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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Coffee, conversation, and your future as a games & learning scholar

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Informal Gathering:  Coffee, conversation, and your future as a games & learning scholar

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Two years ago Moses Wolfenstein engaged the GLS community in a fireside panel discussion considering the development and defense of a games-based dissertation. This informal conversation is designed to pick up where that conversation left off. Now that we’ve successfully defended, what’s next? Although the number of academic programs offering games based studies has dramatically increased in the past decade, positions in the academy identified specifically as gaming and digital media studies are still few and far between. Many recent DML graduates (or soon-to-be graduates) nervously comb job listings trying to navigate the ambiguity in job postings. Those who’ve successfully found that “dream job” realized quickly that there are challenges associated with furthering a DML or games-based agenda within the academy. In addition, many newly minted PhDs have found their passion in the design community and are pursuing a career in industry.

The range of early career opportunities for gaming and digital media scholars is diverse. This conversation has been compiled to engage a group of early career games scholars in informally discussing issues related to games-based careers within and beyond the academy, andjob market positioning in particular. Participants are uniquely positioned to talk about their job hunting and early career experiences. As a result this panel will offer both graduate students and faculty the opportunity to talk about early career issues, pre-graduation preparation and beneficial transition support.

Elizabeth King, Crystle Martin, Dylan Arena, Christopher C. Blakesley, Matthew Boyer, Mark Chen, Benjamin DeVane, Seann Dikkers, Sean C. Duncan, Shree Durga, Deborah Fields, Dani Herro, Barbara Z. Johnson, Jayne Lammers, Alecia Magnifico, David Simkins, Moses Wolfenstein


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Dylan Arena

Co-founder and Chief Learning Scientist, Kidaptive, Inc.
I'm passionate about learning sciences (especially game-based learning, cognitive science, and developmental psychology), software, statistics, games, rugby, and CrossFit. I'm also pretty stoked about early learning and next-generation assessment (areas in which my startup, Kidaptive, is focused).
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Chris Blakesley

Director, Multimedia & Interactivity, The Jack Welch Management Institute
Designer and researcher of immersive learning environments through the integration of narrative, games and mobile tools. Currently I direct multimedia and interactive initiatives for a 100% Online EMBA program.
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Matthew Boyer

Assistant Professor, Clemson University
assistant professor of digital media & learning in the eugene t. moore school of education at clemson university
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Mark Chen

Accidental Hero and Layabout, Independent
non-tenure track positions. | life after a PhD. | gaming culture and power/agency in gaming practice. | esoteric gaming practices, workarounds, and hacks. | subversion, representation, margins. | board games.
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Benjamin DeVane

Iowa City, Iowa, United States, University of Iowa
Identity & Learning | Computational Thinking | Design & Aesthetics
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Seann Dikkers

Education Department Chair, Bethel University
Seann Dikkers is an associate professor of Education at Bethel University. Formerly, Seann served fourteen years as a middle school teacher, high school principal, and researcher. Now he teaches, writes, and works with some amazing colleagues at Bethel. He studies exemplary teaching, learning design, and learning systems. His books include *Real-Time Research*, *Mobile Media Learning I and II*, and *TeacherCraft: Minecraft in the Classroom... Read More →
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Sean Duncan

Indiana University, United States of America
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Shree Durga

Postdoctoral Researcher, Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) Lab, Northeastern University
computational literacy, modding and information analytics, player engagement and learning in games
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Deborah Fields

Independent Research Consultant & Temporary Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies in ways that bridge informal and formal learning contexts. She is the co-PI on the Kids' DIY Media Project (kidsdiymedia.com) aimed at identifying and... Read More →
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Dani Herro

Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Learning, Clemson University
I am a former Instructional Technology Administrator and K-12 Technology Resource Teacher. My PhD work at UW-Madison involved studying teen learning using games and Web 2.0 apps. My current research involves writing and studying game and app design curricula in "formal" schooling, and computational thinking practices in teens designing apps. I love working with teachers and kids connecting technology to learning.
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Barbara Z. Johnson

Academic Technology Director, University of Wisconsin
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Beth King

Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Jayne C. Lammers

Assistant professor, University of Rochester
affinity space research; online research methods; videogame and other digital literacies; writing; 21st century learning; adolescent literacies; English teacher preparation
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Alecia Magnifico

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Crystle Martin

Researcher, University of California, Irvine
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David Simkins

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
David is fascinated by the potential of games, particularly role playing as a tool for facilitating and encouraging learning. He is also fascinated by the constraints and affordances of different games as tools for learning. Fortunately, he is ale to study games, write about games, teach about games, and make games for non-commercial purposes without starving. He is an assistant professor at RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, and a... Read More →
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Moses Wolfenstein

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin, Extension
Moses has worked in the field of education for over a decade, and has been studying and creating games and other digital media for learning since 2006. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis where he worked with his adviser Rich Halverson on games for school leadership. As SeniorInteraction Developer at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Moses works to improve user experiences and... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Main Lounge

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