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SHAMIKA KLASSEN CV

Fall 2022

I have included a PDF you can download of my CV with details. The CV includes my education, teaching, volunteer, professional experience, service, speaking engagements, awards, and skills.  Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
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MY SKILLS

Tricks of the Trade

RESEARCH

Shamika Klassen holding a protest sign

Qualitative

Research is an opportunity to find insights, ask good questions, and amplify the experiences and voices of BIPOC people and communities.  Since beginning my doctoral degree, I have conducted and led a number of research projects ranging from interviews and public data analysis to surveys and systematic literature reviews.  Learn more about a selection of my research here on my research portfolio.  

COMMUNICATION

Shamika Klassen speaking

Teach, Train, Write, and Speak

For years I have been invited to speak on a number of topics ranging from technology to spirituality and social justice to education.  I also write on these topics and invite others to learn along with me in one-on-one and group settings.  In the past, I produced several web series and continue to do so today including SciFi iRL.  

WEB DEVELOPMENT

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Front End and Back End

I have learned HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Python, Django, MySQL, MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node through Coding Dojo's online coding boot camp.  Check out my programming portfolio here!

MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT

GIF of the Quiz App

Android and iOS

After taking the basic and advanced mobile development course of Grow with Google on Udacity, I was able to build simple apps from scratch in Android Studio.  I taught myself the basics of XCode and swift and am developing the Apple version of an Android app called E-ucharist which is currently in the Google Play store. 

EDUCATION

My Scholarly Institutions

c/o 2011

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, B.A.
African and African-American Studies

Studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan with the Stanford Center for Technological Innovation; participated in SPLASH program which allowed me to create and teach a course to junior high students once a year; presenter for Stanford Black Student Union High School Conference on financial aid; completed senior thesis on mental health in the black community; volunteered with Ravenswood Reads; Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars upperclassmen co-mentor for small group of African and African American freshman.

c/o 2017

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, M.DIV.
Social Ethics

Participated with following student caucuses and groups: Black Caucus, Ecology Caucus, Lutheran students, Presbyterian students, Episcopal students, LGBTQIA Caucus, Black Women's Caucus, Art Caucus; Community Activities Coordinator for Senate; Co-Chair of Theology, Science, and Religion Caucus; Co-presenter and co-facilitator of  worship for numerous chapel services.

c/o 2022 (M.S.) and 2024 (Ph. D.)

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER, M.S., PH.D.
Information Science

Studying technology, ethics, and social justice issues within human-computer interaction.  In particular, I am interested in how Black people create and appropriate technology to survive and thrive.  My dissertation research asks the question, how do Black women envision the future of technology?  The methods and frameworks I am using to address this question include speculative co-design sessions, Afrofuturism, technowomanism, the Building Utopia Toolkit and the Black Mirror Writer's Room exercise.

PUBLICATIONS

Academic and Professional Musings

SIGCSE 2023

Jessie J. Smith, Blakeley H. Payne, Shamika Klassen, Dylan Thomas Doyle, and Casey Fiesler. (2023). Incorporating Ethics in Computing Courses: Barriers, Support, and Perspectives from Educators. In Proceedings of the 54th ACMTechnical Symposium on Computing Science Education V. 1 (SIGCSE 2023), March 15–18, 2023, Toronto, ON, Canada. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 7 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3545945.3569855

GROUP 2023

Shamika Klassen and Casey Fiesler. 2023. The Stoop: Speculation on Positive Futures of Black Digital Spaces. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 7, GROUP, Article 17 (January 2023), 24 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3567567

GROUP 2023

Shamika Klassen. 2023. Black Innovation: Creating and Appropriating Technology to Survive and Thrive. In The 2023 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’23) Companion (GROUP ’23), January 8–11, 2023, Hilton Head, SC, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3565967.3571762

CHI 2022

Christina N. Harrington, Shamika Klassen, and Yolanda A. Rankin. 2022. “All that You Touch, You Change”: Expanding the Canon of Speculative Design Towards Black Futuring. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22), April 29-May 5, 2022, New Orleans, LA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3502118 [Honorable Mention]

CHI 2022

Shamika Klassen. (2022). Participatory Design and the QTBIPOC Community. CHI 2022. QTBIPOC Participatory Design CHI Workshop.

