Dana joined Pepperdine in August 2009 as the manager of communication, and assumed the role of assistant CIO for communications and planning in September 2010. In addition to overseeing the strategic and daily communications efforts of the information technology (IT) division, Dana works to raise awareness of the value IT contributes to the university community. Her job responsibilities include working with the office of the provost and vice provost on special projects related to communications, research, and planning.
Since August 2010, Dana has led Pepperdine’s iPad Research Study (http://services.pepperdine.edu/techlearn/tools/ipadresearch.htm), which was initiated to assess the iPad’s potential to improve students’ performance on course learning objectives. Before arriving at Pepperdine, Dana served as the faculty development and communications manager at the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University in the City of New York. In this position, Dana led the center’s faculty development efforts by creating workshop, conference, and event programs to help faculty use technology purposefully to enhance learning.