Michael P. Hemenway, Ph.D.

connecting organizational needs with technological solutions

Denver, Colorado


I collaborate with organizations to translate complex business needs into elegant technological solutions. Nearly 20 years of experience as a solutions architect, instructional designer, and database administrator has taught me to creatively explore, design, implement, and adapt technologies that fit many different environments. A unique combination of broad experience, exceptional communication skills, and technical capacities allows me to translate complex institutional needs into fitting technological solutions and provide a bridge between organizational culture and emerging technologies.


  • Lead digital transformation process across organizations.
  • Architect integrated technological solutions to address complex and dynamic organizational needs.
  • Lead collaborative development teams through end to end development cycle.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and developers to facilitate shared vision, common understanding, and appropriate outcomes.
  • Design custom online learning spaces for coursework, on-demand training, and communities of discourse.
  • Design and implement robust and agile data integration, storage, and access solutions.
  • Assess problematic assumptions in existing workflows and implement alternatives.
  • Work independently and remotely while maintaining a robust institutional presence.
  • Strong grasp of the complexities of higher education administration, working with all areas of an institution’s constituent lifecycle and all areas of management.


  • Languages: SQL, Python, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Databases: MS SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite, Postgres, Informix.
  • Platforms: Canvas LMS, G Suite, Amazon Web Services, GitHub, Bloomfire, Slack, Zoom, Zendesk, Squarespace, Constant Contact, WordPress, Moodle, Blackboard.
  • Tools: git, API, markdown, pandoc, Jekyll, Jupyter.


Digital Transformation and ERP Implementation | June 2019 - December 2019
Straight Hemp, Arvada, CO

  • Design Hybrid ERP solution for warehouse management and customer support.
  • Build API bridge between inventory and shipping software.
  • Manage implementation.
  • Streamline workflows and cross functional communication.
  • Train staff.

Digital Transformation and Instructional Design | April 2018 - Present
Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Analyze existing visit workflows.
  • Translate workflows to hybrid team environment.
  • Build online team spaces for visits.
  • Communicate organizational and technical changes to stakeholders.
  • Train support staff.

Solutions Architect and Lead Instructional Designer | May 2012 - Present
Nida Institute, Philadelphia, PA

  • Architect implement, and administer learning management platform for global translator training.
  • Architect and implement online collaborative knowledge base for global bible translation community.
  • Design online learning spaces for hybrid and on-ground training events.
  • Technological support for events and event planning.
  • Instruction in media theory and philosophy of technology.

Database Redesign/Cloud Migration | November 2018 - January 2019
COR-Pro Systems, Houston, TX

  • Discover pain points in existing ERP software solution.
  • Evaluate database structure for sound efficiency, normalization, and indexing.
  • Proposed changes to data model for faster queries and archivability.
  • Proposed cloud translation of existing application to Sales Force platform.

Design Hybrid Community Spaces | June 2018 - June 2019
The Episcopal Church in Colorado, Denver, CO

  • Analyze existing community formation processes.
  • Translate existing processes into hybrid community model.
  • Build and deliver online training for community facilitators.


Director and Machine Advocate | January 2019 - Present
ai.iliff, Denver, CO

  • Direct the overall strategy of the insitute to build a trust based AI ecosystem through conversation, curriculum, and code.
  • Build strategic partnerships inside and outside the academy.
  • Recruit talent and build cross functional teams to support trust based AI design.
  • Design AI products for online learning.

Chief Information Officer | June 2018 - Present
Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

  • Represent technologies and library on the senior leadership team.
  • Oversee technology and library budgets and personnel.
  • Found and Direct Artificial Intelligence Institute, developing curriculum and code with industry partners.
  • Found and Direct Experimental Humanities Lab.
  • Architect Institutional Data Repository for ongoing assessment and institution wide analytics and data visualization.
  • Develop and lead a laboratory model to bring together staff, faculty, and board members in experimental strategic initiatives.

Director of Academic and Information Technologies | June 2012 - June 2018
Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

  • Architect and support the development of integrated data solutions across the institution.
  • As part of senior leadership team, articulate and implement strategic institutional vision for technologies in concert with strategic plan.
  • Architect online learning platform and develop hybrid pedagogies for new hybrid curriculum.
  • Migrated online learning management system (Moodle –> Canvas) and translated course design into new platform.
  • Implemented community knowledge base.
  • Manage IT team staff, administer the IT budget, and manage the ongoing development and adaptation of technological policies.

Library Director | June 2014 - May 2018
Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

  • Architect and implement a new institutional department, combining IT and Library.
  • Reimagine the physical space of the library to provide more collaborative and hybrid opportunities.
  • Support and manage library staff, oversee library budget, and provide institutional reporting for library.
  • Consolidate strategic partner relationship with the University of Denver to increase access to electronic resources.
  • Migrate library database and discovery software solutions and integrate with existing institutional technologies.

Academic Technologist, Database Administrator, and IT Team Lead | January 2008 - May 2012
Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

  • Built and led an IT team for the institution and stabilized technological infrastructure.
  • Administered centralized institutional database solution, including upgrades, backup and recovery, normalization, and reporting.
  • Architected cloud based online course delivery solution and supported faculty course design.
  • Implemented new cloud solutions for support tickets (Zendesk) and email (G Suite).

Database Administrator | September 2001 - July 2007
Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO

  • Primary database and application support for all departmental areas.
  • Trained staff on business applications related to institutional data.
  • Architected and implemented data integration solutions within and across institutional business units.
  • Migrated Student Information System from Jenzabar CX to PowerCampus.
  • Developed a collaborative technology team and positive support culture for the institution.

Facilitator/Instructor | June 2000 - August 2001
Information Technology Institute, Denver, CO

  • Facilitated students in both classroom and small group settings in applied information technology.
  • Delivered curriculum in the areas of programming and database design and development.
  • Developed curriculum for Visual Basic and database design.

Research Technician | May 1999 - May 2000
Eltron Research, Inc., Boulder, CO

  • Designed, implemented and adapted experiments using oxygen conducting ceramic materials.
  • Worked with Ph.D. scientists to evaluate experimental design and develop new methodologies.


Doctor of Philosophy | November 2017
University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

  • Joint Doctoral Program in Religious Studies, Biblical Interpretation Concentration
  • Dissertation: Bible as Interface - Considering the relationship of users and bible as a technological interface from antiquity into our emerging technological landscape

Master of Arts | May 2006
Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO

  • Major: Biblical Studies, New Testament Concentration
  • Thesis: Paul’s Theological Hermeneutic in 2 Corinthians 3

Bachelor of Science | May 1997
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

  • Major: Chemistry, Math Minor
  • Senior Research: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy on Inorganic Compounds


  • Experimental Humanities Lab @ Iliff, “Library as Interface for Digital Humanities Work,” in Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious Studies, ed. Clifford B. Anderson, De Gruyter, Forthcoming.
  • Michael P. Hemenway, “Bible as Interface,” PhD diss., the Joint Doctoral Program in Religion at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, 2017, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
  • Michael P. Hemenway, “Codex to Kindle,” in Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction, by Jeffrey H. Mahan. Routledge, 2014.
  • Michael P. Hemenway, “Indie Music,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible in the Arts, ed. Timothy Beal. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

a proximate interface

An arcade of musings from my encounters with curiosity.

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