INTERACTIONS
MAGAZINE 2022

Shamika Klassen. 2022. Black Twitter is gold: why this online community is worthy of study and how to do so respectfully. interactions 29, 1 (January - February 2022), 96–98. https://doi.org/10.1145/3505681

ROUTLEDGE
2022

Shamika Klassen. 2022. “Womanist and Feminist Pedagogy: Infusing the Wisdom of Women into Online Education”. Xeturah Woodley and Mary Rice (Eds). Designing Intersectional Online Education. P. 79-99.  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003006350

GROUP 2022

Shamika Klassen, Sara Kingsley, Kalyn McCall, Joy Weinberg, and Casey Fiesler. 2022. Black Lives, GreenBooks, and Blue Checks: Comparing the Content of the Negro Motorist Green Book to the Content on Black Twitter. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact.6, GROUP, Article 27 (January 2022), 22 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3492846

SIGCSE 2022

Shamika Klassen and Casey Fiesler. 2022. “Run Wild a Little With Your Imagination”: Ethical Speculation in Computing Education with Black Mirror.InProceedings of the 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer ScienceEducation V. 1 (SIGCSE 2022), March 3–5, 2022, Providence, RI, USA.ACM,New York, NY, USA, 7 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3478431.3499308

RESET THE
JOURNAL 2021

Shamika Klassen. 2021. Rendering Us All. Reset - The Journal. Goldsmiths Racialised Postgraduate Network, Goldsmiths University Press, Volume 1- Issue 1. p. 11-13.

CSCW 2021

Shamika Klassen, Sara Kingsley, Kalyn McCall, Joy Weinberg, and Casey Fiesler. (2021). More than a Modern Day Green Book: Exploring the Online Community of Black Twitter. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact.5, CSCW2, Article 458 (October 2021), 29 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3479602 [Honorable Mention and D&I Mention]

INTERACTIONS
MAGAZINE 2021

Race in HCI Collective, Angela D. R. Smith, Adriana Alvarado Garcia, Ian Arawjo, Audrey Bennett, Khalia Braswell, Bryan Dosono, Ron Eglash, Denae Ford, Daniel Gardner, Shamika Klassen, Jaye Nias, Cale Passmore, Yolanda Rankin, Naba Rizvi, Carol F. Scott, Jakita Thomas, Alexandra To, Ihudiya Finda Ogbonnaya-Ogburu, and Marisol Wong-Villacres. 2021. Keepin' it real about race in HCI. interactions, 28, 5 (September - October 2021), 28–33. https://doi.org/10.1145/3477097

MEDIUM 2021

Shamika Klassen. (2021). “Why Tech Needs a Chaplain.” Medium.

MEDIUM 2021

Shamika Klassen. (2021). “More than a Modern Day Green Book.” Medium.

CHI 2021

Shamika Klassen. (2021). Black Twitter as a Research Site. CHI 2021 Social Media as a Design and Research Site in HCI: Mapping Out Opportunities and Envisioning Future Uses.

CSCW 2020

Sarah A. Gilbert, Casey Fiesler, Lindsay Blackwell, Michael Ann DeVito, Michaelanne Dye, Shamika Goddard, Kishonna L. Gray, David Nemer, and C. Estelle Smith. 2020. Public Scholarship and CSCW: Trials and Twitterations. In Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 447–456. https://doi.org/10.1145/3406865.3418589

ALL TECH IS HUMAN 2020

Shamika Goddard. (2020). "Education Journey Interview: Shamika Goddard". Guide to Responsible Tech: How to Get Involved & Build a Better Tech Future (pp. 53-54). All Tech is Human. 

RADICAL AI PODCAST BLOG 2020

Shamika Goddard. “Discerning the Truth in the Digital Space.” Radical AI Podcast Blog. (April 2020)

CHI 2020

Shamika Goddard & Casey Fiesler. Exploring Racial Diversity and Researcher Positionality towards Ethical HCI Research. CHI 2020 Engaging in Race in HCI.

