Our Team

The FLEXspace initiative is a large collaborative effort including:

  • Management staff
  • Core advisory board
  • Industry advisory council
  • Research and evaluation working group – NEW in 2018

Please contact us if you’d like to get involved!

Core Team Members

The Core Team has been active since early 2012 in working to envision a sustainable FLEXspace resource for the global higher education community.

You can email us at info@flexspace.org or connect with the FLEXspace Core Team members directly.

Lisa Stephens
FLEXspace Executive Director

Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation, Office of the SUNY Provost
Assistant Dean, Digital Education - University at Buffalo School of Engineering & Applied Sciences


Rebecca Frazee
Faculty, Learning Design & Technology Program

San Diego State University

Gerard Hanley
Director, CSULB Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility (CUDA)
Executive Director, MERLOT and SkillsCommons
Executive Director, MERLOTExecutive Director, SkillsCommons
Kim Scalzo
Director, Ctr. for Professional Development

SUNY System Administration

Joseph Moreau
CTO & Vice Chancellor, Technology

Foothill-DeAnza Community College District

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ret)

Nicholas Santilli
Senior Director of Learning Strategy

Society for College and University Planning

James Frazee
Chief Academic Technology Officer
Associate Vice President, Learning Technologies and Environments
Information Technology Division
San Diego State University
EducauseInformation Technology Division | ITS
Mark McCallister
Director, Academic Technology

University of Florida

University of FloridaEducause
Joan Lippincott
Associate Executive Director

Coalition for Networked Information

John Augeri
Deputy Director

Paris Île-de-France Digital University
Kyoto University | Invited Researcher

Susan Whitmer
FLEXspace Research Chair
Principal Consultant at Susan Whitmer Studios
Susan Whitmer Studios
Dana C. Gierdowski

FLEXspace Core Team, Research Committee

Jeanne Narum

The Independent Colleges Office
Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Simon Birkett
Digital Campus Manager

Staffordshire University, UK

Phil Long
Special Advisor, Senior Scholar, and Consultant in Charlottesville, VA
Brad Snyder
Technical Services Coordinator

SUNY College at Cortland

Claire Turcotte
Managing Editor, Planning for Higher Education
Jim Twetten
Educational Technology Strategist and Thought Leader

Office of Information Technology
University of Minnesota

Twetten Consulting
Christopher Johnson

ISTE Learning Space Network

Program Director and Assistant Professor, Educational Technology

The University of Arizona South 

Mark J. W. Lee
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Charles Sturt U., Australia
IEEE Ed Tech Associate Editor

FLEXspace Research & Evaluation Working Group (FREWG)

Please click here to learn more about the FREWG.

Foundational Working Groups

These teams provided tremendous mindshare and time to getting FLEXspace off the ground.

Please contact us for more information about joining the FLEXspace core team or working groups.

A/V Integration Team

Team is tasked with reviewing and modifying existing audio-video taxonomy to ensure that classroom media and A/V integration fields are properly separated from facilities fields, and that all baseline information is correct.

  • Core Team Lead: Brad Snyder, SUNY Cortland
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August

Documents: IISR Data Development for Proof of Concept.xls

Facilities Integration Team

The Facilities Integration Team is tasked with reviewing and modifying existing facilities and construction taxonomy fields to ensure that descriptions are properly separated from A/V integration fields, and that all baseline information is correct.

  • Core Team Lead: TBA
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August
Learning Spaces Typology & Assessment Team

The Learning Spaces Typology & Assessment Team is tasked with creating and modifying existing learning space classifications and related fields to ensure a common understanding of space descriptions. This team will also develop an assessment method (or rubrics) to measure the pedagogical effectiveness of the learning space type.

  • Core Team Lead: Clare van den Blink, Cornell University
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August

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Peer Review Team

The Peer Review Team is tasked with adapting the MERLOT boilerplate material and methods of Open Access peer review to the FLEXspace collection. This includes development of policy and licensing guidelines, and API exploration to share data between content systems.

  • Core Team Lead: Gerry Hanley, California State University System
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6-8 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: TBD (Target start: Fall 2013, follows soft rollout of production content. Dependencies contingent upon collection and taxonomy development.)
Partnership Team

The Partnership Team is tasked with development and outreach to potential partners to establish long term service support. This team will coordinate closely with the Governance Team, and also draft a marketing and communications plan.

  • Core Team Lead: Joe Moreau, Vice Chancellor – Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6-8 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: Early September
Governance Team

The Governance Team is tasked with drafting Bylaws and developing the core team transition plan. It includes identification of legal necessities (contracts), integrates partnership recommendations into guiding documents and assists with marketing and communications planning.

  • Core Team Lead: Kim Scalzo, SUNY Center for Professional Development
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4-6 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: First week of September

Taxonomy Review & Contributors

Learning and Assessment
  • Clare van den Blink – Cornell University (Core Lead)
  • Doug Willen – Swarthmore College
  • Joan Lippincott – Coalition Network Info.
  • Linda Kendall Knox – University of Michigan
  • Dana Gierdowski – North Carolina State University
Technology Integration
  • Brad Snyder – SUNY Cortland (Core Lead)
  • Charles Minihan – Emory University
  • Beth Fellendorf – University at Buffalo
  • Lori Swinney – University of North Dakota
  • Mark McCallister – University of Florida
  • John Pfeffer – University at at Buffalo
  • Jim Twetten – Iowa State University
FLEXspace Identity Design
  • Laurie Yarnes – University at Buffalo
Facilities Integration
  • Terry Calhoun – SCUP (Core Lead)
  • Claire Turcotte – SCUP
  • Ira Fink – Ira Fink and Associates
  • Persis Rickes – Rickes Associates Inc.
  • Shirley Dugdale – Dugdale Strategy, LLC
  • Scott Shader – University of Mass Med School – Worcester
  • Valarie Avalone Monroe Community College (SUNY)
  • Daniel K.Paulien Paulien & Associates, Inc.
  • Fran Gast RI School Design (RISD) Ret.
  • Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham – University of Mass – Amherst
  • Lennie Scott-Webber Steelcase Inc.
  • Michael Hites – University of Illinois
Original SUNY Innovative Instruction Space Repository (IISR) Contributors
  • SUNY FACT2 Learning Environments Task Group – (2011)
  • David Lavallee, SUNY Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, (Partner)
  • Joseph Moreau, Chief Technology Officer, Oswego, Chair
  • Lisa Stephens, Associate Director of Academic Services, University at Buffalo (FACT2 Chair)
  • Joan Getman, Sr. Strategist for Learning Technologies, Cornell
  • Greg Bronson, Project Lead, Cornell
  • Graham Glynn, Assistant Provost, Stony Brook
  • Wayne Jones, Chemistry Department Chair, Binghamton
  • Mark McBride, Instructional Support, Buffalo State College
Many Thanks to Original and Previous Core Team Members:
  • Terry CalhounDirector, Media Relations and Publications,  Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) (ret.)
  • Clare van den Blink, Former Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Pace University
  • Megan Marler, Artstor

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