Rik Goldman had 18 years of professional IT experience and 17 years of teaching experience when he became the director of technology and a teacher of advanced computing at Chelsea School in 2012.
Throughout his 10 years at the university, he concentrated on literary computing, new media, humanities computing, and virtuality. At first, Rik supported his studies by developing institutional websites and cross-platform database applications; eventually, however, he became the administrator of Solaris and Irix servers for West Virginia University's Center for Literary Computing, a lab committed to the study of electronic texts, virtuality, and digital composition and rhetoric.
In the classroom, Rik's commitment to authentic teaching and learning as well as his advocacy of social justice and equity have placed him at the vanguard of technology education. Working with and learning from his students, he has overseen projects that have provided real solutions for school infrastructure, data management, and programming. His many accomplishments reveal an educator who strives to provide authentic opportunities for learning and engagement, but his true legacy lies in what he has engendered in his students: a desire for knowledge, a critical urge, and an analyst's zeal for complex abstractions.
Through this work with students and his responsibilities as a systems administrator, Rik has enjoyed a productive preoccupation with virtualization technologies and their impact on popular culture. Since his full-time adoption of RedHat 5 at home, he has been committed to GNU/Linux and the underlying philosophies that have made it so successful. Consequently, he is a passionate advocate of open source and free software.
Together with his students, he has contributed to the success of a myriad open source endeavors by developing documentation, writing code, and mentoring communities of young developers from around the world.
In his free time, Rik enjoys reading literature, exploring critical theory, listening to records, and traveling to concerts with his family.