Advisory Council

Rachel S. Anderson is a Professor of English whose research interests range from early medieval hagiography to contemporary science fiction.  She teaches courses in Anglo-Saxon language and literature, Shakespeare, and recently developed an introductory science fiction course. She also teaches DS 201, Digital Identities and Communities in the minor. She has long been interested in the ways the medieval can be understood using both digital tools and contemporary biopolitical theory.  She contributed to the manuscript coding work on the MLA edition of The Digital Ælfric and is currently completing a book on understanding medieval saints’ relics through the lens of biopolitics.  

Email: | Phone: (616) 331-8536 | Office 212 Lake Huron Hall

Rachel Anderson

Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino is Professor of Liberal Studies and director of the Professional Master's in Social Innovation. She teaches interdisciplinary courses that cross the disciplines of media, cultural, and gender studies. She is particularly interested in the ways that social media have been used to amplify cultural messages and to cultivate social activism. Her monograph, TV Female Foursomes and their Fans, explores meaning making through online fandom. She remains curious about the ways in which watching television has changed and what this means for the shared conceptual map of old style mass media. As a cultural studies practitioner, she continues to question how humans communicate and connect through digital communities and how these processes shape our understanding of ourselves as digital citizens engaging in a progressively mediatized world. 

Email: | Phone: 331-8191 | Office: 245 Lake Ontario Hall

Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Hazel McClure serves as Head of Liberal Arts Programs in the library and was the library liaison for Digital Studies from fall 2017 until winter 2019. She is interested in the ways that Digital Studies affect and are present in so many disciplines, much like information literacy.  She's also interested in the way digital information has transformed information consumer behavior; peoples' access to information is often mediated by digital means, and creation of information is increasingly digital, which raises issues about the ways that people create, share, and interpret information. 

Email: | Phone: (616) 331-3077 | Office: 240 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Hazel McClure

Jerry Scripps is a has been with GVSU since 1989 (with a 3 year hiatus). He teaches programming and data mining courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, he is the director of the Data Science and Analytics Master's degree program. He has also taught the DS 202 course in Digital Data. Jerry's research interests are in data mining, particularly in the domain of graphs and networks. He has written novel algorithms for community detection as well as other applications in this area. Many of the papers that he has published have been collaborative with colleagues and students in the school of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU. He has also been working lately on a Social Network project with colleagues from different disciplines.  International study is another of Jerry's interests. He and his family spent six months in Graz, Austria in 2015 on a Fulbright Scholarship. Since that time he has set up a study abroad program for CIS students and a faculty exchange program with his host university in Austria.

Email: | Phone: (616) 331-2311 | Office: C-2-124 Mackinac Hall 

Jerry Scripps

Christopher Toth is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing. He teaches courses in document design, business communication, professional writing, multimodal composing, and visual rhetoric. His research interests revolve around the intersections of visual rhetoric and professional communication, specifically the emerging use of infographics in business and professional documents. His scholarship has been published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business Communication, and in other edited collections on information literacy. Christopher chaired the task force responsible for creating the digital studies minor.

Email: | Phone: (616) 331-3367 | Office: 326a LOH

Christopher Toth

Paul Wittenbraker received a BA from Wabash College and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids, and he is now Professor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In 1999, he started Civic Studio, for which he received a Michigan Campus Compact Award. Wittenbraker led the development of the Visual Studies studio major at GVSU. In addition to teaching and advising in Visual Studies, he teaches Making and Meaning in Foundations. Recent public presentations include the lecture "Civic Studio and the Plastic City" as part of the Cranbrook Academy of Art's Critical Studies Series and the exhibit "Facing Michigan" at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Research interests include theories and representations of public space, technology and culture, and policy and cultural institutions.

Email:  | Phone: (616) 331-3486 | Office: 1117 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center

Paul Wittenbraker