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Advisory Committee

Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis
Robin Burke is a Professor at CDM. His research interests are in artificial intelligence as applied to social computing. His current work concentrates on the area of recommender systems, including representing the interests of multiple stakeholders in recommendation, performing recommendation using data from complex heterogeneous networks, and tracking the evolution of users' tastes over time. 

Professor Burke earned his PhD in 1993 from Northwestern University, working with Professor Roger Schank, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He worked in post-doctoral positions at the University of Chicago, and then in 1998, left academic employment to help found a 'dot-com' startup. He returned to academic work in 2000 first at the University of California, Irvine and then at California State University, Fullerton. In the Fall of 2002, he began his current position at DePaul University. ​

Antonio Ceraso (LAS)
Associate Professor, Director MA in New Media Studies
Antonio Ceraso's research interests include rhetorical history and theory; professional and technical communication; user experience and usability theory and methods; participatory culture and media; digital humanities; rhetoric of science and technology. Much of my research focuses on rhetorical and discursive practices emerging around a “sharing economy,” especially in online and digital environments.  

Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, and New Media Studies
Lisa Dush is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional and digital writing. She also serves as the Director of DePaul’s MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse.

Her research interests include new media storytelling and rhetorical practice in the digital age. Much of her teaching and research is built around efforts to partner students with Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, to together develop and deploy new media storytelling projects. Prior to her arrival at DePaul, Lisa taught writing and oral/visual presentation in the WAC program at MIT and ran a digital storytelling training business called Storybuilders.

Professor of Health Sciences
Craig Klugman, PhD has been a professor in the Health Sciences at DePaul since 2013. He is a bioethicist and medical anthropologist who works on end-of-life issues, public health ethics, ethics pedagogy, and public engagement with bioethics. Dr. Klugman teaches courses in bioethics, medical humanities, and death and dying.

Dr. Klugman serves as a member of the DePaul IRB, the ethics committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and is the blog editor for bioethics.net where he writes on bioethics and health policy.

Associate Director of the Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
Sue Fogel is an associate professor at DePaul's Marketing Department and associate director of the Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics. She has led development of a number of educational innovations at DePaul, including the Sales Leadership Program and MS in Marketing Analysis.

Fogel has taught a variety of courses at DePaul, including consumer behavior, market segmentation and an interdisciplinary decision-making course. She has also taught marketing strategy and brand positioning for corporate clients. Consulting and pro bono projects include consumer insight development, segmentation and survey research and analysis.​
GIS Coordinator for Geography
Cassie Follett is the GIS Coordinator for Geography, helping to plan and expand GIS capabilities on campus and managing the new GIS Lab on campus. Before coming to DePaul she worked for NASA and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and received her MA from West Virginia University while researching big data and open source web GIS. She holds a bachelors with double major in Geography and History from Carthage College. She is a volunteer with several open source GIS projects such as Cesium and QGIS, and is currently a “Hacker in Residence” with local Chicago startup Hologram, and a “Cyberacademy Fellow” with SANS. She is currently pursuing a second Masters in Science here at DePaul in Computer Science.​

Her research interests are participatory GIS, GIS programming, critical GIS, environmental justice, and virtual reality.
Professor of Visual Computing (VC), Computer Security
Jacob D Furst is an Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University. His research interests are in medical informatics with applications of machine learning and data mining to medical image processing and computer vision. His current work concentrates on being able to generate semantically meaningful information about lung nodules in computed tomography images of the human torso. Dr. Furst also has a strong interest in computer security and is the director of the DePaul Information Assurance Center. He has helped design two majors and three courses in the CDM security curriculum. He has taught Secure Electronic Commerce, Social Aspects of Information Security, Information Systems Security, Host Based Security, and Introduction to Networking and Security. Dr. Furst earned his PhD in computer science from UNC Chapel Hill; he has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Associate Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture
​Joanna Gardner-Huggett is an Associate Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture where she teaches courses on twentieth-century art and feminist theory. Gardner-Huggett’s research focuses on the intersection between feminism and arts activism and has been published in the journals British Art Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Social Justice and Woman’s Art Journal. Her most recent scholarship explores the history of the Guerrilla Girls, the Feminist Art Workers and the origins of the women artists’ cooperatives Artemisia Gallery in Chicago (1973-2003) and ARC (1973-the present). 

