As the Director of Educational Technology Services at Denison University, Donnie Sendelbach and her amazing team help students, faculty, and staff discover and master technologies that enhance undergraduate teaching and life-long learning. She loves to engage in creative problem solving and design thinking methods. Her current campus initiatives focus on digital competencies, digital liberal arts, and NoteBowl implementation (a social learning platform replacing the learning management system). Having co-written successful NEH Digital Humanities Start-up and Teagle Foundation Hybrid Learning grants, she has served on the Educause Learning Initiative Liberal Arts Working Group and the steering committee for the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship. At DePauw University, she held the position of the Director of Instructional and Learning Services and the Director of the Information Technology Associates Program, an on-campus technology internship program. As an Academic Technology Specialist at Lake Forest College, she served as the Manager of the Brown Technology Resource Center before completing the Educause Management Institute. Moreover, she was a co-director of the Virtual Burnham Initiative, a digital humanities project that display Burnham’s designs for 1909 Chicago in 3D within Google Earth. Donnie served as the Director of Humanities Computing and also taught Russian language and literature as a lecturer at Lawrence University for five years. Previously, she worked as the Mellon Fellow in Writing at Bard College, where she taught English as a Second Language composition courses. After completing her Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures at The Ohio State University, she taught Russian language and literature along with ESL before beginning a career in instructional technology. With a Grinnell College degree in Russian and political science, she firmly believes that a liberal arts education empowers the individual with the intellectual dexterity and curiosity for adapting and succeeding in life.
Her professional and research interests include student agency/empowerment, technology-influenced cognitive changes, and first-generation retention along with her long-standing love of 20th-century Russian literature, including works by Boris Pasternak and Liudmila Petrushevskaia among others.