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Teaching Initiatives and Programs

 

Jeff Himpele, Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs
609-258-8158  jhimpele@princeton.edu
237 Peter B. Lewis Library

Jeff leads McGraw’s mission for promoting pedagogical innovation and supporting faculty and graduate students as teachers and scholars. He directs the Center’s wide variety of pedagogy programs, directs the design and production of Princeton’s online course offerings and oversees the operations of the Broadcast Center. He advises individual faculty members on a range of teaching matters and he works closely with the faculty who offer online courses and use online learning tools to enhance their classroom teaching. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton (*96), 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 Dept. and has most recently taught courses on the Anthropology of Media and the Anthropology of Sound.

 

Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director
609-258-4184  sschwarz@princeton.edu
236 Peter B. 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, Manager, Online Learning Environments
609-258-5340  lshaddoc@princeton.edu
241C Peter B. Lewis Library

Laura works with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to help them understand and implement a wide range of technologies that enhance teaching and learning. She is the technical coordinator for Princeton's online course offerings and supports faculty as they translate their course materials into online environments. She coordinates the production of courses from the studio to their websites, collaborates with the technical teams at our online platform providers, monitors courses in progress, and pursues meaningful analyses of our uses of online learning tools. Prior to joining the McGraw Center, Laura served as the Programming Director for the Newport News Public Schools Telecommunications Center where she was responsible for on-air programming and implementing innovative digital media technologies; she also trained faculty and staff to create digital media for their teaching. Her industry awards include the Telly Award (2005, 2006), the Videographer Award (2006), and the Communicator Award (2005).

 

Anna Witek, Web Designer & Online Learning Specialist
609-258-1026  awitek@princeton.edu
241 Peter B. Lewis Library

Anna builds and supports the McGraw Center’s web and social media assets related to online teaching and learning. She implements campus-wide Web Communications strategies for both internal and external constituents. She works with McGraw’s pedagogy and IT teams to support the development of open and blended courses on learning platforms such as Coursera, NovoEd, and Blackboard. Anna holds a BFA in Visual Design from Rutgers University.

 

 

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Broadcast Center

David Hopkins, Director, Broadcast Center
609-258-3322  dhopkins@princeton.edu
235 Peter B. Lewis Library

David is always looking at the latest in cutting edge technology to see how it can benefit the academic community. He lives and breathes technology. He has been the Director of the Broadcast Center since 2008 after serving as the manager of the New Media Center. David has been with the University since 1993 and has has been working in video production for over 20 years. He graduated from North Central University and has been a member of the New Media Consortium, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, and Infocomm.

 

Lance Herrington, Senior Video Producer/Editor
609-258-6050  lance@princeton.edu
241 Peter B. Lewis Library

Lance works directly with clients to help them turn an idea into a finished video. Specializing in design and animation, he strives to bring a creative flair to each project. Lance has been creating videos at Princeton University for over ten years. 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. Most recently, his animation work was included in the feature documentary film Bending Steel.

 

Jim Grassi, Video Producer/Editor
609-258-6134  jgrassi@princeton.edu
241 Peter B. Lewis Library

Jim works with University faculty, staff and students to produce and edit video content. He records and streams live events, lectures, seminars, and performances and he provides technical support and guidance to the University community. Jim joined Princeton in 2005 as a member of the Media Services Department; after three years there he moved to the Broadcast Center where he specializes in directing, producing, scriptwriting, camera operation, editing and web streaming. Prior to his arrival at Princeton, Jim served as a Television Production Facilitator for a Department of Defense contractor. He graduated from Rutgers University and attended New York University where he obtained a certificate in Film/Video Production. He is now pursuing an online M.F.A. in Film and Television Production and resides with his wife in Princeton.

 

Lisa Jackson, Video Producer/Editor
609-258-7558  lisaj@princeton.edu
214 Peter B. Lewis Library

Lisa directs, produces, and edits various live events, departmental videos, and online course offerings. In addition, she teaches a digital media bootcamp for Princeton students interested in a journalism career, conducts hands-on video production workshops, 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.

 

Daniel Kearns, Broadcast Engineer
609-258-7537  dkearns@princeton.edu
241 Peter B. Lewis Library

Dan incorporates innovative technology into today's new media while maintaining the highest possible production values for Princeton’s on-line courses and campus broadcast events. An award-winning educator in television production, he has been with the Broadcast Center studio since its opening. He came to Princeton with over 20 years experience directing and engineering live broadcasts to television and radio outlets in the national and international markets. In addition, he has completed videos for the educational, non-profit, commercial, and tourism industries. After completing his master's degree, Dan received a certification in video editing from Bowling Green University.

 

Barbara Hilton, Assistant to the Broadcast Center Director
609-258-3465  bhilton@princeton.edu
241 Peter B. Lewis Library

Barbara oversees day-to-day inquiries, estimates, scheduling, confirmations, and billing of services provided by the Broadcast Center to the Princeton Community. She is the liaison to television and radio networks interested in scheduling the broadcast studio for national network interviews. Barbara has spent most of her career working for non-profit organizations. She was Director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship at Special Olympics New Jersey for 12 years. Her career has come full circle, bringing years of project management experience to the Broadcast Center.

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