ATTN: Logan Schmidt, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000
- PhD in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
- MA in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
- BA in English Literature, Ohio University
- BA in Classics, Ohio University
What are the brief specifics of your educational/career background?
I taught for 8 years at CMU while working on my PhD. I’ve worked as a technical writer, grant writer, and research development specialist, and my previous position at Northeastern was as Senior Research Development Officer.
I enjoy working on complex technical communication problems, from federal grants to the challenges of online education.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most/find most interesting about what you do?
I’m the Project Manager for Align Online. Our team of CS faculty and staff is working to design, implement, and deliver a high-quality online educational experience to the unique Align population.
As an Align student myself, I’m extremely committed to supporting and providing resources for current Align students, as well as expanding the Align opportunity to students who can’t make it to one of our campuses.
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the research/work that goes on at the College?
I find the challenge of balancing the accessibility of online education with both the rigor of computer science and the support required for the Align population to be a fascinating problem, and I’m looking forward seeing what our team can do.
What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college? Any reason in particular why you opted for those particular schools/careers (family history, a program you were excited about, a city you were dying to live in)?
I’ve always been curious about how things work, down to their fundamental levels: when I started college I was an English literature major, but I wanted to understand the classical references in so much of English and American lit, so I started learning ancient Greek and became a classics major. Then I delved into the mechanics of persuasion in rhetoric – how exactly are the features of language used to wrestle with and form answers to questions that are open-ended, particularly by non-experts in technical areas? I investigated this topic in my dissertation.
I’m now a student in the Align program, and I’m thrilled to be looking into the fundamentals of computer science and working through how best to communicate them to a broad audience.