Claire Howell Major, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education
University of Alabama
Claire Howell Major is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Major has extensive teaching experience in higher education. Early in her career, working as a Teaching Assistant and then adjunct faculty member, she taught more than forty sections of developmental studies English, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. During this time, she taught across institutional types, including at a large urban community college, a two-year historically black college and university, a two-year technical institution, a public 4-year institution, and a large research institution. After completing her PhD, she worked as director of a center for teaching, focused specifically on problem-based learning, at a small private four-year religious institution. Her work there involved helping faculty across the university integrate innovative teaching methods into their courses. Now at the University of Alabama, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She most often teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, and reading research in the field of higher education.
Major’s research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She also focuses on issues of higher education in popular culture and higher education as a field of study. She typically draws on qualitative methods to answer her research questions. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley published by Jossey-Bass), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice (published by Johns Hopkins University Press), and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (second education, with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross, published by Jossey-Bass). She has also published books on qualitative research methods. Major also publishes her work in leading education journals, such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education, and Higher Education. She presents her work at national and international conferences.
Major’s professional service also focuses on teaching and learning in higher education. She has created new programs for her college, including an Executive EdD in higher education administration and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. She has chaired more than 26 dissertations, has co-chaired an additional 17, and has served on countless committees. She has served on her College’s Assessment Committee, and as an Education Consultant for the College of Community Health Service. She also has served as a mentor for the University of Alabama’s Tide Together mentoring program, which is designed to help doctoral students from underrepresented populations such as first-generation students, students of color, or women in the STEM disciplines acquire the skills they for success in their future careers.
Major holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in English from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.A. from University of South Alabama.
Dr. Janice Albers
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Janice Albers’ teaching and scholarship aims are on elevating graduate-level nursing leadership student outcomes through deliberate facilitation of the online learning experience. Albers focuses on creating the circumstances for students to exceed beyond expectations through purposeful, rigorous course structure and requirements, faculty performance, and use of strategies to promote student success and mitigate barriers to success. Specific interests include elevating the educational experience through the deliberate course design applying the Community of Inquiry Model (COI). Within the COI, creating a platform for self-determined learning (heutagogy), engaging how the brain works (brain-based learning), and facilitating transformational learning theory (TLT) through deliberate active learning opportunities. Engaging the principles of COI, heutagogy, and brain-based learning as well as TLT creates the foundation for the ongoing quest to move from the perceived ‘one dimensional/self-taught’ stigma of online learning, to empowering students to see the expanded and diverse possibilities that online learning presents.
Dr. Jacques Alexendre
Dr. Jacques Alexendre is a member of a group of researchers from the University of Phoenix who are looking to advance educational research in technology, music, and assessments in K-12 schools with diverse learners.
Outreach & Open Education Librarian
University of Missouri Libraries
Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian for the University of Missouri Libraries. She is a member of the UM System task forced that launched the Affordable & Open Educational Resources initiative. A longtime advocate for Open Education, Grace is a nation Open Education Leadership fellow in the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, and an Open Textbook Network system leader for the state of Missouri.
Dr. M. Emilia Barbosa
Assistant Professor of Arts, Language (Spanish), & Philosophy
M. Emilia Barbosa is an Assistant Professor at Missouri S&T who specializes in Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, Cultures, and Literatures. She is engaged in research pertaining to Guatemalan and Peruvian gender violence, reparations, and human rights, and how it is represented in literature, film, and a vast array of cultural productions, including photography, performance and theatre, ethnographic and museum exhibitions, and spoken art poetry. She is also researching postcolonial Portuguese-speaking gender literature and the compromised delivery of gendered productions and speeches. In her teaching, Prof. Barbosa draws from a multidisciplinary approach to engage her students through real life by using authentic materials from various sources with an aim to provide a genuine experience with the multiple cultures, languages, and literatures that permeate the Spanish- and the Portuguese-speaking worlds.
Dr. Stuart Baur
Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Stuart Baur is a registered architect and civil engineering doctorate, joined the faculty of the University of Missouri Rolla in 2002. As an educator Baur has participated several session on various lighting design techniques including the Philips’ Lighting Application Center. He has also co-authored a book entitled, Civil Engineering and Architecture to be used as a textbook for all Project Lead the Way CEA curriculum. The book highlights some of the drivers to energy-efficient design including the use different types of lighting systems including daylighting.
