Faculty Summer Institute 2003

The Speakers and Panelists


Carl Berger
Carl Berger is currently a Professor of Science and Technology Education, co-director of CARAT (Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies), Office of the Associate Provost for Academic, Information and Instructional Technology Affairs, and co-investigator on the Next Generation Internet Visible Human project at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Carl is a graduate of the University of Denver, California State University at Sacramento and holds a doctorate from University of California, Berkeley.

Carl has lived a checkered past starting as a research programmer on a UNIVAC in the 1950's. Realizing that computers were a passing fad, he left computer programming for teaching and curriculum design. He was a research scientist at Berkeley in the 60's, a public school educator in California, Director of Education for Detroit Edison, and Professor of Science Education at Michigan in the 70's. In the 80's he became Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After 9 years of that kind of duty, he turned to something more fun... working with faculty and administrators at the University of Michigan (UM) in the development and deployment of instructional technology. He has served as President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and has sat on higher education advisory boards for Apple, Zenith, Addison Wesley, the Seaborg Science Center, and is past chair of the CIC (Big Ten) Learning Technology Initiative. Carl is currently board chair of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and serves as UM Project Director and member of the board for MERLOT. In 2001 he received an EDUCAUSE Leadership in Information Technologies Award for contributions to the field.

Norm Coombs
Norman Coombs, Ph.D. is the CEO of EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) as well as professor emeritus from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he taught history for 36 years. He pioneered RIT's distance learning program and was given Zenith's "Master of Innovation" award for his uses of distance learning to mainstream students with disabilities and also was chosen as New York State CASE, (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), "Teacher of the Year" award in 1990 for using computers in teaching. In 1998, he was selected Man of the Year Award by AHEAD, in 1999, he received the Strache National Leadership Award from the CSUN Center on Disabilities, and, in 2000, he was the recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award of the American Library Association for work in helping libraries to meet the needs of customers with disabilities. Coombs, who is blind, has found adaptive computer technology has transformed his life, and he eagerly works to spread this information to benefit others.

Besides continuing to teach distance learning classes for RIT, he has taught at a distance for San diego State university, the New School for Social Research, the university of Washington, the University of Southern Maine, for Environment Canada and for EASI Corp.

He is the CEO of EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information). EASI has been awarded three grants by the National Science Foundation to collect and disseminate information on providing access to the fields of science and math for students and professionals with disabilities.

Coombs has lectured on distance learning and on making information systems accessible to students with disabilities across the US as well as in Canada, England, Switzerland and turkey. He has consulted on both distance learning and on adaptive computer technology for several colleges and universities including the University of Toronto, Western Governors' University, San Diego State University, Ohio State University, the OhioLINK academic library system, the Chicago suburban Library System, the Rochester Regional Library Coalition and Oakland Community College. He co-authored and co-teaches with Richard Banks on-line workshops for EASI on adaptive technology, Universal Web Design and on providing access to science and math for disabled students.

Web: http://www.rit.edu/~nrcgsh
E-mail: nrcgsh@rit.edu

Casey Green
Kenneth C. Green is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project (www.campuscomputing.net), the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in U.S. colleges and universities. The project is widely cited by campus officials as the definitive source for information about information technology issues affecting American higher education. Green is also visiting scholar at School of Educational Studies of The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

The author/co-author or editor of a dozen books and published research reports and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in academic journals and professional publications, Green is often quoted on higher education, information technology, and labor market issues in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in other print and broadcast media. He is a regular contributor to The Greentree Gazette (www.greentreegazelle.com; his DIGITAL TWEED column now appears monthly in Syllabus Magazine (www.syllabus.com).

Green is an invited speaker at some two dozen academic conferences and professional meetings each year. The co-creator and on-air host of the award-winning Ready2Net programs, (www.ready2net.net), he is now the co-creator and on-air co-host of the new Ahead of the Curve series (www.curveahead.net), developed with Lev Gonick, CIO at Case-Western Reserve University.

In 2002 Green received the first EDUCAUSE Award for Leadership in Public Policy and Practice. The award cites his work in creating The Campus Computing Project and recognizes his "prominence in the arena of national and international technology agendas, and the linking of higher education to those agendas.
A graduate of New College in Sarasota, FL, Green received his master's degree from Ohio State and earned his doctorate in higher education at UCLA.

Kathleen Margaret Lant | home page
Kathleen Lant's degrees are in English and Educational Technology. For sixteen years she was a Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, where she served for three years as the College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Coordinator. Her current position as University Instructional Technology Coordinator at California State University at Hayward allows her both to develop online programs and to work with Hayward faculty in exploring new strategies for enhancing teaching with technology. Her publications include work on linguistics, literary collaboration, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen King, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, and online teaching and learning. She has taught technical and professional writing, she has worked as a technical editor, and she worked for U.S. Military Intelligence as a technical writer and translator.

TJ Lusher | Intellectual Property Panel
TJ Lusher is the Assistant Dean of Automated Library Systems for the Northern Illinois University Libraries. She received her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and has a second Master of Arts in History from Iowa State University.

Steven J. McDonald
Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at the Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University. He has handled a number of Internet-related legal matters, ranging from alleged infringements of copyrighted materials on student web pages to investigations of computer break-ins to an e-mail death threat to Socks the cat. He began his legal career in private practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case, and he also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State's College of Law and at Capital University Law School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and is the editor of NACUA’s The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium. He received his A.B. from Duke University in 1982 and his J.D. from The Yale Law School in 1985.




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