K A T H E R I N E    M I L T O N,    P h. D.
Sacramento, California



Ph.D., 2006, Curriculum and Instruction, focus: Educational Media and Computers (Educational Technology)
Arizona State University College of Education, Tempe, Arizona

BA, 1996, focus: Cultural Anthropology
DePaul University School for New Learning,  Chicago, Illinois

P R O F E S S I O N A L    B A C K G R O U N D

November 2016 – Present

California Correctional Health Care Services

Elk Grove, CA

Direct and coordinate the designing, writing, and delivery of complex, large scale competency-based interactive and classroom-based projects.  Identifies solutions for performance-based training problems using computer applications to develop instructional criteria, consults with a variety of trainers and training centers.  Project manager for EHRS (Electronic Health Records Systems) migration from ILT (Instructor Led Training) to eLearning. Lead for VTC course delivery coordination.  Lead designer for graphic materials, newsletters, powerpoint presentations.  LMS administrator for Sandbox participants.


July 2013 – Present

Katherine Milton Networks

Sacramento, CA,  Minneapolis, MN, & International

Consultant for digital production management and projects. Project consultant and curriculum specialist for a variety of arts agencies, universities, and foundations. Clients have included University College, Dublin, Zeeko Online, Creative Capital,  Hermann Miller Group, Alchemy Media, Minnesota Arts Council, Indiecade Games Conference, and others.


September 2010 – July 2013

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis, MN

Provided vision and leadership for pedagogical and programmatic development across the division including new programming in the digital domain. Oversaw budgets and management for areas including Public Programs, Museum Guide Programs, and Learning Resources. Initiated a new department focusing on in-gallery interpretive strategies.  Served as a managing director the museum’s new artist-in-residence program.  Co-authored a four-year strategic plan for the museum – especially in the area of audience engagement. Developed methods for aiding visitors understanding of visual art, encouraging interdisciplinary thinking, and helping connect to cultures of the past and present.  Responsible for the design and implementation of interpretive strategies for online education, and virtual communications. Developed and implemented classroom-based live video gallery tours integrating curricular foci with museum resources expanding the museums reach to classrooms unable to visit by field trip. Oversaw the museums educational programs for schools, families, youth, and adult audiences. Wrote and managed grants.  Served on steering committees for special exhibitions.  Led new initiatives for teen engagement, including the development and delivery of an 18-week curriculum for an after-school museum studies course for Minneapolis Public Schools, and served as core collaborator for institutional partnerships across the community and region.


November 2004 – June 2010

The Aesthetic Technologies Lab

Ohio University  College of Fine Arts   Athens, OH

Founding Director of the research and development department of the College of Fine Arts. Responsible for budget, research vision, staffing, equipment procurement and maintenance, project management, pedagogical strategy, artist recruitment, outreach, mission and agenda for the center. Developed strategic partnerships with the colleges of Engineering and Computing Science (the VITAL Lab); Physics and Astronomy (SCALE); Health and Human Services (SOUNDBEAM); and African American Studies (various.)  Direct arts programming, as well as visiting and residency artist programs, workshops, and community outreach.  Teach courses focusing on Experimental Media theory and practice, and Virtual Worlds. Represent The @ Lab on the Executive Council of the College of Fine Arts, and various University Committees.

February 1999 – Present

The SMARTlab Centre

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and University of East London,
London, UK

Co-developer of the SmartSHELL, a suite of integrated online content delivery tools. Technical and facilitation consultant for the Extended Body Project, exploring issues and experimentation in performance across mediated platforms. The course blended traditional educational delivery, with new media technologies, including desktop video conferencing via iVisit, and digital publishing tools (TK3). Core faciliator for the Moroccan CyberCafe Project, linking creative professionals, and academics, to content delivery strategies.

August 1996 – June 2000

Institute for Studies in the Arts / College of Fine Arts
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Multimedia and interactive designer for the First World Order Project, exploring contemporary manifestations of ancient and folkloric traditions. Work includes CD ROM authoring in Authorware and Director, as well as CD ROM production, and web site development.

