Keynote: The Arts of Freedom in a Digital Age

Keynote Speaker: Gardner Campbell, Ph.D.

Gardner Campbell is Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives at Virginia Tech, where
 he also serves as an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English. Prior to his appointment
 at Virginia Tech, Gardner was founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor 
University, as well as Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning in the Honors College. Before
 coming to Baylor, he was Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where from 2003-2006 
he also served as Assistant Vice-President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. He has been involved 
in teaching and learning technologies for over two decades, including work at the University of San Diego
 and the University of Richmond. Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and his
 M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute
 (2005) and was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia from 2006 to 2008. From 2009-2012, Gardner
 served on the Board of Directors of the New Media Consortium (Vice-Chair, 2010-2011; Chair, 2011-2012).
 A member of the ELI Advisory Board from 2007-2011, Gardner currently serves on the Advisory Board of 
the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of 
Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Journal of Information Fluency.

Gardner is a life member of the Milton Society of America (Executive Committee, 2004-2007). For six years
, he served as a contributing editor for Literature/Film Quarterly. Gardner is a sought-after keynote speaker
 on teaching and learning technologies at colleges, universities, and professional meetings across the US; 
he has also presented in Canada, Sweden, and Barcelona. As a writer and scholar, his publications include 
work in Milton studies, Renaissance literature, film studies, teaching and learning technologies, and faculty
 development. You can read Gardner’s blog, “Gardner Writes,” at

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