In addition to lighting design, Dr. Baur has worked with the solar house team as a faculty advisor since 2002 and has advised the team through the design and construction of seven solar homes. Some of his related endeavors include the development of a solar village which also serves as a student housing and research facility that educates the public about renewable energy technology including various methods techniques that involve energy efficient lighting design and daylight integration. His future endeavors include integrating technology in a home environment, life cycle analysis for the built environment and more.
Learning Designer of Adult and Online Education
Kathleen Beardsell is a Learning Designer in the School of Adult and Online Education at Maryville University, where she partners with faculty to design interactive learning experiences and develop multimedia course content for online learning environments. Her interests include virtual reality, mixed reality, collaborative learning, active learning, constructivist pedagogy, and concept mapping.
Dr. Natalie Bolton
Associate Professor of Education Sciences & Professional Programs
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Natalie Bolton is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. She has an M.A. in secondary education with emphasis in social studies education, and a B.A. in secondary education from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Bolton’s work experiences include middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, Kentucky Department of Education Social Studies Consultant, Director of the Office of Civic Education and Engagement and assistant professor, University of Louisville.
Dr. Bolton conducts research on assessment, program evaluation, and social studies/civic education. She teaches courses related to education research, quantitative statistics, program evaluation, and serves as a research methodologist on doctoral committees. Additionally, she is an assessment and program evaluation consultant independently and with the Assessment Training Institute/Pearson. She works with schools and education organizations in the U.S. and internationally on designing assessments, program evaluations, and assessment literacy. Natalie demonstrates an unwavering commitment to students becoming successful learners by embedding formative assessment into her teaching practices. She was recognized in 2012 for UMSL's most prestigious teaching award, The Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award.
Samantha Boyer is a K-6 music educator at Vineland Elementary in the De Soto School District No. 73. She is a member of the schools technology committee where she is helping to revise district technology curriculum for students and teachers, developing professional development with an emphasis on technology, and advocating for the needs of technology across campus. Mrs. Boyer maintains an active professional life and has presented numerous professional development sessions regarding best practices in technology, assessment, and curriculum throughout her district as well as to the East Central District of the Missouri Music Educators Association. Presentations have covered digital learning, flipped classrooms, and music technology for the digitally challenged.
Her passion is in finding new technology tools to accent her lessons and engage her students in a fun and educational way. Mrs. Boyer attended Missouri State Univeristy where she obtained her degree in Instrumental Music Education. She also recieved her degree in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Curriculum and Technology from Southeast Missouri State University and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods University. She currently lives in the St. Francois county area with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
Adjunct Instructor of Composition
Christina is an adjunct instructor in the composition program at Maryville University. Her research interests are in composition studies and TESOL.
Dr. Jennifer Calito
Jennifer Calito is a member of a group of researchers from the University of Phoenix who are looking to advance educational research in technology, music, and assessments in K-12 schools with diverse learners.
Damián Cárdenas Loboguerrero
Graduate Students of Geology & Geophysics
Damián Cárdenas is currently a funded Ph.D. student in Geology and Geophysics at Missouri S&T. Since summer 2017, he has been working as a course designer for Educational Technology – Global Learning in the development of new educational tools to improve students' learning expirience in paleontology, collaborating with the course instructor (Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe), former teaching assistant (Dr. Walaa Awad) and instructional designer (Jeff Jennings, MEd). During Systematic Paleontology (GEO 3631) redesign to transition from a classroom/laboratory teaching format to a blended format with a distance/online section, he has been primarily involved in the digitization of the fossil teaching collection to develop interactive and user-friendly online educational materials. Damián is the lead facilitator for work on the creation of a fossil database and a web app interface to stimulate students' interest in paleontology. He is also planning to enhance paleontological outreach through technology.
Dr. Tim Daugherty
Professor of Psychology
Missouri State University
Dr. Daugherty is a professor of psychology and a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. In a variety of leadership roles over the years, he has been responsible for general education, major programs, and graduate programs. While he is often an early adopter of tech, his work focuses on the impact of pedagogical decisions on student learning and development. Kristen Hoffner and Alexandra Light are outstanding undergraduate students, collaborating with Dr. Daugherty on this research.
Senior Learning Designer of Adult & Online Education
Michelle is a Senior Learning Designer in the School of Adult & Online Education at Maryville University, where she partners with faculty to design and develop online courses in a variety of disciplines. She likes using technology not only to help make learning more engaging, but thinks it’s important for students to use technology themselves to “show what they know” and be creators of content – not just consumers of content.
Director of Digital Learning
Mark Fabian has been involved in online teaching and administration since 2009. He is the Canvas LMS administrator for Evangel and the lead faculty trainer. He regularly teaches online, and he facilitates faculty development and provides administrative oversight for Evangel's online courses and programs.
Dr. Christopher A. Gearin
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership
Dr. Christopher Gearin has over 25 years of higher education administration experience as a director and college president. He currently enjoys teaching graduate students at Maryville University as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, and is also an Executive Consultant for senior higher education administrators. His research interests include the areas of leadership development and transition, diversity and inclusion, and higher education change.
Dr. Rainer Glaser
Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Rainer Glaser (https://faculty.missouri.edu/~glaserr/) is Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the MS&T Department of Chemistry. Dr. Glaser and his group have published close to 200 papers and book chapters and presented over 240 invited lectures and more than 270 contributed presentations on a broad range of topics in chemistry, physics, mathematics,
biochemistry, science education and journalism.
We have developed a framework for an assignment-based curriculum to instruct students on best practices in writing a scientific paper, about the scientific publication process and peer review, and about professional issues. The rationale for the curriculum design is that students should not only understand scientific content and methods but they should also experience peer review as an integral and essential part of the process and microethical aspects of science. The curriculum Scientific Writing in Chemistry integrates content, context, collaboration and communication and addresses an essential need for science students across the globe and pedagogical aspects have been described (1). Each implementation employs a new curriculum, which is based on an overarching theme. The themes are selected to address timely science topics that are pertinent to macroethical discussionsin society. All assignments are original with adapted online resources and rubrics for assessment. The assignments, associated data and sources, peer review devices including assessment rubrics, and samples of completed assignments are available online for implementations in the US (2) and in China (3).
(1) Glaser, R. E. Design and Assessment of an Assignment-Based Curriculum to Teach Scientific Writing and Scientific Peer Review. J. Learning Design 2014, 7, 85-104.
(2) SP18: http://faculty.missouri.edu/~glaserr/RG_T_SP18.html.
(3) Challenges of Globalization and Successful Adaptation Strategies in Implementing a ‘Scientific Writing and Authoring’ Course in China. Yang, K.; Guo, C.-Y.; Glaser, R. J. Chem. Educ. 2018, in press.
Lecturer in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Kellie Grasman is a lecturer in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department at Missouri S&T. She holds graduate degrees in industrial & operations engineering, manufacturing engineering, and business administration from the University of Michigan, and began teaching in 2001 after spending several years in industry and consulting positions. Kellie transformed several large engineering service courses from traditional lecture delivery to online, and currently teaches 1300+ online students each year. Her research interests include engineering education, engineering economics, education technology, online & blended learning and diversity in engineering education.
Dr. Robin Grebing
Dierctor of the Higher Education Leadership Program
Dr. Robin Grebing holds a B.S.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from William Woods University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy also from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Grebing’s research interests are academic integrity in the online environment, student services, retention, teaching with technology, and best practices for online instruction. Dr. Grebing has presented on these topics at local events and state and national conferences. Dr. Grebing recently challenged herself by being a speaker at a TEDx event on the topic of cell phone addiction.
Shanel Harris is a member of a group of researchers from the University of Phoenix who are looking to advance educational research in technology, music, and assessments in K-12 schools with diverse learners.
Dr. James Hutson
Assistant Dean of Online & Graduate Programs
School of Arts, Media and Communications
Dr. James Hutson is the Assistant Dean of Online and Graduate Programs in the School of Arts, Media, and Communications at Lindenwood University. In this role he has created and oversees the creation of all online programmatic offerings and the associated assessment of all graduate and online programs.
Video Production Manager
Designer of Adult & Online Education
Thomas James is Video Production Manager and Designer for the School of Adult and Online Education at Maryville University. As the Production Studio Manager, he works with faculty to produce a variety of video products for both online and on-ground courses. His areas of interest include graphic design, photography, digital visual effects, audio production, web development and video post-production.
Dr. Karen Johnson
Dr. Karen Johnson is part of a group of five educators and published researchers from the University of Phoenix who work as a team to gather and share information on topics of interest to today’s educators, especially as they relate to technology as tools in the classroom. We have diverse backgrounds from elementary though doctoral university level teaching and try to stay on the cutting edge of trending research in educational technology, including social media, personal learning networks, problem-based learning, informal portfolio assessments and formative assessments.