Instructional Technology Manager
John Gieger is the Instructional Technology Manager at DePaul University, specializing in instructional design, digital archiving, and cirriculum development. He is certified in QM, SMART Board Essential Training, and Records Coordination, and he has received a Staff Recognition Award from DePaul. He also serves as a member of the Resources Committee on DePaul's Staff Council.
Professor and Chair, Co-Director, MA in Sustainable Urban Development
Geography, Sustainable Urban Development
Professor Hague is a cultural and urban geographer with interests in Confederate commemoration, white racial identities, cultural relationships between Scotland and America, gentrification and urban activism. His work has examined neo-Confederate nationalism and political appropriation of Celtic identities, in particular focusing on the separatist organization, the League of the South, founded in Alabama in 1994. Dr. Hague regularly engages in community-based research and collaboration with local organizations. His recent work includes partnerships with the Pilsen Alliance and AREA-Chicago to examine how Chicago's cultural and urban landscapes have developed historically and are continuing to change.

Digital Scholarship Librarian
Reference, Instruction and Academic Engagement, Lincoln Park
Ana Lucic is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library. Her research focuses on the development of methods that can isolate domain-specific relations as well as particular structures from texts with the final goal of viewing and evaluating these relations and structures in aggregate. She has expertise working with diverse textual collections that include literary works, film reviews, as well as a collection of scholarly articles from plant science and biomedicine. Her 2016 dissertation at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is entitled “Automatically Identifying Facet Roles from Comparative Structures to Support Biomedical Text Summarization.” Her research has appeared in such journals as Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Ana assists faculty, staff, and students at DePaul with the development of digital scholarship projects.
Assistant Professor of Design
Nathan Matteson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and his MFA from the University of Chicago. He has been teaching and working in Chicago since 1999. His work pointedly ignores commonly accepted boundaries amongst disciplines. Currently he is obsessed with computational methods of typeface generation and letterform modification. He is also a founding member of the product design collaboration Obstructures, and a researcher with RDCEP at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute.

Assistant Professor, Communication and Technology Chair
Bree McEwan is an assistant professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication. She received her PhD in Communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between interpersonal and communication technology. She is particularly interested in communication in friendships and networked relationships. Her teaching expertise includes computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, communication in networks, and quantitative research methods.

She is the author of Navigating New Media Networks, which explores communication challenges and opportunities that arise due to increased networked individualism through communication technology. In addition she has published articles in a variety of journals including Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Associate Professor of Game Design
Doris C. Rusch is a game designer, researcher, play aficionado and holds a position as assistant professor at DePaul University. Before that she did post doctoral work at GAMBIT Game Lab, MIT, and Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Rusch's work is focused on the theory and practice of game design, particularly in regard to games that model the "human experience”, create empathy and can be used for mental health activism. She was the lead designer and vision holder of award winning and featured projects such as "Zombie Yoga" for Kinect, "Elude", a metaphorical game on depression, “For the Records” , an interactive documentary that deals with young adults and mental disorders such as OCD, ADD, eating disorder and bipolar disorder and “Soteria - Dreams as Currency”, a game to teach strategies to overcome anxiety disorders.

