Pierre Tchetgen

Educational Technology Research Specialist
21st Century California State Leadership Academy State Center
University of California at Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720

pv@tchetgen.net * http://tchetgen.net * ORCID 0000-0002-9359-3188

Updated November 11, 2020


PhD Candidate (Present), UC Berkeley GSE, Literacy, Language & Culture. Dissertation: “Drumball: Digital drum talk as a medium to promote multimodal literacy and socio-emotional development of children.” Dissertation Chair: Jabari Mahiri

M.I.M.S. (2003), UC Berkeley School of Information

M.A. (2003), University of Chicago. Concentration: Philosophy of Religion (Creative Thesis)

B.A. (2000), Ohio Wesleyan University. Majors: Computer Science and Economics Management; Minors: Mathematics and Spanish.


Educational Leadership Researcher, UC Berkeley
Principal Leadership Institute (Dr. Cheung), 2019-2020

Visiting Scholar, MIT
Comparative Media Studies/Writing (Dr. Montfort), 2017-18

Strategist & Practitioner, UC Berkeley
Restorative Justice Center (Dr. Shackford-Bradley), 2015-2016

Early Literacy Assessor, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, 2015

STEAM Instructor, UC Berkeley
Upward Bound Trio Programs, 2015

Researcher, UC Berkeley
College & Career Academy Support Network (Dr. Stern), 2014

STEAM Instructor & Curriculum Developer, Level Playing Field Institute
SMASH:Prep, 2012-13

Academic Tutor, UC Berkeley
Athletic Study Center (Dr. Van Rheenen), 2011-2012

Researcher, UC Berkeley
Space2Cr8 (Dr. Glynda Hull), 2011

Researcher, UC Berkeley
Berkeley Prosopography Services (Dr. Veldhuis & Dr. Pearce), 2009

Director of Instructional Technology, UC Berkeley
Technology, Equity and Culture High Schools, 2008

Researcher, Lawrence National Lab
Berkeley Water Center (Dr. Bargmeyer), 2007

Educational Technology/Curriculum Development Consultant, National Louis University, 2006-07

STEAM Instructor & Curriculum Developer, Digital Youth Network, Chicago, 2005-07

Full-Time Instructor, Harold Washington College
Department of Humanities, 2003-05

Adjunct Instructor, Prairie State Community College
Department of Philosophy, 2003

Technology Management Consultant, Shiman Associates
Brookline, MA 2001-2002

Internet Strategy Analyst, CMGI
Andover, MA 2000-2001


Theory of Digital Orality
(Work in preparation)

Dirges of Becoming
Boston, MA: Afro Roots Hop Press 2010

Journal Articles

Tchetgen, PV. (2019). DRUMBALL: Multimodal Meaning Production through Digital Drum Talk. ACM Creativity & Cognition 2019 Conference Proceedings. San Diego.

Tchetgen, PV. (2017). Design and Implementation of a Digital Orality Hypermedia System. ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017 Conference Proceedings. Singapore.


Tchetgen, PV. (2020). Designing transformational learning to prepare social justice leaders. Mini-Research Symposium, PLI

Tchetgen, PV. (2019). Drumball: Investigating multimodal meaning production through digital drum talk. UC Berkeley Grad Slam Competition.

Tchetgen, PV. (2019). ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference (San Diego) – Demo Session Tchetgen, PV. (2018). DRUMBALL Project. RILE Conference 2018 Poster Session. Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Tchetgen, PV. (2018) Embodying Literacy – Rhythms of Learning through Digital Drum Talk. Graduate Course in International Multicultural Education. University of San Francisco.

Tchetgen, PV. (2017). Creativity & Cognition Conference (Singapore) – Graduate Student Symposium and Poster Session Word. Sound. Life. (2016). Graduate Wellness Conference (UC Berkeley) - Co-Organizer/Presenter Tchetgen, PV. (2015). Digital Media Learning Conference (UC Irvine)- Interest-based pathways into computational fluency Tchetgen, PV. (2015). GSE Education Research Day (UC Berkeley) – Digital Talking Drum presentation Pearce L., Crisostomo J., Langin-Hooper S., Schmitz P. and Tchetgen PV. (2009). Tools for Social Network Analysis of Ancient Texts. - HART Initiative symposium - Berkeley, CA.

Black Graduate Student Association & Word. Sound. Life. (2007-2009). Bridging the Gap Conference (UC Berkeley) – Co-Organizer/Facilitator Binstock E, Tchetgen, PV. (2006). Media/Arts/Critical Literacy Curriculum: Learning and Teaching in the Jail School Paper Presentation: Engaging and Educating Learners with Media - American Educational Research Association (AERA) - Chicago, IL.

Shapiro B., Thomas K. and Tchetgen PV. Digital Youth Afterschool Program”. (2006). Poster Session at 7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences at Indiana University - Bloomington, IN.

