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

Chief Social Scientist

As the Chief 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.

José Luis Ortega, PhD

José Luis Ortega, PhD

Spanish Language Scientific Director

José Luis Ortega is an Associate Professor in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at the University of Granada, Spain. From 2004 to 2008 he was Vice-Dean in charge of International Relations and from 2011 to 2015. He was Secretary of the Local Organising Committee of the International Learning Conferences held in Granada (2005), Montego Bay (Jamaica, 2006), the International Social Science Conference held in Granada in 2007, and the International Conference on Diversity (2016). A member of the scientific committee of several international journals, Dr Ortega has lectured and taught at numerous European and American universities. He is the author of more than fifty scholarly publications including books, chapters and peer reviewed papers on bilingualism, TEFL, teacher training, classroom management, and student motivation. Dr Ortega is currently heading a national Project in Spain on bilingualism funded by the British Council and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Publishing Team

Jeremy Boehme

Jeremy Boehme

Head of Product Development

Dedicated to researching, knowing, and implementing the best use of data and/or metadata to maximize the visibility and accessibility of materials we publish, Jeremy Boehme manages our existing relationships with database/listing agencies and ensures our journals are indexed in new spaces to extend the impact potential of our authors’ research. Additionally, he ensuring these goals align with our software product development and market visibility.

Caitlyn D'Aunno

Caitlyn D'Aunno

Managing Editor, Assistant Director - Journal Production

McCall Macomber

McCall Macomber

Head of Journal Production

Phillip Kisubika

Phillip Kisubika

Managing Editor - Books

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.

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

Sara Hoke

Sara Hoke

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 Team

Ebony Jackson

Ebony Jackson

Lead Communications 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.

Alexandra Pate

Alexandra Pate

Communications Designer

Across our 24 Research Networks, Common Ground is continually announcing opportunities for Research Network Members and new delegates to present at conferences, pursue publication, and volunteer within their respective subject communities. Alexandra Pate, our Communications Designer, creates online mailings and manages Common Ground’s social media presence so that our delegates are up to date on all of the latest CG events.

Erica Sheeran

Erica Sheeran

Networks Correspondent

Erica Sheeran works to ensure that Research Network members get the most from their membership. She supports members’ inquiries about their work, and encourages new members throughout the submission process. She also corresponds with Emerging Scholar Award recipients, and is responsible for featuring their work on the conference sites prior to their conference.

Katherine Wyszkowski

Networks Correspondent

Our Research Network members represent a vast array of disciplines, research interests, and nations. Keeping on top of 24 annual conferences and engaging with 77 journal titles can be challenging for members, which is where Katherine Wyszkowski comes in. She supports members’ inquiries about their work, and encourages new members throughout the submission process.

Accounting and Human Resources

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.

Laeh Ragans

Laeh Ragans

Accounts Payable

Common Ground Research Networks interacts with scholars from around the world, all of whom are interested in publicizing their work—either at a conference or by publishing in our journal. Laeh Ragans is responsible for making sure registrations are complete for our delegates. When she’s not supporting delegates’ work, she ensures that Common Ground accounts are up to date and balanced.

Aedan Murphy

Aedan Murphy

Executive Assistant to the Chief Social Scientist

At Common Ground, we value connections to people around the world, especially the people right here in our office. Aedan Murphy takes care of Common Ground staff, managing our Human Resources department and corresponding between departments. She assists upper leadership in overseeing accounts, but acts as an on-the-ground liaison between our company branches and our Research Network members.