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Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Instructor

I come from a film and television background. Most of my career work has been as a writer/editor. I have recently made the move into interactive content production, creating educational apps for kids.

Lisa Birke

Lisa Birke

Instructor

I situate between the tradition of painting, video, photography, digital imaging and performance art. I received my MFA (with distinction) from UW Fine Arts in 2013 and started teaching as an adjunct faculty member during my studies. I recently spent a semester (Winter 2015) teaching Video Art and Photography and Digital Imaging at the University of Victoria and at the Vancouver Island School of Art.

Philip J. Boyle

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Philip Boyle joined the University of Waterloo in July 2014 after spending two years in the Department of Sociology at York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology (2011) from the University of Alberta and has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (Philadelphia) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK).

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

Continuing Lecturer (permanent faculty)

Currently a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Paul has also been a faculty member in the faculty of Engineering.

Glen Drummond

Glen Drummond

Instructor | Provocation Designer, Quarry

Fall 2014 marked Glen's arrival to the teaching team at UWaterloo's Stratford Campus. Glen has been a Guest Lecturer in the UWaterloo Digital Arts Communication (DAC) program in the past. He also leads a heavily subscribed fourth year class in the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics on Creativity for Marketing Managers.   

Kevin Harrigan

Lecturer, Stratford/Drama and Speech Communication | Head of Gambling Research Team

Kevin Harrigan is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in multimedia and computer game design and conduct research on slot machine addictions. 

Hira Javed

Hira Javed, BBA, MDEI

Instructor | User Experience Design and Usability Specialist, CBC

Hira joined University of Waterloo in 2012 and teaches User Experience Design for the Global Business and Digital Arts program. Her area of interests includes digital memory, online communities, ephemeral messaging, gamification, and user experience research.

Stephenie Koerne

Stephenie Koerne, MFA

Instructor

​Stephenie Koerne is the Digital Media Instructor and Multimedia Technician for the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) program at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Guy Lazure

Guy Lazure

Instructor

Guy is the founding principal of Projectit Performance Solutions Inc., a professional services firm dedicated to improving the delivery of strategic initiatives within organizations.

Jordan Mandel

Jordan Mandel

Instructor

Jordan Mandel is the Digital Media Lab Instructor whose primary role bridges the creative and technical needs of the Stratford Campus and its GBDA students.

Tanya Markvart

Tanya Markvart, PhD

Adjunct Professor, School of Planning Director of Research and Programming, CHEC Initiative

​Tanya is passionate about doing interdisciplinary community-based research that combines her love for sustainability issues with art-based, digital media expressions of research findings.

Christine McWebb

Christine McWebb, PhD

Director, Academic Programs Stratford | Professor, French Studies

I am the founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford Campus and have enjoyed this work tremendously. Building a wonderful campus (yes, I did have to wear a hard hat at times during the construction phase of the campus) and brand new programs from scratch has been challenging and extremely rewarding. I would do it all again!

Olivia Ozlem Mesta

Olivia Ozlem Mesta, PhD.

Lecturer, Economics

I completed my graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States. Since my undergraduate degree is in mathematics, my interests were divided between mathematics, economics and business finance.

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Associate Professor, Stratford/Drama and Speech Communications

Dr. Lennart Nacke is an Associate Professor and Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Nacke's work is located within the information and communication technologies, design, psychology, computer science, and human-computer interaction space, but also ties closely into the areas of human health and wellness. He uses biotechnology (namely, physiological sensors) and much of his research is located in the field of user research, where he is focused on evaluating physiological signals elicited by humans when playing games.

Raymond Pirouz

Raymond Pirouz

Instructor

Raymond Pirouz is an author, consultant and lecturer making sense at the intersection of design, technology, commerce & culture.

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Instructor and Associate Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Jennifer Roberts-Smith holds a PhD in English (2007) and an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto. Her research and creative work explore the ways in which form generates meaning in historical and contemporary performance media. She is especially interested in Shakespeare’s language, English theatre history before Shakespeare, and digital visualizations of theatrical text and performance.

Karin Schmidlin

Karin Schmidlin, MDM

Instructor | Manager, Virtual Incubation Program

Karin is a passionate teacher, she loves being surrounded by smart, driven students that inspire her and keep her on her toes. She feels very fortunate that the things she loves also pay the bills. She brings 14+ years of design and digital media experience to the table and currently teaches User Experience (UX) and Applied Leadership.

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Instructor

Trained in history and business, and supplemented with business practice. A teacher for two decades now, broken by almost a decade as a manager of a company. Enjoyed meeting people and making them contented customers, but found teaching young adults even more of a challenge and stimulating. Try to be passionate about every course, regardless of the content.

My wife and two daughters keep me rooted.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies, Stratford | Assistant Professor, Hybrid Media, Stratford/Fine Arts

I'm an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Practice at the University of Waterloo, where I teach in both the Department of Fine Art and the Stratford Campus. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, I taught Sound Design and Foundation Studies at Brock University and Sound Art at the University at Buffalo. My artistic practice investigates spatial and social conditions within urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies.

Jane Tingley

Jane Tingley

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Fine Arts (on leave)

Jane Tingley is a recipient of the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture and holds a BFA honours from the University of Manitoba, as well as an MFA from Concordia University. She is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Department of Fine Arts and teaches classes at the University of Waterloo on the main campus and the Stratford Campus.

Gerald Voorhees

Gerald Voorhees

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Drama and Speech Communications (on leave)

I teach classes in digital culture and media analysis at the Stratford campus as well as classes in public communication and social justice in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication. I am also faculty advisor for the online publication FirstPersonScholar.com, which publishes articles about games and game cultures aimed at both academic and public audiences.

Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Joining Waterloo University in December 2014, Jen is a sociologist who researches the secret life of software, the people who make it, and how both change our daily lives. Her current projects centre on digital media incubators, indie game makers, and on the surveillance implications of data-driven design, respectively.

Vivian Yang, PhD

Lecturer, Stratford Campus/Economics

Before I joined University of Waterloo, I worked with Deloitte LLP as a Senior Manager in transfer pricing (prices for intercompany transactions within multinational firms).