SITE 2019

Shamika Goddard & Xeturah Woodley. (2019). Techno-womanism: Foundations for Social Justice in and through the Technosphere. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 657-664). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).  https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/207712/.

COLUMBIA
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC COMMONS 2015

Shamika Goddard. “Techno-Womanism: A Moral Imperative for Social Justice, Faith, and the Digital Space”. Academic Commons. (Spring 2015). 

SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL 2015

Shamika Goddard. “There is such a thing as a tech chaplain”. Social Science Research Council. (Spring 2015). 

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE 2015

Shamika Goddard. “God and the Machine”. The American Conservative. (Spring 2015).

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MY EXPERIENCE

A Selection of My Favorite Positions

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Summer 2020 - Present

In summer 2020, conducted research with Dr. Casey Fiesler on research ethics by conducting interviews and am in the process of writing a paper submission with that data.  In spring semester 2021, updated resources for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) under Lecia Barker.  Starting in summer 2021 and continuing through the 2021-2022 school year, conducted research with Dr. Casey Fiesler on computer science education and ethics as well as broadening participation in computing.

TEACHING ASSISTANT

August 2019 - December 2020

Support faculty with classroom and course management; for INFO 1111: Exploring the World Through Data, I taught recitation of over 30 students and held office hours throughout the week to support students as well as graded assignments and provided feedback and real-time assistance with course content; for INFO 1201: Intro to Computer Programming, I led two labs totaling 36 students, held office hours, and supported student learning during lecture and labs.

TECH SUPPORT FOR NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS

February 2018 - August 2019

Prospect Schools IT Support Specialist

Completed two large projects with Google Sites to update the Tech Team’s Knowledge Base as well as to transfer and update the intranet site for the organization from the old to the new Google Sites.  Imaged and prepped Macbooks and Chromebooks for students and staff. Provided troubleshooting and tech support for Polycom office phones, document cameras, Epson projectors, Macbooks, Chromebooks, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Windows machines.

Charter Technology Solutions Field Technician

Travel to various clients throughout the month to provide Tier 1-2 tech support ranging from setting up printers and inventorying assets to troubleshooting hardware and software issues.  Worked with PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPhones, and performed light networking tasks such as rebooting a UPS and reconnecting WiFi after the user experienced a dropped network.


Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School Technology Operations Associate

Provide tech support to over seven hundred students and one hundred staff, manage inventory and repairs for Macbooks and Chromebooks, utilize BetterCloud, Google Admin Console, Asana, Spiceworks, GoGuardian, and Meraki systems, and train users on G Suite use.  During professional development, earned a 6 course Google IT Support Professionals Certificate through Coursera.  

AMERICORPS VOLUNTEER WITH READING PARTNERS IN NYC

Establish a reading center in an elementary school.  Coordinate with principal and teachers to enroll students.  Maintain data about students and tutors using Salesforce and Google documents.  Communicate via email, phone, and in-person with tutors, teachers, staff and co-workers within 24 hours.   Manage upkeep of the reading center by ensuring necessary documents and supplies are at hand.

August 2011 - June 2012

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Sharing my Truth with the World

GUEST LECTURER, COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

July 2022, Online

Presented research for MIRRORLab Summer Speaker Series.

GUEST CRITIC, CU BOULDER

February 2022, Boulder, CO

Presented research for MDST 1002: Introduction to Social Media.

GUEST LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

February 2022, ONLINE

Presented research for SI 529: Online Communities.

GUEST LECTURER, CU BOULDER

February 2022, ONLINE

Presented research for "Meet a Data Scientist" Speaker Series for CSCI 4802/5802. 

GUEST LECTURER, UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

January 2022, ONLINE

Presented on digital ministry for FE 104: Field Education. 

GUEST CRITIC, CU BOULDER

December 2021, Boulder, CO

Critiqued student projects in INFO/ATLAS 4606/5606: Critical Technical Practice from an Afrofuturistic perspective.

INTERVIEWEE, LOOKS LIKE NEW ON KGNU

December 2021, Podcast

Interviewed for the episode “What is Black Twitter?” where I discuss the research I conducted on Black Twitter and the Negro Motorist Green Book as well as a bit of autobiography related to my work and passions.

