Senior Academic Technologist
Rob Pettigrew is a Senior Learning Technologies Specialist with the University Library's Connected Scholarship team where he helps faculty and students incorporate technology into teaching and learning. Rob manages student consultants and programs at ScholarSpace (206 Hatcher Graduate Library), which is a drop-in location providing instructional technology support to the University of Michigan academic community.
Rob has a Bachelor's degree in American History (Ohio University, 1987), and taught Social Studies at the high school level for several years before earning a Master's degree in Instructional Technology at the University of Michigan in 1992.
His work at the University began in 1993 as a software designer and instructional technologist with the Office of Instructional Technology, where he worked collaboratively with faculty to design and develop instructional applications based on sound instructional design principles. He also managed the Instructional Technology Lab, a technology support lab for faculty, which served as a prototype for other such facilities around campus.
Between 1999 and 2012, Rob was a staff member of the Digital Media Commons, managing a number of state-of-the-art media and technology spaces such as GroundWorks, the Media Conversion Lab at the Duderstadt Center, and the Audio and Video Studios. He also helped to build a team of highly-skilled staff to support these facilities, respond to users' needs, and work closely with faculty and students to achieve their academic goals.
Since its founding, Rob has played an active role with the Teaching and Technology Collaborative, a grass-roots organization of UM academic technology support groups which, among other things, annually hosts a week-long series of workshops and seminars called "Enriching Scholarship". Rob serves on the steering committee for Enriching Scholarship, and has been chairman of the event in past years.
Outside of the University, Rob sings in a championship a cappella
Quartet, "Chordiology", and also directs a small men's chorus