Professor Mary Chayko, teaching Professor of Communication and Information and affiliate member of the Graduate Sociology Faculty, studies the impact of the internet and digital technology on individuals, relationships, and societies. Her research examines the construction and experience of online social connectedness, inequalities in tech access and use, and the effects of rapid, sweeping technological change. She is the author of Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age; the social science bestseller Portable Communities: The Social Dynamics of Online and Mobile Connectedness (both with SUNY Press); and the forthcoming Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media and Techno-Social Life (Sage Publications). She has also coedited an anthology on civic engagement and social justice entitled Pioneers in Public Sociology, and with other scholar-musicians has recorded a CD entitled Songs of Peace and Justice. Dr. Chayko is a Rutgers University Distinguished Contributor to Undergraduate Education, known for using social media in her classes in exciting and innovative ways. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I), directing the minors in Digital Communication, Information, and Media (DCIM) and Gender and Media, and would look forward to working with students from any major who are interested in digital technology and its social impact.