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 & Acting Director of Publishing

Jeremy Boehme leads and supports the publishing team for both journal and book publications. He also researches and implements the best practices for metadata and discovery methods to maximize the visibility of Common Ground’s publications. In addition, he maintains connections with various databases and indexing agencies to ensure Common Ground’s journals and books are properly indexed and easily discoverable. In a collaborative role, he ensures the software development plans align with goals for platform functionality, stability, usability, and content discovery to extend the impact potential of our authors’ research.

Phillip Kisubika

Phillip Kisubika

Managing Editor—Books

Crystal Lasky Robinson

Crystal Lasky Robinson

Managing Editor—Journals

Helen Repp

Helen Repp

Managing Editor—Journals




Megan Donnan

Editorial Assistant—Journals

Corrin Hogan

Production Assistant

Tatiana Loyd

Production Assistant

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.

Sara Hoke

Sara Hoke

Conference Producer


Aging & Social Change Research Network
The Arts in Society Research Network
Design Principles & Practices Research Network
Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Research Network
The Inclusive Museum Research Network
The Image Research Network
The Learner Research Network
On Sustainability Research Network
Organization Studies Research Network


Michele Hill

Michele Hill

Conference Producer


Books, Publishing & Libraries Research Network
Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network
Constructed Environment Research Network
Food Studies Research Network
New Directions in the Humanities Research Network
Religion in Society Research Network
Sport and Society Research Network
Health, Wellness & Society Research Network


Program Development Team

Rae-Anne Montague, PhD

Rae-Anne Montague, PhD

Program Development

Rae-Anne Montague has been active in academia for the past two decades. She currently serves on the Information Studies faculty at Chicago State University. Previously she was a member of the Information and Computer Sciences faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and also worked for several years in student affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Montague's research interests emphasize community engagement, inquiry, and social justice. She has provided leadership for a number of innovative grant projects.

Leslie Crowley

Program 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 .

Brittani Musgrove

Brittani Musgrove

Communications Designer

As a Communications Designer, Brittani Musgrove aims to make Common Ground’s physical and digital design presence simple and informative for our delegates. Common Ground has 24 Research Networks, each having an annual conference, which she creates various promotional materials for which ensures that our delegates can easily associate with a particular conference. In addition, she helps manage our social media presence across all platforms and looks for ways to implement our visual identity throughout.

Alexandra Pate

Alexandra Pate

Social Media Coordinator and 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.

Support Team

Tamsyn Gilbert

Research Network Producer

Ryan Rodgers

Support Associate

Ryan Rodgers aids scholars in attending Common Ground Conferences and submitting works for publication throughout the Common Ground Research Networks. He guides members in showcasing their work in the best way possible with Common Ground and in maximizing their Network Membership benefits.

Angela Rigg

Support Associate

Angela Rigg corresponds daily with delegates across the globe to answer and resolve any questions or concerns regarding their Scholar accounts, conference information and registration.