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Co-Directors Dr. Gian Pagnucci, Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, Dr. Dan Weinstein,

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

Gian is Chair of IUP’s Department of English. He was selected as IUP’s University Professor for 2009-2010, IUP’s highest academic award. He has been an English faculty member at IUP for 17 years. Dr. Pagnucci’s teaching specialties are technical writing, composition, and technology-based pedagogy. He has won a Reflective Practice Teaching Award and an international award for innovative teaching with technology. Dr. Pagnucci is the author of Living the Narrative Life: Stories as a Tool for Meaning Making, published Heinemann Boynton/Cook. He also was co-editor for Re-Mapping Narrative: Technology’s Impact on the Way We Write, published by Hampton Press. In addition, Dr. Pagnucci has published in such leading journals as Computers and Composition, English Journal, and English Education. While these other accomplishments are nice, he is probably most proud of writing the book Don’t Count Your Chickens! Stories for Kids to Tell, a big hit with children at library story hours across the country.

Dr. Kenneth Sherwood

Ken is Associate Professor of English and co-founded the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at IUP. He has designed and taught graduate courses in contemporary Electronic Literature, Digital Scholarship in English Studies, and Digital Teaching; most recently he proposed and has taught the workshop in Digital Writing for the undergraduate writing track. He conducts research in poetics, oral performance, digital culture, and new media literature. He edited poet Louis Zukofsky's A Useful Art Essays and Radio Scripts on American Design (Wesleyan UP, 2003). His research in oral performance “Elaborate Versionings: Characteristics of Emergent Performance in Three Print/Oral/ Aural Poets” (Oral Tradition 21.1) is reflected in the prototype website http://www.audibleword.org. His engagement with digital culture and writing dates back to 1993, when he co-founded the first “e-zine” of postmodern literature at SUNY Buffalo. In 2009, he curated an exhibition of new media literature along with graduate students at Indiana University of PA; the companion website can be found at http://readingrebooted.iupdhc.org. He has been actively involved in academic computing at IUP, leading a digital repository initiative, proposing IUP's blog service, and implementing prototype wiki, audio blogging (http://www.i-cast.org) and digital journal services. Currently, he chairs the ACPAC Emerging Technology Committee. In 2013, he participated in the High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship initiative at UT Austin, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humantities. A published poet and oral performer, his chapbooks include That Risk, Text2 Box, and Hard Return. He also presents original, digitally-mediated creative writing. Creative research focuses on the programming language and development tool "Processing" as a composition environment for poetry.

Dr. Dan Weinstein

Dan, who joined IUP as Assistant Professor of English in 2012, also serves as a Mentor in IUP's Mindfulness Living Learning Community.

Dan brings nearly twenty years of online teaching and educational technology training experience to his position. A pioneer in the use of computer technology for teaching writing remotely, in 1996 Dan designed and taught the first online English Composition course ever offered at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Since that time he has continued to innovate teaching techniques that harness the potential of digital technologies to support students' creative growth.

Dan's academic research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, tends to focus on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students succeed as learners and creators.

Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Oriana Gatta

Dr. Tanya Heflin

Dr. Melanie Holm

Dr. David Loomis

Dr. Amanda Poole

Dr. Todd Thompson

Dr. Matt Vetter

Shane Sedlemyer: Graduate Assistant, 2017-

Adam Colton: Lead Developer

Adam is currently developing Livingstone Online, an online archive of the letters and journals of Dr. David Livingstone. He has been developing websites and programs for over 15 years and has experience in a variety of web-based/programming languages. Adam is currently a doctoral candidate in the IUP Literature and Criticism program. His scholarly interests include modern science fiction, digital literature, and digital/technological pedagogy.

Former members

Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki

Adrian joined IUP as Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Co-Director of the DHC from 2011-2013. He is also Project Director of the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/), Project Co-Director of Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/), and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Adrian specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, and the digital humanities. His most recent research explores the role of intercultural dynamics in the development of Victorian colonial literature and discourse, especially in the context of Africa. He also has interests in collaborative digital project development, and in the application of advanced digital imaging to the study of damaged nineteenth-century manuscripts. Wisnicki’s monograph, Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel (2008), is published by Routledge. Articles have appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in Travel Writing, History in Africa, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. His research projects have been funded by grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy.

