Academic Interests: science, technology, media culture, public perception of techno-science, popular science publishing, recent history, robotics, space, exploration biotechnology, Victorian science and culture
Member: Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teaching Development Fellowship 2010 ($12,000).
- NJIT Excellence in Teaching by Instructional Staff --NJIT College of Science and Liberal Arts 2010.
- The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology recognized: Choice journal Outstanding Academic Title.
- Teaching Fellowship Fordham University Department of Communication and Media Studies 2006-2007.
- Doctoral dissertation awarded distinction, 2005.
- Recipient: 2005 Student Recognition Award, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University.
- Grant Recipient: ECHO Workshop: Exploring and Collecting History Online • Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, February 9-10, 2002.
- Committee Member/presenter: NJIT Provost Workshop on Senior Capstone Design 2011.
- Workshop Participant: Teaching and Learning Technology Faculty Institutes, 2007-Present.
- Member: NJIT Moodle Users Group.
- Course Development: Summer 2010 project to enhance HSS404 Robots in History and Culture (my NEH Teaching Development Award.)
- Participant, Spring 2010 Open Courseware Consortium lectures and workshops.
- Participant Spring 2010 Spring 2010 TLT Faculty Institute.
- Invited lecturer, March 10, 2008: “The Android Initiative in Fiction and Science.” NJIT Honors College Colloquium Series http://honors.njit.edu/news/colloquium/colloq08s.php
- Course Development: Developed/taught three senior Humanities capstones: Robots in History and Culture; Controversies in Biotechnology; A History of the Future
- Consultant: reviewed by request: “Imagining Technology” a review for NESTA on the interactions between science fiction and technological development by Jon Turney. 2012.
- Consultant: Curriculum Development for Communication Major and Freshman English. TCI College of Technology, New York, 2012
- Consultant: provided historical information to producers of proposed History Channel projects on the history of robotics.
- Consultant: Interviewed by outside graduate student Christal Roberts on Journalism, media, and public perception. March 2012.
- Judge: FIRST Robotics Competition, TCI College of Technology, New York, 2007.
- Peer Review Panelist: Fulbright Teacher Exchange, New York Region, 2003-2006.
- Committee Member: Business Advisory Committee, Marketing Art & Design Program, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ, 1996-1999. (as President, Renaissance Studios, Inc.).
- Senior capstone seminar The History of the Future
- Senior capstone seminar Controversies in Biotechnology
- Senior capstone Seminar Robots in History and Culture
- HIST 373 The Rise of Modern Science
- HIST 345 Communication through the Ages
- HIST 386 History of Technology in America
- HIST 341 The American Experience
“For Your Information Willy Ley: Paratextual Influence on Galaxy Science Fiction Readers” (forthcoming journal article)
history of science, technology, and media culture; the public perception of techno-science; history of popular science publishing; recent history: robotics, space exploration, biotechnology; Victorian science and culture.
Publications & Projects
Presentation January 15, 2015
Dr. Nocks, historian of science, technology, and media culture began teaching in 1989 and moved to NJIT in 2007, where she is senior lecturer in the Federated department of history. She has developed and taught college courses in history, media studies, and the arts in a traditional classroom environment, and began teaching online for the New School in 2010. She consults on historical points for books and documentary projects and is currently working on a book about humanoid robotics. She has authored articles and essays including That Does Not Compute in Science Fiction and Computing (McFarland), T.H. Huxley: The Evolution of the Bulldog in Icons of Evolution (Greenwood), and previously, Frankenstein in a Better Light (Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems.) She is the author of the Choice Outstanding Title The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology (Johns Hopkins UP).
Online space is not unlimited space. High online course enrollment poses challenges to student retention and success. To inspire straightforward discussion about the real cost of this trend, I describe specific humanities course experience, and encourage creative thinking about managing courses that are discussion and writing heavy.