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, and DS 350, Social Media in Culture, 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: [email protected] | Phone: (616) 331-8536 | Office: 212 Lake Huron Hall

Rachel Anderson

Krista Benson is an Associate Professor in the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department and one of the managing editors of Feral Feminismsan independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal. Their research and teaching interests center on the interconnections between colonialism, sexuality, gender identity, racism, and supporting marginalized youth and young people. In the minor, Krista regularly teaches DS 340, Identity and Representation in Digital Culture.

Email: [email protected]| Phone: (616) 331-8230 | Office: 318 Lake Ontario Hall

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Bradford Dykes is an Associate Professor of Statistics and teaches a variety of statistical methodologies courses in the Department of Statistics and the Data Science & Analytics graduate program that use the R programming language. Bradford’s research interests include enhancing learners’ statistical and data literacy, and has collaborated on projects in the Social Sciences, the Digital Humanities, and K-12 teacher development.

Email: [email protected] | Phone: (616) 331-4365 | Office: A-1-152 Mackinac Hall

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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: [email protected] | Phone: (616) 331-3077 | Office: 240 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Hazel McClure

Christopher Toth is the Department Chair and a 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: [email protected] | 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: [email protected]  | Phone: (616) 331-3486 | Office: 1117 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center

Paul Wittenbraker

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