Meet Our Team

Judy Giering

Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology
Wilson Hall 112

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.

Yitna Firdyiwek

Instruction Designer
New Cabell Hall 295

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.

Gail Hunger

Instructional Designer
Wilson Hall 107

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.

 

Jason Bennett

Maker Space Specialist
Wilson Hall 107

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.

Hope Fitzgerald

Instructional Design, Foreign Language Consultant
New Cabell Hall 297

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. 

Keith Samuels

Language Lab Coordinator

Keith Samuels is the Language Lab Coordinator. As the Lab Coordinator he works with instructors to schedule, train, assist, support, and prepare for all activities that take place in the language lab. Prior to joining Language Design & Technology, Keith worked in IT for Re:discovery Software and spent two years working for ITS in Classroom Support at UVa. Keith has over 20 years of experience teaching and training adults and students in various forms of technology and music. Keith graduated from James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree.