Skills

Master

  • Design Leadership
  • Wireframing & Paper Prototyping
  • UI Design
  • User Testing
  • Conducting Interviews & Focus Groups
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Design Documentation
  • Performance Evaluation: Critique & Feedback
  • Writing: Academic & Informational
  • Presentation: Academic & Professional
  • Musical Instruments: Piano, Vibraphone, Keyboards
  • Song Writing & Collaborative Composition
  • Adept

  • Game Level Design
  • Executive Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Survey Design
  • Field Notes
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Basic Analytic Statistics
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Sound Design
  • Teaching: PK-20
  • Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • Taiji Quan: Yang long form
  • Novice

  • Web Development
  • Writing: Fiction
  • Juggling
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    Objective

    Working with a team to create powerful and humane digital tools that help people to live, learn, and play.

    Work History

    7/14 – Current  University of Wisconsin-Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Madison, WI
    Senior Interaction Developer

    • Leading and managing the University Learning Store project
    • Practing and supporting user experience and interface design work across online learning programs

    2/12 – Current   Nerd Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Los Angeles, CA
    Learning Science Researcher

    • Retained for researching TUG

    6/12 – 6/14   Ronin Studios & Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Madison, WI
    Creative Director

    • Directed game design on Company Retreat/Excellence Island (MRA), Cool Choices, Words on Wisconsin!, and other games and products.
    • Led client consultations.
    • Led game design teams.

    9/10 – 2/12   Academic ADL Co-Lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Madison, WI
    Associate Director of Research

    • Led applied research and design initiatives in the area of digital media and learning.
    • Disseminated findings from AADLC work through presentation and publication in both academic and professional venues. 
    • Pursued funding opportunties for ongoing research and development work.
    • Provided support for other departments in the University of Wisconsin-Extension division of Continuing Education Outreach and eLearning.
    • Consulted and advised colleagues on digital media and learning developments at partner institutions both within the University of Wisconsin-System and outside of it.

    9/06 – 8/10      Wisconsin Center for Education Research . Madison, WI
    Research Assistant under Professor Richard Halverson

    • Worked as a designer and subject matter expert on school leadership games and digital media projects.
    • Presented research findings on games, learning, and leadership at various academic conferences.
    • Authored and co-authored articles and conference papers.
    • Assisted in the design and administration of instruction in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

    6/07 – 6/09      Academic ADL Co-Lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madison, WI
    Research Assistant – Florida Virtual School researcher and instructional designer

    • Worked as an instructional designer and project liaison in the development of a prototype next generation online course for Algebra readiness.
    • Provided consultation as a games and learning expert through remote design and development support, contributions to white papers and monthly reports, and face-to-face presentations.

    1/00 – 6/06      Various school districts . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oakland, CA, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
    Short term and long term substitute teacher/Regional suspension center director 

    • Held various teaching positions including 2 semester long assignments in Oakland Unified high schools and 2 year long positions as a prep. teacher at the Arts/Farwest magnet in Oakland, CA.
    • Directed the District 9 regional suspension center in New York during the 2004-2005 school year.

    Education

    2006-2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison . . . . . . . . Madison, WI
    • PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
    • Dissertation Topic - Leadership at play: How leadership in digital games can inform the future of instructional leadership. Filed September 1, 2010.

    2003-2005 Teachers College, Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . New York, NY
    • MA in Educational Administration/Education Leadership
    • Conflict Resolution Certification from International Center for Co-operation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) Teachers College, Columbia University.

    1994–1999 University of California in San Diego. . . . . . La Jolla, CA
    • BA in Visual Art, Studio (Minor in Music Performance)
    • Graduated cum laude and with Departmental Honors