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Faculty Futures Lab is a faculty-led podcast that considers the challenges facing institutions of higher education in complex and uncertain times. All guests speak from their own expertise and experience. Produced by the San Diego State University Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Faculty Futures Lab is a faculty-led podcast that considers the challenges facing institutions of higher education in complex and uncertain times. All guests speak from their own expertise and experience. Produced by the San Diego State University Center for Teaching and Learning.

    FFL 4.5 "What Are You Afraid Of?" Generative AI in Higher Ed...

    FFL 4.5 "What Are You Afraid Of?" Generative AI in Higher Ed...

    SHOW NOTES
    Summary
    The hosts of Faculty Futures Lab look back on the most recent season of the podcast, which has been focused entirely on the many ways that generative AI has impacted higher ed. Dr. D.J. Hopkins and Dr. Pam Lach share hopes, fears, jokes, and grievances about the future of AI in the academy…

    Citations
    Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. More Work for Mother : The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave. Basic Books, 1983.

    Hard Fork. "ScarJo vs. ChatGPT." Podcast. 24 May 2024.
    —D.J. loves Casey Newton's quip about how tech companies claim that their goal is "fully automated luxury communism," but all they really want to do is make money.

    Bios
    Dr. D.J. Hopkins (he/him) is a professor at San Diego State University where he serves as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. https://ctl.sdsu.edu/ His publications have focused on Shakespeare in performance and theatre in urban contexts. His current research includes immersive theatre and virtual reality.
    https://ttf.sdsu.edu/faculty/theatre_faculty_profiles/d.j-hopkins

    Dr. Pamella Lach (she/her) is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University and Director of the SDSU Library’s Digital Humanities Center, a values-oriented space designed to blur and disrupt disciplinary boundaries. She is co-director of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative. https://dh.sdsu.edu/

    • 40 min
    FFL 4.4 "AI (and) Art”

    FFL 4.4 "AI (and) Art”

    Much like everything else related to AI, AI art has evolved rapidly over the last 18 months. More sophisticated and substantial applications of generative AI have emerged in a variety of art contexts, including a new film by today’s guest. Ava Aviva Avnisan talks with D.J. and Pam about gender, autobiography, and history in her new film Specters of Home — Prologue, which was created in large part using generative AI tools.

    SHOW NOTES

    “An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/technology/ai-artificial-intelligence-artists.html

    To see some of the film discussed in this episode, follow this link to the artist’s website:
    https://avivaavnisan.com/specters-of-home

    Bios
    Ava Aviva Avnisan (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text and code. Using emerging technology against the grain, she subverts dominant narratives through embodied encounters with language. Ava is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University with a joint appointment in the School of Art and Design and the School of Journalism and Media Studies. 
    https://avivaavnisan.com/bio

    Dr. D.J. Hopkins (he/him) is a professor at San Diego State University where he serves as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. His publications have focused on Shakespeare in performance and theatre in urban contexts. His current research includes immersive theatre and virtual reality.
    https://ttf.sdsu.edu/faculty/theatre_faculty_profiles/d.j-hopkins

    Dr. Pamella Lach (she/her) is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University and Director of the SDSU Library’s Digital Humanities Center, a values-oriented space designed to blur and disrupt disciplinary boundaries. She is co-director of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative. https://dh.sdsu.edu/

    Editor's note: Just before the completion of FFL 4.4, SDSU’s beautiful Digital Humanities Center was flooded. As a result, some editing didn’t get completed quite to spec. Thanks for your patience, FFL listeners!

    • 30 min
    FFL 4.3 "The Promise and Peril of Generative AI"

    FFL 4.3 "The Promise and Peril of Generative AI"

    In this episode, we’re talking with our colleague from another part of California, Dr. Zach Justus. Zach is giving us a sense of what's just over the horizon for #HigherEd and the impacts of generative AI.

    BIOS
    Dr. D.J. Hopkins (he/him) is a professor at San Diego State University. His publications have focused on Shakespeare in performance and theatre in urban contexts. His current research includes immersive theatre and virtual reality.
    https://ttf.sdsu.edu/faculty/theatre_faculty_profiles/d.j-hopkins

    Dr. Zach Justus is the Director of Faculty Development and a Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at California State University, Chico. His work can be found in Argumentation and Advocacy and Communication Teacher as well as other outlets. Zach was fascinated by the intersection of teaching/learning and Generative Artificial Intelligence right away. He has collaborated to produce several webinars, an ongoing blog series, and a series of conference presentations. 

    Dr. Pamella Lach (she/her) is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University and Director of the SDSU Library’s Digital Humanities Center, a values-oriented space designed to blur and disrupt disciplinary boundaries. She is co-director of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

    • 28 min
    FFL 4.2 "AI Ethics and Higher Ed"

    FFL 4.2 "AI Ethics and Higher Ed"

    FFL 4.2 AI Ethics: Embrace or Opt Out…?
    The latest episode of Faculty Futures Lab considers the ethical dimensions of generative AI, recorded on the first anniversary of ChatGPT's public launch. Host D.J. Hopkins and co-host Pam Lach talk with guest Lorenzo Nericcio about the complexities and challenges posed by AI technologies in #HigherEd. The conversation touches on the labor, environmental, and personal impacts of AI, underscoring the need for ethical considerations in its adoption and use.

