Managed production in an interactive multimedia company specializing in CD-ROM, on-line, and hybrid learning titles for children and adults. Management duties included scheduling all aspects of production; overseeing staff of artists, animators, and programmers to ensure compliance with client deadlines; interviewing and hiring freelance writers, artists, and sound designers; internal bug-testing and reporting. Created FileTracker and BugCrusher custom databases to provide self-running file and bug tracking systems during production. Creative responsibilities included producing design documents, managing content material, writing dialog and voiceover scripts and other written content, and designing interaction. Producer of GeoBee CD-ROM children's game for the National Geographic Society, Human Beans adult learning CD-on-line hybrid title for the Engage GamesOnline service, and Digital Alchemy's corporate presentation and Web site.
Manager of Educational Services, 1995 to 1996
Oversaw staff of four professionals in WQED's Education Department while continuing role as Educational Materials Designer. Department had responsibility for local distance learning services, including Instructional Television Service (ITV) and the National Teacher Training Institute. Edited and designed supporting ITV publications Learning with Television manual, Air Edition newsletter, and the NTTI manual. Designed educational content of national children's television programs in development, including Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego (airing Fall 1996).
Educational Materials Designer, 1991 to 1995
Developed educational outreach plans and designed instructional materials for a variety of science, arts, and humanities video projects, including Space Age and Mind Your Own Body PBS series, future series M: The Invisible Universe and Frank's Garage, and instructional video series TRIAD Video Workshop for Choral Education. Interactive designer and content manager for Next Step: Mars? CD-ROM published by IVI Publishing. Trained Master Teachers and designed lesson plan publication for the 1995 Texaco/WNET National Teacher Training Institute sponsored by WQED.
Developed educational and promotional materials; written, illustrated, designed publications; developed and taught teacher workshops; developed public programs and trained docents to conduct them; surveyed audience needs and devised strategic plans; consulted on exhibit designs and video productions.
Clients ranged from small community arts and historical societies to such renowned national sites as the White House and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Subjects ranging from art and architecture to social history, health, and technology. Please see details in "Clients" and "Projects."
October 1988 to September 1991 (half-time). Research Associate from 1984 to 1988. Faculty position. Wrote and designed Toward a Better Balance multicultural education curriculum guides for Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Led Toward a Better Balance teacher inservice workshops throughout the state. Wrote and illustrated A Sampler of Ethnic Crafts curriculum; developed ethnic craft object and slide loan kits; developed and taught Crafts and Community teacher inservice.
Promoted, raised funds for, designed, and implemented educational programs in local history and architecture for teachers and students. Developed, taught, wrote manual for Hands-On History Teacher Institute. Developed and taught Exploring Your City, Exploring Your Neighborhood, and Exploring Architecture teacher inservice courses. Wrote and illustrated teacher guides for Landmark Survivors and Architecture: The Building Art exhibits. Developed outreach kit and training manuals, and trained docents for Portable Pittsburgh outreach program. Trained staff on computers.
Began outreach programs on modern American crafts: researched and presented slide talks and took trunk displays to preschool through adult audiences; provided inservice training in craft history for teachers. Registered and catalogued the Society's permanent collection.
Conceived, developed, and implemented local history project in which elementary and secondary students conducted primary research and designed museum exhibits: secured funding; wrote and designed student workbook and teacher's manual; trained and supervised teaching staff; managed project budget. Conducted two-year summer day camp and gifted Arts Apprenticeship field-test.
Conducted demonstration lessons and inservice workshops illustrating an integrated, inter-disciplinary approach to art education for special education teachers in western Pennsylvania.
Developed art curriculum, conducted inservice training of preschool teaching staff, and supervised teachers' implementation of curriculum. Taught art to preschoolers and elementary children.
Designed visual arts component of Career Education Project for the Talented pilot Saturday program for students in grades four through nine. Developed and taught enriched art curriculum for Project Total Talent program for talented fourth through ninth graders in 46 school districts of Allegheny County, summers, 1978 and 1979.
Designed and taught art curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade in three schools. Created special units on architecture and introduced art history theme into fourth grade curriculum. One year appointment.
Leave replacement middle school art teacher. Half-year appointment.
Designed art curriculum around elements of design (line, shape, color, texture); taught art through problem-solving model. Kindergarten through fourth grade in four schools. One year appointment.
Co-manager, The Store for Art in Crafts, 1977 to 1979.
Managed sales, kept records, and assisted installation of shows. Researched catalog, tended exhibit and gave gallery talks for Art in Modern Handcrafts, a major retrospective exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art. (The Society for Art in Crafts is now the Society for Contemporary Craft located in Pittsburgh's Strip District).
Craftworker, Sociable Workshop, 1975 to 1976.
Weaving, fabric painting, soft sculpture for craft production studio of Society for Art in Crafts.