College of Education
Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

– Connecting to the Gifted (SPE 591) This course offered an array of experiences that illustrated the dynamics of facilitating teaching and learning in a mediated environment, and focused upon strategies to engage gifted learners. (2002)

– Web-Based Educational Systems – Theory and Practice (EMC 598ST) – online & traditional Course for graduate-level educators interested in pedagogical strategies for online educational content delivery, and course management. (Online delivery via the FirstClass Conferencing package) (2000, 2001)

– Gender and Ethnicity Issues in Education [online course]
This course was designed to thread a variety of philosophical approaches and practical examples of how issues of gender, ethnicity, and technology are addressed in academic policy and practice. (1998, 1999, 2000)

October 1992 – August 1996

Urban Gateways: The Center for Arts in Education, Chicago, IL

Worked with artists from a variety of disciplines and cultures to design and develop educational materials that extend the art-making process into the core curriculum. Developed publications providing a background on the artist, discipline, and culture, as well as hands-on creative activities, to give teachers and students a broader arts experience, and practical ideas for cross-disciplinary applications. Also served as liason to Development Office, organizing special events, and annual gala, working with Board committees. Urban Gateways is the 1995 recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

– TIGAR Award Finalist – 2007 and 2006
ITAAO (Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio)

IT Educator of the Year  –  Nominated and recognized as one of the top educators advancing Information Technology education at the university level.

– Prized Pieces Award – 1999 –
National Black Programming Consortium

For the Negro Ensemble Company CD ROM prototype. Archival strategies for the preservation of the history of Black Theatre in America.

– Award of Excellence – 1996 –
DePaul University – School for New Learning

For Senior Thesis work on the First World Order Resource Site, World Wide Web project, in collaboration with Arizona State University and the Institute for Studies in the Arts.

P U B L I C A T I O N S,  P R E S E N T A T I O N S  &  P R O D U C T I O N S

[book] Performance and Pedagogy on the Meta Stage. (forthcoming) in AESTHETIC TECHNOLOGIES: essays on a new paradigm.  ed. Katherine Milton.  Swallow Press. Fall, 2010.

[publication] Artes Digitales:  Katherine Milton and Angelo Vermeulen.  Artist interview for published catalog. BUDA Arts Centre, Kortrijk, Belgium.  October 2007

[presentation] Nina: More or less.  Video on the Internet Conference.  The New Media Consortium. February 2007.

[presentation]. Indigenously Digital – Creating in Second Life.  Humanities Research in the Virtual World – conference at Cornell University. March 2007.

[presentation]. Arts in Second Life – The University of Aveiro. April 2007.

[presentation]. Pedagogy in Second Life –  Inaugural talk Princeton University Second Life. April 2007

The Alpha Learner and Cognitive Haunting.  Ph.D. dissertation focusing on the emergence of peer-leaders in text-based online learning communities. March 2005.

[book] A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation. (2005) Dr. Lizbeth Goodman and Katherine Milton. Collection of essays focusing on successful practices in arts/technology collaborations. AHDS Press (ISSN 1463-5194).

User-based models of action research and the reflexive practice shared by tool-makers: the iVisit model. (2005)Detailing social and operational evolution of both a communicative platform (iVisit), and it’s social inhabitants. In A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation. AHDS Press (ISSN 1463-5194).

Surveying the Scene and Analysing Data on Good Practice and Desired Software. (2005) Report of user and developer survey focusing on operational practices between arts professional and industry leaders, related to digital toolmaking, and collaboration. In A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation. AHDS Press (ISSN 1463-5194)..

The SMARTshell: Connecting Performance Practice to Tools for Connected Learning. with Dr. Lizbeth Goodman, and Dr. Susan Kozel. (2005)  In A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation. Oxford University Press. AHDS Press (ISSN 1463-5194).

– Consultancy: The British Council, Morocco. Workshops for Connected Learning. Designed and led a series of workshops focusing on strategies for successful online collaboration, and online courseware structure. Facilitated on location, with follow-up sessions online. Rabat, Morocco. July, 2002.

– Consultancy: Mediatheque:R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Group (Research Agendas Developed In Creative Arts Labs) and the European Commission. EU-based arts and technology centre initiative. Served as content developer for “best practices” documentation. London, UK; July 2002 .

– Chronicle of Higher Education. Letter of Response/Colloquy: Do the best-loved professors at many colleges shun distance education? If they do, does that impede the growth of online learning? Online, and print publication, June 14, 2002.

– Consultancy: R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Group (Research Agendas Developed In Creative Arts Labs) and the European Commission. EU-based arts and technology centre initiative. Served as content developer for “best practices” documentation. Amsterdam, NL; July 2001 (ongoing).

