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Professor Ann DeMarle is an Associate Dean and director of Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center (EMC) overseeing the MakerLab, the MFA and MS in Emergent Media, and its China partnership program. In 2006, she became the first Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair after designing and directing the college’s most popular degrees: the trio of Game degrees and Multimedia and Graphic Design. A 2006 Apple Distinguished Educator, she also has received two IBM Faculty Awards in 2008 and 2011. In 2014, she received the college’s first Audeamus or DARE Award for her work.
Through her directorship of the Emergent Media Center, she has built “a fearless learning community designing processes and tools to create meaningful solutions”. Her portfolio includes such far-reaching collaborative partnerships as: UNESCO financial literacy game, BREAKAWAY – the United Nation’s game to end violence against women, Ford Foundation wealth creation game, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Cystic Fibrosis games, Massachusetts General’s CIMIT Emergency Response simulation, Flynn Theater’s Duke Foundation innovation grant, National Endowment for the Humanities grant with the State of Vermont, and an IBM virtual worlds project.
As a national advocate for technology, media, and the arts, she has been elected three times to the prestigious international Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Board of Governors. She is a trustee for Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh.org) advancing media for social good. Is also a former trustee for the Vermont Arts Council where she was the Chair of the Education Committee and currently is a steering person on the Vermont Creative Network. A frequent speaker on games, learning and emergent media, DeMarle holds a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Before entering academia she had a successful career creating computer graphics solutions for AT&T, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Kodak, Lotus, and IBM.