I am pleased to welcome Elizabeth Ellsworth to the Office of the Provost as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning. In this new position, Elizabeth will actively support the development and implementation of new curricular programs. She will also develop the means to assess and improve the quality of the educational experience across the University. Her work will focus on cross-divisional and university-wide programs and will have particular emphasis on creating new pathways and opportunities to both broaden and strengthen the academic experience at The New School through innovation and best practices in teaching and learning. She will work in close collaboration with the Deans and faculty and will establish a University-wide Curriculum Committee. Within the Provost’s Office, Elizabeth will oversee the areas managed by Adrienne Marcus, Director of University Curriculum and Dual Degree Programs, and Carolyn Comiskey, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs.
Elizabeth has been a member of The New School’s faculty for the past seven years, most recently as Professor of Media Studies. In 2004-05 she served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Media Studies program.
Elizabeth’s research and teaching focus on the design of mediated learning environments, uses of media to teach about and across social and cultural difference, media and social change, and documentary media forms. Her scholarship is especially concerned with the ways in which media designs create possibilities for people to construct, share, and assess diverse ways of knowing. She has produced five books on media and pedagogy in higher education, including Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (Routledge, 2004) and Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address (Teachers College Press, 1997). Her recent journal articles focus on projects that fuse learning with aesthetic experience, and public pedagogy.
From 1984-2000 Elizabeth was Professor of Educational Communications Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has taught as Visiting Professor in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Since 2000, Elizabeth has co-designed web-based media and content for a number of interdisciplinary online learning environments, including ExtremeMediaStudies.org. She has served as a consultant on pedagogical design for museums and design schools. As co-founder of a non-profit media arts collaboration, www.smudgestudio.org, she translates results of her research and writing into media forms, exhibitions, and projects.
Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth to the Office of the Provost. I know she is enthusiastic about this new role and especially about the opportunity to work in new ways with colleagues across the University.