About

Teachers College Digital Futures Institute (DFI) is an interdisciplinary hub for digital innovation, with a mission to advance more just social futures that is driven by research, pedagogy, and public engagement.

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Our Approach

DFI builds upon a strong legacy of innovation at Teachers College, beginning with The College’s very founding on principles of equity and justice. Over the past several decades, Teachers College has continued to innovate in its technology landscape, with one eye on meeting community needs and another eye focused on innovation just past the horizon. DFI holds these commitments together under a dual mandate of Service and Scholarship.

 

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Support

Our teams work together to provide continued excellence in course design, media creation, curating and designing immersive learning experiences, training and access to instructional and research software, and other needs that arise. DFI’s menu of services will continue to evolve in response to institutional needs and capacity.

Staff

Abdul Malik Muftau

Abdul Malik Muftau

Project Operations Lead

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Ana Gomez-Taylor

Project Coordinator

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Anna Auguste Charles

Production Operations Assistant

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Billy Collins

Studio and Media Producer

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Brianne Minaudo

Instructional Designer

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Charles Lang

Senior Executive Director

Clare Berends

Principal Instructional Designer (Technology)

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Debbie Beaudry

Director of Academic Technology

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Delciane Wright

Admin Tech Fellow Coordinator

Eddie Sim

Part-time DFI Associate

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Ernest Chan

Instructional Designer

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Farida Yusif

Part-Time Production Associate

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Jen Lee

Media Producer

Joe Riina-Ferrie

Joe Riina-Ferrie

Educational Media Researcher

John Park, Ph.D

Principal Academic & Research Technologies

Lalitha Vasudevan

Lalitha Vasudevan

Managing Director and Vice Dean for Digital Innovation

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Max Ortuzar

Interim Tech Associate

Minh Le

Minh Le

Principal Instructional Designer (Media)

Rochelle Thomas

Rochelle Thomas

Director of Strategy, Planning and Operations

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Xin Rong Yeo

Professional Service and Tech

Instructional Support Associates

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Barry Eitel

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Brennan Harris

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Christina Markakis

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Johanna Guastaferro

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Jonathan Zaccarini

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Linfan Gan

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Robert Cavaluzzi

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Taylor Jones

Research Assistants

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Angelica Guarino

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Apeksha Mewani

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Catherine Stahl

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Lucius Von Joo

Rachel Knight

Affiliated Researchers

Nathan Holbert

Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technology Design

Haeny Yoon

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Detra Price-Dennis

Detra Michelle Price-Dennis

Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technology Design

Ioana Literat

Ioana Literat

Associate Professor of Communications, Computing and Technology in Education

Sonali Rajan

Sonali Rajan

Associate Professor of Health Education

Olga Hubard

Associate Professor of Art Education

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Jacqueline Ann Simmons

Senior Lecturer

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Joey Lee

Lecturer

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Job Opportunities

Join our team! Search for current job opportunities at DFI and check back often as our team continues to grow.

Partnership

We are open to partnering with colleagues within and outside of Teachers College whose work intersects with DFI's priorities and provide opportunities for mutual growth and inquiry. Partnerships can be supported through grants or other forms of in-kind support. Contact us to learn more.

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