Putting it Together: Distributed Cognition, Computer Mediated Communication and Dialogic Communities of Learners. A comprehensive examination of nested concepts. (2001).

Connected Learning Spaces: The Role of Power Dynamics in the Social Construction of Knowledge. Presentation for the Technical University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada; May 2001.

– Consultancy: The British Council, Morocco. Developed a web-site outreach base for the SmartSHELL suite of connected learning tools. Installation of package in Casablanca, Fes, and Rabat, Morocco. April, 2001.

– Sharing the Placeless Stage: Connected Places – Transcendent Spaces. Presentation for PostColonialisms/Political Correctnesses Conference sponsored by the University of Nottingham, and the British Council, Morocco. Casablanca, Morocco, April 2001.

– Consultancy: University of Surrey (UK) and Banff Centre for the Arts. CODE ZEBRA. Performance workshop participant, and technical advisor for online community development strategies. London, UK; April 2001.

– Consultancy: R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Group (Research Agendas Developed In Creative Arts Labs) and the European Commission. EU-based arts and technology centre initiative. Kickoff meeting and core facilitator’s strategy meeting. Cambridge, UK; April 2001.

– On Collaboration. Panelist for the Digital Secrets Conference on creative collaborations, and creative collaborators. Presentation of evolutionary process creating the Mirrors & Smoke collaboration. Tempe, AZ; February 2001.

Mirrors & Smoke: A non-linear performance in virtual space. A computer-based performance model, in collaboration with dancer/choreographer, Ralph Lemon; and digital media artist, Philip Mallory Jones.  Presented at the Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, February 2000.

– Writing in the Ether: a collaborative approach to academic publishing. (co-authored with David Winograd). Presented at AECT 1999.

Conduit to Conflict: Discourse Analysis of an Asynchronous Online Debate. (co-authored with David Winograd) This paper explores the ways in which perceptions of a real-time classroom exchange were used as a conduit to a grander socially constructed conflict, through the mediation of an asynchronous, or time independent, online listserve. Presented at AECT 1999.

the NEC CD ROM: Archival strategies for the preservation of the history of Black Theatre in America. Arts Education panel, Black Theatre Summit, African Grove Institute of the Arts / National Black Arts Festival, July, 1998.

– Online Course Delivery – Strategies for Increasing Dialogic Performance in the Connected Learning Space.  Presented at the Department of Extended Education, Brown-bag luncheon,  Arizona State University, September 1999.

– Guest Speaker: Cultural Anthropology. Addressed undergraduate Anthropology class at DePaul University. Topic: Visual Ethnography, the First World Order Project, and the Negro Ensemble Company CD ROM project. May, 1998.

– Equity issues in early exposure to distance education: The MayaQuest potential – May, 1998.  Paper exploring the learning outcomes and technology related attitudinal shifts experienced by girls participating in classroom-based online educational adventures.

– Workshop on the First World Order Project – 1998
Presentation with Philip Mallory Jones and Drs. Patricia Zimmerman, & Michelle Mattere at the Athens Film and Video Festival, May, 1998.

– the Negro Ensemble Company CD ROM – 1997/1998
Edutainment product demonstrating an approach toward presenting the story of the founding and development of this pivotal theatre company

– First World Order Resource Site – 1998
Website exploring contemporary manifestations of ancient and folkloric traditions.

– First World Order Project CD ROM – 1997
Project chronicle for video artist Philip Mallory Jones

– Drummin’ Event Journal – 1997
Asynchronous netcast of performance event in Miami Beach, Florida.

– Academic Collaboration On-line
Katherine Milton and Jack E. Watson EMC 598, Arizona State University, Spring, 1997.

– Distance Education for Mexican-American Migrant Farmworkers
Katherine Milton and Jack E. Watson EMC 598, Arizona State University, Spring, 1997.

– Language of the Drum, 1997
CD ROM project exploring drum styles and traditions around the world.


EverQuest:                                   Devisri of Al’Kabor

World of Warcraft:                    Phinney of Akama

Second Life:                                 KatherineM


Association of Virtual Worlds

National Arts Educators Association (NAEA)

American Association of Museums (AAM)

Former member Arizona State University Latino/a Graduate Student Alliance

updated 01.2018