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Jo B. Paoletti
Associate Professor
American Studies Department, University of Maryland

At the University of Maryland in College Park, Jo B. Paoletti teaches courses related to everyday American life in the 20th century; recurring themes in these courses include popular culture, fashion and consumerism, and ethnic diversity. Paoletti's training is in the history of clothing and fashion, and she has published many articles on gender differences in American children's clothing. She earned a BS in clothing design from Syracuse University, an MS in textiles from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in textiles from the University of Maryland.

An early adopter of computer-enhanced learning, Paoletti has refocused her research on the use of new technologies in humanities instruction. As one of the first resident fellows of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, she investigated the use of online discussions (both synchronous and asynchronous) in courses dealing with issues of diversity. Paoletti serves as a peer consultant with the university's Center for Teaching Excellence and assists with faculty training and development through the Institute for Instructional Technology. She holds a part-time appointment as co-director of College Park Scholars in American Cultures, a living-learning program for freshmen and sophomores.

Paoletti's current projects include the development of standards for online student and faculty portfolios and an investigation of approaches to improving undergraduate research.

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