Alexis Seeley has been working at the intersection of pedagogy, technology, and young women’s leadership for the past fifteen years. She is currently the Associate Dean of BLAIS (Barnard Library & Academic Information Services) & Digital Commons at Barnard College. In this role she collaborates with technologists, librarians, faculty, and students in the development of new curriculum and initiatives.
In her previous roles at Barnard (as the Associate Dean for Teaching, Research, and Technology and Manager of Instructional Media) Alexis supported the expanded role of educational technology in student and faculty work by transforming an antiquated media department into a vibrant hub of innovation, excitement, and exploration.
Prior to joining Barnard, she was the Manager of the Media Center at Adelphi University’s Faculty Center for Professional Excellence. At the FCPE, she trained students, faculty and staff at all levels of computer proficiency to effectively and creatively incorporate media and technology into their curricula. Based on the growing need for video production at the University, she spearheaded the creation of a new Media Center, which was responsible for creating promotional and instructional videos for the University. The Media Center also provided support to students and faculty in the creation of their own video projects.
Before moving to higher education, Alexis worked in the K-12 sector for four years as a media teaching artist, youth development specialist, teen mentor, and coach for the Department of Education, Girls for Gender Equity, PowerPlay NYC, and Say It! Media Literacy Program
Alexis has B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Film and Media Studies and a M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum Design, both from Adelphi University.
Melanie Hibbert is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at Barnard College. In this role, she utilizes media to support teaching, learning, and scholarship at Barnard College. 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. She has worked in other education and media production settings previously, including teaching high school in a rural Alaska Native village on the Yukon River accessible only by airplane. Hibbert holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University; her dissertation focuses on student learning experiences with online videos. 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. She has published articles in Educause Review, the Journal of Emerging Learning Design, and authored three book chapters related to media and learning.
A New York native, Abby Lee is the Instructional Media Assistant at Barnard College’s Instructional Media and Technology Services. At IMATS, Abby wears many hats and whether it is managing the equipment room, editing the latest event video recordings, or teaching video-making workshops, Abby is constantly on the move. Previously, she was a freelance editor for several independent film companies, non-profit organizations such as Japan Society, as well as a sizzle reel-editor for HGTV. Currently Abby is in the process of getting her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Sarah recently graduated from Barnard with a degree in Urban Studies and Sociology and worked with IMATS for two years as an undergraduate student. She is now an IMATS Post-Baccalaureate Assistant and works on a variety of multimedia, design and technology projects. In addition to her work at IMATS, Sarah works in radio and podcasting where she has experience at WNYC in New York and Michigan Radio in her hometown of Ann Arbor. She also produced a radio piece about Robert Moses and the Cross Bronx Expressway for her senior thesis and DJs at Columbia’s student-run radio station, WKCR.