We are excited to welcome several new employees to BLAIS this fall and congratulate Alexis Seeley who was promoted to Interim Director.

Arun Bryson is BLAIS's new department assistant, reporting to Interim Director, Alexis Seeley.
Arun (rhymes with "baron") comes to Barnard with many years of experience in the non-profit sector doing administrative, office management, and direct service work within Toronto, Ontario and New York City organizations. His work has focused on homelessness, supportive housing, mental health, LGBTQ populations, reproductive justice, and labor rights.

Most recently, Arun was the Operations Manager at the National Domestic Workers Alliance where he managed the NYC office and provided administrative and operations support to a national staff. Before that, he was a program assistant at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center where he also coordinated a medical/legal services partnership program.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he completed a degree in Visual Arts and Gender studies.

Began 8/24/15
abryson@barnard.edu 1-4491

Jennie Correia, Social Sciences Librarian, comes to us from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she ran the research library and performed all library operations including reference and research services, fact checking of publications, collection development, instruction, resource management, supervision of interns & volunteers, and interlibrary loan services. She has worked in the libraries at Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), St. Francis College, and Drexel University. 

Jennie earned her MS in Library Science at Drexel University and her BA in sociology at Rutgers University. After eleven years working for non-profit organizations, Jennie is excited to return to academic librarianship.

Begins 9/16/15
Melanie Hibbert is very excited to start her role as Associate Director of Instructional Media Services. Previously, she was a Senior Media Producer for School of Continuing Education, Columbia University, where she developed video and media content for online and hybrid courses for several different academic programs, as well as lead and contributed towards a research agenda related to online learning. Prior to joining SCE in June 2012, she was a video producer at EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she completed a variety of education related projects, including producing a weekly web video series based on academic research. She has worked in other education and media production settings previously, including serving as an Alaska Teaching Fellow where she taught high school in a rural Alaska Native village on the Yukon River accessible only by airplane.

Currently, Melanie is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College in Instructional Media.  She also holds an M.Ed. from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and B.A. in Film/Media studies from the University of Florida. Her video work has shown at places such as the Harlem International Film Festival, FLEX (Florida Experimental Film Festival), and the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, NC. 

Begins 10/1/15

Benjamin Rosner, Instructional Applications Developer, previously worked at Adelphi University as the Senior Instructional Technologist in their teaching and learning center, and as an adjunct professor in the math and computer sciences departments and educational technology masters program.

As Senior Instructional Technologist Ben worked closely with faculty, IT, and the library to facilitate the best possible pedagogical practice and environment for faculty and students. He collaborated with Adelphi’s faculty on every aspect of course design, from fundamental new course design to refining and designing learning objectives and assignments using appropriate technique and technology. He was key in the development and pilot phases of Adelphi’s first department-wide ePortfolio pedagogy for all undergraduate psychology students.

Ben also managed the Faculty Support Lab, a support service for faculty and teaching assistants that required assistance utilizing the variety of technologies available in their pedagogical toolbox. In this capacity he supervised, trained and maintained a staff of seven to ten student and graduate student instructional technologists. Ben is excited to bring his passion for teaching, learning and technology to Barnard's faculty and students! 

Began 9/2/15

Alexis Seeley will serve as Interim Director of BLAIS. Alexis joined BLAIS in 2011 as Manager of Instructional Technology. She has been BLAIS's Associate Dean of Teaching, Research, & Technology since 2013.

Alexis earned her M.Ed. and BA in communications at Adelphi University.

aseeley@barnard.edu 4-0408