Ashley ML Guajardo portrait
  • Institutional Review Board Member, Institutional Review Board Member
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Entertainment Arts Engineering
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Professional Service

  • Role: Mentor. Entity: Games Research and User Experience SIG of IGDA Mentor https://grux.org/find-a-mentor-user-research-advanced-career/. 2022 - present
  • IGDA GRUX SIG. Role: Co-Director. Co-Director of gamesUR Summit 2022. 2021 - 2022
  • Entity: FDG Content reviewer for the FDG conference. 2019 - present
  • Entity: #gamesUR Summit Content reviewer. 2018 - present
  • Entity: Widerscreen Journal Editor for Special Issue on Sexuality and Play. 2018 - 2019
  • Role: Fundraising Lead. Entity: IGDA GUR Summit Committee #gamesUR Summit 2018. Role: Fundraising Lead. Solicit sponsorship for the 2018 conference of games user researchers. 2018 - present
  • Clark Planetarium- Supervisor of GUR volunteers. 2018 - 2020
  • Entity: IGDA Games User Research SIG Steering Committee Steering Committee member. 2018 - present
  • Role: Fundraising Lead. Entity: #gamesUR Summit 2018 Solicit sponsorship for the 2018 conference of games user researchers. 2017 - 2018
  • IGDA Women's Group Salt Lake. 2017 - 2020
  • Digital Games Research Association. Conference peer reviewer. 2015 - present
  • Role: Board Member. Entity: Games and Culture Editorial Board. 2014 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Teaching Excellence Awards. College of Engineering, 2021
  • Letter of recognition from Dean of Engineering for undergrad and grad course evaluations being among the top 10% of Engineering Faculty. College of Engineering, University of Utah,. College of Engineering, 2020
  • AUGUST 2019 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY Letter of recognition from Dean of Engineering for Games User Research course evaluations being among the top 15% of Engineering Faculty. College of Engineering, University of Utah, 2019
  • Letter of recognition from Dean Brown for outstanding teaching in Games User Research class in Spring 2018. College of Engineering, University of Utah, 2018
  • A gift of $15,000 to support the User Research lab. Activision, 2018

Internal Service

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair. Chair, 2021 - present. service.
  • Gaymer Night (Online!). Lead Organiser/ Developer, 2021 - present. service.
  • Global Game Jam. Site Co-Lead, 2021 - present. service.
  • Global Game Jam. Site Lead, 2020 - present. service.
  • EAE SERVICE NOV 2019 WHITE PAPER ON DEMOGRAPHICS OF EAE STUDENTS, EAE, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Collected and analysed data about masters and undergraduate students. This eventually resulted in the Diversity page of the EAE website. Data Analysis, 2019 - present. service.
  • GAYMER NIGHT, LGBTQ RESOURCE CENTER AND EAE, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Ran the kick off event for the University of Utah’s Pride Week 2019. I invited the keynote Lenore Gilbert, CEO of Rainbow Studios in Phoenix, AZ to speak as well as took care of budgeting, catering and logistics for the event. Over two hundred and fifty students, faculty, staff and members of Salt Lake City’s LGBTQ community attended. Lead Organiser, 2019 - present. service.
  • MAKING A GAME IN VISUAL BASIC, Hi-GEAR, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Taught a group of 20 highschool women how to program tic tac toe using Excel. Lead Organiser, 2019 - present. service.
  • Global Game Jam Site. Site Lead, 2019 - present. service.
  • Learning Outcome Syllabus Review. Review Lead, 2019 - present. service.
  • IRB TRAINING PRESENTATION ON RESEARCH ETHICS AND VR, INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Gave an hour long presentation and workshop on the ethical issues involved in using virtual reality in research. This presentation is now used for Continuing Medical Education credit. Trainer, 2018 - present. service.
  • Curriculum Committee Memeber. 2018 - present. service.
  • WHITE PAPER ON DEMOGRAPHICS OF EAE STUDENTS, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. 2018 - present. service.
  • Collect data and publish white paper about EAE Day/ Play to better understand who attends our events. Lead Researcher, 2017 - present. service.
  • INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEMBER, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH A member of Panel 1 for the IRB. 2017 - 2020. service.
  • Collect demographic and aspirational career data about Entertainment Arts and Engineering students. Report on this data in an easy to understand way so that we can better serve our student population. Lead Researcher, 2017 - 2017. service.

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