GUEST LECTURER, LANCASTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

November 2021, Online

Spoke to seminarian students in  Faith Formation in the Internet World about tech chaplaincy and answered questions about technology and faith.

GUEST LECTURER, CU BOULDER

October 2021, Online

Spoke to first-year doctoral students in INFO 7000 Introduction to Doctoral Studies about long-term planning for coursework and doctoral milestones.

PANELIST, UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

April 2021, Online

Spoke alongside Union alums in entrepreneurial ministry for a talk on Careers in Social Entrepreneurship.

GUEST LECTURER, CU BOULDER

April 2021, Online

Spoke to students in INFO 3502/5502 Online Communities about research I conducted on Black Twitter and The Negro Motorist Green Book.

GUEST LECTURER, CANDLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

April 2021, Online

Spoke to students in CHP501 Intro to Chaplaincy about what Tech Chaplaincy is, how it developed, and what best practices are for serving people as a Tech Chaplain.

GUEST LECTURER, NAZARETH COLLEGE

March 2021, Online

Spoke to students in TAS239 AI + Machine Learning about technowomanism and how it can be used in designing algorithms to consider marginalized people as central.

PRESENTER, INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL CIVIC CULTURE

October 2020, Online

Safety, Security and Self Care for Online Leaders 


During this hour long talk, I covered each topic situated in the digital space with practical tips and advice on how to be safe, secure, and practice self care online.

CO-PANELIST, TOHATOHA

May 2020, Online

Beyond Diversity: Justice in Open Communities

Spoke alongside Christina Dunbar-Hester and Heeni Hoterene about where open communities have missed the mark and how they are studying and working to build a digital future we can all support - a future where no one is disposable and where self-determination, solidarity, and hope for a better world guide our technology choices and our communities.

CO-PANELIST, BOULDER STARTUP WEEK

May 2020, Podcast

Zebras Unite: Tools for Inclusive Tech

Zebras Unite (Zebras are real, unicorns are not! Unicorns always seem to be alone, while zebras run in packs!) is a network of founders, investors, and their friends who believe that the problems of diversity in the startup scene aren't just a representation problem, they're a system problem. We'll hear from people, from both on and off CU's campus, who have been pioneering strategies for changing culture and business models for the better. But most of all, we'll hold an open conversation about the challenges and strategies you've encountered around creating a truly inclusive startup community.

LECTURER, CANDLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

April 2020, Online

Discerning the Truth in Digital Space: How to Spot and Stop Falsehoods Online 


Presentation and discussion with seminarians and faith leaders at Candler.

INTERVIEWEE, THE FAITH SPACE

March 2020, Online

Conversations with a Tech Chaplain

Do you have questions about technology, theology, pastoral care, and how they could remotely be linked? This interactive online conversation and informal dialogue allowed participants to hear the origins of Tech Chaplaincy and my views on how the unique approach can empower people around their technology.

INTERVIEWEE, RADICAL AI PODCAST

March 2020, Podcast

Is God in your iPhone? Black Liberation Theology, Accessibility, and Digital Citizenry with Shamika Goddard

What does it mean to be an embodied black woman in technology spaces? What is techno-womanism? Do spirituality and liberation have a place in our conversations about technology? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomed me to the show. In the podcast, I chatted with co-hosts Jess Smith and Dylan Doyle-Burke about Tech Chaplaincy, technowomanism, and my thoughts on ethical AI.

PRESENTER, THE FAITH SPACE

March 2020, Online

Tools for the (R)evolution: Digitizing Faith

What happens when faith meets the digital space? How do we navigate our spiritual practices, liturgy, sacraments, and relationship with our Divinity through technology? In this presentation, we explored the ways that people engage in techno-spiritual practices.  I taught some insights and shared resources on how to use technology in the context of faith.

PRESENTER, ETHICAL EDTECH

March 2020, Webinar

Introducing Technowomanism to the Classroom

Technowomanism is an exciting and burgeoning concept birthed in ethical and theological spaces with the potential for a powerful impact within educational spaces. This talk outlined the ways in which an educator can inform their teaching and design their courses to incorporate techno-womanism just as, for example, one would feminist pedagogies.

