Gina Siesing

Director, Educational & Scholarly Technology Services

Phone: 617-627-3082
Fax: 617-627-3667
Address: Educational & Scholarly Technology Services
University Information Technology (UIT)
16 Dearborn Road
Tufts University
Somerville, MA 02144
What I do:
UIT Educational & Scholarly Technology Services offers a full spectrum of services for Tufts academic clients. I work with colleagues to develop, evaluate, and continually enhance educational and scholarly technology services for a diverse university community. A primary focus of my position is communication and collaboration with academic deans, faculty, and other academic resource colleagues across the university to understand academic technology goals and to envision best approaches to meeting these goals both at the institutional level and in local departmental and program contexts. Working with colleagues at Tufts and beyond, I research trends in teaching, learning, and research technology and make determinations about appropriate places to introduce new resources and initiatives based on the vision and needs of the academic communities at Tufts.
Education & Background:
Prior to joining the Tufts community, I worked for six years with the Instructional Computing Group in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, managing a wonderful team of instructional designers and developers, coordinating faculty development and support programs, and working with colleagues across the university to develop infrastructure and services to meet ever-evolving educational technology needs.While completing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Austin, I served as Associate Director for the Computer Writing and Research Labs , a teaching, research, and development center where I first gained enthusiasm for the practical and interesting ways that computer technologies can support learning across the curriculum. I also co-led the Critical Tinkers at UT-Austin, a project team of peers who learned to program in Perl and created a suite of Web-based courseware modules called Critical Tools.
Professional Interests:
My professional interests focus on cultivating robust communication channels and collaborations among faculty, educational technology specialists, and university colleagues to support work toward shared academic technology goals. From 2008-2011, I am serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of NERCOMP, the NorthEast Regional Computing Program, participating this year with the SIG Committee, the Institutional Representatives/Membership Committee, and the Annual Conference Program Committee.
“Leading Your IT Organization by Design,” NERCOMP professional development program, 2007-2008. Co-designed and led with Maureen Scoones, Hamilton College; Janet Simons, Hamilton College; and Fred Schmitt, Teamwork Strategies, Inc.”Sparking Connections: Learning Tools, Learning Objects, Learning Objectives,” UIT Forum for Teaching, Learning, and Research, Tufts University, 2006.

“Harvard@Home: Providing Rich Media for Lifelong Learning,” New Media Consortium, New England Regional Conference, Yale University, 2005.

“Reserves List Tool,” ABCD-Technology in Education working group, Harvard University, co-presented with Laura Morse, Systems Librarian, and Julie Wetherill, Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian, Office for Information Systems, Harvard University Library, 2005.

“Reserves List Tool,” University Library Council, Harvard University, co-presented with Laura Morse, Harvard University Library, 2005.

“Teaching with Technology,” Menschel Teaching Program for Junior Faculty, Harvard University, sponsored by Offices of the Divisional Deans, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, co-presented with Paul Bergen, Matthew Bockol, Daniel Jamous, and Annie Rota, 2004 and 2005.

“Inventing New England: History, Memory, and the Creation of Regional Identity — Historical Study B-41,” Libraries and Instructional Technology program, Harvard University, sponsored by Office of the Provost, 2003.

“Web Pedagogies,” University-wide workshop for faculty and IT specialists, Harvard University, sponsored by Office of the Provost, co-organized and led with Paul Bergen, 2002.

“Collective Class Web Site as Interactive Resource,” Computer Writing and Research Lab Spring Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin, 1997.

“Does It Compute? Computer-Mediated Interaction in the Classroom and the Undergraduate Writing Center,” Forty-Seventh Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI, 1996.

“Online Communication: The Cyber Writing Center,” Forty-Sixth Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington, D.C., 1995.