About Academic Innovation

Emory Academic Innovation fosters a culture of exploration, where it's ok to make mistakes, ask questions and defy assumptions. We work with changemakers across the university and empower them to explore their ideas, stretch and grow beyond what they already know, and to embrace the power and potential of innovation and entrepreneurship.

For Learners

Academic Innovation expands on Emory University's mission to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. We do this by offering progressive ways of learning and developing creativity to new learners on topics that will help equip them to be impactful in today's workforce.

We recognize that learning is a life-long pursuit of becoming a better, more informed human. We extend beyond Emory's for-credit, residential teaching and research and provide non-credit, career-oriented learning to reach undergrads, as well as a robust curriculum of continuous learning programs for anyone looking to change or enhance their careers

For Emory

Technologists, researchers, and innovators are proud to be part of the Emory community. Our expertise and choose Emory for a reason. Our expertise and proven adaptability elevate their experiences, helping them launch courses, solve problems, and communicate and foster creativity and innovation.

Our guidance, tools, and resources support:

  • Skill development and learning in Agile, DevOps, Lean Continuous Improvement, or Design Thinking
  • Courses in process improvement, emerging technology, software, and management development
  • The latest insights on tools for digital transformation and platforms such as Salesforce, Microsoft Teams, and Smartsheet
  • Support for schools and departments to enhance their own online classes, certificates, and degrees (these are our ECE services)
  • Faculty information available online to enable more efficient, streamlined reporting and data-sharing for faculty and administration (FACET)
  • Ongoing support and consulting services

For Students

We believe innovation is a skill that is needed in every career. For those looking to learn a new skill, make connections, seek advice, or start a new service or product to change the world, Academic Innovation resources are equipped to assist all student ventures at all stages. We are here to get you the recognition and resources your ideas deserve, and provide experiential learning opportunities to help you apply core innovation skills to create positive change in the world.


Emory Academic Innovation incubates possibilities and accelerates inventive solutions and projects. We leverage the power of technology and reach of remote learning to drive new ways of working, and work with students, staff and the community to continually explore opportunities for improvement -- from systems or design thinking to organizational career advancement courses and beyond. We provide a robust platform of resources to propel new innovation while helping to connect and amplify existing initiatives. At our core, we empower new ways of thinking to help others positively impact and improve the way we live in the world.

The Team

Paul Welty, PhD

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation Interim Executive Director, Emory Continuing Education

Lisa Johnson

Asst Director for Faculty Info/Process Academic Innovation

Dana Tottenham

Product Director for Academic Innovation

Mary Lynn Dalton

Project Manager for Academic Innovation

Shannon Clute, PhD

Director of The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation