[Athen] Job opening at Stanford University

Shelley Haven rmhaven at stanford.edu
Tue Nov 13 11:58:50 PST 2007

Hi everyone!

This letter is to announce a job opening at Stanford -- mine! After
seven-and-a-half years with Stanford's Office of Accessible Education
(OAE), I've decided to change course slightly (more about that
below). My last day will be in early January 2008.

First, the job listing: Go to
http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html, scroll down to Keyword, and
type "28052" (the job number). If you're interested, you can even
apply for the job online (click "Apply" at the end of the description
for instructions).

This job is a bit different from most assistive technology-related
positions. Note that it's located within the Stanford University
Libraries, not the OAE itself. Even though I coordinate AT resources
for the OAE and provide programmatic leadership, I do that as part of
Stanford's Academic Technology Specialist Program. The ATSP is a
highly collaborative group of technology experts tasked with
developing and implementing technologies to enhance teaching and
learning at Stanford. In a way, we bridge the IT and academic
communities, exploring innovative uses of technology to serve the
goals of our respective departments and of the University in general.
As you'll see in the job posting, a major component of this
particular ATS position is to lead campus efforts in Universal Design
for Learning. Check out the ATS Program at
https://www.stanford.edu/group/ats/cgi-bin/drupal/?q=node/19. It's an
awesome group with an exciting directive.

So why am I leaving? Two reasons, actually. I've worked in AT and
rehab engineering for over 20 years, and one of my greatest
professional joys is using assistive technology to improve the
quality of someone's life. I used to work directly with individuals
a lot more than I do now, and I miss that. Secondly, I had the
unfortunate opportunity last year to experience loss of a major life
function - and the need for AT - from the other side of the fence.
While only for four (very challenging) months, the experience gave me
a fresh perspective and re-inspired me to pursue a livelihood making
a direct difference in people's lives. So I'm going back to
providing end-user services (primarily in the K-12 environment), with
a focus on AT for learning disabilities.

I will remain in the Bay Area, so I hope I'll have a chance to
continue working with some of you in some context.

All the best,
Shelley Haven

Rachael M. Haven (Shelley) ATP, RET
Academic Technology Specialist/Technology Coordinator,
Office of Accessible Education
Stanford University
rmhaven at stanford.edu
(650) 725-6173
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