Highland Heights, Kentucky
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
— Helen Keller
Renée Human is program director and assistant professor of Media Informatics (MIN) at Northern Kentucky University. She specializes in web and multimedia design and development. With nearly 20 years of industry experience and 14 years of teaching at the college level, Human loves to share her knowledge with the next generation of creative geniuses, and to learn from them as well.
Human found her path when the phone rang one fateful day in 1996 at Presentation Graphics, a service bureau/design firm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she worked. Would anyone be interested in teaching a night class in HTML at the local community college? Although she didn't know anything about the web, she jumped at the chance to share her love of design and development with the next generation. In 2007, she wrote and produced "Macromedia® Dreamweaver® 8 Interactive Movie Tutorials" as a course teaching aid, and she has since worked on a multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation grant, training community college instructors in Kentucky how to teach beginning web courses.
Today, she leads NKU's Media Informatics program, a cutting-edge curriculum featuring a blend of design and development with a communications and entrepreneurial twist. Currently, her favorite curricular topics include responsive web; HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, and Adobe® PhoneGap™ Build™ for app development; and ActionScript® 3.0 for gaming. "Dreamweaver, Flash® Professional, Flash Builder®, and now the Edge suite have kept up with all these topics and make for the best possible classroom experience‚ and very hirable graduates," Human says.
Human is an academic member of the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT). She also is the advisor to three student organizations: the MINjas (Media Informatics students), the StarCraft Club, and the Communication Graduate Students Organization. She is one of the founding organizers of Mashcomm36, an annual 36-hour contest each February that pairs eight businesses with teams of students to solve digital public relations challenges. The winning student teams for two consecutive years have been MINjas, harnessing Adobe products to create their solutions.
She has completed her coursework and qualifying exams toward her PhD. in communication at the University of Kentucky, and is now working on her dissertation. Human's primary areas of research focus on interpersonal use of technology in relationships, education, and in the gaming industry. The notion of community, whether it be offline or online, permeates both her academic research and her approach to designing and developing web and mobile experiences.