The Five Criteria

Teaching effectiveness

  • student evaluations depict a thoughtful, inclusive, generative and challenging environment
  • student letters support ability to foster sustainable experimental art practices within and beyond SAIC
  • enrollments are strong and courses often have waiting lists
  • attracts significant student retention with 10 repeat students through classes and Coop internships this semester
  • has facilitated institutional cross-pollination and contexts for public presentation with the Data Viz Collaborative exhibition-driven course between SAIC and Northwestern (2015), and The Data that We Breathe (current), a laboratory at the Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry bringing together artists and scholars from the University of Chicago and SAIC
  • consistently receives requests from students for informal advising and studio visits
  • often invited for visit classes to give lectures and workshops

Professional involvement

  • active practice within local, national, and international communities and contexts in electronic writing, poetry, and performance
  • recent performances in Chicago, Ohio, LA, North Carolina, Norway, England, and Argentina
  • confirmed upcoming events in New York City, Finland, England and British Columbia
  • recent exhibition and performance contexts include {Re}Happening at the historic Black Mountain College, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival (Chicago), Chicago Architecture Biennial, E-poetry Festival (Buenos Aires), &Now Festival of New Writing (LA), The Ends of Electronic Literature (Bergen), Perform Chinatown (LA), and Language and the Interface Exhibition (Coimbra)
  • co-founder of Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r), currently in a year-long residency at the International Museum of Surgical Science with rehearsals twice per week
  • currently in-residence at the Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry for a collaborative project The Data that We Breathe, and a course, Breathing Matters: Poetics and Politics of Air at the University of Chicago.
  • influences a range of artists outside SAIC through visiting artist workshops with upcoming teaching sessions in Finland and England
  • currently working on multiple invited essays to contextualize practice
  • active organizer, curator and peer reviewer

Appropriateness of content of teaching in relation to curriculum, department needs, and School philosophy

  • courses appeal to a broad range of students and make connections between diverse practices, resonating wih interdisciplinary department mission and school-wide core values
  • provides innovative and rigorous contexts for creative coding, a core practice within ATS
  • curricular emphasis on textual and performance-based contexts is directly appropriate to the teaching of code, a performative, executable language
  • courses emphasize an exploratory, meaning as making, DIY approach that engages and empowers students
  • courses integrate history and theory, encouraging robust, contextualized, research-driven work, emphasizing the studies within ATS
  • works succesfully with artists of all levels and backgrounds, often in a single setting
  • courses emphasize the creation and interruption of complex patterns within data-driven systems, which resonates with the ATS mission of generating, hacking and subverting systems

Service to the school

  • Assessment Coordinator for Art & Technology Studies
  • core member of the ATS department even prior to tenure-track hire - integral to major departmental review in 2013
  • currently serving on Liberal Arts Science Search Committee
  • Fulbright reviewer for Career Services in 2014-15 and 2015-16
  • Faculty Mentor for the New Blood Festival in 2014-15
  • serves on Exhibitions & Events Committee
  • travels with Admissions for portfolio reviews and is relied upon to engage artists from a broad range of disciplines
  • As ATS Graduate Coordinator, organizes and advises the current graduate community while working with admissions to reach out to new students to sustain the department's graduate program
  • currently mentoring a Shapiro Research Fellow
  • co-mentored the prolific Queer Mixed Reality Collective, a Shapiro Center research group in 2014-15
  • attends all ATS department meetings as well as regular junior faculty meetings to discuss curriculum and other ways to enhance the department
  • since Fall 2014, Visiting Artist in 3 SAIC classrooms, reviewer for a VCS thesis, and invited speaker for a student-led Queering New Media panel

Evidence of outside recognition

  • studies of work by scholars appear in recent books including Reading Writing Interfaces: From Digital to the Bookbound (2014), Digital Modernism: Making it New in New Media (2013), and Comparative textual Media (2013)
  • work is taught widely in university writing and new media programs
  • current recipient of a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship through the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at University of Chicago
  • recipient of a Fulbright Scholar's Award in Digital Culture
  • awarded a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant
  • invited reviewer for the Electronic Literature Organization Arts Festival in 2017 (Portugal)
  • invited reviewer for ISEA 2016, International Symposium of Electronic Arts (Hong Kong)
  • invited in contribute to forthcoming books including Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance (Routledge) and Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practices (University of West Virginia Press)
  • invited to perform in 2016 at Babycastles (NYC), Grace Space (NYC), Linda Montano Art/Life Institute (NY), Pink Fringe (Brighton, UK), and the Electronic Literature Organization Arts Festival (Vancouver, BC)
  • invited to curate a year-long online showcase in 2016 for the Electronic Literature Organization
  • invited to teach week-long workshops this spring and summer at University of Helsinki and University of Chichester
  • on cv, performances, publications, workshops & residencies since tenure-track hire are designated as invited if they were not the result of an open call