Wayne State University

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Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG)

In 2008, Wayne State University’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice President for Computing & Information Technology and the Dean of the University Libraries established the campus-wide Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG) to assist in shaping academic technology services, support, policy and direction at WSU. ATAG also is a means by which information concerning technology's contribution to the mission of the university can be shared and communicated, and a channel to provide valuable feedback on insights, advice, concerns and suggestions to C&IT and the Libraries, as an additional user voice.

The advisory group's scope includes all technology topics that promote the intellectual and educational mission of WSU — for example: the needs of students and faculty; their privacy and security concerns; support for teaching and learning; development of a media-rich online learning environment; and administrative support for this academic technology infrastructure.

Advisory Group Objectives

The objectives of the Academic Technology Advisory Group are to:

  • Obtain ongoing involvement and feedback from WSU schools and colleges on shaping and improving academic technologies.
  • Share information about how technology can contribute to the mission of the university.
  • Advise the University Libraries' Dean and the CIO on campus-wide academic technologies.
  • Provide input and drive recommendations to the university's executive IT Steering Committee as the CIO is ATAG's liaison to that executive-level committee.
  • Serve as a collective forum for University-wide communication and collaboration to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing technology landscape.
  • Serve as a collective forum for University-wide communication and collaboration to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing technology landscape.

Membership and Meetings

The Academic Technology Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Dean of the University Libraries and WSU's CIO.

Membership consists of two representatives from each school and college at WSU:

  • A faculty representative who is interested in promoting technology within their respective school or college, and
  • A technology manager or primary technology support employee.

ATAG meetings are held two times per academic year – each fall and spring.

ATAG Members

  • Sandra Yee, Libraries, co-chair
  • Daren Hubbard, Computing & Information Technology, co-chair
  • Al Bartlett, Libraries
  • Rod Fiori, Libraries
  • Paul Gallagher, Libraries
  • Tim Gritten, Libraries
  • Matt Wisotsky, Libraries
  • Xiangmin (Sherman) Zhang, Library & Information Science
  • Michael Dutkewych, Library & Information Science
  • Cindy Sulad, Computing & Information Technology
  • Gary Cendrowski, Fine & Performing Arts
  • Karen McDevitt, Fine & Performing Arts
  • Jeff Pruchnic, Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Barbara Munk, Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Abhilash Pandya, Engineering
  • Hongwei Zhang, Engineering
  • Andy Murrell, Engineering
  • Richard Lerman, Business Administration
  • Nicole Winkler, Business Administration
  • John Heinrichs, Business Administration
  • Fredrick Pociask, Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Vacant, Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Ronald Spalding, Medicine
  • Ed Bogardus, Medicine
  • Amie Dozier, Medicine
  • Cindy Sokol, Graduate School
  • Kathryn Selva, Nursing
  • Nancy George, Nursing
  • Fayetta M. Keys, Social Work
  • Praveen Thomas, Social Work
  • Lance Gable, Law
  • Misbah Ul Islam, Law
  • Ben Pogodzinski, Education
  • Kevin Carroll, Education
  • Jerry Herron, Honors College
  • Alaa K Al-Makhzoomy, Honors College
  • Mathew Ouellett, Office for Teaching & Learning
  • Ahmad Ezzeddine, Educational Outreach
  • Robert Truman, Educational Outreach
  • Geoff Nathan, Computing & Information Technology