PAMELA L. JENNINGS, PHD (WORK)
Disrupting Innovation Culture
CAA New Media Caucus Spotlight
Pamela L. Jennings, Ph.D, MBA is recognized as a thought leader, advocate, and supporter for integrative research and learning across the Arts, Design, and Technology. She has over twenty-five years of experience supporting learning, innovation, and economic development across institutions of higher education, arts institutions, research technology think-tanks, and federal funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences. Pamela served as a Program Officer of the groundbreaking National Science Foundation CreativeIT program where she awarded grants for computer science research that integrated the arts and humanities.
Pamela has led, taught, advocated for and supported integrative learning and research across a range of educational institutions from Carnegie Mellon University to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked as design researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center and SRI International. She has served as a National Science Foundation Program Director and led the CreativeIT program and co-led several other programs in computer science and STEM education. Pamela has been involved in several National Academies of Sciences initiatives including curating the landmark 2007 exhibition Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary: shared visions between art and technology, and member of the National Academies of Sciences committee that published the 2018 consensus report, Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.
As the CEO and CTO of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. Pamela is developing a mixed-reality platform for learning that connects physical block constructions to computer models that can be explored through an augmented reality headset. CONSTRUKTS strengthens learner’s spatial thinking skills while creatively exploring STEM-based concepts. The work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has received support from Wolfram Research, Microsoft HoloLens® for Academic Research, and Highway1 Hardware Incubator.
Her engagement in technology research and product innovation is grounded by her work in digital media arts. She is a MacDowell Fellow and has been in residence at the Banff Centre. Her projects have been presented and exhibited internationally. They are discussed in “Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists”, Oxford University Press and “Struggles for Representation: African American Film/Video/New Media Makers”, Indiana University Press and “Sisters in the Life”, Duke University Press.
Pamela received her Ph.D. from the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts at the University of Plymouth (U.K.) School of Computing, Electronics, and Mathematics; her MBA at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; her MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; her MA in Studio Art at the International Center of Photography & New York University Program; and her BA in Psychology and vocal studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory.
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