Technology Board Appointed

Technology Board Appointed

Committee will advise University's new Academic Technology Services division

By Sean Smith
Chronicle Editor

A committee of faculty and administrators has been appointed to advise Boston College's new Academic Technology Services division, which completed its first official month of operation this week.

Created to consolidate the University's academic-oriented technology resources into one streamlined organization, Academic Technology Services incorporates elements of the Information Technology division and the Center for Media and Instructional Technology.

Representatives from the University's academic and technology sectors have met during the past few weeks to discuss strategies for meeting the organization's goals of providing service for faculty technology support and promoting technology use inside and outside of the classroom.

The formation of the Academic Technology Advisory Board is a key step in the development of the ATS division, said advisory board chairman Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer.

"Our primary task is to provide consultation when and as needed, in terms of setting policies and standards as well as strategic direction," said Smyer. "We also want to offer a means for BC faculty to share their interests and concerns regarding the use of technology in academics. Accordingly, we have tried to make our membership reflect as much as possible the diversity of users in the BC community."

Joining Smyer on the board is the interim ATS director, Associate Vice President for Student Information Services Rita Owens, who said: "I'm looking forward to the advice of the board. It will certainly make my job easier to know I have the support of this expert group."

Other members are: Michael Miller, director of Academic and Computing Resources in Information Technology; Associate University Librarian Kathleen Carney; Law School Associate Dean for Library and Computer Services Sharon Hamby O'Connor and Lynch School of Education Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration Mary Ellen Fulton.

Faculty representatives are professors Michael Connolly (Slavic and Eastern Languages), a coordinator for the Faculty Microcomputer Resource Center, and Evan Kantrowitz (Chemistry) and associate professors Dale Herbeck (Communication), Anne Norris (SON) and Peter Olivieri (CSOM).

"I'm confident that the advisory board will provide some sound direction for this new organization, while broadly representing the interests of our teaching and research faculty, as well as dealing with academic administrative issues," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser.

"This board also will keep a close connection with Information Technology, which is very important."

Among the topics and issues to be covered by the board will be courseware, classroom technology standards and faculty technology training issues.
Meanwhile, the ATS organization is continuing work on its implementation plan, which includes the development of an instructional technology services group and a new service operating model.


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