Jaya Kannan

Jaya Kannan

Director of Technology for Curriculum and Research

Seeley Mudd

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 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.    

Kara T. McGillicuddy

Kara T. McGillicuddy

Academic Technology Specialist

Kara provides support for Moodle and other academic technologies. She is interested in the ways communication, pedagogy, and technology intersect. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Connecticut, where her research focused on the use of communication technology in higher education.

Contact Information

Academic Technology Services

Director

Jaya Kannan
413-542-2543
jkannan@amherst.edu

Academic Technology Specialist

Andy Anderson
413-542-2255
aanderson@amherst.edu

Academic Technology Specialist

Asha Kinney
413-542-2144
akinney@amherst.edu

IT Accessibility Specialist

Shivaji Kumar
413-542-5641
skumar@amherst.edu

Academic Technology Specialist

Kara McGillicuddy
kmcgillicuddy@amherst.edu