Late in 2005, the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies welcomed its two newest Instructional Technology Specialists into the fold: James (Jim) Groom and Patrick Gosetti-Murrayjohn.

Jim comes to us from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he’s finishing up a dissertation on early American literature. Jim’s also got a long and distinguised career as a graduate technology assistant. He’s been partnering with faculty on specific projects for some time, and since he’s been with us he’s demonstrated just how much of an “activator” one person can be. As an archivist, digital asset management aficionado, and Twilight Zone fan, Jim has demonstrated an impressive range of interests and enough charisma to lure even the shyest faculty member into ambitious, full-on web projects. We’re all hoping his NYC metabolism doesn’t let up despite his move to the more stately South.

Patrick’s actually been with the University for some time as a visiting professor of English, plying his trade as a Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon literature. Along the way, however, Patrick made the mistake of demonstrating his interest in information technologies once too often, and he soon found himself in the finalist pool for the second open ITS position. The process reached its happy beginning when Patrick accepted our offer and joined DTLT on December 25, 2005. (No one was here to help Patrick out on his first day, but he tells us it went just fine.) Like Jim, Patrick has a special interest in content management, but Patrick’s background in mathematics leads him into the most serious coding of our crew. Patrick’s never met a metadatum he didn’t like, and his passion for XML and Javascript are truly inspiring. Patrick, too, is already busy with many impressive projects.

Among their other departmental assignments, both Jim and Patrick serve as ITS’s to Simpson Library, where they have already made friends and helped to launch projects ambitious enough to keep DTLT busy well into the next decade.

Please welcome Jim and Patrick, and congratulate them on their fine work already accomplished in the short time they’ve been among us.