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My name is Samuel Williams and I moved to Portland Oregon in September of 2010 to work for the University of Portland.  I started as the Academic Technology Specialist and Trainer and in December of 2012 was promoted to Director of Academic Technology Services.  The goal of Academic Technology Services is to promote and advance the use of technology for instruction on the University campus.  I work on projects that range from iPads in the classroom, social media in teaching and learning, instructional media design, instructional design, digital badging, video management using Kaltura/MediaSpace and digital storytelling.  I’m passionate about the wise integration of technology in education.  I love when I can work collaboratively with our community to come up with solutions for the classroom.  Not every solution is about technology but often we can leverage technology to create efficiencies, and allow our online/hybrid courses and classrooms to better serve our students and faculty.

Prior to UP

I have my A.S. Degree in Computer Science, from Salish Kootenai College, and my Bachelors Degree in Business/Marketing from the University of Montana. I have studied and worked in Technology for over 20 years now and while at SKC I held the position of PC Support Tech, Web Master, Systems Administrator, Assistant Director and then Director of Administrative IT Services. During a brief 2.5 year absence from SKC I held the position of Director of IT for the National Indian Telecommunications Institute in Santa Fe, NM.

Prior to moving to the Portland area in Sept, I also took part in the Leadership Montana program class of 2010. I was honored to have been chosen and humbled and inspired by the training. What a wonderful organization and would encourage people to seek out this type of training for your futures.

I’m a Native Montanan and an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  I was raised by my mother and her family and was taught the importance of community, art, and celebrating the beauty of the world around us. I have been inspired by the strong Native women in my life and by a community that strives to carry on traditions and finding ways to live in two worlds as contemporary Indians.  I have carried on the tradition of Native American Beadwork, which compliments my love for photography and the digital arts.

I’m a geek, technologist, photographer, innovator and someone that loves to find solutions to problems.  I love my role as a community organizer and storytelling.  This site will help to tell my story.

My personal quotes:

  • The Person in your life that needs your love the most is, yourself.
  • Every morning you wake up you have a choice in the person you want to be that day.. make good choices.