At the heart of Common Ground Research Networks is a creative and hardworking team. We remain committed to being your advocates; to craft spaces of personal interaction that are intellectually and professionally rewarding; and to extend the reach of your research and its impact in the world.

Leadership

Bill Cope, PhD

Bill Cope, PhD

President

Bill Cope is a Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include theories and practices of pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and new technologies of representation and communication. His and Mary Kalantzis’ recent research has focused on the development of digital writing and assessment technologies, with the support of a number of major grants from the US Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The result has been the Scholar multimodal writing, publishing and assessment environment. With Kalantzis, he has coauthored or coedited: New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (2nd edition, 2012); Ubiquitous Learning, University of Illinois Press, 2009; Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research, Elsevier, 2009; The Future of the Academic Journal, Elsevier, 2009 (2nd Edition, 2014); Literacies, Cambridge University Press 2012 (2nd edition, 2016); A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, Palgrave, 2015; and e-Learning Ecologies, Routledge, 2017.

Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, PhD

Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, PhD

Social Scientist

As the “in house” Social Scientist Phillip Kalantzis-Cope works with local host committees, journal editors and advisory boards to craft themes, select speakers, and leads overall program and strategic development at Common Ground Research Networks. He is an active member of the American Association of Publishers, currently serving on the Committee for Digital Innovation, and is the Co-Founder of New Criticals. He serves on the Board of the Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Phillip completed his PhD (Politics) at The New School for Social Research in New York City. A published author, his research addresses the political economy of “big-data;” the nature of immaterial labor within digital networks; and the conceptual boundaries of the “material” and “immaterial” in the politics of intellectual property. He is currently a University Fellow in the Faculty of Business, Law and Education at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. Phillip is also an internationally exhibited and published, photographer.

Publishing Team

Jeremy Boehme

Jeremy Boehme

Managing Editor, Discovery Lead

Libraries, with their accompanying search methodologies, were the traditional entry points for the discovery of scholarly research. Digital communication networks have disrupted how, where, and when articles and books are now discovered. Alongside his Research Network portfolio, Jeremy Boehme is responsible for how we, at Common Ground Research Networks, use data within, or metadata about, a piece of research to maximize its visibility and accessibility.

Caitlyn D'Aunno

Caitlyn D'Aunno

Managing Editor, Assistant Director - Journal Production

At times scholarly publishing can be an unacceptably slow process. Slowness has implications for getting research to the world; it also has implications for the professional lives of scholars. Alongside her Research Network portfolio, Caitlyn D'Aunno is responsible for improving our production process in order to decrease the time to publish while maintaining rigorous peer review.

McCall Macomber

McCall Macomber

Managing Editor, Editorial Services and Translation Lead

There can be a number of unnecessary language or technical barriers that prevent great thinking and excellent research from being published, including the need to write in a language that is not the author’s native tongue. In addition to her Research Network portfolio, McCall Macomber is responsible for delivering services that can help break down these barriers, such as support for proofreading, translation services, and formatting assistance to meet specific journal or book imprint guidelines.

Dominique Moore

Dominique Moore

Managing Editor, Internship Lead

Being located in the University of Illinois Research Park gives Common Ground Research Networks unique access to some of the brightest and best minds in the country. In addition to her Research Network portfolio, Dominique Moore is responsible for developing and co-ordinating internship projects that are both professionally rewarding and intellectually stimulating.

Amanda Sabo

Amanda Sabo

Managing Editor, Abstract and Indexing Lead

At both the journal and article level, the “impact” of research is of central concern to all in scholarly publishing. A key way to increase impact is to increase visibility via the inclusion of content in major abstract and indexing databases. Alongside her Research Network portfolio, Amanda Sabo manages existing relationships with database providers and listing agencies. She is also responsible for ensuring that Common Ground Research Networks journals are indexed in ways that extend the impact of our authors’ research.

