Lisa. “The Center for Information Management: Not that Common.” Information Commons Institute: LACUNY (New York City, NY; May, 19, 2006).

Santucci, Lisa; Withers, Rob. “Information Literacy isn’t Enough: Why Librarians Need to Think Outside the Box.” (Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2005) 39-44.

Santucci, Lisa E.; Withers, Robert E. “e-Learn.” Ohio Board of Regents Grant ($38,000; 2003).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 208
Tel: 513-529-1747

Kate Schulte, AIMS Administrative Assistant

Contact Information:
Office: 2045 FSB

Judith Sessions, Dean, University Libraries & AIMS Faculty

Judith A. Sessions earned a B.A. from Central Florida University, M.S. in Library Science from Florida State University, a certificate in Information Systems from George Washington University, and certificate in Management Change from American University.

Since 1998, she has served Miami as Dean and University Librarian. Among her accomplishments are the planning and implementation of integrated library automation, efforts to establish OhioLINK, a statewide consortium for licensing electronic products and providing document delivery, a series of renovation projects, and participation in national surveys which benchmark library services. Dean Sessions has chaired the Distance Learning Committee, Technology Fee Committee, and First in 2009 Subcommittee on Academic Integrity, University’s Assessment Subcommittee of the President’s Multicultural Council, and served on other committees including the IT Strategic Advisory council and Computer Policy Committee.

Dean Sessions earned a Distinguished Service Award from the American Library Association  and Miami’s Distinguished Service Award.

Previous appointments include: University Librarian (California State University at Chico); Assistant University Librarian for Administrative Services and Acting Head of Technical Services (George Washington University); Planning and Systems Librarian (George Washington University); Library Director (Mount Vernon College).

Dean Sessions has published articles in journals including Performance Management and Metrics, Library Hi Tech, and the Wilson Library Bulletin.

Bob Setlock, Engineering & Aims Affiliate

Bob Setlock holds a clinical faculty position in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME).  He has worked there for the past six years and currently serves as Assistant Chair and Chief Departmental Advisor.  Prior to joining Miami, Bob had an engineering career that spanned over 20 years and included both government, and industrial experience.

Bob’s primary focus is on working with first year students by creating and implementing their introductory engineering courses, often referred to as engineering “cornerstone courses”.  Toward that end, he strives to make their cornerstone experience inspiring, relevant, and valuable, by including a mixture of engineering design content along with important lessons intended to enhance each student’s academic success throughout their time at school.  His areas of research interest include studying and documenting the factors that effect students’ decisions to pursue technical areas of study and the factors that affect their ultimate success once they start.  Bob’s goal is to see every student who enters his class persevere with success and graduate with an engineering degree four years later.  He is also responsible for coordinating the MME K-12 STEM outreach effort.

Bob’s work with AIMS involves exploring innovative approaches to idea development and design in a richly interdisciplinary environment.


Contact Information:

Office: Engineering Building 56F

Tel: 513-529-0720


Braxton Soderman, Comparative Media Studies & AIMS Faculty

Braxton Soderman is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Interactive Media Studies at Miami University. He studies digital media, video games, electronic literature, the history of technology, and critical theory. His scholarly articles have appeared, among other places, in Differences: a Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Dichtung-Digital, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Space and Culture. His creative work in digital literature has appeared, among other places, in The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Soderman received his Ph.D.  in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2011. He also earned an MFA in Critical Studies and Integrated Media from The California Institute of the Arts. In 2009, Soderman received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and, in 2010, a Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship. He is currently working on two projects, reworking his dissertation, Interpreting Video Games Through the Lens of Modernity, into a book manuscript and researching another book manuscript studying the representation of clouds throughout the development of modern media. He began teaching at Miami University in the Fall of 2011 and has taught three classes: CMS 201 (Introduction to Comparative Media Studies), IMS 211 (The Analysis of Play), and IMS/ENG 238 (Narrative and Digital Technology).

Contact Information:
Office: 162 Bachelor Hall
Tel:+1 513 529 7472

Eli Sullivan, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Psychology Librarian (Assistant Librarian)
B.A., Quincy University (2001); M.L.S., University at Buffalo (2006)

Selected Professional Activities:
Sullivan, Elizabeth; Hartsell-Gundy, Arianne; Thornley, Amy. “Ninging It.” Internet Librarian 2010 (Monterey, CA; October 25, 2010).

