Paul Schacht, Director
A member of the SUNY Geneseo faculty since 1985, Professor of English and Assistant to the Provost for Digital Learning and Scholarship Paul Schacht has published peer-reviewed scholarship on digital humanities pedagogy and on 19th-century British and American literature. His most recent publication is the article “Annotation” in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, a curated collection of reusable resources for teaching and research published by the Modern Language Association of America. Since 2010, he has been director of Digital Thoreau, a collaborative digital humanities initiative that promotes public engagement with the works of Henry David Thoreau through a digital scholarly edition of Walden, a social network for annotating Thoreau's works collaboratively, and a student-maintained archival project on the life and works of the late Thoreau scholar and SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Professor of English Walter Harding.
Laurie Fox, Assistant Director for Online Learning
Laurie Fox is CIT's Director of Educational Technology, and has been at Geneseo since 1995. Her responsibilities in CIT include classroom technology, instructional support for using technology in teaching and learning, Canvas administration and support, campus technology training, technical direction for Wadsworth Auditorium and Doty Recital Hall, and digital media services. Laurie is also involved in SIGUCCS, where she is currently Past Chair of the Executive Board. Her SIGUCCS participation includes executive board positions, conference chair, program co-chair, social networking coordinator, and frequent presenter. Previous presentation topics include campus communication, social networking, time management and personal productivity, and transforming teaching and learning spaces. At Geneseo, she teaches an online Extreme Learning course on Digital Fluency: Productivity Tools.
Amanda (Wentworth) Schmidt, Digital Humanities and Learning Coordinator
Amanda Schmidt graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2018 with a BA in English Literature. As a student, she worked in various spaces to develop educational accessibility, a key tenet of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement, including the Livingston County Historical Society, for which she revived and redesigned its “Home and Hearth” exhibit, adding an interactive digital interface and strategically organizing its collection to tell a more cohesive historical narrative. Amanda also utilized innovative digital tools to share the story of The Soldier Librarian at Geneseo through her participation in a Spring 2017 COPLACDigital course: The Social Life of Books. Since her graduation, Amanda worked at Geneseo for SUNY OER Services as their OER Publishing Coordinator, supporting faculty across all 64 institutions in the publication and printing of over 75 openly licensed textbooks. In that position, she found her passion for digital scholarship and collaboration, supporting Dr. Paul Schacht's Spring 2020 ENG 340 class: Literature and Literary Study in the Digital Age. Amanda is eager to cultivate the values of Geneseo's Center for Digital Learning by providing support and guidance to its affiliates and campus community.