Ann DeMarle
Ann DeMarle
Director of the Emergent Media Center
Associate Dean for Emergent Media, Associate Professor
Division of Communication and Creative Media
Affiliated with Division of Communication and Creative Media, Emergent Media Center, Game Art & Animation, Game Design, Game Programming, Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Media
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Ann DeMarle Biography

Professor Ann DeMarle directs Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and the MFA in Emergent Media. In 2006, she became the first Roger H. Perry chair after designing and directing the college's most popular degrees: the trio of Game degrees and Multimedia and Graphic Design.

Her portfolio includes such far-reaching partnerships as: 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, NEH grant with Vermont, America's Army game levels, and an IBM virtual worlds project.

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.

Much of DeMarle's work has involved the integration of education, arts, and technology. She has a profound belief in interdisciplinary, experiential life-long education. She has designed and directed the most popular degree programs at Champlain College: Multimedia and Graphic Design and the trio of Electronic Game majors. Key to each program is the understanding that students are entering into a complex world wherein creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking hold the keys to solving our largest cultural and environmental challenges. Her newest degree is the Masters of Fine Art in Emergent Media launched in Fall 2010. In Fall of 2013, DeMarle is launching a Masters of Science in Emergent Media in Shanghai, China, where students will work collaboratively and virtually between the Burlington, Vermont, and the Shanghai, China, campuses.

Ann DeMarle & the Emergent Media Center

Ann DeMarle founded and directs Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and the Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Media (EMC). Founder of the Game Development and the Multimedia undergraduate degrees, she launched the EMC upon the receipt of the Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, supporting innovation, change, and entrepreneurship. Key to the EMC's mission is an approach that brings the media and technology expertise of Champlain students together with businesses and non-profits looking to explore and create new solutions. Through partnerships, the Center has been exploring the impact of communication technologies and emergent media on learning, communication and decision-making. Champlain students have been hosting summits, building games and interactive media, and participating in international conferences.

DeMarle is a top faculty grant recipient at Champlain College and the EMC has been created through her extensive grant and research awards and fundraising efforts. Partnering with corporations, non-profits and other academic institutions her portfolio at the EMC includes: Ford Foundation on a wealth creation game, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Games for Health grant, partnership with the Vermont State Archeologist on an NEH grant, Massachusetts General's Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology Emergency Response training simulation, student partnership project with America's Army, an ongoing Google earth project with the City of Burlington, and an IBM project in virtual worlds.

The project dearest to her heart is BREAKAWAY, an episodic global game to end violent behavior against women, sponsored by the United Nations' Population Fund and under the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's UNiTE campaign banner. Senator Patrick Leahy is a supporter of the project and has spoken and written on its behalf. DeMarle has also worked with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas's office and specifically its Economic Development Office as well as with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. A reflective account of the Emergent Media Center can be found at http://emergentmediacenter.blogspot.com/ . DeMarle and her staff also maintain a blog about the United Nations' project at http://emc-gamestakeonvaw.blogspot.com/

Education
Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Fine Arts
SUNY College at New Paltz, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Educational Leadership

DeMarle's educational leadership has extended beyond the college courtyard.

  • She has been twice elected to the prestigious IEEE Computer Society to include being the Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE) liaison.
  • In 2011 she became a trustee for the Vermont Arts Council. Currently, she is the Vice President for Arts Education.
  • In 2009 she was appointed as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts "Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth: Media Arts" panel.
  • In 2008 she received an IBM Faculty Award for work in virtual worlds.
  • In 2004, DeMarle was recognized as an Apple Computer Distinguished Educator.
  • She is the founding director of the Governor's Institute of Vermont in Information Technology for outstanding high school students and has been since the program's inception in 2002.
  • She trained Vermont teachers in digital imagery and motion technology to enhance student learning-as an instructor and mentor for the WEB Project and as an organizer of Champlain College/VITA-Learn Dynamic Landscapes program.
  • She was part of a team that proposed digital arts competencies for K-12 Vermont Education.

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.


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