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Staffer wins CSU award for creating a 'DIVA'

October 6, 2006

Photo of Andrew Roderick sitting at his deskAndrew Roderick has been an SF State student, faculty member and staff member -- all at the same time -- which has given him a 360-degree perspective of the University. His experiences have attuned him to the needs of the campus community, and he was honored recently for his work as information technology director for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

In August, Roderick won the Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes academic technology staff achievements on California State University (CSU) campuses. Award winners are chosen for excellent work on a specific project and/or for consistently outstanding work in performing duties related to their position.

Roderick is the only recipient among all 23 CSU campuses this year. He will be awarded $500 and sponsorship to attend the March 2007 CATS Conference at CSU Fullerton, where he will receive the award formally.

Kevin Kelly, instructional technologies (ITEC) lecturer and online teaching and learning coordinator, nominated Roderick for the award for his attentiveness to faculty needs that led to development of software now known as Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA).

"He has modeled the types of problem-solving and leadership that I wish more people exhibited," Kelly said.

Roderick received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1992 and a master's degree in ITEC in 1998 from SF State. He has been on the college staff for nine years and has taught ITEC courses on instructional Web authoring for the past five years.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Joel Kassiola provided a letter of support for Roderick's award nomination. Kassiola said Roderick has allowed the college to remain ahead of the curve in information technology. "He has directed one of the best computer units in the CSU," Kassiola said.

DIVA, a Web resource developed by Roderick, allows faculty to manage, upload and disseminate digital files for teaching, research and service activities. It supports a wide range of files and is designed to work alongside such learning management systems as iLearn, Roderick said. The project was conceived and built in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in response to the faculty's difficulty in managing data sets, images and other documents between the office, home and students.

"On a national level, nobody else is really doing that kind of a comprehensive approach to digital file management," Roderick said. "It allows faculty to use a rich set of files in whatever they are trying to do."

DIVA will be launched as a CSU Specialty Center, allowing individual campuses to purchase subscriptions. The server will be available in fall 2007.

--Student Writer Lisa Rau with Matt Itelson


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