Jaya Kannan

Jaya Kannan

Director of Technology for Curriculum and Research

Jaya Kannan joined Amherst College as the Director of Technology for Curriculum and Research in the summer of 2018. Kannan’s background in higher-education combines international teaching experience, management of teaching and learning centers, implementation of a USD 2.25 million federal grant, and scholarship in digital pedagogy. Kannan has a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) from Anna University, India. More...

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

Academic Technology Specialist

Andy specializes in mathematical, spatial, and computational analysis. He has a Ph.D. in Physics and more than thirty years experience in research, teaching, and using and supporting academic technology in higher education. On the side he engages in environmental, historical, and political research, along with the occasional digital humanities project.

Andy regularly teaches short courses for summer research students and interterm students, and supports thesis projects and semester-course projects that have a major technology dependence. He also occasionally co-teaches courses that have a major analytical research component, including at the University of Massachusetts, where he is an adjunct assistant professor in Environmental Conservation. In addition, he has created a number of maps for faculty publications.

Asha Kinney

Asha Kinney

Academic Technology Specialist

Asha provides support for MoodleWordPressassistive technologydigital accessibility, and other instructional technology tools and projects. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Teaching from Marlboro College. 

 

Shivaji Kumar

Shivaji Kumar

IT Accessibility Specialist

Shivaji provides campus-wide solutions, strategies, and guidance in the area of accessible technology to students, faculty, and staff with the goal of equal access to information for all users of all abilities.

Shivaji has extensive experience of testing and implementing digital accessibility solutions for state agencies and higher education in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (2.0) and Federal section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. He has produced digital accessibility policies for higher education institutions. His experience also includes instructing courses at home and abroad as faculty. Researching the intersections of information technology and politics is another aspect of his experience. Shivaji has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. 

Shivaji’s instructional approach focuses on inclusive pedagogy with particular attention to learners of diverse cultural backgrounds and disabilities.    

Robert H. Eveleigh

Robert H. Eveleigh

Five College EIT Accessibility Coordinator

As an access technologist at the Five College Consortium, UMass Amherst, and Harvard University, Rob has provided expertise, technical direction, assessment, and implementation support to ensure technical compliance and functional accessibility of electronic and information technologies at a variety of private and public campuses. He continues to provide leadership to ensure that campuses build capacity to implement sustainable IT accessibility goals and strategies that address the accessibility of existing and emerging technologies to persons with disabilities.  A graduate of Lehigh University, Rob received a master’s degree in educational technologies with a focus on accessible technologies from Harvard University.

Contact Information

Academic Technology Services

Director

Jaya Kannan
413-542-2543
jkannan@amherst.edu
111A Seeley Mudd Building

Academic Technology Specialist

Andy Anderson
413-542-2255
aanderson@amherst.edu
109 Seeley Mudd Building

Academic Technology Specialist

Asha Kinney
413-542-2144
akinney@amherst.edu
109 Seeley Mudd Building

IT Accessibility Specialist

Shivaji Kumar
413-542-5641
skumar@amherst.edu
109 Seeley Mudd Building