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

At present I lead the GSAS Teaching Center at Columbia University, now located in a new space in the heart of Columbia’s main library called Studio@Bulter. Before shifting to the Teaching Center, I spent five years developing projects and strategy in Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL); highlights there included leading the Digital Bridges strategic initiative, which culminated in the multimedia analysis platform Mediathread, and working on any number of pedagogical schemes with Frank Moretti. I still work closely with CCNMTL, especially on Mediathread, and I miss Frank every day.

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 moved again towards bloglandia, though the site is still a repository for my teaching and a fair collection of digital photos. It 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 for some 17 years now. We married in October 2013.

316 thoughts on “About

  1. Mark! It figures that when I’m googling Mt Abora, I end up on one of your students’ pages…
    I was in your Berkeley Ashes, Sparks, and Hypertext seminar and am still slogging away at school-type things at the University of Chicago (though I hope to finish soon, I’m really… not going to). but anyway, thanks again for a fun class and a reminder of those long-past days… I’m glad to see you’re still deep in it…

  2. Any chance your partner is from Hollis, NH originally? If so, tell him I said hello and would love to hear from him.

  3. I recently visited the site of the the source of the Clayfox name. Was happy to see that it hadnt changed a bit. Away from a fresh coat of paint. Happy to say thats also true of the immediate surroundings as well. Tornado exactly the same. Drop me a line big guy. It’ll be warm outside soon (I hope).

  4. Hey Mark,

    On the eve of your birthday I wanted to say hi and wish you the greatest of days tomorrow. Hope you feel celebrated and that you enjoy your day. Take care of yourself!

    Great website!

    Stuart (no longer your next-door neighbor!)

  5. Help! I’m trying to read the family portion your site without luck. Trying to see if your connection to Golodzier dovetails with mine.  

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