Some of you who have been following the goings' on at HASTAC Central (where the hastac.org site is administered, the HASTAC newsletter produced, and your HASTAC questions answered---not to mention where all the amazing HASTAC Scholars find community and connection) know that, starting this Fall, we will be dividing the administrative leadership between Duke University (where it has been located since coming from Stanford in 2004) and the Graduate Center, CUNY. In charge of the central part of this project is a familiar face to many, the remarkable and, well, generally fabulous Kaysi Holman. Trained as a lawyer, Kaysi is a technology wizard who also produced our Coursera #FutureEd MOOC last year. She will be moving into the Program Coordinator role at Duke, working jointly with the Program Coordinator at HASTAC@CUNY, working part of the time also as Program Coordinator for the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke, and, finally, working to make the dual-hub new configuration not only work . . . but proliferate!
We hope that we will soon (whenever our new hastac.org site is completed) be able to host and highlight many other hubs, with different specializations and strengths. Of course, there is already the HASTAC/Digital Media and Learning Competition Hub shared by Duke and University of California Research Institute, part of the MacArthur Foundations Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
Big plans, big future. But for now, please join me in congratulating Kaysi on her new role. It's going to be a fabulous year.
[For more on Kaysi, see this post form 2012 welcoming her to our team]
And here is the warm welcome we gave Kaysi in 2012 when she joined our team:
Please join me in welcoming the newest member of the hastac.org administrative team based at Duke University, Kaysi Holman. Kaysi will be working primarily with me but, since we practice the “collaboration by difference” method we preach, she will also be working with steering committee members and HASTAC Scholars and other parts of hastac.org distributed team at other institutions too. She'll be key in planning the future of hastac.org, thinking through aspects of the Digital Media and Learning Competition, working with our new postdoctoral fellow on the NSF EAGER grant and working with our team at Duke and UNC on the NSF Ci-BER grant. She’ll also be key to the complex triad of online and public courses I will be offering in the spring, a graduate class in “21st Century Literacy: Digital Knowledge and Digital Humanities” as well as a public course called “Surprise Endings: Social Science and Literature” that I’m team-teaching with behavioral economist Dan Ariely and then the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge that I co-direct with David Bell. All these integrate and interface in public ways, have a cadre of teaching assistants, research assistants, apprentices, and fellows—and Kaysi will somehow be keeping this all together.
In fact, I’m not sure why I’m using the future tense since she has already proven herself an invaluable team member, a creative and innovative technology “early adapter,” and an astonishing systems and design thinker. She'd been in the office only three or four days when we had our annual planning retreat and, within minutes, was at the whiteboard helping to organize ideas and plans as efficiently as she was diving in and getting a grip on our (sometimes frustrating) group ware collaborative PODIO tool. She's even a patient teacher so I'm halfway to having PODIO figured out--and that's incredible. It's one thing to master new tech with ease and quite another to have the gift of helping others to gain that same proficiency. As we redesign our website yet again, Kaysi's keen eye for usability is going to be invaluable. It already has been in bending Word Press to the purposes of my interconnected Spring classes.
With a law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State and an undergraduate Cognitive Studies degree from Vanderbilt, Kaysi is already helping us architect some complex bridges between programs, technology systems, and people with real elegance and finesse. Not a practicing lawyer, Kaysi nonetheless is very wise on an array of legal issues and IP issues of the kind that any tech organization has to be conversant with on a daily basis.
Previously, Communications Consultant for the Alamada County Bar Association, she’s supervised data base conversions and website redesigns, virtualized servers and desktops, and helped coordinate targeted communication strategies across a range of social media. She’s worked as the Lead Organizer for Low-Income Families Empowerment Through Education, as a marketer for Planned Parenthood, a Program Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and has volunteered with numerous organizations, including as an ESL Tutor, a coach for the National Hispanic Bar Association Moot Court Competition, and worked as a board member for the Asian Pacific Law Student Association, the Gay and Lesbian Legal Alliance, and the Coalition Against Discrimination at ASU.
In short, Kaysi commitment to a wide-range of social causes is as impressive as her in-depth knowledge of an array of softwares, data bases, content management systems, and other tools. She's also a delightful, unpretentious, roll-up-the-sleeves-and-get-it-done kinda gal. At her interview, when we asked her what she does when she has to figure out a new software or middle ware, she laughed and said, "I push all the buttons." Very HASTAC!
We have an extremely busy semester ahead at hastac.org and we’re fired up—and ready to go! Happy holidays, everyone!