Peter Schilling, Ph.D.

Peter Schilling is a Graduate Faculty in Instructional Technology at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development as well as the Executive Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University. He considers the ways in which new technologies, the availability of new data sets, and collaboration tools are changing education, educational institution as well as the perception of mastery in a field of study. His focus is on the practical application of instructional theory in colleges and universities.

Schilling has received grants and gifts as either the principal investigator or co-principal investigator from the US Department of Education (developing adaptive biology curriculum), the National Science Foundation (integrating community and undergraduate instruction in teaching hydrology), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (teaching game theory), Henry Luce Foundation (ecological research), the Alden Trust (technology-enhanced classrooms for science education), and Google (teaching with geospatial tools).

Prior to coming to UMaine in 2015, Schilling was the Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation at New York University. In this role he helped NYU open new universities in China and Abu Dhabi as well as develop curricula and instructional resources to facilitate global and local curricula between these universities and NYU campuses in New York, London, Florence, and Buenos Aires, among others. He was an adjunct faculty member in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Schilling led the Information Technology Departments at Amherst College and Wagner College. He was the founding director of Bowdoin College’s Educational Technology Center and the first publisher of the College Board Online.


PhD in English Literature, Columbia University
BA in English, Georgetown University

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

“Carving a Role for Academic Innovation,” EDUCAUSE Review, May 2015.

“Academic Innovation,” University of Maine at Augusta 2014 Convocation.

“Video and the 21st Century Culture of Learning,” 2013 Kaltura Connect (New York).

“Exposing ED—When We Follow Data Rather than Tradition,” 2013 Chinese-American Networking Symposium (Hongzhou, China).

“Mobile and GIS Technologies for Instruction and Research,” 2012 Technology in Higher Education (Doha, Qatar).

“Technology as Epistemology,” Academic Commons, December 2005.

“Bring in the Geeks.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly. Volume 26 Number 3, July-September 2003.

“The Politics of Totality in Magic Realism” (with Bruno Bosteels and Loris Mirella). Territorial Identities and Global Flows, Shapiro, Michael and Hayward Alker, Jr. eds.; University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Contributor: Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. Salzman, Jack and Cornel West, eds. Macmillan Publishing Co., first edition 1996 and second edition, 2006.

`Endeavouring to grasp its entelechy’:  T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Soren Kierkegaard.”   ArachnÈ. 1995.