Academic Technology

Technology impacts many academic endeavors including classroom, online, and hybrid teaching, student and faculty research, and assessment of students, faculty, courses, and programs.  Academic Affairs is committed to ensuring that UNM has high-quality technology to support its core academic functions: teaching, learning, and research.  Meeting that challenge is complicated by many factors including limited resources, difficulties in defining academic technology needs, and the distribution of responsibility for academic technology across multiple UNM units including UNM central information technologies, New Media and Extended Learning, Media Technology Services, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Advanced Research Computing.

The Academic Technology Liaison (ATL) ensures that UNM has appropriate technical resources to support its core academic mission.  The ATL determines what technologies are available and effective, assesses unmet technology needs, and works collaboratively across UNM units to meet those needs.  The ATL is a communication conduit to and from students, faculty, administrators, and IT staff.  The ATL ensures that faculty and student perspectives are well-represented in the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and deployment of technology that directly or indirectly impacts UNM's academic mission.

Academic Technology Liaison

Stephen D. BurdStephen Burd earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1983 with concentrations in management information systems and accounting.  He joined the UNM faculty in 1984 and has served in a variety of academic and administrative roles.  His teaching areas have included systems analysis & design, application development, computer hardware and software, database management systems, system & network administration, and accounting information systems.  His current research interests include virtualization technologies, computer and software architecture, and health care technology.  Many of his teaching and research activities address the feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-efficiency of technology.

Dr. Burd also serves as Associate Director of the UNM Center for Information Assurance Research and Education and as the Secretary/Treasurer for the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance.  Steve holds an active CPA license in Maryland.  Steve's wife is a meteorologist and they have two children.  Their oldest child recently graduate from UNM with a BS in Chemistry and Spanish and will enter the UNM Medical School in July 2016.  Their youngest child is a sophomore at New Mexico Tech.  Steve enjoys woodworking, travel with his family, and performing in a classic rock band.

Dr. Burd understands the importance of technology, its limitations, the complexities of its application, and the language and other barriers that all-too-frequently separate technology users from technology managers and staff.  Understanding the diversity of academic technology needs and bridging the technology communication gap are two of the most challenging aspects of effective technology application in a flagship university.  As a key voice representing faculty and student interests in technology-related matters, Dr. Burd encourages you to contact him with comments, questions, suggestions, and concerns about academic technology issues.