UMass Amherst Public Interest Technology Initiative Announces First Cohort of Faculty Members: UMass Amherst

The UMass Amherst Public Interest Technology Initiative (PIT@UMass) has announced its inaugural cohort of PIT Faculty Scholars for 2022-2023. Eleven individuals from five different colleges and schools on campus will develop or revamp nine undergraduate courses focused on technology of public interest.

PIT@UMass is a new initiative focused on enhancing and expanding the education, research, experiential learning, and outreach offerings at UMass Amherst that build the social literacy, technology literacy, and critical thinking needed to promote the public interest in today’s world. PIT Fellows Courses will build curricula and content for PIT@UMass and increase the number of relevant courses for a new campus-wide Certificate in Public Interest Technology being planned. PIT@UMass will partner with the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning to provide new PIT scholars with course development support during an intensive summer workshop.

Courses being developed or revised range from social entrepreneurship and health economics to sociology and English and include audience-focused content and projects in leadership and training teachers.

“I am thrilled to work with these outstanding faculty from across disciplines to expand UMass Amherst’s Public Interest Technology program for undergraduate students,” says Francine Berman, Research Professor and Director of PIT@UMass . “A 21st century education requires both an understanding of today’s challenges and the tools to meet them. Our new PIT Scholars and the PIT@UMass initiative will help provide that for our students.

The 2022-2023 PIT Faculty Scholars are:

College of Education

  • Ruth-Ellen Verock, teacher training and curriculum studies

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Manning College of Information and Computing Sciences

  • Matt Rattigan, Information Science and Computer Science
  • Michelle Trim, Information and Computer Science
  • Siobhan Meï, information and computer sciences
  • Neena Thota, Information and Computer Science

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Sanjiv Gupta, sociology
  • Jennifer Lundquist, sociology
  • Lucy Wang, Resource Economics
  • Jonathan Wynn, sociology

Isenberg School of Management

  • Bogdan Prokopovich, conductor

For more information about Public Interest Technology at UMass Amherst, email pit@umass.edu or visit the PIT@UMass website.

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