Perkins AI Project 2024

Preparing for Generative AI in Higher Education and the Workplace:
A 2024 Perkins Grant Project

About the Perkins Grant

Given AI’s quickly advancing ability to generate visual, audio, and text, faculty and students need to be aware of the latest tools and trends that will change workplace communication, the visual arts, data analysis, and marketing. This Perkins project has been designed to help students navigate an increasingly automated learning environment and workplace by providing faculty with information on how AI works, what it looks like in industry, and how to navigate it in the classroom. Faculty participating in this project developed course materials that help students learn more about AI. The following resources and videos provide faculty with insight into AI in the classroom and beyond.

AI Resources and Links

AI Awareness in Higher Education

Perkins AI Speaker Series

David Doermann

David Doermann, PhD

"Exploring AI in Higher Education"

University at Buffalo, Professor of Empire Innovation, Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Doermann is a leader in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB). Prior to UB, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he developed, selected and oversaw research and transition funding in the areas of computer vision, human language technologies and voice analytics.

February 9, 2024

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Camilo La Cruz

Camilo La Cruz

“Innovations in Research Using AI at Sparks and Honey”

Chief Strategy Officer,
sparks & honey

Camilo La Cruz leads the strategy practice at sparks & honey, serving as Chief Strategy Officer. Camilo is responsible for the long-term vision of the company’s consulting services and intelligence products; he works with interdisciplinary teams and partners to identify strategic priorities and develop the capabilities to execute.

March 1, 2024

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Annette Vee

Annette Vee, PhD

“Promises and Perils of AI in the College Classroom"

University of Pittsburgh,
Associate Professor,
Composition Program Director

Dr. Annette Vee’s research is at the intersection of computation and writing and speaks to fields as disparate as literary studies, digital humanities, computer science, education, and law. She is the author of Coding Literacy: How Computer Programming is Changing Writing (MIT Press, 2017).

March 15, 2024

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Summary of Faculty Reflections and Ideas

Summary of Faculty Reflections and Ideas

Perkins administrators can request access to a restricted folder of participants' curriculum materials