Academic Technology

Information Technology Services, primarily through Academic Technology, supports campus teaching and scholarly activities through a broad array of support services, specialized personnel, and state-of-the-art infrastructure. In addition to advising faculty and departments in the use of new media and emerging technologies, we also manage a broad array of discipline-specific software and classroom and computer laboratory spaces for instruction and research.

We offer individual consultation, provide instruction to classes or small groups, and help develop and implement new and innovative learning tools.

Mission

Academic Technology at Wesleyan includes both a team of academic technologists and the staff of Instructional Media Services. Both teams work closely together to assist the faculty and students at Wesleyan in the use of digital technologies in their teaching and research. Moreover, we also collaborate extensively with the Libraries, the Center for Pedagogical Innovation, and Institutional Research to support faculty in introducing innovative and effective digital resources and methods into their teaching and scholarship. 

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Staff

The staff of Academic Technology includes both academic technologists and instructional media specialists. All are dedicated to supporting Wesleyan faculty and students. We offer individual consultations, provide instruction to classes or small groups, and help develop and implement new and innovative learning tools. Faculty who have questions about using technology in their teaching or research are encouraged to reach out to the staff member with the appropriate area of specialty, contact the Director directly, or to submit a ticket using Service Now and a member of our team will contact you shortly. 

Main Contact Information

  • Rachel N. Schnepper

    Director of Academic Technology

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    rschnepper@wesleyan.edu

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    As the Director of Academic Technology, Rachel brings over fifteen years of higher education experience with her to Wesleyan. Prior to working at Wesleyan, she was at Grinnell College, where as its first Associate Director for Academic Technology she founded and managed the Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative. Having taught history, women’s and gender studies, and digital humanities classes at Rutgers University, Princeton University, DePaul University, Washington and Lee University, and Grinnell, Rachel is intimately familiar with the needs of faculty and is committed to helping them integrate digital resources into their research and teaching. With a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Vassar College, Rachel is deeply committed to the mission of a liberal arts education and its continued relevance and evolution in the twenty-first century. To learn more about Rachel, please visit her website, www.rachelschnepper.com, or follow her on Twitter @rachelschnepper where she tweets fairly regularly about digital humanities and popular culture.

Academic Technologists

  • Jessica Downa

    Academic Technologist Media Specialist

    Areas of Specialty: Media production, website design, WordPress, Cascade, and WesFiles

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    jdowna@wesleyan.edu

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    Jessica Downa became an Academic Technologist for Wesleyan in late 2017, bringing her master’s degree in education and over fifteen years experience in Educational Technology to the University. Her passion is multimedia development, using her knowledge of video, web, and graphic design to support faculty in improving student engagement.

  • Bonnie Solivan

    Academic Technologist

    Areas of Specialty: Moodle and Echo360

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    bsolivan@wesleyan.edu

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    Bonnie Solivan has extensive knowledge in a combination of disciplines and software packages. She is an instructional designer that is experienced in the development of curriculum, assessments, student engagement strategies, and active learning activities. Bonnie has been teaching for seven years as an adjunct in a combination of programs – undergraduate programs such as Introduction & Intermediate Computers, Introduction to Software Applications, Introduction to Business, Principles of International Business, Elements of Organization Managerial Communication, Business Policy Seminar, Learn Across a Lifespan; graduate programs such as Technology for Learning, Integrating Technology and Literacy, Technology in the Classroom, and Century Citizens.  Along with teaching, she has developed and delivered instructional training sessions and workshops for faculty/students/staff with the focus on professional development, instructional design, multimedia software (podcast, videos), Moodle/Blackboard, assessment tools and development, conducting research and grant writing.
  • Alex Vazquez

    Academic Technologist Training Specialist

    Areas of Specialty: Training

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    avazquez@wesleyan.edu

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    Coming from a mental health and behavioral non-profit institution, Alex Vazquez spent nine years building a rewarding foundation as a vocational counselor instructing and training at-risk youth with technology. Prior to joining the academic technology team in late 2017, Alex worked in IMS as the Instructional Media Specialist in charge of the campus classroom support. Now in his role as an academic technologist training specialist for ITS, Alex brings all his familiarity with the technology on campus and looks forward to further assisting the Wesleyan community.

Instructional Media Services

  • Steve Alvarez

    Instructional Media Specialist, Special Events

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    salvarez01@wesleyan.edu

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    Steve Alvarez has been a member of the Wesleyan ITS team since February of 2017. He works in the Instructional Media Services (IMS) as the Special Events Coordinator, and he manages the student employees from both IMS and the ITS Help Desk. Steve came to Wesleyan University as a seventeen year veteran of the U.S. Army (1999-2016). He’s happy to assist anyone with questions pertaining to both IMS and Special Events.

  • Heric Flores-Rueda

    Senior Instructional Media Specialist

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    hflores@wesleyan.edu

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    Heric Flores was born in Veracruz, Mexico. In 1980 obtained a bachelor degree in electronics from IPN (http://www.esimez.ipn.mx/Paginas/Inicio.aspx) and in 1991 a second bachelor in physics from UNAM (http://www.fciencias.unam.mx/), the main public education institutions in Mexico. He worked for Televisa from 1980 to 1989. In 1989 he started working at Guanajuato University. In 1990, he spent four months working for the high energy physics experiment E690 at Fermi lab, in Batavia, IL. From 1991 to 1992 he taught electronics, physics, and mathematics at La Salle Leon in Leon, Guanajuato. From 1992 to 1996 he was the academic secretary at the Physics Institute Guanajuato University. In 1996 he received a Masters in Physics from Guanajuato University and in 2002 a Ph. D. from Wesleyan University. From 2004 to 2009 he was a visiting scholar physics at Wesleyan University, and in 2013 he started teaching (online and on campus), physics, and mathematics at Holy Apostles College and Seminar. In 2017 he started teaching physics at Legion of Christ College of Humanities. Heric also works for ITS at Wesleyan University since 2002.

  • Brent Morgan

    Instructional Media Specialist, Classroom Support

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    bmorgan@wesleyan.edu

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    Brent Morgan received a B.A. in Studio Arts/English from Clark University in 1993. He then spent five years as a recording artist and performing musician with A&M Records. After the inevitable breakup of the band, he moved to Boston and spent several years working with Priceline.com before returning to his hometown of Middletown CT to work at Wesleyan. As part of the Academic Technology team Brent oversees classroom support.