Human Factors Facility People


William Gibbs, Ph.D. - Dr. Gibbs is an Associate Professor in the Media department 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.

James Vota - An instructor of Digital Media Arts, Mr. Vota teaches on subjects in Visual Communication and Design. Specifically, his work surrounds photography, video production, and motion graphics. In addition, Mr. Vota teaches subjects in Media Law and Project Management. He also acts as adviser to Duquesne Student Television (DSTV). His work on several documentaries have yielded international awards, and he was selected as one of Pittsburgh Magazine's Top 40 most influential professionals under 40 for his work at Duquesne.


Ronan S. Bernas, Ph.D. - A 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 - An associate professor in the Information and Instruction Department of the Bailey Howe Library at the University of Vermont. He 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 "100 Great American Novels You've (Probably) Never Read." Bridges is an experienced web developer and technology developer with experience in a wide range of digital archiving and related projects.