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Teaching and Learning Staff at Lewis

Jeff Himpele
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 including events for faculty, the operation of the University's initiative in online education, and our graduate programs in teaching and English language. 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.

Sarah Schwarz

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

Laura Shaddock, Associate Director, Online Learning Environments

241C Lewis Library

Laura oversees the day-to-day management of Princeton's online learning operations. 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. 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

Sorat Tungkasiri

Sorat Tungkasiri, Associate Director, Educational and Classroom Technologies

131 Peter B. Lewis Library

Sorat oversees programming and educational application of the Digital Learning Lab, expanding the mission of the Digital Learning Lab 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.

Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston, Senior Educational Technologist

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 filled 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.

Dan Claro, Academic Computing Consultant

Dan Claro,  Academic Computing Consultant

133 Peter B. Lewis Library

Dan’s chief duties are in overseeing the daily operation of the Digital Learning Lab. This year’s tasks will include transitioning the Lab into a teaching-centric space, training and managing student staff, and promoting the use of the Lab through outreach and social media. He will also assist other ECT staff in overseeing educational technologies in teaching and learning at Princeton, and in implementing faculty projects supported by the McGraw Center.  Dan has been at Princeton since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware, where he completed a dissertation on material culture in 2013. He holds an additional M.A. in the History of Textiles and Dress from the Winchester School of Art, and received his B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Connecticut.

Paula Brett

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 CAPM certified via the Project Management Institute.

Lance Herrington

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

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.

Mona Fixdal

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.

Evelyn Spradley

Evelyn Spradley, Program Coordinator

241 Lewis Library

As Program Coordinator, Evelyn provides administrative support for the McGraw Center’s Teaching Initiatives and Programs, Online Learning, and the English Language Program.  Evelyn has worked in higher education in a variety of administrative and IT capacities for most of her career.  She received her B.A. from Rutgers in Psychology with a concentration in Computer Science. In her spare time she enjoys photography, shelling, music, and she dabbles in equestrian riding.

Jessi O’Rourke-Suchoff

Jessi O’Rourke-Suchoff, University Administrative Fellow
241 Lewis Library

Jessi O’Rourke-Suchoff, a doctoral candidate in the department of Comparative Literature, is conducting a qualitative review of graduate student experiences as Assistants in Instruction (AIs) at Princeton, seeking to understand how factors like gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation impact how AIs teach, how they feel teaching, and how they learn to become teachers. She is reaching out to graduate students from across the university in a variety of ways, conducting interviews to gather stories of the lived experiences as teachers at Princeton. The goal of the project is twofold: to represent the AI experience in a public way, sharing with AIs themselves especially as they enter the Princeton classroom for the first time what they might want or need to know about identity and the classroom; and to deliver a report that will guide McGraw Center staff as they develop additional programs, resources, and strategies to address the lessons from her project.