    BIOS
    Dr. D.J. Hopkins (he/him) is a professor at San Diego State University. His publications focus on Shakespeare in performance and theatre in urban contexts. His current research includes immersive theatre and Virtual Reality. He is the Director of SDSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Dr. Pamella Lach (she/her) is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University and Director of the SDSU Library’s Digital Humanities Center, a values-oriented space designed to blur and disrupt disciplinary boundaries. She is co-director of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

    Lorenzo Nericcio is a San Diego-based philosophy and humanities instructor specializing in applying the humanities' toolkit to questions regarding science, technology, and society. His research focuses on applied normative ethics, specifically emerging technology ethics and environmental ethics. He also works as a consultant for Compass Ethics.

    Special thanks to Patrick Flanigan, the SDSU Digital Humanities Center Programs & Operations Specialist. Thanks for making us sound great!

    LINKS
    Faculty Futures Lab Season 4, episode 1, “AI in the Classroom,” with guest E.J. Sobo. https://soundcloud.com/facultyfutureslab

    Sobo, Elisa. “Could ChatGPT Prompt a New Golden Age in Higher Education?” Teaching and Learning Anthropology 6.1 (2023).
    https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5p3048f2

    Stein, Jordan Alexander. “Instead of Policing Students, We Need to Abolish Cheating.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 7 Sept. 2023.
    https://www-chronicle-com.libproxy.sdsu.edu/article/instead-of-policing-students-we-need-to-abolish-cheating

    Dzieza, Josh. “AI Is a Lot of Work.” 20 June 2023.
    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/ai-artificial-intelligence-humans-technology-business-factory.html

    Note: A first draft of the description of the episode was generated by GPT-4. It had a spelling error and a grammatical error, which have been corrected.

    • 31 min
    FFL 4.1 "AI in the Classroom"

    FFL 4.1 "AI in the Classroom"

    Discussion of the impact of generative AI on higher education, with a focus on ChatGPT and writing. With Dr. E.J. Sobo, author of “Could ChatGPT Prompt a New Golden Age in Higher Education?” Hosts: Dr. D.J. Hopkins and Dr. Pam Lach

    The Faculty Futures Lab podcast is a faculty-led effort to consider the challenges facing institutions of higher education in complex and uncertain times. All guests speak from their own expertise and experience. Produced by the San Diego State University Center for Teaching and Learning. Learn more at ctl.sdsu.edu.

    BIOS
    Dr. Elisa J. Sobo, a professor at San Diego State University, is the Director for Undergraduate Research in the College of Arts and Letters and a Faculty Fellow in the division of Instructional Technology Services. A Medical Anthropologist, EJ’s research has focused on non-biomedical or alternative approaches to health, including through vaccination selectivity. She is currently investigating yogic sound bath therapy. https://anthropology.sdsu.edu/people/sobo

    Dr. D.J. Hopkins (he/him) is a professor at San Diego State University. His publications focus on Shakespeare in performance and theatre in urban contexts. His current research includes immersive theatre and Virtual Reality. He is the Director of SDSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning. https://ttf.sdsu.edu/faculty/theatre_faculty_profiles/d.j-hopkins

    Dr. Pamella Lach (she/her) is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University and Director of the Library’s Digital Humanities Center (https://library.sdsu.edu/dh), a values-oriented space designed to blur and disrupt disciplinary boundaries. She is co-director of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative (https://dh.sdsu.edu/). https://library2.sdsu.edu/people/pamella-lach

    Special thanks to Patrick Flanigan, the SDSU Digital Humanities Center Programs & Operations Specialist. Thanks for making us sound great!

    CITATIONS and LINKS
    Stein, Jordan Alexander. “Instead of Policing Students, We Need to Abolish Cheating.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 7 Sept. 2023. https://www-chronicle-com.libproxy.sdsu.edu/article/instead-of-policing-students-we-need-to-abolish-cheating?cid=gen_sign_in

    Sobo, E.J. “Could ChatGPT Prompt a New Golden Age in Higher Education?” Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal 6.1 (2023). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5p3048f2

    “Suspicion, Cheating, and Bans: A.I. Hits America’s Schools.” The Daily (podcast). 28 June 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/column/the-daily

    • 23 min
    TRAILER: AI in the Classroom (Faculty Futures Lab 4.1)

    TRAILER: AI in the Classroom (Faculty Futures Lab 4.1)

    Faculty Futures Lab returns for a new academic year. Listen to the trailer for Season 4, Episode 1. Featuring Dr. E.J. Sobo, with hosts Dr. D.J. Hopkins and Dr. Pamella Lach. Produced by the San Diego State University Center for Teaching and Learning. Learn more at ctl.sdsu.edu.

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