Allison Adams has been editor of the Academic Exchange since its creation in 1998 and of ThoughtWork (formerly the AEWeekly) since its creation in 2000. In addition to those roles, Allison also works in academic communications, including podcast production and web development for the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and communications for the Faculty Council and the Commission on the Liberal Arts.
She also coordinates events aimed to enrich Emory's intellectual life, including the annual Feast of Words celebration of Emory faculty authors and editors of recently published books and a workshop series on public scholarship. Allison was previously an assistant editor of Emory Magazine and managing editor of Goizueta Business Magazine. She came to Emory in 1994 from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she was director of publications. Allison holds a master's degree in English from Emory (2000) and a BA in English from Agnes Scott College (1989).
Steve Frandzel joined the Academic Exchange in 2005 as associate editor. His responsibilities have included writing in-depth features about important—and often sensitive—issues regarding academic life at Emory. After the Academic Exchange became part of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in 2008-09, he wrote extensively about work conducted by faculty members selected as Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and wrote and produced audio podcasts of marquee CFDE events.
His next big project is producing videos that capture the essence of the Spring 2011 university course, “Viral Cultures: HIV/AIDS in Global, Academic and Cultural Contexts.” Throughout his time with the Academic Exchange and the CFDE, he has attended many dozens of talks at Emory by scholars from beyond and within the university to gather quotes for the Heard on Campus section of ThoughtWork, the CFDE’s weekly summary of news in Emory’s intellectual community. Steve has a BS degree from the University of Illinois.
Roopika Risam came to the Academic Exchange as the graduate assistant editor in 2009. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Emory studying the intersections of African American and postcolonial literatures. Roopika's interests include new media, digital humanities, and faculty development, and she is currently serving on the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly. Roopika also has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Georgetown University.