I have an interest in taking a creative multidisciplinary approach to my work. My research curiosities lie among using interactive design, human-computer interaction, graphic design, fine arts, and new media to express personal issues, human rights, and the right to online privacy. I am also interested in research related to technology, information visualization, and video gaming and I am a seasoned public speaker.
Academics, Technology, and Training:
I received my PhD in Technical Communication at Illinois Institute of Technology where my research focused on information visualization of identity presentation in social media. I have an interest in merging creative, aesthetic, experimental, and novel visualization designs.
I hold a Master of Science in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction from the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in Experimental Psychology and Studio Art. I am also certified in UX with a specialty in Interaction Design through the Nielsen Norman Group. My interests in art, technology, design, communication, and human behavior have given me the opportunity to combine several disciplines and develop ideas that would not otherwise be possible.
I am currently Instructor of Digital Media at Harvard Extension School and Associate Professor Computer Information Systems at City Colleges of Chicago. I have also taught at DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media.
Instructional Technology and Design:
Over the last 2 decades, I have become highly skilled at building and designing online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face learning experiences that utilize a variety of modalities, media, and formats. I have worked with publisher materials, online materials, reviewed work, and even created my own original content and videos.
The Creative Arts:
My visual has been exhibited in numerous shows and has earned me both local and national recognition. I have been affiliated with Gallery 37, had work on display for the City of Chicago, the DePaul Art Museum, and had a painting on display at the Smithsonian.