Meet Our Team

Judith Giering

Judy serves as the Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology. She is passionate about collaborative approaches to instructional design, innovative pedagogy, and use of learning technologies. Judy works with College leadership to determine the strategic vision for adoption and integration of learning technologies; supports design for intentional, authentic and engaged learning experiences for all students; and partners with key stakeholders and organizations across grounds to meet the needs and objectives of faculty engaged in Learning Design & Technology projects. Judy serves as a member of the New Learning Technologies Committee at the College, supports faculty innovation by administering the Learning Technology Incubator grant program, and is an advocate for student and faculty digital literacy.

Judy has a Ph.D. in Education (Instructional Technology), an M.S. in Information Systems, and a B.A. in History.

 jgiering@virginia.edu 
 434-243-9933


Yitna Firdyiwek

Yitna is an Instructional Designer in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. From 1997-2009 Yitna was a technology advisor in the University's Teaching + Technology Initiative. He then moved on to work on the University's LMS, UVaCollab.  In his current position, he supports instructors in the College on the design, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to technology integration in undergraduate courses. Yitna has a PhD in Instructional Technology from the Curry School and two Masters, one in Linguistics and one in Creative Writing.

ybf2u@virginia.edu
 434-924-3383


Gail Hunger

Gail has her doctorate in the field of Instructional Design and Technology, and currently holds a position of Instructional Designer in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. She facilitates conversations with faculty across disciplines to construct thoughtful connections between academic technologies, scholarship, and innovation in teaching and learning for course design. Her teaching and research focus on theory and design-based research including collaborative team based design, situated learning, and authentic instruction. She has extensive experience leading synergistic projects incorporating technology enhanced learning and course redesign at national and international higher education institutions. She has obtained grants to develop online mathematics education programs for professional development.

 gmh6w@virginia.edu
 434-924-3419


Ashley Caudill

Ashley is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group.  Until recently, she was working as a Media Specialist for the Center for Instructional Technology at James Madison University.  Ashley has a B.A. in Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Digital Video and is currently pursuing her M.Ed in Educational Technology. 

 ac8ga@virginia.edu
 434-924-3380


Jason Bennett

Jason is a Maker Space Specialist in the Learning Design & Technology group. He manages the Wilson Hall Maker Space as well as the Wilson Hall Media Lab. His focuses are on technical training, developing space-specific pedagogies (including researching and purchasing equipment), and facilitating classes in both spaces. He has a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

jcb2h@virginia.edu
Office Phone: 434-243-1108
Google Voice (will ring cell phone during work hours): 434-535-2762


Michael Marsh-Soloway

Michael is an Instructional Technologist coordinating the A&S Language Lab in NCH 299. He oversees the 24-station SANS Virtuoso lab, and provides customized support to language faculty in the development of curricular activities, media resources, proficiency evaluations, as well as academic conferences and events. His interdisciplinary background in linguistics, foreign-language pedagogy, instructional technology, mathematics, and cultural studies encourages a synergistic approach to learning. Michael has a Ph.D. (2016) and M.A. (2011) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. (2009) in History and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University. 

mam7cd@virginia.edu
Office Phone: 434-924-3807


Hope Fitzgerald

Hope is an Instructional Designer and Foreign Language Consultant in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. She oversees development of the new Language Commons and its associated spaces. She also consults with world language instructors in developing and implementing new approaches to language instruction. Prior to joining Learning Design & Technology, Hope was the Assistant Director of the Middlebury College School in Jordan and an Arabic language lecturer at US and international institutions. She holds MA degrees in Foreign Language Education and Geography. 

fitzgeraldh@virginia.edu
Office Phone: 434-924-6847