CO-PRESENTER, NATIONAL WOMEN'S STUDIES ASSOCIATION

November 2019, San Francisco, CA

Techno-womanism: Examining protest and social justice in the technosphere


This presentation covered how social justice issues manifest in the digital space and through consumer technologies and our ways of analyzing, critiquing, and solving these issues needs to be updated.  Technowomanism was offered as a tool toward that end.

PRESENTER, LANCASTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

October 2019, Online

Presented on the topics of Tech Chaplaincy, my doctoral research, technology, and social media in the era of Trump, and best practices for engaging theologically with technology.

CO-PRESENTER, VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY E-FORMATION

Spring 2019, Webinar

Disrupting Toxic Christianity with Technology: How New Forms of Engagement Can Amplify Progressive Voices

Hannah Soldner and I presented on this topic.  We made parallels between media rivalries in which a better technology loses out to an inferior but better marketed product (beta tapes versus VHS for example) which can relate to more inclusive theologies being drowned out by better marketed but ultimately toxic theologies.  We discussed various terms that are integral to the conversation like liberal and conservative in the context of the church then provided resources of technologies which are working to turn the tide toward more open and affirming Christianity.

CO-PRESENTER, SOCIETY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION CONFERENCE

March 2019, Las Vegas, NV

Technowomanism: Foundations for Social Justice in and through the technosphere

Presented with Dr. Xeturah Woodley of New Mexico State University on the concept of techno-womanism and how it could be applied in education.  She spoke about the womanist ethic upon which techno-womanism is based and I defined the term and gave examples of applications.

CO-PRESENTER, VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY E-FORMATION

Spring 2018, Webinar

From Gutenberg to Google: Figuring Out How to Make the Church Tech Again

Kenji Kuramitsu and I presented in the 2018 E-formation online conference.  We started with contemporary disruptive technologies in faith communities such as robot priests/monks and holographic preachers.  We then traveled through history to discover how churches have been using technology in disruptive ways at every innovative turn. Finally, we pondered through several examples of ethics and technology when it comes to incorporation into a faith community.

PRESENTER, VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY E-FORMATION CONFERENCE

October 2017, Manhattan, NY

Social Justice and Social Media: Troubling the Waters of the Digital Space

This conference talk examined social media companies and their role in fake news propagation and an exploration of scriptural wisdom which could guide users on how to comport oneself online.  The beatitudes and proverbs were signposts and real-world examples of people living up to such ideals were reviewed. Finally, after considering the recent activism faith leaders had done around Charlottesville, the conversation concluded with an in-depth look at digital activism and #BlackLivesMatter.

PRESENTER, VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY E-FORMATION CONFERENCE

Summer 2015, Alexandria, VA

Social Justice and Social Media: Troubling the Waters of the Digital Space

For this talk, I presented several situations in which social justice issues like #GamerGate or #BlackLivesMatter were occurring in or around the digital space and invited participants to craft responses which could be in turn used in social media settings.

PRESENTER, UNCO OPEN SPACE FOR AND ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH

Summer 2015, Stony Point, NY

This conference was my soft launch of the concept of techno-womanism to the world.  During my talk, I gave a working definition of the term balancing the meaning of womanism as coined by Alice Walker with the application of the ethical framework derived from the terminology toward social justice issues manifesting in the technosphere.  I concluded the presentation with an open dialogue about the role of social media in the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement as well as in the #GamerGate issue.

GUEST SPEAKER, BLOGGINGHEADS.TV

Spring 2015, Online

How Shamika Goddard Became a Tech Chaplain

Nathan Schneider invited me to speak about the origins of Tech Chaplaincy and the state of technology and social justice issues.  The conversation also covers how to center technology onto people as well as tech cultures and the relationship that people have with their devices.

WEEKLY TECH-SPERT, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING WITH REV. JEN AND REBECCA

Spring 2015, Podcast

Conversation about tech chaplaincy and the role of technology in faith with two faith leaders.