PAMELA L. JENNINGS, PHD (WORK)
Creative problem solving through creativity and computational thinking are the drivers of my academic, research, entrepreneurial, federal policy advising, and philanthropic work. My integrative practice is influenced from experiences across a range of institutions from IBM Almaden Research Center and the National Academies of Sciences to the MacDowell Colony and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Pamela L. Jennings, PhD, MBA, MFA is recognized as a thought leader for integrative research and learning across the Arts and Technology. Pamela has led, taught, advocated for and supported integrative learning and research across a range of educational institutions from art colleges to tier 1 research universities including Carnegie Mellon University; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; UNC School of the Arts; Winston-Salem State University; and North Carolina State University. She has worked as design researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center, SRI International, and Director of the Banff New Media Institute Research Lab at the the Banff Centre for Creativity.
Pamela served as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. There she led the CreativeIT program; co-led the Human Centered Computing program; and was a cognizant program officer for several other funding programs in computer science and STEM education. She is the CEO of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. that is developing a next-Gen Education-Tech platform. Her research has been funded and supported by the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, New York Council on the Arts, and Wolfram Research. Along with corporate collaborations with several product and engineering design firms.
Pamela’s engagement in technology research, MAKING, and product innovation has a foundation in her work as a digital media artist. Pamela is a 1993 MacDowell Fellow. Her creative works 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. She curated the landmark 2007 exhibition “Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary: shared visions between art and technology” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.
Pamela received her Ph.D. in Human Centered Systems Design as a member of the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts at the University of Plymouth School of Computing, Electronics, and Mathematics; MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business; MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; MA in Studio Art at the International Center of Photography - New York University Program; and BA in Psychology with vocal studies at the Oberlin College & Conservatory.