Carleton’s Academic Technologists are available to talk with you about your projects and ideas — whether you have a specific goal in mind or a hazy desire to try something new, we can help you develop a plan that aligns with your pedagogical and research goals.
ATs and our AT Student Workers are available for in-class instruction and support during academic terms. We work together as a team, drawing on our knowledge to work collaboratively with you, so feel free to contact us anytime!
Wiebke Kuhn serves as Director of Academic Technology and is responsible for leading a dedicated team of academic technology experts, for maintaining Carleton’s various innovative academic technologies, and for supporting Carleton faculty and staff’s academic technology use.
Education and Professional History
Wiebke’s graduate degrees from Auburn University include a Ph.D. in English with a focus on Medieval Literature, an M.A. in English, and an Ed.S. in Adult Education. She has taught English and German at the undergraduate level. Wiebke was the Information Technology Manager for Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, and Associate Director at the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. In the latter post, she led Auburn University’s instructional technology team while designing and maintaining active learning classrooms.
Paula has worked in Academic Technology since before the internet revolution. Her graduate work was in Political Science, International Relations, and Public Policy but her academic passion has always been research design and the resulting data. Paula consults with students, faculty, and staff to solve or mitigate problems. This is often about a sustainable workflow, data management planning, curation activities (including data presentation), and developing instructional programming and coordinating with colleagues in ITS and the Gould Library. Winner of the 2011 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative, Paula is also active in the diverse community of people who tend to the past, present, and future of research data, Big Data, and the flow of information.
Point of contact for: Economics, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science
Carly has worked in instructional technology since 2000 and has an M. A. in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language specializing in Computer Assisted Language Learning from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She also completed (Dec 2014) a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from University of Wisconsin – Stout. Carly has taught English in Japanese middle schools, technology training courses for K-12 in-service teachers, Japanese to students preparing to leave for Japan, technology training courses for faculty in higher education, and two different martial arts.
Thanks to a grant from The Japan Foundation, Carly has started a Japanese language program at Arcadia Charter School and teaches Japanese to high school students at both Arcadia Charter School and Northfield High School.
She also occasionally serves as an interpreter at martial arts demonstrations or seminars. Carly lives in Northfield with her husband and two boys.
Carly is happy to meet with any faculty individually about their course design, Moodle questions, or other pedagogical problem solving. She keeps regular office hours, sign up is available on Google Calendar, or appointments can be requested at any time.
Point of contact for: Asian Languages, French, German and Russian, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Languages, Spanish
Curator of the Carleton Weather Database
Doug is the Academic Technologist for Presentation and Visual Design. He specializes in poster making, presentations, and exhibit planning, focusing on activities with visual communication components. He teaches Photoshop as a digital photography tool and helps with graphic design assignments. Before moving to ITS, he was the Technical Director of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton. Doug holds a multidisciplinary degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Education from Macalester College, in addition to two years studying Electronics and Computer Technology. He was awarded a fellowship with the Midwest Instructional Technology Consortium in 2005-2006 to examine design-rich activities for their possible impact on improving academic presentations.
Doug also manages Carleton’s weather site, an ongoing project since 1881.
Point of contact for: Art and Art History, Cognitive Science
Randy has worked in his current role as a Science Support Special since joining the Carleton Community in 2008. He holds a BS in Natural Resource Management with emphasis on Soil Science from the University of Wyoming. His graduate studies focused on remediation of mercury-contaminated soils. He has also worked as a commercial photographer and has an associate’s degree in commercial photography. Prior to coming to Carleton, Randy worked for the University of Wyoming Libraries as a network and systems administrator. He acquired much of his computer knowledge from his time spent as a systems administrator for Dish Network. Randy enjoys providing technical support for the faculty and especially enjoys helping them incorporate new technology into their workflow. He enlists the help of talented student workers to help bring teaching and research mobile applications to the Carleton community.
Point of contact for: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Environmental and Technology Studies (ENTS), Geology
Dann is the Media and Design Specialist for Academic Technology at Carleton. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema from California’s National University and has a BSED in English and Theatre Education. He also holds a MN Teaching License in Communication Arts and Literature. Dann taught theater and film at the high school level for nearly 15 years and enjoys the development of effective lessons, the study of impactful films, and the relationships that make education powerful. Dann’s thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, and filming the entire development and production process—which he edited into an educational DVD titled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group. Dann has presented at various national and regional educational conferences, he’s performed in and directed dozens of stage shows (and has an affinity for musicals), and he has appeared in over 40 local and regional television commercials. He’s glad to have joined Carleton in 2014, and looks forward to tying pedagogy and video production closely together.
Point of contact for: Music, Theatre and Dance, Cinema and Media Studies, Educational Studies, English
Pilot Irwin joined Carleton in mid-July as Educational Associate for Academic Technology. A native New Yorker, they travelled out to Minnesota to study at Carleton, graduating as a CAMS major in the class of 2020. Pilot previously worked as the Ethics intern with the Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities program, where they did research and developed communications on the variety of ways technology impacts people’s lives.
In their spare time, Pilot enjoys writing, cooking, playing tabletop games, and both listening to and creating radio dramas.
Aaron Young joined the Academic Technology team in mid-July. His work as an Educational Associate focuses on creating documentation for and researching learning technologies including Moodle, Google Suite, Zoom, and Panopto. During his student years at Carleton, he interned at his hometown Historical Society, was employed as a writer and editorial supervisor on the website ComicsVerse.com and worked in the college’s Digital Archives. Aaron was also a Digital Humanities Associate. He graduated in 2020 with a degree in History. His work in Academic Technology focuses on:
- Learning Technology Documentation and Content Creation
- Minute 2 Learn It Videos
Aaron lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with his family. He enjoys running, reading fantasy, nonfiction, and comic books, and eating ice cream.
Brett Coup is joining us as a visiting academic technologist for Fall 2020. Most recently, Brett served as head of the University of St. Thomas STELAR Center in St. Paul, focusing on developing online degrees and courses. Previous to that, Brett spent 20 years working in the Illinois community college system, focusing on the development of online learning initiatives. Brett is happy to be able to help Carleton faculty explore online teaching this fall!