Alyson A. Gill of Arkansas State University has been appointed to the new post of associate provost for instructional innovation, effective Jan. 5.
Gill has served since 2011 as director of the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State, where she has been a faculty member in the department of art since 1999. In her new role, which was requested as part of the campus’ strategic planning process, Gill will serve as a catalyst for instructional innovation and technology initiatives by building and sustaining relationships with faculty, department heads and chairs and deans around strategies and programming. She will also play an advocacy role on behalf of faculty and students in campus matters related to instructional innovations, pedagogical advancements, and teaching and learning with technology and work closely with academic units to ensure that their needs are incorporated into undergraduate and graduate course delivery and instructional technology plans.
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, Office of Academic Planning and Assessment, Office of Information Technologies, Center for Educational Software Development, Facilities and Campus Planning, Continuing and Professional Education and various units in the Libraries are among the offices with which Gill will collaborate on strategies for instructional innovation.
With a dual reporting line to Carol Barr, vice provost for undergraduate and continuing education, and Julie L. Buehler, vice chancellor for information services and strategy and chief information officer, Gill will also provide leadership for academic technology support staff and academic computing, ensuring efficient and effective use of human resources with a strong emphasis on quality service. She will have fiscal and budgetary oversight for academic technology.
At Arkansas State, Gill directed the Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI), a project to create virtual environments for cross-disciplinary teaching, research and service. Among its activities, CDI created a virtual hospital for ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Professions to train future healthcare professionals and also developed 3D visualizations for state heritage sites as well as models for how infrastructure for industrial, business and community development could improve communities in economic crisis.
An associate professor of art history, Gill’s field of expertise is Greek art and architecture. When in Greece on a Fulbright scholarship, Gill began to realize the need for new ways to represent architectural models and in 2006 began to use 3D models on a spatial analysis of the Greek bath after participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute on “Models of Ancient Rome.” She was later co-principal investigator on a NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant in 2007, “Ashes2Art: Virtual Reconstructions of Ancient Sites.” Since 2008, Gill has been working in the digital humanities and is PI for a 2014 NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, “Dangerous Embodiments: Theories, Methods, and Best Practices for Historical Character Modeling in Humanities 3D Environments.” Gill is also PI for two NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institutes, “Humanities Heritage 3D Visualizations” (2012) and “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites” (2015-16). Gill has published in digital archaeology and is associate editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, an online peer-reviewed journal for cultural heritage.
She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis, an M.A. in art history from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in psychology from Trinity University.