Gene Roche Academic Information Services
I'm currently serving as Director of Academic Information Services a.k.a Academic Computing. My current responsibilities include working with our academic technology specialists, engineers and classroom support team to provide direct support for teaching and learning at the College. These groups currently support over 600 faculty and staff and a growing number of graduate and professional students. We are responsible for helping to design, build and maintain over 100 computer-enhanced classrooms, public access and specialty labs and other facilities. In addition, we're working on a variety of other projects both directly related to technology and focused on teaching excellence in general.
Our current initiatives include a variety of projects focused on using Blackboard more effectively, working with communities of practice in collaborative writing and survey research. We're also launching a two year project to use the best technology available to foster the sharing of resources about excellence in teaching across the disciplines.
In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I have an academic appointment as Executive Professor in Educational Policy Planning and Leadership (EPPL) program in the School of Education (SOE). I teach several elective courses in the doctoral emphasis on Curriculum and Educational Technology (CET), and try to do my part as a member of the SOE community. (And I don't use the word community lightly... It's a great group of colleagues.)
Prior to moving into full time information technology work, I spent 14 years as the director of Career Services at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. When I started working at Hamilton in 1984 the US unemployment rate was a little less than 9%--which I thought was just about the end of the economic world. My heart goes out to my former colleagues on career services (and their students). This current environment has to be terrifying for all concerned. I'll be reconnecting with my career services roots this spring at the Small College Career Alliance gathering in Saratoga.