SHANTI at the University of Virginia

Activities / Connect with Us



SHANTI provides scheduled consultations to members of the University community who are interested in learning about our resources and activities. We invite individuals, as well as classes and groups, to meet with us, either in our Alderman Library offices or through on-site visits.

To set up a meeting, please use the contact button on this page to submit your request. Possible requests include:

  • To meet with you one on one to discuss a specific goal of yours, and how to accomplish that goal in a more efficient and innovative fashion.
  • To discuss with you how an extant project could be migrated to new UVa community digital technologies.
  • To discuss using the Mandala framework for your scholarly website.
  • To refine documentation for your class to use for a specific software, application platform or technology for student use.
  • To meet with any UVa group, perhaps an entire department, unit or association to explore a specific subject, or offer a wide ranging introduction.
  • Ask us for recommendations of tools, standards, and methodologies in areas whether we are currently addressing them or not.
  • Suggest to us new digital technologies you would like to see offered at UVa, or new connections between extant technologies.
  • Ask for collaboration on grant writing to raise external funds.

You may also want to read over the UVa Community Tools page to get a sense of initiatives already underway in providing sustainable digital technology to UVa faculty, students, and staff.


About Us

SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) is a faculty-led center at the University of Virginia designed to facilitate collaboration and broaden the intellectual and social climate of this academic community by leveraging the power of new digital technologies.


SHANTI promotes innovation in humanities, sciences and arts at the University of Virginia by supporting information technology’s potential to inspire innovation and excellence in research, teaching, publication, and engagement. The use of the digital tools that SHANTI promotes through our programs and initiatives enable advanced academic research, teaching methodology, intellectual exchanges and dynamic social engagement on campus. This work is being accomplished through the active, engaged community of UVa’s extraordinary faculty. It is our goal, as well, that SHANTI’s collaborations and impact on scholastic teaching and learning will have influence nationally and internationally.


SHANTI is located in Alderman Library, Room 323. The university’s website called UVaCollab integrates with SHANTI’s efforts, and is open to all UVa faculty and students and their collaborative partners. By joining that site, you will automatically get all emails about our emerging activities.

Current Priorities

Faculty members should be able to work with video, time lines, maps, social networking applications, textual analysis, virtual worlds, spatial analysis, three dimensional reconstructions, and other technologies with the same confidence they experience with word processors.


  • John Alexander, Associate Director, Administration
  • Raf Alvarado, Associate Director
  • Mark Ferrara, programmer
  • Bill Ferster, Associate Director, Data Visualization
  • Ed Garrett, programmer
  • David Germano, Director
  • Than Grove, programmer
  • Christine Jewell, Administrative Assistant
  • Andres Montano, programmer
  • ¬†Yuji Shinozaki, Technical Director


  • Office of the Vice President for Information Technology

Steering Committee

SHANTI is governed by a steering committee comprised mostly of faculty, but also of librarians and staff. The Steering Committee is in charge of SHANTI’s strategic direction. There are 20 members in total and the full membership of the steering committee is as follows:

  1. John Alexander (Associate Director, Administration)
  2. Rafael Alvarado (Associate Director, Technology)
  3. Brian Balogh (History, Faculty)
  4. Matthew Burtner (Music, Faculty)
  5. Bill Ferster (Senior Scientist, Faculty, Curry School of Education)
  6. Yitna Firdyiwek (Advanced Technology Group)
  7. David Germano (Director; Religious Studies, Faculty: Tibetan Studies, Buddhist Studies)
  8. Bruce Holsinger (Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities, Faculty, Department of Music)
  9. Anne Kinney (East Asia, Faculty: Asian Studies, Women’s Studies)
  10. Worthy Martin (Acting Director, IATH, Computer Science, Faculty)
  11. Jerry McGann (NINES, English, Faculty)
  12. Mike McPherson (Associate VP and Deputy CIO, IT-CIO, Faculty)
  13. Bethany Nowviskie (Library Representative)
  14. Deborah Parker (Associate Director, Curricular Program; Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Faculty: Italian Studies, Literature-Art)
  15. Daniel Pitti (IATH, Associate Director)
  16. Jude Reagan (Teaching Resource Center Representative)
  17. Lisa Reilly (Architectural History, Faculty)
  18. Kurtis Schaeffer (Religious Studies, Faculty: Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies)
  19. Yuji Shinozaki (Technical Director)
  20. Andy Stauffer (NINES, English, Faculty)