I have enjoyed working in higher education since 1993. The first eight and a half years of my career were spent in the realm of Student Affairs (all those college-things that happen outside of the classroom) at various universities including Ball State University, Butler University, and the University of Tennessee.
I then transitioned from Student Affairs to Academic Affairs. After returning to school to study teacher education, I realized my true passion for teaching and learning. Knowing the Student Affairs side of institutions has truly given me a better understanding of students and all that they bring to our classrooms – both our face-to-face classrooms and our virtual classrooms.
Currently, I am an administrative faculty member at Ohio Christian University serving as Academic Program Director for OCUOnline Plus. I continue to overseeing the implementation OCUOnline Plus, a fully online bachelor’s degree program designed specifically for 18-24 year old students plus options to experience campus life and learning, study abroad, complete internships around the globe, and more. I have been responsible for the program design and development, marketing, recruiting, partnerships, curricula, staffing, budgets, and assessment.
In January 2017 I joined the Franklin University faculty as an online adjunct faculty member and Doctoral Faculty Advisor for the Doctorate of Professional Studies – Instructional Design Leadership program and as an online adjunct faculty member for the Master of Science in Instructional Design & Learning Technology degree program. It is such a joy to work with dedicated doctoral and master’s degree students and professionals in the field of instructional design who are passionate about making positive contributions to the field.
Previously, I spent 11 years at the University of Northwestern Ohio holding various faculty roles last serving as the founding Director of the Center for Educational Excellence and adjunct Assistant Professor teaching various general education courses. I oversaw professional development for the UNOH faculty in the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions, and Applied Technologies. It was truly a joy to develop, plan, deliver, and assess professional workshops and faculty learning communities with the ultimate goal of improving student learning. In addition, I worked with Academic Department Chairs and Division Heads in the development and continuous improvement of the academic curriculum in all colleges across campus and also served as the Coordinator of the First Year Experience Program serving UNOH’s newest students. During my tenure at UNOH, I had also served as a full-time faculty member in the General Education Department of UNOH’s College of Business and as the senior instructional designer for the UNOH Virtual College. I also designed and taught UNOH’s Online Faculty Certification course for online faculty candidates.
Outside of my routine job duties, I have had pleasure of leading a Student Ambassador committee, serving on various student success committees as part of a university-wide retention project, serving as the convener for the AICUO (Association of Colleges and Universities in Ohio) Online/MOOC Assessment Task Force to develop an OOC/MOOC Assessment Tool, and worked with a team to develop, design, and deliver UNOH’s first MOOC – OIL 101: Fact or Friction.
I have been involved for several years with Quality Matters as a Master Reviewer, reviewing and assessing online courses across the nation for quality to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning.
My recent research interests most specifically include creating an efficient system to improve the adoption of interactive open education resources for student engagement. In addition, much of my reading and study focuses on practices to cognitively and socially engage learners, effective course and curriculum design, professional development strategies, teaching practices for active learning, and effective implementation of teaching technologies. I truly enjoy teaching and learning!
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