Spencer Striker is associate professor-in-residence for communication, specializing in digital media design. Striker’s creative scholarship is organized around digital media design and embraces interaction design, mobile media, digital media and learning, game media, and entrepreneurship.
He has taught at the American University in Dubai, (where he served as Coordinator of the Digital Media Program), the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, (where he co-founded the Media, Arts, and Game Development Program), and Indiana University at Bloomington. At AUD, Striker taught courses on Design Concepts for the Web, Mobile App Design and Development, Computer Graphics, Online Media Production, Creative Opportunities in Contemporary Media, and Next Gen Interactive Entertainment.
In addition to his teaching experience, he has been active in the digital media industry, having served as founding creative director of the Silicon Valley startup, Galxyz, Inc., and producer and product manager at Kno, Inc. Spencer also launched two of Dubai’s most influential podcasts. The Dubai Wave Podcast looked at big picture Dubai, illuminating a 360-degree viewpoint of the city via in-depth interviews with leading personalities in various industries. While Digital Dubai focused on leaders in Dubai’s burgeoning tech scene.
His projects have garnered some of the highest awards in the digital media field, including the Webby, which he has won three times. Striker’s work has also been featured at major national and international conferences, including a prestigious ALPHA selection at the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon as well as the 2019 Tokyo Slush Startup Showcase. His digital book app, History Adventures, was an official selection at the 2018 and 2019 Step Conference Startup Showcase. He is the recipient of several grants, fellowships and other awards, including the Oxford Summer Research Institute fellowship, academic staff development grants, and support from the Gates Foundation.
Striker holds a Ph.D. in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master’s in New Media Production and Design from Indiana University at Bloomington, and undergrad degrees in Radio-TV-Film (B.S.) and History (B.A.) from the University of Texas at Austin.