8 New Voices Join Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018

We’re very excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellowships! Every year, we offer a number of fellowships to people from communities whose voices are not always heard in education, providing support for their travel and registration for the event. We consider these fellows part of the faculty for the event, and they offer workshops to Lab participants, insights and perspectives in the courses they choose to take, and critical feedback for the organizers.

Our event this year will be held from July 30-August 3, 2018. And we’ll welcome eight new voices to the Lab. The DPL Advisory Board selected recipients of the 2018 fellowships from more than 80 applications. Making these decisions is always difficult, because there are always more brilliant applicants than we can offer fellowships—which is why it’s our goal is to be able to offer more fellowships each year.

Please join us in welcoming the 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellows:

Laura L. Allen is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy program at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of digital rhetoric, race, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Her current work explores mobile technologies in composition classrooms. Laura is also an Associate Director for the 2018 Digital Media and Composing Institute and a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Second Year Writing program at OSU. Laura was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY.  She earned her MA at Michigan State University and BA at Spelman College.

Nicky Andrews is originally from Aotearoa, and is a member of the Ngāti Paoa iwi. Nicky earned her Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Washington Information School, and is currently an NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University. Her duties include undergraduate instruction and teaching with technology for the Learning Spaces & Services department, and working on a strategic initiative to strengthen inclusivity within the profession for the Libraries Human Resources department. Her interests include online learning, instructional design, Indigenous knowledge within library and information science, and critical librarianship.

Susana Y. Flores is a Brown, proud, and loud Mexican Immigrant. She is faculty in the School Education at Central Washington University. Her vision is to diversify the teaching corps. “I want our teachers to come from their home community.” I need to communicate with them in media that is accessible and attractive to them. I work with teacher candidates that are DACA and they are becoming certified to teach on the same month that DACA expires. I want to learn to use digital pedagogy to communicate and create a broader community.

Naomi Hall-Byers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Winston-Salem State University. She is an applied social psychologist, with an advanced degree in public health. Her overarching program of research focuses on psychosocial, sociocultural, and contextual factors associated with health disparities and inequities among youth and emerging adults (YEAs) of African descent. She teaches a variety of courses including Black Psychology, Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Forensic Psychology. Dr. Hall-Byers is very involved in the community as serves as Board Chair for LEAD Girls of NC, Inc., a grassroots organization focused on empowering at-risk preteens girls in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Danica Savonick is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Danica’s research analyzes the intersections among pedagogy, social justice, and U.S. literature and culture. Her dissertation, The Art of Teaching, analyzes the intimate relations between the pedagogical and literary work of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, and Toni Cade Bambara. Danica was an inaugural fellow with The Futures Initiative and currently serves on the Steering Committee for HASTAC.org and as an editor of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Danica regularly blogs about pedagogy and social justice, and her scholarship has appeared in American Literature, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Keywords for Digital Pedagogy, and Inside Higher Ed.

Anqi Shen is a journalist living in Ottawa, Canada. She has a background in digital media and the non-profit sector, working with teams of talented individuals on projects that inspire deeper thinking and public engagement. She covers higher education for University Affairs magazine and has an abiding interest in film and social justice.

Avery Viehmann is a faculty member at Highline College, where they teach pre-college English and direct the Writing Center. Highline’s student body is incredibly diverse, with approximately 75% students of color and a large number of immigrant and refugee students. Students in their classes represent a wide range of abilities and fluency, both in terms of language and technological skills. One of Avery’s biggest challenges has been to prepare their students for work and study in a digital world and to meet the college’s mission of digital and visual literacy when students also need a great deal of support with basic language and technology skills. Avery has degrees in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and cultural studies, which have given them their most important professional missions: cultural competence, educational equity, and social justice. As a queer person of color with multiple disabilities, they have found their voice through education, and they hope to help their students do the same.

Shana White is a veteran educator of thirteen years serving in both public and private school during her career. She served as a K-8 physical education/health teacher at Pace Academy in Atlanta and two middle schools and a high school in Gwinnett County Public Schools. She is also has served as an instructional technology coordinator at Creekland Middle School in Gwinnett County as well as served as an adjunct teacher for Georgia Virtual School for five years. She currently is a lower school Physical Education teacher and coach at Wesleyan School in metro Atlanta. Shana received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned her M.S. in Physical Education with a coaching leadership concentration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Shana graduated with her Ed.S in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA in July 2016.

Stay tuned for more information about the workshops that the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018 Fellows will offer during this summer’s event. And join us in supporting these members of the critical digital pedagogy community by following them on Twitter, reading up on their work in the world, and joining us for the Lab at University of Mary Washington July 30-August 3, 2018.

Also, learn more about supporting Digital Pedagogy Lab fellowships on our Support page. We offer several levels for both individual and organizational sponsorships; and 100% of any individual donations support registration fees and travel for fellows.

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