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C21U Fills Key Roles, Welcomes New Staff

Feb 9, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

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Brittany Aiello

Research Communications

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech continues to grow and expand in technological and research capabilities with the addition of three new staff members.

Matt Lisle is the new Director of Digital Learning Technologies for C21U. Lisle arrives at Georgia Tech from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Digital Course Design Coordinator. He was also the Creative Director for Enspire Learning, a company that creates simulations, games and interactive learning experiences for higher education as well as industry. Lisle received his MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.

Rob Kadel is the Assistant Director for Research in Education Innovation for C21U. Kadel’s expansive educational research focuses on the efficacy of learning technologies in both K-12 and higher education. He has held faculty positions at Penn State University and Johns Hopkins University, and continues to teach online courses in sociology of education and more at the University of Colorado Denver. Kadel earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University.

Yesyekia Nicole Cotton joins C21U as an Administrative Manager and brings more than 10 years of experience at Georgia Tech. Cotton has worked in many offices across the university, including the Office of the Dean of Students-Student Integrity, the Bursar’s Office and Administration and Finance. Cotton received her MBA in Business Administration-Management from American Intercontinental University. 


The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. Disruptive innovations in higher education are evolving, and Georgia Tech is committed to leading the initiatives that will define the next generation of educational practices and technologies. As a research branch of the Office of the Provost, C21U works in tandem with campus administrators and faculty to identify, develop, and test new educational platforms and techniques.

If you have questions or would like to contact C21U faculty or staff for research or media purposes, please contact Brittany Aiello, Research Communications at

C21U Central Office

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 Ferst Drive NW

Atlanta, GA 30332-0765
Phone: (404) 385-2218

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