Research Interests

Culturally Relevant Media Production
Social Success Skills
Game Development
Graphic Novels
Interactive Narratives

Education

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Doctor of Education, Instructional Technology and Media, May 2013
Dissertation Title: Social Success Skills: Black Male High School Students' Perspectives on Society and their Media Experiences
Advisor: Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, School of Professional Studies, New York, NY
Center for Advanced Digital Applications

Master of Science, Digital Imaging and Design, December 2002

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, May 2000

Publications

Blog Articles

Degand, D. (2017, March 1). Black Women Doctors in the World of Comics. Comics, Race, and Society series. African American Intellectual Historical Society

Journal Articles

Degand, D. (2015). A phenomenological multi-case study about social success skills, aspirations, and related media experiences. The Qualitative Report, 20(6), 872-900.

Book Chapters

Vikaros, L. & Degand, D. (2010). Moral development through social narratives and game design. In Schrier, K. & Gibson, D. (Eds), Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values through Play (pp. 197-215). Hershey, PA & New York, NY: Information Science Reference.

Others

Degand, D. (1999). Modular Robotic Locomotion Systems. SUNFEST 1999 Technical Report TR-CST10SEP99

Manuscripts in Progress

Degand, D. "How do you know when you’ve won? The case for social success mediation theory", article for submission

Degand, D. "Stereotypes vs. strategies: Toward a theory of culturally relevant media production", article for submission

The Need for Culturally Relevant Media Production, manuscript for submission

A Contextually-Rich Historical Exploration of Social Success Skills, manuscript for submission

Conferences and Invited Presentations

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, FL

14th Annual Conference on Comics and Graphics Novels (April 2017)
Presenter: Rap & Comics: The Last Emperor's Secret Wars

EASTERN SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Annual Meeting (February 2017)
Presenter: Social Success Mediation Theory

TUFTS UNIVERSITY, Medford, MA

Youth of Color Seminar (March 2016)
Presenter: Social Success Skills, Stereotypes, and Culturally Relevant Media

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, MA

Critical Perspectives in Urban Education Survey Course (March 2016)
Presenter: Social Success Skills, Stereotypes, and Culturally Relevant Media

AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION, Vancouver, Canada

2012 AERA Annual Meeting (April 2012)
Group Presenter: Another Frame of Reference: How Different Perspectives Can Clarify and Inform Your Writing

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

Teachers College Educational Technology Conference, TCETC 2012 (March 2012)
Presenter: Designing an Educational Thinking and Reasoning Game about the Reliability of Data

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

2012 Diversity in Research and Practice (DiRP) Conference (March 2012)
Presenter: Designing an Educational Thinking and Reasoning Game about the Reliability of Data

HARLEM EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FUND, New York, NY

3rd Annual Parent Conference Workshop Instructor (October 2010)
Presenter: Keeping Children Safe in a Virtual World

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

Teachers College Educational Technology Conference, TCETC 2010 (May 2010)
Presenter: Media’s influences on Non-Cognitive Skills and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy’s role in positively supporting this relationship

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

Doctoral Colloquium for Communication, Computing and Technology in Education (March 2007)
Presenter: Coomacka Island: Educating Youth with Culturally Relevant Multimedia

DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA

Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Symposium and Mentoring Conference for the New Millennium (May 2000)
Group Presenter: Creation and Development of a Multimedia System

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies Symposium (August 1999)
Group Presenter: Modular Robotic Locomotion System

DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA

Gateway Engineering Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Project (May 1998)
Group Presenter: Development of a Robotic Manipulator to Assist Disabled Children

THE COOPER UNION, New York, NY

Gateway Engineering Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Project (December 1997)
Group Presenter: University of Pennsylvania’s Robotic Arm-Type Manipulator Prototype Design

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA

National Science Foundation Alliance for Minority Participation Annual Presentations
Group Presenter: Creation and Development of a Multimedia System (August 1999)
Presenter: Development of a Robotic Manipulator to Assist Disabled Children (August 1998)
Presenter: Analysis and Synthesis of an Arm-Type Manipulator (August 1997)

Research Experience

COOMACKA ISLAND, www.coomacka.com
Creation of a Web-Based Interactive Comic Framework
(Independent Research), February 2016 – Present

Researcher: Investigating, designing, and creating a front-end (HTML5/CSS/JavaScript) web technology framework that will simplify the steps required for creating online interactive comic book experiences. Multiple iterations of the framework will be released to improve on the user experience of the multimedia designers who are the target audience. The framework will allow users to easily swap out creative audio and visual assets. It will also include a public API and code settings that allow users to customize the comic book as needed.

FORGE OF EMPIRES, www.forgeofempires.com
Participant Observations and Analysis of a browser based game
(Independent Research), November 2014 – Present

Researcher: A multi-year study of a browser-based strategy game. The objective is to understand the game mechanics and the social interactions that occur in the game so that I can determine which aspects would be beneficial in an educational version of a similar game. I analyze the game to determine if it is culturally sensitive to players of different cultural backgrounds. I am also interested in understanding how the social aspects in Forge of Empires might influence the development of social success skills in its players.

