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Part-time Adjunct Instructor
105 USB2
University Park, PA 16802
Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Central Florida, Concentration in Educational Technologies
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Florida Gulf Coast University
A.B., Smith College

Jennifer Sparrow is the Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State, where she leads a dynamic team of more than 95 learning innovators.  Teaching and Learning with Technology collaborates across the entire institution to transform teaching and learning in positive and enduring ways.  The work is grounded in the values of: accessibility for all learners, reliability and credibility of all work, and strong partnerships with faculty, students, staff and vendors that enable new ventures in teaching and learning. 

In her role, she champions for the following strategic goals: innovation in teaching and learning with technology, strategic opportunities for faculty development, the advancement of flexible, active learning spaces, research in the scholarship of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, and inspiring excellence in teaching and learning with technology at Penn State and beyond.

Current service includes: EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, Unizin Board of Directors, IMS Global Higher Education Board, and the Women’s Leadership Group for the United Way of Centre County. Sparrow teaches for the Bellisario College of Communications and she has been integral in the development of the Center for Immersive Experiences, the digital fluency project at the PSU Greater Allegheny campus, and the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy.  During her tenure at Penn State, she has successfully developed four unique learning spaces: the Dreamery, a co-learning lab; the Maker Commons; the BlueBox Classroom, an experimental teaching space; and the Immersive Experiences lab, supporting the creation and consumption of virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 video. 

Jennifer received her bachelor's degree from Smith College, her master's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, and doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Jennifer is the winner of the 2013 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award.