My name is Konstantin Tovstiadi (I go by Kosta) and I am a Web Trainer and Community Manager in the Office of Information Technology. My job is to help all units and individuals on campus with their web presence needs by providing no-cost consults, information about CU web services, and by organizing web-related events.
I am from Russia where I got a BA in translation and interpretation; I came to the US in 2000 to earn an MA and then a PhD in communication. I chose an alternative academic track early on - instead of trying for the tenure-track world of publish or perish (more accurately publish and perish), I focused on web technology from a variety of perspectives - design, development, strategy, and pedagogy.
I joined OIT in 2012; before that I worked as a college-level IT coordinator in at the University of Kentucky, concentrating on Drupal - developing and supporting sites, but also providing training. I also taught undergraduate and graduate level classes on content management systems. This work continues at CU through the TAM program
(Technology, Arts and Media).
When talking to people on campus about their web needs, I try to focus on us humans needing tools to communicate and always look for the simplest solutions which will have the least maintenance needs and will be sustainable; and try to avoid getting fascinated with technology as an end in itself.
Outside of work, I like old books (particularly dictionaries), classical guitar, tall mountains, local food, and ashtanga yoga.