Jeffrey McClurken has agreed to serve as Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology, Teaching, and Innovation. A graduate of Mary Washington College (BA) and Johns Hopkins University (MA, PhD), McClurken will complete his service as Chair of the Department of History & American Studies in May, 2014. In this half-time administrative appointment, Jeff will sit on Academic Affairs Council and the President’s Technology Advisory Council and will oversee the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies.
He will also oversee coordination of academic programming in the Convergence Center, due to open in summer 2014. Jeff is a recent recipient of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, with particular recognition for Teaching with Technology. He has a very strong record of regional and national participation in conversations about the digital humanities and the use of technology in teaching and learning, including his contributions to the ProfHacker blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education and articles published by the Journal of the Association of History and Computing, the New School/MacArthur Foundation, the Society of American Archivists, and Hacking the Academy. He serves as the Digital History Review Editor for the Journal of American History. He is also frequently invited to other colleges and universities to talk about these issues.
Working with faculty and staff colleagues here at UMW, Jeff has been deeply engaged with the various initiatives that have made UMW a leader among liberal arts colleges in embracing the transformational potential of new technologies.