Architect for IT Sought
Published: Friday, January 31, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014 02:01
Under the “Designing the Future(s) of the University” initiative, University Information Services will create a new position for a chief architect, responsible for spearheading an information technology transformation throughout the university.
The position was created as a response to feedback about IT at Georgetown and is designed to foster collaboration among the Georgetown community, as well as enable easier access to UIS services.
“From that assessment, we developed a five-year strategy,” Deputy Chief Information Officer Judd Nicholson said. “We’ve taken that on very aggressively. We want to be as responsive as we can and agile in adapting our IT environment to meet the new needs of our institution.”
Other improvements to IT include high-speed, campus-wide Wi-Fi and the creation of a capable campus community infrastructure network, including cloud services and social media.
“We hope that the transformation is having a positive impact across campus. Whether that’s students enjoying greater Wi-Fi access, GU Mobile’s services or the entire institution and campus community enjoying the improved online experience. Our goal in IT is to be as responsive to our community as possible,” Nicholson said.
These improvements will allow classroom time to be more efficient. Teachers and students will have more time for learning and discussing because of the improved user experience under the transformation.
Ava Arroyo (SFS ’16), a student organizer for the innovation series at Georgetown, is very hopeful about the new advancements.
“Our education and community is adapting to current technologies by leveraging them to improve our educational experience,” Arroyo said.
The chief architect will be responsible for meeting the objectives of transformation and reorganizing and realigning UIS in the future. Additionally, the chief architect is required to listen to feedback regarding the future of Georgetown IT.
“We’re looking for a candidate who has a proven track record because this is a senior level position,” Nicholson said. “Someone who is innovative, able to think on their feet, think outside the box … so we can bring the best of what the industry has to Georgetown.”
University Information Services is currently narrowing resumes down to the topmost qualified candidates and then plans on conducting interviews within the next month.
The changes to the network will aid students in their studies, which are often tied to technology.
“In my studies, having Wi-Fi is vital. Whether it’s using Wi-Fi in lab to do clinical clearance things, watch videos. ... I use it for a software called Evernote, so I have my notes with me all the time,” Elena Snow (NHS ’17) said.
The effects the new position will have may positively impact student life in and outside the classroom.
“We as students should care because the transformation and the new chief architect will impact what the future of our education looks like. We all should be conscious of the role technology plays in our lives and how that can enhance our institution and educational experience,” Arroyo said.