Dr. Alexis Lothian

Alexis Lothian joined IUP in 2012 from the University of Southern California. A former HASTAC scholar, she researches and teaches at the intersections of cultural studies, digital media, speculative fiction, and queer theory. Her research focuses on speculative fiction’s engagements with race, gender, and sexuality, and she also works on digital artistic forms that are emerging from science fiction fan communities, especially as these forms engage critical readings of media texts and are used to participate in social justice activism. She is the editor of an upcoming special issue of the open access peer reviewed journal Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology on feminist science fiction, coeditor of a Social Text Periscope dossier on Speculative Life, and a founding member of the editorial team for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures. Her work has been published in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, and Journal of Digital Humanities; in addition to HASTAC, her participation in the digital humanities community has included THATCamp and an MLA unconference on digital pedagogy. She maintains an academic blog at http://queergeektheory.org and tweets as @alothian.

Eliza Albert: Developer

Eliza aids in the development of and transcription of materials for the Livingstone Online website. Eliza is a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Criticism program with specialization in graphic novel. She will soon be finishing coursework and preparing for her comprehensive exams.

Annie Lin: Lead Developer

Annie currently works on the Livingstone Online site in both front- and back-end development. She is currently a junior in the Languages and Systems track of the Computer Science department. She has interests ranging from web development to software design, and she's always open to tackling new technologies and systems.

Student Blogging - Wordpress/Buddypress

DHC co-director Kenneth Sherwood is continuing the teaching explorations of blogging with English 101 students this year -- using a new tool called Wordpress/Buddypress. Students are conducting audio interviews and using a blog to document their writing processes.

As Dr. Eric Glicker's research shows, one dimension contributing to the value of writing through blogs is the opportunity to create a community of learners in dialogue. So having others read the blog and comment is crucial to gaining the motivational and shaping effects of audience.

Student Blogging Research

Blogging has emerged as an intriguing educational tool in recent years, particularly for those of us teaching writing. Recently, IUP doctoral student Eric Glicker defended his dissertation entitled "The Student Writer as Blogger: A Longitudinal Study of a Blogger's Critical Narrative Events." DHC co-director Gian Pagnucci directed the dissertation, and DHC co-director Kenneth Sherwood was also a reader.

Reading Rebooted - Website online

Announcing the companion website for "Reading Rebooted: Glimpsing the Future of Literature in the Digital Age" which offers the opportunity to preview the works selected from twelve digital writers and artists from the United States, Europe, and Australia. Visit http://readingrebooted.iupdhc.org to learn about future of literature in the digital age.

Wikis Across the Curriculum

A 2007-08 Tour of IUP Faculty Explorations in Teaching Technology

Presentation for the Emerging Technology Committee of ACPAC
2pm - Thursday, May 1, 2008

Participatory Technology : Wikis and Podcasts in the Language Classroom

Presentation for the IUP Spring Methodology
Conference on Foreign Language Teaching

Dr. Dawn Smith - Sherwood
IUP Spanish

Dr. Kenneth Sherwood
IUP English

Wikis in Education Presentation

Visit the wiki for a brief outline of the general educational uses of the wiki, and a look at the explorations in progress of IUP Faculty.

You are welcome to contribute to this Wikis In Education 101" page, which has been composed for a presentation to the ACPAC Emerging Technology Committee at IUP.

The "Wiki" in the Classroom

This fall three members of the Digitial Humanites working group will explore the learning potential of the Wiki with their students. Familiar as the interface for "Wikipedia," the wiki is a tool for collaboration that has many educational uses. The key feature is that any entry created can subsequently be modified with new information by later readers.


We wanted to initiate a conversation drawing upon our varied interests in digital technology and the humanities, so it only seemed fitting that we have a networked space to register some of this discussion. Please feel free to participate in this space in whatever manner suits suits you.

Here are some of the areas of interest on the table:digital text as knowledge, and knowledge about knowledge; collaboration and peer editing; digital rhetorics (remix, modularity); video games and student learning; digital text and the transformation of the discplines; intertextuality and variorum editions; technology vis a vis pedagogy.