Professor Ann DeMarle is an expert in learning, serious games, and emergent media. Defining herself as an “academic entrepreneur,” she founded Champlain College’s top ranked cohort-based Game degrees. From 2002-2011 she was the founding director of the Governor’s Institute of Vermont in Information Technology for outstanding high school students. Upon receiving the Champlain College Perry Chair in 2006, she created the award winning Emergent Media Center, a studio dedicated to student technology innovation that along with the studio houses its MakerLab, and graduate programs. Her partnerships include: Ford, ILMS, NEH, RWJ, and the UN. A project dear to her is the UN sponsored BREAKAWAY, a game and curriculum addressing violence against women/girls. She has served as a governor for the IEEE Computer Society, is a trustee for Images and Voices of Hope, a trustee for the Stern Center for Learning and Language, and the Vermont Arts Council. In 2014 she received the college’s inaugural Audeamus Award. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and twice was awarded an IBM Faculty Fellow.