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Teaching and Learning Staff at Lewis

Teaching Initiatives and Programs

Jeff Himpele, Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs
237 Lewis Library

Jeff leads McGraw’s mission for promoting pedagogical innovation and supporting faculty and graduate students as teachers and scholars. He oversees teaching programs such as a variety of events for faculty, the operation of the University's initiative in online education, and the graduate programs in teaching and ELP. He advises individual faculty members on a range of teaching matters and he works closely with the faculty who offer open online courses and use online learning tools to enhance their classroom teaching. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton (*96), has taught at Princeton and Swarthmore and was a faculty member in the Anthropology Dept. at NYU, where he received the “Golden Dozen Teaching Award.” He is the author of Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics and Indigenous Identity in the Andes and is an award-winning filmmaker with a music documentary in production. He teaches for the Anthropology Department and has most recently taught courses on the Anthropology of Media, the Anthropology of Sound, and Foundational Concepts in Anthropology, in Spring 2015.


Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs
236 Lewis Library

Sarah joined the McGraw Center in 2013 and works with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to enhance and promote excellence in teaching. She coordinates the graduate programming at McGraw, including the Teaching Transcript Program and the orientation for new AIs; she also leads pedagogy workshops and consults individually with graduate students and faculty on a range of topics related to teaching. Sarah is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies. During graduate school she was also an exchange scholar in the Department of Religion at Princeton. She has taught at Haverford College and then for a number of years at Colorado College. As a faculty member, she worked to bring innovative pedagogical concepts and approaches into the classroom, and her work on teaching in Religion was recognized with a 2012-13 Wabash Fellowship. She is currently completing a book entitled The Imagined Bible (Oxford University Press).


Laura Shaddock, Associate Director, Online Learning
241C Lewis Library

Laura provides guidance and resources to faculty interested in exploring the potential of online and digital environments to improve their teaching on the Princeton campus and beyond. Working with a team of instructional design and production staff, Laura oversees the course development process to ensure that Princeton’s online offerings are pedagogically sound and of high quality. Prior to joining Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning, Laura was the Programming Director for the Newport News Public Schools Telecommunications Center, where she was responsible for researching and implementing innovative digital media technologies as well as training faculty and staff on best practices for the use of digital media in instruction. Laura received her BS degree in Computer Science from Christopher Newport University and her Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Bridgeport.


Mona Fixdal, Instructional Designer
241 Lewis Library

Mona Fixdal assists faculty with the design, development, and administration of courses offered through various online platforms. She contributes to discussions of course development priorities, content, and production schedules and acts as a liaison between faculty and course/video production staff in determining the appropriate method of content delivery and assessment. She also assists in developing documentation and support materials for faculty and students.

Mona Fixdal has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oslo, though much of her graduate course work was done as a Fulbright fellow at Yale University. She is the author of Just Peace: How Wars should End, as well as a number of chapters and articles on postwar justice and third-party mediation.


Lance Herrington, Senior Producer/Studio Manager
241 Lewis Library

In creating online course videos, Lance works directly with faculty to help them translate their lectures into compelling video content. Specializing in design and animation, he strives to bring a creative flair to each project. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, his audio and video work has been exhibited at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santozeum in Santorini, Greece, and our very own Princeton Art Museum. His documentary work includes animation and title design for such films as Bending Steel and American Renaissance.


Lisa Jackson, Senior Producer/Production Manager
214 Lewis Library

Lisa Jackson is a Senior Producer at the McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning. Lisa focuses on producing video content in support of Princeton’s online course offerings and oversees all aspects of the video production process including directing, producing, filming, editing, and encoding. In addition, she is responsible for scheduling production resources, documenting video procedures, and coordinating the work of all video interns. Lisa also teaches a digital media bootcamp for Princeton students interested in a journalism career, conducts hands-on video production workshops for faculty and students, and teaches video courses as an adjunct instructor at Rider University. Prior to joining the Broadcast Center in 2008, Lisa produced award-winning documentaries for the educational market, developed video components for corporate training programs, and worked behind the camera in the sports and entertainment industry. Lisa is a graduate of Rider University.


Educational and Classroom Technologies

Sorat Tungkasiri, Associate Director, Educational & Classroom Technologies
131 Peter B. Lewis Library

Sorat oversees programming and educational application of the New Media Center, expanding the mission of the New Media Center to become a leading center for excellence in the application of technology to learning. He hires, trains, and supervises a staff of 24+ undergraduate lab consultants. He works closely with undergraduate and graduate students to provide purposeful, effective use of technology in courses and applying academic technologies in independent research. He has over 15 years of experience in instructional design, web development, video editing, and 3D modeling. Sorat joined Princeton University in Spring of 2004 and is a Wilson College Fellow. He received an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a research concentration in motivation and engagement in online education.


Paula Brett, Project Manager
133 Peter B. Lewis Library

Paula oversees project management at McGraw following best practices as outlined by the Princeton Project Methodology as well as the PMI methodology. Prior to managing the New Media Center, she managed several faculty projects as part of the Educational Technology Center. Some of these projects included the Venice Map with Patricia F. Brown, Mapping Globalization with Miguel Centeno, Hellenic Studies Monastery website, the Candela Exhibition with David Billington and the PUAM Inuit Website. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University and an A.A.S. in television/radio production. She is currently obtaining her CAPM from PMI.


Ben Johnston, Educational Technology Consultant
133 Peter B. Lewis Library

Ben works with faculty and students across the University to facilitate the integration of digital platforms and implementation of technology tools into coursework. Formerly Manager of the Humanities Resource Center and Humanities Computing Specialist in the Center for Digital Humanities, Ben has filed many roles at Princeton in support of technology and education during his 10 years at the University. Prior to Princeton, Ben worked at Bryn Mawr College and at Columbia University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Earlham College and a Master's degree from Teachers College , Columbia University.


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