Jessica FitzPatrick (PhD) is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the English Department. She conducts research at the confluence of spatial studies, digital storytelling, world literature, and speculative fiction. She regularly teaches courses about Narrative and Technology and Digital Media, and she directs the Digital Narrative and Interactive Design (DNID) major. Her current projects include digital and public humanities ventures like the Secret Pittsburgh Digital Guidebook, which exhibits student-generated explorations of Pittsburgh sites and stories. In her role as Digital Media Lab director, she is tasked with developing capacity among faculty and graduate students in digital research and pedagogy, building undergraduate programming, fostering collaborative digital projects, and participating in wider digital initiatives in the humanities. Read more about FitzPatrick and her work here.


Undergraduate Lab Assistants

Spring 2023: Our Lab Assistants are Isabella Song and Lynn Priestly.
Contingent on funding, the English department is able to hire an undergraduate student worker to help supervise the Digital Media Lab during its open hours and assists faculty and students with technological issues that arise in using Lab facilities. There may also be possibilities for those interested in lab management and digital educational programming as an intern, compensated with course credit. For more information about current or future opportunities, please send inquiries to with the subject line “Undergraduate Lab Assistant.”


Digital Media Learning Coordinator

In the past, graduate student LCs provided support for teaching digital tools and methods, and can assist in everything from constructing assignments to giving in-class technology tutorials. They also organized events promoting the innovative work students and teachers are doing in English, such as pedagogy-focused Digital Brown Bag series. There is currently no LC--thank you for bearing with us during a time of decreased staffing.