Having completed studies in Literature, Philosophy, Comparative Media Studies and English at Vienna University, she received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Interactive Systems in 2004. Rusch's publications include academic papers, keynotes presentations, conference talks, workshops as well as games. She has presented her research at international conferences such as Game Developer's Conference, DiGRA, SIGGRAPH, Futureplay, Future and Reality of Gaming (FROG) and Foundations of Digital Games (FDG), Meaningful Play, MIT Sandbox Symposium, Clash of Realities, Serious Play, Games 4 Change, Games 4 Health and G+L+S conference. 
Associate Professor and Director of the Social Science Research Center
Visual Sociologist, Artist, and Filmmaker
Professor Greg Scott is a visual sociologist, artist, and filmmaker. He is the founder and president of Sawbuck Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization that produces observational documentary films, experimental art films and other multimedia content. Greg is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Video Ethnography, the first-ever academic journal of peer-reviewed ethnographic films. His sociological work focuses on the socio-cultural dynamics of street level drug markets and drug using communities, while his artistic work revolves around the rituals, norms, customs, and folklore of small town life in the American Midwest. His documentary films have screened at festivals around the world and his work has appeared on radio and television, including the National Geographic Network, BET Network and MSNBC. In 2008 Greg received the Lisagor Award for Best Investigative/Public Service Reporting for his Chicago Public Radio series The Brickyard: Life on the Streets of Chicago. Greg’s experimental films appear in gallery and museum installation, and his public art exhibits have toured the United States. He has published books on research methods and video ethnography and academic journal articles on everything from heroin injection to performance art. At heart, Greg is an activist fighting against the failed War on Drugs in America. Greg received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998.

Amber Settle (CDM)
Professor of Education, Theory
Amber Settle is a Professor in the School of Computing and has been on the DePaul full-time faculty since September 1996. She earned a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in German from the University of Arizona, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Settle's research interests include information technology and computer science education and theoretical computer science. Between 2008 and 2011 she was a PI on an NSF-funded project to expand computational thinking in Liberal Studies courses. Since 2004 she has been a Vincent de Paul Professor. Dr. Settle has served on the Executive Board of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) since 2010 and between 2013 and 2015 was involved in the organization of conferences for the ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE). More information about Dr. Settle's work can be found at: http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/asettle
Associate Dean, Director of Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of English
John Shanahan earned his B.Phil. in English and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and his PhD in English at Rutgers University. He joined the faculty of DePaul in 2002. His research interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, the history of science and technology, science fiction, and digital humanities. Recent publications include essays on Margaret Cavendish and David Mitchell. His work on the "Reading Chicago Reading" project has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. (For information about the project, visit https://dh.depaul.press/reading-chicago/)

He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2007-2010) and Director of the Graduate Program in English (2010-2015). He currently directs the Certificate Program in Digital Humanities, and is the Associate Dean & Director of Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator
Miranda Standberry-Wallace serves on the Academic Service Learning team charged with developing Community­ based Service Learning (CbSL) courses and relationship building with campus faculty, students, and community nonprofit partners in line with Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) principals. She is responsible for managing and promoting internal and external University relationships with faculty and community partners as it relates to community engagement projects and service opportunities. In addition, Miranda supports the development and coordination of technology solutions for the ASL team.​

Adam Steele (CDM)
Associate Professor of Human Computer Interaction, Software Engineering
Dr. Steele holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He comes to DePaul with several years industry experience, having worked at Rockwell Collins, as a Principal Investigator on the ARL Advanced Displays Fedlab, and as a Section Leader in their Advanced Technology Center. Before that, Dr. Steele worked at M3i Systems in Montreal as a Software Specialist. Dr. Steele's area of interests are in HCI, Software Engineering, BioInformatics and Grid Computing.

Associate Professor of Journalism
Hai Tran is an Associate Professor of Journalism at DePaul, and he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in online news, multimedia storytelling, data journalism and international reporting. His research centers on multimedia effects, online agenda setting, comparative media systems and research methodology. A recipient of several “top paper” awards, Hai publishes in Media Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism, Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Advertising Research, Sport Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, International Communication Research Journal, Agenda Setting in a 2.0 World, and Encyclopedia of Journalism. 

Before entering academia, he was in the newsroom for almost a decade, working across platforms as a foreign correspondent, world news editor, sports commentator, TV producer, and guest television analyst. His reporting assignments included 9/11 and the 2000 election deadlock.

University Librarian
​​​​​​Scott Walter is University Librarian at DePaul University, where he provides vision and leadership for strategic planning and policy direction in the areas of library services, collections, information technology, facilities, and human resources. As the university’s representative to local, state, and national associations, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) (2013-16), Catholic Research Resources Alliance (2013-16), and Library Publishing Coalition (2014-16), and as Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association (2013-16). He has held leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Chicago Collections and as an Americas Regional Council representative to the OCLC Global Council.