Steve Mintz, Executive Director, comes to the University of Texas System from Columbia University, where he was a professor of history and director of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center.
A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, he has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Houston, Harvard University’s Extension School, Pepperdine University, and Universitat-GH-Siegen.
A leading authority on the history of families and children, he is the author and editor of 13 books, including Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood, which received major prizes from the Association of American Publishers, the Organization of American Historians, and the Texas Institute of Letters. He has also served as president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, and chaired the Council on Contemporary Families, an organization of leading academics and clinicians committed to improving the public conversation on families and their needs.
A past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, which serves over 200,000 academics world-wide, he is also the creator of the Digital History website, which is used by 150,000 teachers and students a week and has been named one of the Top 5 sites in U.S. history and been placed on the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement list of exemplary online resources in the humanities.
In addition to playing an active role in the professional development of K-12 teachers and in programs to bring students from historically underrepresented groups into the professoriate, he was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians, whose membership is limited to 250 scholars and professional writers of history chosen on the basis of literary distinction. He has also chaired the Bancroft Prize and Frederick Douglass Book Prize juries, and received over $12 million in external funding, including two National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants. He frequently appears on public radio and in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post.
See Dr. Mintz discuss UT's collaboaration with edX here.
Marni Baker Stein, Chief Innovation Officer, is an authority on online program and curricular development, delivery, and assessment; next-generation strategic enrollment and student lifecycle management infrastructure implementation; and student-centered, outcomes-focused, competency-based instructional design.
Prior to joining the University of Texas System, she was Senior Associate Dean of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, where she was responsible for the development, design, and evaluation of all online programming initiatives, and Director of Program Development for the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies. At Penn, she developed the university’s Open Learning Commons, an innovative social networking platform to host online courses, communities, and open educational resources, and designed pioneering online programs in positive psychology and environmental sustainability, which enrolled thousands of students from 63 countries.
Frequently invited to speak on technology-enhanced curricular and pedagogical innovation, Dr. Stein is an accomplished educational researcher. Her scholarship focuses on social and knowledge networking behaviors in online courses and the impact of design, instructional strategies, and platform technology upon student engagement in e-learning. Dr. Stein has a PhD in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.
Click here to see The Economist’s interview with Dr. Baker Stein about higher education in the 21st century.
Steve Hill, Chief Technology Officer, was Pearson Education’s senior platform architect. In his role for the ITL Steve is responsible for designing, developing and managing the technical and information infrastructure and stack of services necessary to deliver best-in-class online learning at scale within and outside the UT System. Steve’s areas of experience and expertise include product architecture, graph database technology, machine learning, natural language processing and application security. In his career Steve has been a leader in adopting agile methods, cloud deployment and DevOps. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado Denver.
Joann Kozyrev, Director of Competency Based Program Design, was Senior Product Manager at Cengage Learning and Sr. Sponsoring Editor at Houghton Mifflin Publishing, working in content areas ranging from Developmental Education to Philosophy and Psychology. Joann is the author or co-author of six textbooks for ESL students and designed instruction for some of Houghton Mifflin’s earliest online offerings in ESL and developmental English. In her role for the ITL she will design and oversee the production of a portfolio of competency-based, personalized and adaptive online and hybrid undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. Joann has a BA from Juniata College, an MA from Penn State and a Professional Designation in Business from UCLA.
Daniel Garza, Director of Program Strategy and Operations, was former Assistant Dean for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and Executive Director at the University of Denver. In his role for the ITL he is responsible for the operations of the student lifecycle management platform including enrollment management, registration, and on-going student support. He also manages market research, finance, and administration for the ITL. He has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from New York University.
Amy Shackelford, Director of Strategic Partnerships, was Pearson Education’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. In her time at Pearson Amy worked closely with partners in both the education and industry sector. In her role for the ITL she is responsible for developing and strengthening partnerships with industry, government, foundations, and professional associations. She will also facilitate retail and business-to-business marketing of ITL online programs. Amy has a BA in English and Educational Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Kristin Cockerham, Senior Systems Analyst, was the SIS/LMS administrator and technology project lead for the UT TeleCampus (now UT Online Consortium). In her role for the ITL she will provide system administration support for the technical and information infrastructure and student life cycle management platform. Kristin has her BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Susan Smith, Administrative Projects Coordinator, joined UT System Administration in 1998 as a part of the initial UT TeleCampus team (now UT Online Consortium). She is responsible for coordinating student lifecycle services for ITL-managed programs, including enrollment management, registration, and student support. She also facilitates program strategy and development activities. Susan has a B.A. in Psychology and her MEd in Higher Education Administration both from the University of Texas at Austin.