Megan Smeznik, Educational Technology Associate: Arts & Humanities Focus

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Image of staff memeber Megan SmeznikMegan's interest in the connections between the humanities and the digital began when she was a student at The College of Wooster with her Independent Study. She graduated from Wooster with a BA in History in 2014. Since graduating from Wooster, Megan has gone on to work in the museum and cultural heritage sector at various institutions. Megan most recently worked at the Massillon Museum through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in which she collaborated with the staff in the implementation of the exhibit, Stark County in the Great War. Megan also recently completed her Master’s degree at Kent State University in History with a concentration in Public History. Her thesis examined the fine, but often confusing intersections between the public, the academic community, and public history institutions in relation to digital history and the digital humanities. Working alongside Special Collections at Kent, Megan developed a website as part of her thesis which digitized materials from the Jane Melchior Boyd Papers. This ongoing project will continue to build upon the resources she developed with Special Collections to find new ways to engage students and others with archival materials, preservation, and digital tools. Megan is keen to work with faculty, students, and staff to facilitate the development of skills and critical applications of technology in the humanities and arts.

Blog Contributions and other Publications

Presentations

  • The Pedagogy of Digital Public History session for Digital Public History Lab, National Council on Public History 2019 Annual Conference, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • “Whose Digital History?” AR Poster at AASLH Annual 2018 Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • “Whose Digital History?” Poster and web demo at the Digital Scholarship Conference at Bucknell University, 2017, Lewisburg, PA.
  • “Public History.” Guest lecture for Historical Research Methods course at Kent State, September 2016.
  • “Meeting Jane and Emmett: Finding Meaning in Digital History for Institutions and their Communities.” Presentation at the Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Conference 2016, Dublin, OH.
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