This is the personal website of Mark Phillipson, and I welcome you to it.

Currently I direct the Graduate Student Programs and Services unit in Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, which opened its doors in Fall 2015. In this capacity I work with a staff to devise and run teaching development programs and fellowships for graduate students. Sometimes we are delivering programs, and sometimes we are in the background supporting our Fellows and other graduate students who are taking the lead with, for example, interdiciplinary learning communities and local workshops in over 30 departments a semester. We also created and now run a range of free services for Columbia graduate students, include microteaching practice sessions, classroom teaching observations, and mid-course reviews. Our Teaching Development Program (TDP) allows doctoral students to tailor a curriculum for themselves out of the programming we run and sponsor, and get transcript certification for completing foundational or advanced tracks.

The CTL incorporated two units that I had previously worked at: The GSAS Teaching Center, which I directed from late 2012-2015, and the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), where I worked from 2006-2012.

When I joined the GSAS Teaching Center, I oversaw its relocation it into a new space in the heart of Columbia’s main library called Studio@Bulter, and I developed new programs such as the Innovative Teaching Summer Institute, various workshop tracks (ex: Collaborative Learning, Teaching with Video, Peer Teaching Observation), and new opportunities for graduate students such as the Lead Teaching Fellows and the Teaching Observation Fellows fellowships. All of these programs continued and grew, in one form or another, in the new CTL. During my five years developing projects and strategy in Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, I led the Digital Bridges strategic initiative, which culminated in the multimedia analysis platform Mediathread, and working on any number of pedagogical schemes with Frank Moretti. Mediathread and many CCNMTL projects also live on in the CTL.

I’ve also taught steadily over the years in English Departments at Berkeley, Bowdoin College, and now Columbia. The whole time I’ve paired teaching with explorations inside and outside the academy, including a formative stint at @Home (later Excite@Home) during dot com days. Having a foot in tech led me to integrate class-authored websites into my teaching (1998 on), especially wikis (2002 on). Convinced at a certain point that academic libraries should be better integrated into digital learning spaces, and that I might even be able to do something about that, I earned a library degree at Simmons after my doctorate at Berkeley. The work at Columbia has given me a chance to bring a lot of this together — to work closely with faculty, grad students, developers, librarians, and media archivists on a variety of innovative projects.

Here’s a Prezified map of some of this, for your zooming pleasure:

To give you more of an idea of how any of that has fit together, here are a few surfacings of my work:

Clayfox.com has been appearing in some fashion on the web since, what, 1998. It was a blog in the late ’90s, for just a short time, until I shrugged off. In 2005 I made a more sustained move into bloglandia, though as you can see things have quieted down in recent years. I may yet rev up again. In the meantime, the site still offers older thoughts, some information about my teaching, and pictures – pictures pre-2005 or so are here, and the rest are on Flickr. The site is also the only authoritative source of Kapaga rules. I insist on that.

My better half, Scott Tebbetts, has been charming, challenging, and redeeming me since 1997. We married in October 2013.

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  1. Mark! You are an amazing man. I always knew it, but this presentation of your work brings it home. Thank you for bringing together the most exciting currents of mankind’s thought and making them available to generations yet unborn.
    The stuff that isn’t about kapaga is neat too.

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