Joseph Ugoretz earned his masters degree in the Teaching of English at Columbia University Teachers College, and his doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Technology at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and serves as a member of the Consortial Faculty for the CUNY Online Baccalaureate. He is also on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.
As a professor of English, Dr. Ugoretz has over a decade of experience incorporating educational technology into his literature and composition classes. He has also been responsible for mentoring fellow faculty members across disciplines. He has been teaching fully online courses since 2001, and has conducted workshops on incorporating multimedia into online courses, managing online discussion, and digital storytelling. He has been a reviewer for the Distance Higher Education Initiative of the New York State Department of Higher Education.
Dr. Ugoretz was a campus coordinator for the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year project aimed at improving the quality of college and university teaching through a focus on both student learning and faculty development in technology-enhanced environments. Some of his collaborative work from that project is documented in the online gallery “Looking at Learning, Looking Together.” He has also been a participant in the Crossroads Online Institute and the Sloan-C Online Research Workshop. He has presented papers on his work in the scholarship of teaching and learning with technology at conferences including Innovations, Ed-Media, the MERLOT International Conferfence, and the CUNY Technology Forum, and published in Inquirer, Academic Commons, and Innovate.
Aside from educational technology, Ugoretz’ research interests include Urban Legends and Internet Lore, Science Fiction, and Oral Performance Art (the subject of his fieldwork with pitchmen at county fairs and carnivals, and of his essay, “Quacks, Yokels, and Light-Fingered Folk: Oral Performance Art at the Fair” in the 2006 collection Americana: Readings in American Popular Culture).