Sergio Costola






Interim Director | Dr. Sergio Costola

Sergio is Corbin Robertson, Jr. Endowed and Dean of the Faculty at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bologna in Italy and a PhD from the University of California, in Los Angeles. His research interests focus on vision and the ways in which it has been constructed throughout history, in particular during the period that separates the medieval from the early modern period, with brief forays into nineteenth-century African American theatre. He is the author of Commedia dell’Arte Scenarios (Routledge 2021), has collaborated on The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell’Arte with Olly Crick (Routledge 2022), edited with Michael Saenger Shakespeare in Succession: Translation and Time (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023), and is currently working on a monograph on Lucrezia Borgia and her performances at the Este court. He has also published various book chapters and articles in journals including Teatro e Storia, International Journal of Art and Technology, Renaissance Quarterly, Asian Theatre Journal, Mediaevalia, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.


Dr. Melanie Hoag






Instructional Technologist  |  Dr. Melanie Hoag

Melanie joined Southwestern in April 2004 as the first Instructional Technologist at Southwestern. She collaborates with faculty in support of their instructional needs in areas of course design and supportive technologies through individual and group consultations, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to explore and experiment. She manages the user side of Moodle - Southwestern’s Learning Management System - and works with faculty and staff in support of their use and needs in Moodle. Melanie provides support and implementation for faculty, staff, and students in using of Google Workspace for Eduction apps and services. A Steep Learning Curve, Southwestern Magazine, Spring 2021 and It’s Just Not the Same, Part 1 share the services and support provided by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Scholarship. Melanie is responsible for the SU Makerspaces housed in the library and works with SU community members on project consultations and implementation. The SU Makerspaces are used by students in their courses, King Creativity projects, research, and other projects. Melanie teaches Who Are We … Who Am I?, one of the fall semester FYS/AES Seminars. She is involved in the SU community as the Chair of the Staff Steering Committee, a staff representative of the Strategic Planning Committee, and the advisor for the Canterbury Student Organization. Melanie has been the recipient of the Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service, and a Bob Lilly Guest Coach for SU Football. Prior to Southwestern, Melanie was the Information Technology Manager - Servers and Services for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, a contract Certified Instructor and technical writer of several server and networking systems, a Senior Certified Instructor for Productivity Point International, and a Developer and Programmer at Drexel University. She is the author and co-author of several technical books including two editions of Linux for Dummies as well as academic articles. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Physiology and a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Drexel University. She has taught human physiology, human anatomy, genetics, and life sciences courses at Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Podiatry and Penn State University. 


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Cullen Building, #150, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626

Instructional Technology & Design

Smith Library Center, #141, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626

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