In thinking about what to put on an ‘about’ page for myself, I thought it would be useful to go beyond a bio and say something about my leadership style as director of the CDI. I am listing these in no particular order. Collaboration is essential–and we need to collaborate not only internally within the university, but also externally with other universities through the sharing of resources and ideas. We need to leverage existing resources within the university, and communicate with other areas on campus so that there is a greater awareness of the state of innovation on campus. We must stay tapped into the conversations that are happening around technology and higher ed and be part of the larger conversation that is happening around changes and challenges in higher ed. We must continue to look for extramural funding opportunities, and to support faculty research initiatives. It is essential throughout all of this to have the trust of those you work with. In that environment, anything is possible.
This video was created a few years ago and so is a bit dated, but in the video I talk about some of the beginnings of the Center for Digital Initiatives at ASU.
Alyson Gill is Director of the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State University, and Associate Professor of Art History (M.A. in Art History specializing in Greek architecture, UC Irvine; Ph.D. in History, University of Memphis). Her dissertation topic was Greek baths and bathing practices, and she lived in Greece on and off from 1990-1998 working at the Ohio State University excavations at Isthmia and later returning to Greece on a Fulbright scholarship in 1998-1999. She has taught at ASU since 2000 and was the first at the university to promote the use of 3D modelling of architecture in the classroom. In 2007 she was awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with Arne Flaten (Coastal Carolina University) for a project that modelled several Greek monuments at Delphi and Delos and proposed an innovative pedagogical tool for the classroom. In 2008 she launched the university’s virtual environment presence for ASU, creating and managing five sims for research, teaching, and housing virtual 3D models of ASU’s heritage sites. In 2009, working with Dr. Ruth Hawkins, she launched the university’s first heritage site in Second Life (the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum), and since that time has gone on to re-create immersive 3D environments in Second Life and open sim for several ASU heritage sites including the Lakeport Plantation. In 2011, Gill was named founding director of the Center for Digital Initiatives (http://www.astate.edu/cdi), a Center of Excellence created to promote ASU’s position as a leader in the use of virtual environments for cross-disciplinary teaching, research, and service. In 2012 she directed an NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, “Humanities Heritage 3D Visualizations,” and she will co-direct an NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites” in 2015-16. In 2014 she was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant for”Dangerous Embodiments.”