This site was developed in order for friends, colleagues, and complete strangers to explore the varied wanderings of an avid multi-tasker. Over the past thirty years, Rees Shad has wandered the world exploring his creative interests and developing ways in which others could do the same. From song/writer and designer, to installation artist, and more recently college professor. He is always elbow deep in expressing himself, and if given the slightest encouragement will drag all innocent bystanders along for the ride.
A number of audacious collaborations are ongoing. These range fromorganizing a relief effort for the victoms of typhoon Haiyan called Hostos Helping, to designing new ways to teach math and science through game play and game design, to recording a new album with old friend and guitar wizard Sixto Carlos Roxas, to composing chamber music recorded by members of the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, as well as writing about and developing games with the Hive Cooperative (of which he is a founding member).
Last year Shad was nominated 2012 NY Professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Over the last six years he has designed and implemented media programs for the City University of New York in Graphic Design, Animation, Audio Production, and Game Design. Most recently he and his colleague Professor Catherine Lewis have been awarded an Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation to develop remedial math and science courses framed within game play and design. The Game-Framed Math & Science (G-FMS) initiative involves cross-disciplinary collaboration with CUNY professors in Education, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology, and will no doubt keep Shad from practicing his trumpet… but there’s always that odd electronics project waiting in his shop.
Currently acting Chair of the Humanities Department and coordinator of the Media Design Programs at Hostos Community College, where he is an associate professor teaching several media software courses, as well as media history, design fundamentals, usability, game development, and sound design.
Shad is an artist and filmmaker, composing and recording music at his Stressless Sound Recording Studio. He is constantly exploring unique intersections of his varied interests in the arts, design, communication, and academics.