As Associate Dean for IT and Chief Innovation Officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard University, Dr. Leitner provides vision and leadership in the development of technology-based initiatives that serve both the administrative and academic areas, including online teaching and learning. During the current academic year 205-16, more than 420 “distance education” courses sponsored by the Harvard Extension School may be participated in by students around the world; among these offerings are more than 40 daytime Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Education courses.
Dr. Leitner has oversight responsibility for dozens of IT staff (from software architects to DBAs to lab managers) and hundreds of servers, a first-rate computing lab, as well as a growing collection of Harvard Extension School and Summer School technology courses that collectively enroll thousands of students annually. Dr. Leitner founded and directs the Master of Liberal Arts in Information Technology degree (the ALM in IT) at Harvard Extension, a graduate program of study in which adult learners are exposed to modern software engineering methodologies, theoretical and formal areas of computer science, advanced topics in cryptography, nanoscale science, digital media arts and sciences and enterprise computing, as well as the latest trends in IT management.
As Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, over the past two decades Dr. Leitner has taught a number of large introductory and specialized computer science courses at Harvard Extension School, Harvard Summer School, and Harvard College. He previously co-founded Articulate Systems, a pioneer in speech-recognition technology on the Apple Macintosh platform.