Teaching and Learning Staff at Lewis
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 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 recently taught courses on the Anthropology of Media and the Anthropology of Sound and is now teaching 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 of Online Learning
241C Lewis Library
Laura Shaddock is the Associate Director of Online Learning at Princeton University’s McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning. In this role, she 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. Laura is also Princeton’s primary liaison between Princeton faculty and the external platform providers for online content. She works directly with individual professors to review their course material and identify the most effective online delivery methods. 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.
Anna Witek, Web Designer & Online Learning Specialist
241 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.
New Media Center
Paula Brett, Manager
131 Peter B. Lewis Library
Paula manages the New Media Center located in Lewis Library. She works with faculty, staff and students to assist them in learning new programs and converting analog media into digital formats. She holds a BA in Communications from Rutgers University and an AAS in television/radio production. Prior to Princeton, she worked for Intel Corporation as a digital video specialist. Paula lives in Mercerville, NJ with her husband, three cats and a dog.
Sorat Tungkasiri, Coordinator
241 Peter B. Lewis Library
Sorat's responsibilities at the New Media Center include: instructing classes (such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Final Cut Pro) and helping student, staff, and faculty on various multimedia projects. He has over 15 years of experience in web development, video editing, and 3D modeling. Sorat has been at Princeton University since 2004 and is a Wilson College Fellow. He is currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a research concentration in motivation and engagement in online education.
David Hopkins, Director, Broadcast Center
235 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
241 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
241 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
214 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
241 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
241 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.