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Human Factors Facility People


John Shepherd, Ph.D. - Dr. Shepherd is a professor in the Journalism and Multimedia Arts department. He is the author of computer-related and e learning textbooks, and was the founder of two software companies.

William Gibbs, Ph.D., faculty - Dr. Gibbs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts where he teaches courses in Multimedia, Human Computer Interaction, and Interface Design. He received his Ph.D. in Instructional systems from The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he managed a research laboratory designed for collecting observational data on human subjects where he conducted numerous usability studies on multimedia courseware. He has presented papers at state, national, and international conferences and has published manuscripts in peer reviewed journals related to courseware development and usability methods.

Don Maue, Director of Computing Support Services - Don Maue has worked in the information technology industry for over twenty five years.  As a founding member of PC Solutions in the 1980's, Don provided technology integration consulting to Fortune 500 companies around the world.  For nearly a decade, Don worked with Heinz, PPG, Rockwell International, UPMC, The Hillman Company, Alcoa, Forbes Health System, SuperValu, and dozens of corporations across practically every industry.  Don was a manager of technology project development for the the Hillman Company in the 1990's.  At Hillman he provided the operational support and management for such operating companies as; Exide Battery, West Coast Industrial Properties, Stuart's Medical.  Don also worked as part of a entrepreneurial startup team at Hillman where venture capital and high tech start up companies utilized his expertise in value added technology direction.  Before becoming the Director of Computing Support Services at Duquesne University, Don worked as a Technology Strategist for Burson-Marsteller in New York and H.B Maynard in Pittsburgh.

James Vota, faculty


Ronan S. Bernas is Professor at the Department of Psychology of Eastern Illinois University.  He instructs the Advanced Statistics and Research Methods courses for the Graduate Programs in School Psychology and Clinical Psychology, as well as the Experimental Psychology course in the Undergraduate Program.  He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Committee on Human Development) from The University of Chicago.  While at Chicago, he also received graduate training from the Committee on Research Methodology and Quantitative Psychology and was a research assistant at the Methodology Research Center of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC).  His substantive area of research is on the cognitive processes of learning and conceptual change in online, cross-cultural, or daily life contexts. He examines how learning and conceptual change occur while people are engaged in argumentative and explanatory discourse.  His research employs both quantitative and qualitative (narrative and discourse analysis) modes of analyses. Besides handling quantitative and methodology courses, he also teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology, Learning, and the History of Psychology.

Karl Bridges, Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Department of the Bailey Howe Library at the University of Vermont, has a long career as a reference librarian and researcher/writer on technology.  A graduate of Franklin College, Miami of Ohio, and the University of Illinois, Bridges is the author of two books, Expectations of Librarians in the 21st Century and the forthcoming 100 Novels You Should Have Read But Didn't.  Bridges is an experienced web developer and technology developer with experience in wide range of digital archiving and related projects.