Tony Kolenic is Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Sciences in the Digital Worlds Institute. He oversees strategic initiatives, academic assessment reporting, research development and grants, policies and procedures, community engagement and strategic partnerships, and provides supervision for the college's interdisciplinary centers. Kolenic also provides leadership for the college's IT/Tech/Web infrastructure, Strategic Communications Team, and oversees facilities strategy.
Prior to coming to UF Kolenic served as Associate Director of the University of Michigan's ArtsEngine, which drives transdisciplinary collaborations among the Arts, Architecture, Engineering and other fields. He was also the Associate Director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) - a partnership of more than 40 leading institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support and environment for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programming and creative practice between the Arts and other disciplines.
Prior to joining ArtsEngine and a2ru Kolenic taught in Michigan State University Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Arts and Humanities (CISAH), served as project director for "The Children and Technology Project" - a three-year research project funded by the National Science Foundation - and also as the Ph.D. Advisor and Specialist for Peace and Justice Studies, where he taught numerous courses, mentored undergraduate researchers, managed the program, and cultivated community partnerships.
Kolenic holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University. His research and teaching sits at the intersections of Performance Studies, Digital Culture, and Cultural Studies. Kolenic has received numerous honors, including recognition for excellence in teaching by the Michigan State University Department of Residential Life and Student Affairs, and as a nominee for the Somer's Award for excellence in teaching. He is a member of the American Studies Association, International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Makeschools.org, and is a curator for XSEAD.