Reports & Other Writings

Tchetgen, PV., Cheung, R. (April 2020). Designing Transformation Learning to Prepare Social Justice Leaders. Principal Leadership Institute Impact Report.

Cheung, R., Tchetgen, PV. (March 2020) Laying the Foundation (LtF): A Framework for Integrating Performative Modalities in Social Justice School Leadership Programs

Online Journals

Computational Poetry and literary art
Tchetgen, P. (2018). Alpha Riddims. Taper #1. Cambridge, MA.

Tchetgen, P. (2003) The Wind. Contrary Magazine. Chicago, IL.

Multimodal Media Productions

Akwerius (2020). Amen Ra (Lyric Video). Single release from the Bright Side album. Music by Akwerius/Circadian Riddims.

Akwerius, Moye, C. (2020). Resist (Lyric Video). Single release from the Bright Side album. Music by Akwerius/Circadian Riddims.

Akwerius (2019). Song of Ascents (Music Video). First single from the Bright Side album. Music by Akwerius

Word. Sound. Life. Wellness Forum (Conference). UC Berkeley.

Akwerius (2018). Babylon I'm Leavin' (Music Video). Music by 7th Haus.

Music is Healing (2018). Live Radio Show (2 episodes). WMBR 88.1FM Cambridge.

Word. Sound. Life. (2018). Live in Studio (2 episodes). Cambridge Community Television.

Word. Sound. Life. (2017) – The Wellness Guide (Podcast/Zine).

Word. Sound. Life. (2016). Creativity Camp. Berkeley Community Media.

Word. Sound. Life. (2014). Re:turn to the Healing Grounds. (Poetry/Fantasy Short Film). Produced by kwe.

Akwerius (2013). Morning Star (Music Video). Music by Circadian Riddims

Akwerius (2012). Everything. Music by kwe.

kwe, (2011). Dawn. Soundtrack to Dirges of Becoming (Audio CD). Afro Roots Hop Press, Boston, MA.

Akwerius (2011). Horizon. Music by Akwerius/Circadian Riddims.

Akwerius (2011). Mr Prezident (Music Video). Produced by Cuzmoses.

Manilla, B., Tchetgen, P., Davila, V., Filucci, S., Sherr, I., Palta, R., Samba, A., Geiger, K., Pickoff-White, L., Palta, R. (2008). Taboo Topics. North Gate Radio. KALX 90.7FM Berkeley.

Community Projects

2016-present: Ambassador, Unity through Music (annual music and healing arts community festival).

2014-present: Word. Sound. Life. (student organization raised over $5,000 in donations/grant to host the Graduate Wellness Conference and publish the Wellness Guide (a zine/CD on the four pillars of wellness)

2016: Producer, Creativity Camp. 2-week workshop offering voice, stage and media training to youth learning skills and producing content under the guidance of college student-mentors (Berkeley)

2014-present: Music Is Healing. Founding director of artist collective providing learning experiences in creativity/wellness/mindfulness and opportunities for beginners/professionals to present works in progress in an intimate atmosphere, and participate in group productions/performances (Wordplay open mic, Rhythm N Da Park, Open House, Instrument Petting Zoo).

2008: Story Swap, Aspen Writers Foundation. 4-week collaboration project to work with educators and artists to develop communication media partnerships between students in Oakland, CA and Aspen, CO.

2006/2008: Voices Camp Summer Apprenticeship Program. $20,000 grant recipient, After School Matters. (20 teen participants; 6-week session). Organized a culminating Word. Sound. Life. celebration (Chicago)

2000-2002: Urban Griots. Weekly community poetry reading and drum circle hosted by grassroots organizing collective RECONSTRUCTION. Seasonal co-host, resident percussionist. 2003: Nia Project. Designed and implemented a week-long Community Technology workshop held at the Penn Center (St Helena, SC) with youth organizers, educators and student leaders from Tufts & Harvard

1998: Duarte Vivas Asociados internship in Guiria, building web infrastructure of the port and volunteering in the community teaching English and Computer Literacy class. Organized the Celebracion ’98 festival.

1996-2000: Economic and Cultural Humanitarian Organization. Hosted annual Ricebowl Day at Ohio Wesleyan University to raise awareness on global hunger and homelessness. Participated in the Cropwalk food drive for local shelters and food pantries. Raised funds to support the building of a school in Ghana.


2018-19: Faculty First Look Scholar, New York University

2017-18: Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($37,500)

2017: ACM C&C Graduate Student Symposium Fellow, Virginia Tech (registration + travel)

2014: Curriculum Developer, Integrating English with ICT (UCCI Institute fellowship)

2007: Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley (Tuition + $10,000)

2007: Bedell Scholarship, Aspen Writers Foundation (Travel/Lodging to Summer Words Festival)

2003: Discretionary Fund Fellowship, University of Chicago (Humanities Division - Tuition)

1998: Charles J. Ping Community Service Award, Ohio Campus Compact

1998: H. R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award Nominee, National Campus Compact


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Sound Exchange