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Headshot of Yvonne Houy, Ph.D.

Yvonne Houy, Ph.D.

CFA Learning Technologist
Department(s): Fine Arts
Office: FDH 628
Email: yvonne.houy@unlv.edu

Biography

Dr. Yvonne Houy is the Learning Technologist for the UNLV College of Fine Arts,  supporting faculty in Architecture, Art, Entertainment Engineering Design, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. As Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) executive committee member, she is active in supporting transdisciplinary Arts and research integration in higher education.

To enhance her work with faculty and as Chair of the College of Fine Arts Work Climate Task Force, she received a competitive grant for mediation training in 2020, and became a mediator for the UNLV Ombuds Office in Summer 2021. In her mediation facilitation, she emphasizes the power of mediation to help transform conflict into resilient working relationships. 

A graduate of Cornell University (M.A. & Ph.D.) and the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.), and former Visiting Assistant Professor at the highly selective, liberal arts-focused Pomona College, Dr. Houy understands the needs and challenges of higher education institutions that value research, teaching, and diversity. This is enhanced by her interdisciplinary career: After earning her Ph.D. in humanities with a media studies emphasis, she followed her interest in online learning technologies and computer programming to become a learning technologist and professional development facilitator, including for the international Computer Science For All movement. She enjoys teaching media studies and history courses, as well as no-prerequisite courses for artists and designers on using coding and mobile app development as creative “canvas.”

Her scholarship focuses on socially and culturally disruptive visual culture, propaganda technologies and techniques, and research-based best practices for online student engagement. She practices Aikido, a martial art focused on conflict de-escalation.