Sullivan, Elizabeth; Millard, John. “Re-purposing and Rethinking Social Networking in the Learning Environment.” SALT Interactive Technologies Conference (Arlington, VA; August 20, 2010).

Revelle, Andrew; Gibson, Katie; Sullivan, Elizabeth. “Coping with Cuts: Reimagining Reference Services In a Trying Budgetary Climate.” ALAO 35th Annual Conference (Wilmington, OH; October 30, 2009).

Course Taught: IMS 201

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 209
Tel: 513.529.0506

Amy Thornley, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Amy Thornley is the Education Librarian at Miami University and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Interactive Media Studies.

Contact Information:
Office: 19 King Library
Tel: 513-529-3340

Jacob Tonski, Art & AIMS Faculty

Jacob Tonski is a pragmatic optimist whose work explores dynamic balance.

A self-adjusting platform makes everyone the same height, probing ideas of equality and the origins of power. A larger-than-life top spins about the room, wobbling through themes of pleasure, danger, youth and decay.

These and other human-scale objects, both amusing and threatening, find an uncanny identity between toys and tools. The forces of time and gravity serve in these works as foils for those things we are powerless to direct in our lives, and with which we must instead dance and negotiate.

Tonski holds an MFA from the Design | Media Arts department at UCLA. He studied computer science at Brown University and worked as a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios. He has lived in Berkeley, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Paris and Providence, grew up in West Virginia, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Interactive Media Studies at Miami University of Ohio.

Contact Information:
Office: 222 Hiestand Hall
Tel: 513-529-1557
Mobile: 510-206-9183

John Weigand, Architecture & AIMS Affiliate

John Weigand is Professor and Chair in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University (Ohio). He earned architectural degrees at Miami and at the University of Illinois and worked professionally in Chicago from 1980 to 1991, prior to teaching. At Miami, Weigand developed the BFA in Interior Design (1995) and directed the BFA program until 2006. He remains active in national interior architecture initiatives. He is a current member of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors, has served on the IIDA Strategic Planning Committee, co-chaired the 2003 Body of Knowledge Conference in Washington DC, and has participated in numerous national programs addressing collaborative design education and practice.

Weigand chaired the 2006 Interior Design Educator Council (IDEC) white paper committee on Graduate Education (Journal of Interior Design, 2007). He is author of The Nature of Design, an interdisciplinary text on design fundamentals, which received the AIGA Award of Merit in 2004, and is a contributor to Schools that Learn (Senge, 2000). In 2001, he was awarded the NCARB Prize for creative integration of practice and education in the academy, for his work with collaborative, internet-based design. Weigand is also the 1999 winner of Miami’s Crossan Hayes Curry “Effective Educator Award.”

Rob Withers, Libraries & AIMS Instructor

Assistant to the Dean and University Librarian (Associate Librarian)
B.A., College of Wooster (1989); M.A., University of North Carolina (1995); M.L.S., North Carolina Central University (1995).
Section Taught: TTh 12:30 – 1:45
Office: King Library 225
Interests: Graphics Editing, Invisible Web, Web Development

Selected Professional Activities:
Casson, Robert D.; Shrimplin, Aaron K., Withers, Rob. “Understanding Usage Patterns of Library Web Sites with Google Analytics.” Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Columbus, OH; October 26, 2007).

Casson, Robert D.; Shrimplin, Aaron K.; Withers, Rob “Open Source Software fo r Libraries: Creating Subject and Course Specific Resources in the Libraries’ Web Site and the University’s Portal.” Computers in Libraries (Washington , D.C.; March 24, 2006).

Casson, Robert D.; Shrimplin, Aaron K.; Withers, Robert E. “Narrowcasting to Faculty and Students: Creating an Efficient ‘Research by Subject’ Page” E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship 6, no. 3 (Winter 2005)

Santucci, Lisa; Withers, Rob. “Information Literacy is Not Enough: Why Librarians Need to Think Outside the Box.” (Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2005) 39-44.

Santucci, Lisa E.; Withers, Robert E. “e-Learn.” Ohio Board of Regents Grant ($38,000; 2003).

Research support for “Be Miami: An Infrastructure for Cultivating a Responsible and Intellectual College Life.” ($72,000; 2007).

Contact Information:
Office: King Library 219
Tel: 513-529-9556
AIM: witherre
Yahoo: witherre