Staff profile: Jim Webb
Title and length of service: Director of information technology, School of
Education and Social Policy; three years.
|photo by Stephen Anzaldi
What do you do? I work with our students and faculty to ensure that their
research and other academic work are matched with the most appropriate technology.
help them understand how the future of technology will affect their work. My
wonderful staff keeps everything running smoothly. This work is enormously
challenging and rewarding. My fellow CIOs are amazing.
Road to Northwestern: I came to Northwestern in 1999 as the technology coordinator
for the Learning and Technology in Urban Schools project. LeTUS creates technology-rich
math and science curricula for urban secondary schools, and conducts research
on the efficacy of that work. Before coming to Northwestern, I taught high
school instrumental music for 15 years.
How do you go from leader of the band to IT director? My wife’s career
has required her to move around. I needed something satisfying and portable.
Frequent fliers: My wife, Pamela, is senior director of the Office of Research
Administration at Stanford. She’s the former director of sponsored research
at Northwestern’s Chicago campus. One of us flies to be with the other
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy woodworking. My grandfather
taught me to appreciate the beauty and soul of wood when I was still in elementary
school. Today, I primarily build pieces in the Arts and Crafts style. Some
are reproductions of works by Stickley, Roycroft, Greene and Greene and others.
Some are adaptations to which I’ve added my own interpretation. Of particular
interest is the Japanese influence that lends such grace and hand to the works
of Greene and Greene.
— Marilyn Idelman Soglin