Thom Gillespie

   Bloomington, IN USA



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University of California, PhD, Information Studies


Hi, I'm Thom,

I teach completely online with South University as part of the department of Information Technology. Previously, I was the director of the graduate program in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac University. Before that I created the Masters in Immersive Mediated Environments (MIME) in the department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. Boths programs are dedicated to interactive storytelling and computer game design which draw on existing talent: Fine Arts, Telecommunications, Computer Science, Music, Business, Theater, Journalism, Folk Lore, Information Sciences and Instructional Design.

I am also a volunteer instructor for the University of the People. I teach in the area of computer science and information retrieval.

I've presented workshops on a variety of MediaJazz: 3D modeling, game design and interactive storytelling at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; National Chengchi University Taipei, Taiwan; Canadian Film Center; the University of Wisconsin; the Summer Institute in Integrated media at the University of Vermont; Art, Faith, and Social Justice at Marquette; Digital Bridges at Western Michigan; Brooklyn College (Gangs & Games); Stanford's Digital Media Academy; the University of Texas at Austin; ACM-HCI in Atlanta; the University of Hawaii; American Association of Multimedia Designers; the International Television Association; Museums and the Web and the Museum of the Person in Brazil.

I'm particularly interested in 3d modeling and animation, interactive conversational interfaces, interactive storytelling, computer game design, online education and citizen media for social change.

My work experience has ranged from Kivalina Alaska, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle to Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the Equator for the United Nations and many places in between.