Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.
Mike Blum, Academic Technologist for the humanities, has an MA in English literature from the College of William & Mary and an MA in medieval English literature at the University of Virginia. Mike has a wide variety of interests in the field of academic computing. Recent projects have involved the design of collaborative learning spaces, podcasting, and film production.
John Drummond serves as team lead for Academic Information Services Engineering and is the support engineer for humanities departments and military science. Originally from Mathews County, VA, John graduated from James Madison University with a BA in English in 1996 and an MS in Technical and Scientific Communication in 2002, and has been at W&M IT since 2007. In addition to working in AIS, John has taught occasionally at W&M and previously at Tidewater Community College, and in other roles has been an author, a musician, a Perl programmer, a UNIX systems engineer, and a network manager. He resides in Toano with his wife Andrea and daughter Rebekah.
Rachel Kleinsorge joined William & Mary in June 2013 as the LMS Applications Specialist. She has a background in e-learning and LMS administration, as well as an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her focus is on assisting faculty with Blackboard, evaluating learning management systems for the College, and assisting with instructional design projects. She shares her life with her husband and a disapproving house rabbit.
April Lawrence is the Academic Technologist for the School of Education. A high school English teacher for ten years, April also worked in online course design and development before joining the AIS staff. April is a doctoral student in Curriculum & Educational Technology at William & Mary. Her research interests include exploring the intersections of culture, technology integration, and learning.
Jamison Miller studied urban and cultural geography at Northeastern Illinois University (BA, Honors) in Chicago and at Simon Fraser University (MA) in Vancouver. He started his PhD program in higher education at William & Mary in 2013 with research interests in community colleges, critical university studies, and digital cultures.

Former Contributors

Evan Cordulack was a Web Applications Specialist for Academic Technology from 2008-2013. While he was employed at the College, he helped faculty members with Web-based projects related to their research and teaching. He earned his PhD at William & Mary in American studies in 2013 and left his position with W&M IT to work as a Web developer at the Seattle Times. Find him at or @cordulack
Gene Roche is the former director of Academic Information Services with responsibility for assisting faculty in using technology effectively in their teaching, learning and research, and he retired from this position in 2014. He now teaches at the School of Education where he leads courses in educational technology planning, emerging technology, and adult education and works with with students on independent study, dissertations and comprehensive exams. Current projects include working with the SOE’s Executive EdD program, co-chairing William & Mary’s Survey Center, and serving as chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia.
Jake Smith is a part of the William & Mary Classroom Support Team. As part of that group specializing in supporting the technology in the classrooms around campus, he also works to support the various video conferencing requests and ventures of the College. Making connections around campus, and of course across the globe through his position and video conferencing technologies is one of his favorite aspects of working at W&M.
Pablo Yáñez is the Academic Technologist for the sciences. He studied geology at the University of Maryland (BS) and at University of Arizona (MS), where he specialized in geochemistry. He joined Information Technology at William & Mary in 2000, and has since worked with nearly all of the academic departments on campus in some capacity or another. Beyond his “normal” academic technologist duties, he has been involved in several initiatives including the use of the College’s Public Access Labs; the creation of the Center for Geospatial Analysis, the Swem Media Center, and many technology-enhanced classrooms; and the review and planning of campus-wide software procurement.
Sharon Stone is a doctoral student in the Educational Planning, Policy, and Leadership (EPPL) program at W&M’s School of Education, and contributed to the Academic Technology Blog in 2012-2013.