New Faces, New Places in the Educational Technologies Group at McGraw

Friday, Sep 18, 2015

The McGraw Center welcomes a new staff member, Ben Johnston, formerly Manager of the Humanities Resource Center and Humanities Computing Specialist at the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH). Ben joins McGraw’s Educational and Classroom Technologies group in the role of Senior Educational Technologist.

Ben has long played a central role in the development of the Digital Humanities at Princeton, and in the creation of the Center for Digital Humanities.  He brings his many years of experience working collaboratively with faculty to implement technology in teaching in innovative and meaningful ways. Ben will continue to participate in the planning and development of CDH projects that have pedagogical components and act as McGraw's liaison to the CDH to assist in the successful implementation of those projects.

At McGraw, Ben will contribute to the design and development of teaching and learning spaces on campus, investigate new technologies for teaching and learning, and work to establish new digital platforms for coursework at Princeton.  Ben will be moving to an office in the Lewis Library Building, inside the New Media Center (room 132). If you have any questions about integrating technology into a humanities course please reach out to Ben at or to the Educational and Classroom Technology group at

Sorat Tungkasiri, who has long been a familiar and helpful face at McGraw’s New Media Center in his role as Lab Coordinator, has accepted the position of Associate Director of Educational and Classroom Technologies. Sorat, who recently completed a Master's degree in Computing Education at Columbia University, will continue to work at the New Media Center, developing new programming and renovating and modernizing the lab.  He will also continue to consult with both students and faculty members on classroom-related projects. Sorat’s new office will be in the New Media Center, room 131.

Paula Brett has been appointed to the role of the McGraw Center’s Project Manager. Although best known in her role as Manager of the New Media Center, Paula is also an expert in the management of faculty and classroom projects. McGraw’s work will benefit from her careful management, and attention to detail. Paula is currently pursuing certification in project management from the Project Management Institute, PMI. Paula’s new office remains in the New Media Center, room 133.

Please join us in congratulating Sorat and Paula on their new titles, and Ben, as a welcome new addition to the McGraw Center staff.

And for the new place: McGraw now has a presence on Princeton’s central campus, in the form of a classroom in East Pyne. East Pyne, 012, formerly the Humanities Resource Center Classroom, is now a venue for McGraw workshops and programming, and is open for reservations -- upon request and availability -- for teaching classes of 20 or fewer students. The room is equipped with 13 iMacs running Windows and Mac OS, and an 80” flat panel display.