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
Social success skills: Black male high school students' perspectives on society and their media experiences
(Doctoral Dissertation), April 2011 – May 2013

Researcher: A year-long phenomenological dissertation study of Black high school students. The objective was to capture and present multiple perspectives on media’s role in the development of social success skills.

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
Media’s Influences on Non-Cognitive Skills and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy’s Role in Positively Supporting This Relationship
October 2008 – April 2010

Researcher: Conducted an exploratory phenomenological pilot study investigating African American teenage students’ perspectives on the media they consume and how it influences their non-cognitive skills development.

CENTER FOR ADVANCED DIGITAL APPLICATIONS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
Ayiti: Land of Art (Master's Thesis)
September 2002 – December 2002

Researcher: Designed, modeled and animated fly-through 3D scenes inspired by Haitian art and paintings

W.E.B. DUBOIS COLLEGE HOUSE, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Ase Saturday Academy
September 1999 – May 2000

Researcher: Designed, modeled and animated fly-through 3D scenes inspired by Haitian art and paintings

GENERAL ROBOTICS & ACTIVE SENSORY PERCEPTION LABORATORY, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Modular Robotic Locomotion System
January 1999 – January 2000

Researcher: Designed and built a robotic locomotion system that allowed different tasks to be performed through different combinations and configurations of its modules.

CENTER FOR HUMAN MODELING AND SIMULATION, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Educational Fantasy
May 1999 - June 2000

Researcher: Designed and developed interactive 3D computer games and animations using 3DS Max and VRML.

THE MORGAN FINE ARTS BUILDING, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Creation and Development of a Multimedia System
January 1999 – May 1999

Researcher: Created a fictional superhero character named Ogoun, and presented him using online, video, and audio multimedia tools. Modeled a prototype toy of Ogoun using Pro-Engineer and created the physical prototype using a Fused Deposition Modeling machine.

GENERAL ROBOTICS & ACTIVE SENSORY PERCEPTION LABORATORY, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Development of a Robotic Manipulator to Assist Disabled Children
May 1997 – August 1998

Researcher: Designed and built a wheelchair mounted remote controlled arm-type manipulator for use by paraplegics during a Gateway Engineering Concurrent Design and Manufacturing project involving The Cooper Union, Drexel University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Ohio State University

Educational Media & Technology Projects

SOCIALSUCCESS.INFO
Curator(2015-present)
http://socialsuccess.info

An evolving online information resource for existing research theories and models about social success. An archived selection of books and research articles about social success are introduced and reviewed.

UNESCO-MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development)
Advisor(2015)

UNESCO-MGIEP is a UNESCO institute located in New Delhi, India. I served on the advisory board for an ICT based, student led exchange program where students engage in collaborative projects and information exchange on issues related to peace, global citizenship and sustainable development. We provided guidance on the design, implementation, and assessment of the program.

ANYONÉ
Creator/Producer (2011-present)
http://darneldegand.com/anyonecomic

A comic strip about a young naturally curious girl whose questions often lead her to learn more about the world around her.

COOMACKA ISLAND
Co-Creator/Producer (2004-present)
http://www.coomacka.com

An Afro-Caribbean themed multimedia brand that includes print storybooks, interactive digital storybooks, web cartoon shorts, and games.

WORLD VIEW: Identity Supportive Game
Developer (2010-2012)
http://darneldegand.com/ISG/

An online quiz game built to help players explore stereotypes they may have about different countries.

GAMIFICATION IN EDUCATION
Researcher/Developer(2010-2011)
http://darneldegand.com/ISG/

Worked with a team to design and develop a prototype of an online educational gamification system for schools.

INTRO TO SCULPTURES WITH RICHARD SERRA
Designer/Developer(2007)
http://darneldegand.com/ISG/

Worked on a small team to design and develop an interactive introduction to sculptures hosted by Richard Serra.

CHIKO THE ACCIDENTAL ALIEN
Field Observations

Researcher (2006)
http://darneldegand.com/ISG/

An analysis of the interactions and content found in an online game forum.

INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE (ISOF)
Curriculum Sampler CD-ROM

Developer(2006)

This multimedia CD-Rom provided information on the Science on Patrol program curriculum. Samples of each Crime Scene and the Science Lesson plans were included on the CD-ROM for viewing.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY Self-Paced Class Reinforcements for Crystal Structure and X-Ray Diffraction Developer
Developer(2005)

This multimedia tool was created as an introduction to X-Ray diffraction. It provides several examples of cubic lattice planes, provided illustrations of 3D crystal structures and unit cell lattice geometries and helped students understand lattice plane designations using Miller indices.

INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE (ISOF)
Science on Patrol CD-ROM

Developer(2005)

This CD-ROM included a movie clip of some of the activities performed during the program, an interactive map showing various locations of the SOP program through-out New York City, and samples of the lesson plan reinforcements distributed to each participant.

AKIL'S WORLD
"We're Playing Basketball"

Designer/Animator(2004)
This animated story teaches youth about family values and the importance of mentors.

INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE (ISOF)
"Review of Howard University's NETS.Work Projects"

Reviewer/Author(2004)
This report outlined the goals and accomplishments of six Howard University projects along with suggestions as to how each project could be improved through the effective use of instructional technologies.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Post-Operative Drain Care for Breast Cancer Patients

Designer/Developer(2003)
This CD-ROM included visuals and animations developed to help breast cancer patients learn how to care for their Hemovac and Jackson Pratt Drains.

Teaching Experience

TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

Graduate Student Instructor
Advanced Theory & Programming of Interactive Media
(Graduate Level), Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant
Masters Core Seminar: Communications Computing & Technology
(Graduate Level), Fall 2012

Workshop Instructor
Introduction to Macromedia Flash Workshops
(Graduate Level), Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2007

HARLEM EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FUND, New York, NY

Workshop Instructor
Introduction to Graphic Novels
(High School Level), Spring 2011

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Bayside, NY

Adjunct Instructor
Introduction to College Life
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 2009, Summer 2009

Workshop Instructor
Introduction to College Life & Technology
(Undergraduate Level), Summer 2007
Macromedia Contribute Faculty Workshops
(University Faculty), Spring 2007, Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Fall 2005
Be Safe on the Internet
(University Alumni and Faculty), Fall 2006
Introduction to E-portfolios
(Undergraduate Level), Summer 2006

VAUGHN COLLEGE OF AERONAUTICS & TECHNOLOGY, Flushing, NY

Adjunct Instructor
Design, Drawing, & Aesthetics
(Undergraduate Level), Spring 2003, Spring 2002
3D Animation with 3DStudio Max
(Undergraduate Level), Spring 2003
Intermediate Adobe Photoshop
(Undergraduate Level), Spring 2003
Introduction to 3DStudio Max
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 2002
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 2002
Introduction to Macromedia Flash
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 2002

PELHAM FRITZ RECREATION CENTER, Harlem, NY

Workshop Instructor
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
(Community Center Residents), Summer 2002, Spring 2002
Introduction to HTML
(Community Center Residents), Summer 2002, Spring 2002

CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK, New York, NY

Workshop Instructor
Microsoft Outlook Professional Workshops
(Professional), Winter 2001

ASE SATURDAY ACADEMY, Philadelphia, PA

Lead Technology Course Instructor
HTML
(Junior High School Level), Spring 2001, Fall 1999
Photoshop
(Junior High School Level), Spring 2000

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA

Coach (Tutor)
Calculus II
(Undergraduate Level), Spring 2000
3D Physics I
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 1999
Calculus I
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 1999
Calculus II
(Undergraduate Level), Spring 1999
Calculus I
(Undergraduate Level), Fall 1998

Fellowships, Grants, Awards, & Accomplishments

Saint Francis Preparatory High School Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Inductee (2017)
Teachers College Minority Scholarship (2006-2012)
Co-Chair, Teachers College Educational Technology Conference (2010-2011)
Co-Chair, Black Student Network (2009-2010)
Co-Chair, Teachers College Educational Technology Conference (2009-2010)
Teachers College General Scholarship (2006-2009)
University of Pennsylvania’s Annual Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Award (2000)
University of Pennsylvania’s National Society of Black Engineers Senior Award (2000)
Philadelphia’s Alliance for Minority Participation Excellence Award (2000)
Board Advisor, Dessalines Haitian Students Association (1999-2000)
Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies (1999)
2nd Prize Award, NSF/AMP Summer Undergraduate Research Program Presentations (1999)
President, Dessalines Haitian Students Association (1998-1999)
Vice President, University of Pennsylvania’s National Society of Black Engineers Chapter (1998-1999)
Mr. Penn Bodybuilding Champion (1998)
1st place, Gateway Engineering Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Prototype Design Competition (1998)
Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar (1997-2000)
National Science Foundation Researcher (1997-1999)
Vice President, Dessalines Haitian Students Association (1997-1998)
2nd place, Mr. Penn Bodybuilding Competition (1997)
Varsity Track & Field (1996-1998)
W.E.B. Dubois College House Jesse Owens Award for Best Male Athlete in University Sporting Event (1996-1997)
Afro-American Studies Program Summer Institute Scholar (1996)
French National Honor Society (1996)
Manhattan College Spiked Shoe Club’s Tyrone S. Pannell Outstanding Senior C.H.S.A.A. Hurdler Award (1996)
2nd Place 55mm Hurdler, New York State Indoor Track & Field Championships (1996)
2nd Place 110mm Hurdler, Eastern States Outdoor Track & Field Championships (1996)