Technology and Learning Faculty Conference 2014 Speakers

Program Speakers

Provost Rick Marrs

Keynote Address

Photo of Keynote Speaker Provost Rick MarrsThe Technology and Learning team is proud to announce Rick Marrs, Provost of Pepperdine University, has been named the keynote speaker at this year's conference.

A member of the Seaver College Religion Division faculty since 1987, Marrs was named dean of Seaver in 2008. He served as the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion from 2001 to 2006. Marrs is regarded as an exceptional scholar of the Old Testament and the literature of the ancient Near East with knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Phoenician, and Ugaritic, and in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was named Provost of Pepperdine in 2014.

Program Speakers

Jim DiLellio

A Tablet-Based Interactive e-textbook for Business Statistics

Jim DiLellioDr. DiLellio has over a decade of domestic and international experience in the aerospace and defense industry. He most recently served as a department manager for Raytheon, where he was responsible for over 70 system engineers serving the engineering development needs of a diverse government and commercial customer base. He has also served as a senior manager at The Boeing Company, and previously held key engineering appointments at Raytheon Systems Company and The Aerospace Corporation. Dr. DiLellio's research interests are primarily in the area of nonlinear optimization, simulation, and Kalman filtering techniques for modeling investment problems. The application of this research covers portfolio management, retirement planning, commodity price modeling, and the analysis of investment strategies. This work has led to over a dozen published articles, including recently in the Journal of Economics and Finance, Financial Services Review, as well as two U.S. patents on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Dr. DiLellio has taught at the Northwestern University and the University of Akron. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern University and holds a M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University.

Stan Warford

Pepperdine Computer Science Courses on iTunes U

Dr. Stan WarfordBefore joining the ranks of the academy, Stan Warford was an aerospace engineer and worked on the computer memory systems for the Voyager Mars lander and the Space Shuttle. He is the author of three computer science textbooks, Computer Science, Computing Fundamentals, and Computer Systems, which is now in its fourth edition. He has authored papers in computer science education, which is his main area of interest. He is the recipient of two teaching awards — the Luckman Teaching Fellow award and the Howard A. White Teaching Award — at Pepperdine University, where he is the chair of the Computer Science program.



Jennifer Smith

Fostering Study Skills Using Google Apps for Education

Dr. Jennifer Smith

J. A. T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English in HUTE. She is invested in ways of learning and modes of educational access in both medieval England and the contemporary classroom. Her medieval project is titled Reginald Pecock and the Golden Rule: Love and Learning in Pre-Reformation England. It discusses the application of Matthew 22 as a justification for universal education. In the Seaver classroom, she regularly employs digital tools to improve collaboration among students and is currently developing an Introduction to Digital Humanities Course to be offered in Fall of 2015.




Linda Polin

Thinking About Thinking

Dr. Linda Polin

Dr. Linda Polin is the Davidson Professor of Education and Technology in the Education Division of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has served for many years as program chair of the doctoral program in learning technologies. Currently she teaches courses in innovation and change, qualitative research methods, knowledge creation and collaboration, and the imagining futures capstone course. In 2011 she received the Howard White Teaching Award. Her research interests focus on learning and knowledge sharing in networked formal and informal communities, currently focusing on massively multiplayer online game players, and large hobby communities. Polin consults with school districts, universities, and software developers. She enjoys gardening, networked gaming, constructing with Legos and Arduino, and all things Studio Chibli.


Paul Sparks

Win Win: Gameful Design for Students and Professors

Dr. Paul SparksDr. Paul Sparks is the longtime chair of the Award winning online MA program in Learning Technology (MALT). He also leads doctoral courses in the Learning Technology and Organizational Leadership programs at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His research interests include informal learning with technology and technology enhanced learning for rural populations and he has done research in Nepal and Fiji. Previously, Dr. Sparks helped start Epoch Internet and was a corporate learning technologist for the Rockwell International. Dr Sparks consults with start-ups and non-profits and enjoys brainstorming and interactive art.



Victoria Stay

Win Win: Gameful Design for Students and Professors

Victoria Stay is the Operations Manager of the newly established Gameful Design Lab at Pepperdine University, a winner of the inaugural Waves of Innovation. She is also completing her Doctoral studies in Learning Technologies with the Graduate School of Education and Technology. When not integrating gameful design into curriculum and research at Pepperdine, Victoria serves as the Director of Sociology, Anthropology and Women's Studies at American Military University. She has been at the nexus of technology, literacy, research and learning for much of her career.


