Opening Keynote Speakers
Richard E. Miller, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Plangere Writing Center
Richard E. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Plangere Writing Center, is the author of Writing at the End of the World (Pittsburgh, 2005), As If Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (Cornell, 1998), and co-author of The New Humanities Reader (Cengage, 4th edition, 2011), a textbook used in first-year writing courses in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country.
Paul D. Hammond, Ph.D.
Director of Digital Initiatives
Paul D. Hammond, Ph.D., is the Director of Digital Initiatives in the Rutgers University Writing Program. His research focuses on developing participatory, collaborative curricula and designing next generation teaching and learning spaces. In 2007, with Richard Miller, he planned, and oversaw the construction of the Rutgers Writers House, a center for creative expression that includes three “smart” seminar rooms and a state-of-the-art interactive, multimedia classroom. In 2008, he planned and oversaw the creation of the Plangere Culture Lab, where he and Professor Miller work with undergraduates from across the disciplines on the composition of idea-driven visual essays.
Together, Miller and Hammond are working on a revitalized version of the New Humanities that is concerned, first and foremost, with having students engage with the biggest problems of our time: climate change; global economic collapse; the global war on terror; the fate of public discourse in the networked age. This multi-faceted project includes: designing new learning spaces; developing new curricula to foster creativity and curiosity; and launching collaborative projects that seek to engage the public sphere. Miller and Hammond are particularly interested in establishing fully functional learning environments in higher education, where students have access to the new media technologies that have fundamentally changed the reach of human communication. Their collaborative multimedia pieces, which are posted on youTube, and vimeo have made Miller and Hammond central figures in a nationwide discussion about the future of the humanities and the fate of print-based reading and writing in the twenty-first century.
Miller and Hammond have spent the past year developing and populating http://text2cloud.com, a web platform for showcasing efforts to explore multimedia composition that aims to write “with” the web.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor of Engineering
Glenn Ellis is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Smith College. Dr. Ellis received his doctorate in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. Now in his eighth year at Smith College, Dr. Ellis teaches courses in engineering mechanics, artificial intelligence, and educational methods for teaching science and engineering. As one of the founding faculty members of the Picker Engineering Program, he helped create the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. The winner of numerous awards for teaching, advising, and research, Dr. Ellis received the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Baccalaureate Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—the only national award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Dr. Ellis has worked extensively with college faculty, K-12 teachers, public and private school systems, and colleges and universities to reform engineering and science education. His research applies the findings from the learning sciences to encourage deep, intentional learning and has received regular funding from the National Science Foundation and various corporate foundations. His current research focus is the use of narrative to seed knowledge building in engineering education. His outreach activities include working with schools systems to reform engineering and science education and support professional development for teachers. He is also working with a professional writer to create fiction books with educational activities that introduce middle school students to engineering.
Married with two sons, Dr. Ellis collects early American art and antiques and has restored an 18th-century home. For fun he likes to hike, dig with his backhoe, lindy hop, and throw Frisbee with his dog.