Conference Team

Committed to creating points of interaction and intersection, the conference team approaches each project as an opportunity to connect ideas, people, and places. We create dynamic spaces of engagement built to foster collaboration across disciplines and to connect ideas across different sites and cultures. Conference sessions and special events encourage participants to engage and interact in formal and informal ways, each providing a platform for both leading thinkers and emerging voices alike. We are honored to work with our partners and advisory board members to bring these conversations together each year, creating a truly collective body of knowledge.

Emily Kasak

Emily Kasak

Director, Conference and Community Development

Rachael Arcario

Rachael Arcario

Conference Producer

Communication and Media Studies Research Network
e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies Research Network
Global Studies Research Network
Health, Wellness & Society Research Network
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network
Sport & Society Research Network
Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network
Tourism and Leisure Studies Research Network

Grace Chang

Grace Chang

Conference Producer

The Arts in Society Research Network
Books, Publishing & Libraries Research Network
Design Principles & Practices Research Network
Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Research Network
Food Studies Research Network
The Image Research Network
New Directions in the Humanities Research Network
Organization Studies Research Network

Patricija Kirvaitis

Patricija Kirvaitis

Conference Producer

Aging & Society Research Network
Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network
Constructed Environment Research Network
The Inclusive Museum Research Network
The Learner Research Network
On Sustainability Research Network
Religion in Society Research Network
Spaces & Flows Research Network

Program Development Team

Jessica Wienhold-Brokish, PhD

Program Development

Jessica Wienhold-Brokish earned her BA from Buena Vista University in English and German. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, specializing in comparative literature, and a Doctorate in Comparative and World Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus on Russian, German, Croatian, and British literature. During her graduate work Jessica was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia. Her interests include post-communism, gender, autobiography, conflict studies, and theories of space and place. She has worked with Common Ground Research Networks since 2013 in Conference Program Development.

Kim Kendall, PhD

Kim Kendall, PhD

Program and Market Development

Originally from Newark, Delaware, Kimberly Kendall earned her BA from the University of Delaware in Marketing and Graphic Arts. She earned her MEd and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, and Education Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed a post-doc position as Director of Research Opportunities in the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her tenure at the University, Dr. Kendall developed and implemented an international internship program that placed students in social, educational, and business organizations. Dr. Kendall has worked with Common Ground Research Networks since January 2013 in Program and Market Development.

Communications and Support Team

Ebony Jackson

Ebony Jackson

Lead Communication Designer

Common Ground Research Networks are connected by overarching principles that bring scholars together. Yet each Research Network is distinct in focus and practice. Ebony Jackson leads the development and implementation of the visual identities of each Research Network, ensuring our core principles, and those of the network, are matched in design .

Jennifer Britt

Communication Designer

Our social and professional lives on the internet mean daily interaction via email and visits to websites. Jennifer Britt is responsible for the everyday communication and website development of our research networks, balancing the need to stay connected with the goal of streamlined and efficient communication practices.

Sara Hoke

Sara Hoke

Social Media Manager

Social media have become the platforms on which we navigate personal and professional association. Sara Hoke manages the social media presence of our Research Networks, curating content that represents our values, is intrinsically interesting, and can lead to rewarding professional opportunities.

Aedan Murphy

Aedan Murphy

Support Associate

Our Research Network members, current and future, have busy lives. Aedan Murphy works to ensure that Research Network members get the most from their membership. She also supports future members to submit their work, present at a conference, and participate in the network.

Accounts and Human Resources Team

Joe Miebach

Joe Miebach

Accounts and HR Administrator

Common Ground Research Networks is a mission driven, not-for-profit corporation. Joe Miebach strives to ensure that our financial procedures match our charter, and that operations are sustainable and work in the favor of everyone involved.

Aaron Clark

Aaron Clark

Subscriptions and Orders Coordinator

We strive to be the advocates of the research produced by our members. Aaron Clark is responsible for working with authors and content distributors to ensure access to content is as wide as possible.