Reyna Garcia Ramos

Adobe Connect Panel Discussion

Dr. Reyna Garcia-RamosReyna G. García Ramos is a professor of education and the Director of Clinical Experience for the West Los Angeles and Encino Graduate Campuses at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She currently teaches foundational courses to master students and chairs dissertations for doctoral students with an interest in schools, communities and multilingual learners.

She served the Director of Legislative Affairs for the board of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) from 2006-2008; was the secretary for the Bilingual Education Research, SIG #12 and is currently the member-at large for the Family, School, Community Partnerships, SIG #43 of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. García Ramos' research and teaching interest include the effective instruction of language and ethnic minority students in our K-12 public school system. She is currently exploring the integration of technology tools for teaching and learning and its impact on students of immigrant and English learner backgrounds.

Jeff Schieberl

Adobe Connect Panel Discussion

Jeff SchieberlJeff Schieberl has more than 20 years of energy industry senior management experience involving both domestic and international operations. He has served as president/CEO of a natural gas processing company. He has also been vice president of law and government relations of an independent oil and gas company. He has effectively managed a unionized workforce in a heavily regulated industry. Schieberl interfaced with Southern California Edison regularly in several different contexts including the negotiation of various agreements on behalf of Union Pacific Resources Company and Harbor Cogeneration Company. At the same time he was a member of the Management Committee of Harbor Cogeneration Company during its design, construction and after the plant came online.

He initially joined Graziadio School faculty in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member. Schieberl is now a full-time practitioner faculty member. In keeping with the faculty requirement to be actively involved in the business community, Schieberl maintains a consulting practice in which he provides expertise to clients on a variety of issues.

Linda Purrington

Adobe Connect Panel Discussion

Dr. Linda PurringtonDr. Purrington serves as the Academic Chair for the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy doctoral program. She teaches courses in personal leadership, organizational leadership, cultural proficiency, leading learning, and Participatory Action Research.
Dr. Purrington also currently serves as Chair of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA) Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Committee. As a past director for Pepperdine's Educational Leadership Academy, Dr. Purrington taught courses in personal leadership, instructional leadership, organizational change, and field experience. As a past director for the Master of Arts in Education and Teacher Credential Program, Dr. Purrington taught second language theory and methods, literacy methods, and math methods. Dr. Purrington's research interests relate to student and adult learning within and across diverse and distributed learning communities, building leadership capacity in K-12 and higher education settings, creating culturally proficient leadership and teaching practices, and leading educational organization change efforts. Dr. Purrington worked for 21 years in K-12 education as a district office coordinator for state and federal programs, a grant writer, an elementary principal, an elementary assistant principal, and a bilingual-cross cultural specialist classroom teacher.


  Kevin MillerDr. Kevin Miller

Leveraging Library Resources for Teaching, Research, and Digital Publishing

Kevin C. Miller holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and a Masters degree in library and information studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is Librarian for Digital Curation and Publication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA., where he specializes in digital archives, digital preservation, and digital publishing. Dr. Miller also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Pepperdine. His research interests in this area include music-cultures of the Pacific and South Asia, music and identity, and music and transnationalism. His dissertation, "A Community of Sentiment: Indo-Fijian Music and Identity Discourse in Fiji and its Diaspora," was completed in 2008.


Paul StenisPaul Stenis

Leveraging Library Resources for Teaching, Research, and Digital Publishing

Paul Stenis is the Librarian for Instructional Design, Outreach, and Training for Pepperdine University Libraries. In Spring and Fall of 2013 he and his colleagues collaborated with Campus Construction to design the Payson Library's new Digital Learning Lab (completed in March 2014). He hopes to lead similar projects to create collaborative learning spaces in the coming years. He also coordinates the Academic Center for Excellence, the Circulating iPad program, the Library Workshop Series, and the Library InfoGuides.



Marc VinyardMarc Vinyard

Leveraging Library Resources for Teaching, Research, and Digital Publishing

Marc Vinyard has worked as reference and instruction librarian at Pepperdine University for 15 years. He has written articles for Searcher and the Charleston Advisor. His primary professional interests are business information and liasioning with faculty.






Jaimie Beth ColvinJamie Beth Colvin

Leveraging Library Resources for Teaching, Research, and Digital Publishing

Jaimie Beth Colvin is the research and reference librarian for the Payson and Encino Libraries.







Helen Easterling Williams, EdDDean Helen Easterling Williams

Closing Address

We are proud to announce Helen Easterling Williams, EdD, the new dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, will be delivering the closing thoughts of the conference. Williams, a lifelong educator, has served two decades in higher education leadership and we are honored to have her join us.






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