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Thursday, August 29, 2024, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, Inn on Boltwood

The Provost's Retreat on Teaching and Learning offers an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues before the semester begins, explore pedagogical ideas, and celebrate our teaching and learning successes. This year's topic will be Generative AI.

Graphic with words "Generative Artificial Intelligence"

Provost's Retreat Panelists

portrait of Joe Cruz

Joe Cruz is chair of the Department of Philosophy and a founding faculty member and chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Williams College. He received a joint Phd in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona in 1999, where he worked at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and artificial intelligence. His current interdisciplinary work spans topics in epistemology, computational approaches to cognition, and the methodological foundations of cognitive science. Throughout, Joe aims to incorporate insights from humanistic learning such as literature, photography, and art, and he has collaborated extensively with the Williams College Museum of Art on exhibitions related to his scholarship. He is the co-author (with John Pollock) of Contemporary Theories of Knowledge as well as numerous articles in journals that include Mind and Language, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the Proceedings of the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. Joe grew up in Brooklyn, New York as part of the Puerto Rican diaspora, and is the first person in his family to go to college.

portrait of Susan D'Agostino

Susan D'Agostino  is a science writer and mathematician whose work has been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Scientific American, Wired, Quanta, BBC, Nature, National Public Radio, Financial Times, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other newspapers and magazines.

Susan is a Spencer Education Journalism Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she is working on a book examining the acceleration of artificial intelligence applications in U.S. university life. Susan is also the technology correspondent at Inside Higher Ed, where she provides analysis on pressing issues for 2.3 million monthly readers. 

Susan is the author of How To Free Your Inner Mathematician (Oxford University Press, 2020), which received the Mathematical Association of America's Euler Book Prize for an exceptionally well written book with a positive impact on the public's view of math.

Susan's writing has been recognized with fellowships from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Columbia University, and the Mila–Quebec AI Institute.

Susan earned a PhD in mathematics at Dartmouth College, an MA in science writing at Johns Hopkins University, an MA in teaching at Smith College, and a BA in anthropology at Bard College. She is also a proud alumna of Head Start, the federally funded early education program. She lives and works on the New Hampshire seacoast.

portrait of Stacy Doore

Stacy A. Doore is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She received her Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and
Engineering at the University of Maine. Stacy is the founder of the INSITE Lab, a research lab focusing on emerging assistive technologies including mixed reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence to help people gain access to better spatial information for exploring multi-scale environments. Her current research explores multimodal interfaces for navigation, art exploration, and educational applications, using virtual environments to study spatial reasoning in educational and industry settings, and the development of human-robot navigation assistants for people with vision loss. This interdisciplinary work partners with colleagues in digital and computational studies, philosophy, arts and cinema studies, environmental science, and psychology. 

At Colby College, Stacy teaches courses in Introduction to Computational Thinking, Advanced Databases, and Computing, Ethics, and Society. She is a member of the Autonomous Vehicle Research group, co-creator of the Computing Ethics Narratives project funded by the Mozilla Responsible Computing Challenge (RCC), and a member of the ACM Ethics in Computing Education Task Force. Stacy currently serves as the chair of the Mozilla RCC alumni group. Her research has been supported by NSF, NIH, U.S. DOT as well as the Luce Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Google Foundation.

portrait of Lauren Goodlad

Lauren Goodlad is  Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, editor of Critical AI and chair of the Critical AI @ Rutgers as well as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), the Rutgers British Studies Center, and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. At Rutgers, she has served as Associate Chair of English and as a member of the executive committee for Graduate Studies; she currently serves as a board member for RBSC and a member of the AI Advisory Council and CASS (Cyberinfrastructure for Science, Engineering, & Society). Her grants in the emerging interdisciplinary field of critical AI studies and the teaching of critical AI literacies include an NEH international grant ("Unboxing AI') to create workshops and other programming in collaboration with partners at the Australian National University, DESIGN JUSTICE AI (a Global Humaniites Institute at the University of Pretoria in July 2024), and DESIGN JUSTICE LABS (an NEH grant for the creation of a shared digital infrastructure for student- and community-centered teaching about and research on "generative AI").

Goodlad's work in critical AI studies includes the editor's introduction to Critical AI, "Humanities in the Loop"; the introduction to DATA WORLDS (co-authored with Katherine Bode); and "Now the Humanities Can Disrupt 'AI'" (co-authored with Sam Baker). She is the co-editor with Matthew Stone (Computer Science) of the forthcoming two-part special issue of Critical AI on Large Language Models, Generative AI, and the Rise of Chatbots (the first part of which is due out in Spring 2024).  

portrait of Hector Vila

Héctor Vila , is an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Middlebury College, with extensive experience in experiential learning, student cohort-building, and academic
inquiry into inequality to this role. His book, Life Affirming Acts, Education as Transformation in the Writing Classroom (Heinemann/Boynton-Cook) addresses the tension between race and gender, class, and the education system. An early adapter of technology in the Humanities he joined the Mellon Foundation funded Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College. In 2008, he was the only non-tech
humanist, to speak at the MIT OpeniWorld Conference in, Lyon, France, on The Location of Technology, a Theory of the Present. His book article, “Digital Stories in the Liberal Arts Environment: Educational Media Communities at the Margins,” with Barbara Ganley, in Media Communities, Brigitte Hipfl, Theo Hug, ed. (Waxmann, Berlin and New York), also a talk at MIT’s Media Lab, demonstrates how digital media can break down harsh boundaries between students and education. He’s involved in a long-term digital project in his Social Class and the Environment course where each year students contribute to a SCALAR digital text. Further essays on education, marginalization, and identity are published by the Community Works Journal. Of interest may be, Degrees of Separation: Helping Students Find Safe Spaces for Thinking and Being, Star Wars Civilization and Stone Age Emotions, Who Owns the Academic Body in the ‘Pandemic University’, and Reflecting With Students. The Ecology of Teaching is an interview about service learning, particularly at Middlebury College.