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Steering Committee

2016 Steering Committee:

Peter BolPeter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Peter Bol ,Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Through the VPAL office, Bol has budgetary oversight of HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and HarvardX research and research collaborations to advance the science of learning. With input from the VPAL Advisory Committee, he works across the university to develop policies and best practices for online and blended learning and to foster closer university-wide collaboration. As the founding director of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Bol has long been interested in how technology can be used to advance learning and teaching in all fields. With his colleague William Kirby, he also teaches the HarvardX course ChinaX, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive MOOCs ever produced, with content spanning 15 months. He has taught on-campus versions of the course in both traditional and blended formats for several decades. Bol’s research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century.

Petra Dierkes-ThrunPetra Dierkes-Thrun, program committee, steering committee and conference operations coordinator

Petra Dierkes-Thrun's research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and digital pedagogy as well as literary theory for the digital age; pedagogically smart uses of technology in teaching, and project-based learning in the Humanities.Petra Dierkes-Thrun serves as an Advisory Editor for Gender and Sexuality Studies at boundary 2 (Duke University Press). She was the Founding Editor of The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin-de-siècle and modernist society and culture (Rivendale Press, UK).Petra is also the Director of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning for the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.

Eric GrimsonEric Grimson, Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering, Chancellor, MIT

Eric Grimson is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds the Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering at MIT. He also holds a joint appointment as a Lecturer on Radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prof. Grimson has previously served as the Education Officer for the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, as Associate Department Head, and from 2005 to 2011 as Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since 2011, he has held the position of MIT's Chancellor. He received a B.Sc. (High Honors) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Regina in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1980. Prof. Grimson is a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and his group has pioneered state of the art systems for activity and behavior recognition, object and person recognition, image database indexing, image guided surgery, site modeling and many other areas of computer vision. Prof. Grimson is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the IEEE, and was awarded the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Engineering at MIT.

Kathy KoshlandCathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of California, Berkeley

Cathy Koshland is the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering. She is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and a professor in the Energy and Resources Group. Professor Koshland graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Haverford College, studied painting at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and received her M.S. in 1978 and her Ph.D. in 1985 in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She was a former member of the Haverford College Board of Managers from 1994 – 2014 and served as Board Co-Chair from 2005 – 2009 and Chair from 2009 to 2014. Among Vice Chancellor Koshland’s responsibilities are major operating units including University Extension; Summer Sessions, Study Abroad and Lifelong Learning; the Student Learning Center, the Athletic Study Center, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and Educational Technology Services, American Cultures, The BLUM Center and Berkeley Connect. Her office has responsibility for several strategic academic initiatives as well as providing support to faculty development in teaching and learning. In addition, her office advises on enrollment planning and management, and serves as a liaison for academic units with many campus administrative offices. She co-chairs the Undergraduate Initiative with Provost Claude Steele.

John MitchellJohn Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering; Professor of Computer Science and (by courtesy) Electrical Engineering and of Education, Stanford University

John Mitchell is Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, and (by courtesy) Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Education. His past research has focused on computer security, developing analysis methods and improving network protocol security, authorization and access control, web security, and privacy. He is a member of the steering committee for Stanford University’s Cyber Initiative. Mitchell currently leads research projects funded by the US Air Force, the Office of Naval Research, and private companies and foundations; he is the Stanford Principal Investigator of the multidisciplinary TRUST NSF Science and Technology Center and Chief Computer Scientist of the DHHS-funded SHARPS project on healthcare security and privacy. He is a consultant and adviser to companies and the author of over 150 research articles and two books. Mitchell’s first research project in online learning started in 2009, when he and six undergraduate students built Stanford CourseWare, an innovative platform that expanded to support interactive video and discussion. CourseWare served as the foundation for initial flipped classroom experiments at Stanford and helped inspire the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Stanford.