Instruction Librarian & Assistant Professor
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Elizabeth Kamper is an Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her research focuses on information seeking behavior and information literacy skills of first-year students.
Dr. Amardeep Kaur
Assistant Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Amardeep Kaur teaches electrical circuits for EE and Non-EE major students, electronic devices, and embedded system design. She uses video demonstrations, circuit simulation tools and active learning based group activities in her classes to prompt inquiry, discussion and deeper understanding of the topic at hand.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
Kelley Koob is Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Missouri S&T. She has been teaching for over 18 years. She teaches all levels of statistics courses and many math courses up to Differential Equations. She is interested in educational research in gamification, experiential learning, authentic methods of assessment, and online learning.
Dr. Dave S. Knowlton
Professor & Graduate Program Director of Instructional Technology
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Dr. Dave S. Knowlton is a professor, author, speaker, consultant, and artisan. For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Knowlton has passionately advocated for the power of creativity, education, and self-directed learning as means of improving organizations and changing lives. He has presented his ideas at national professional-development events, including conferences sponsored by Training Magazine, The United States Distance Learning Association, and The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Dr. Knowlton has written over seventy-five articles and book chapters in the areas of instructional theory, Instructional Technology, creativity, assessment, and the arts. As a public intellectual, he has written for the main-stream press and has appeared on regional television programs and internet podcasts. His research interests focus on higher education pedagogy and his fervent desire to see university courses designed such that they elicit student creativity and artisanship.
Dr. Claire Kueny
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science
Dr. Claire Kueny is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She earned her MS (2014) and Ph.D. (2016) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University. Dr. Kueny’s research interests include studying impacts of and reactions to employee discretionary behaviors, including proactive behaviors and counterproductive work behaviors. Additionally, Dr. Kueny specializes in research-based and practice-based work with healthcare organizations, including the application of organizational psychology and theories to unique issues healthcare organizations and teams face. In terms of teaching, Dr. Kueny teaches a number of graduate courses in the MS I/O Psychology program at Missouri S&T, including Introduction to I/O Psychology, Employee Affect and Behavior, and Organizational Change and Development. At the undergraduate level, she has taught Industrial Psychology, Organizational Psychology, and Personality Theory.
Dr. Jossalyn Larson
Assistant Teaching Professor of English & Technical Communication
Dr. Jossalyn Larson is Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Missouri S&T, where she teaches research writing and methodology, the teaching of reading and writing, and communication theory. A popular culture scholar, Dr. Larson has published on pervasive cultural symbols and motifs in television and film.
Dr. Nicolas A. Libre
Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Nick Libre is an assistant teaching professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri S&T. He studies and applies innovative approaches in engineering education.
Instructor in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
Ping Lieser studies the power of digital technologies for teaching and learning, especially using technologies and the mindsets of design thinking to create opportunities for active learning. Her current research focuses on technology-enhanced learning; online collaboration; blended and online course development and delivery; learning communities; e-learning and e-portfolio assessment; and emerging technology integration for analytics and engagement strategy.
Dr. Douglas K. Ludlow
Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Director of Freshman Engineering Program
Douglas K. Ludlow is a Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Director of the Freshman Engineering Program at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned a BSChE from Brigham Young University in 1982 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1986. He was on the faculty of the Chemical Engineering department at the University of North Dakota from 1986 to 1996 advancing from Assistant Professor to Departmental Chair. He was a Fulbright Senor Scholar Abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the 1992-93 academic year and an NATO Fellow at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” during the summer of 1995 to do research in the area of characterization of porous materials using gas adsorption. Professor Ludlow enjoys teaching and has published several articles about engineering education, including incorporating statistics into the curriculum and communication skills across the curriculum. He has taught chemical reactor design, chemical process safety, chemical engineering thermodynamics, hazardous materials management and an intro to chemical engineering course. As the Director of the Freshman Engineering Program he has coordinated and taught FE1100 since the Fall of 2013. Dr. Ludlow is active professionally in the American Association for Engineering Educators, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, ABET and Omega Chi Epsilon. In ASEE, Dr. Ludlow has been on the organizing committee for the 2007 Chemical Engineering Summer School (Pullman, WA) and for the 2002 ChE Summer School (Boulder CO). He also coordinated workshops on communication skills at two previous Summer schools, 1997 (Snow Bird, Utah), and 2002 (Boulder, Colorado). Dr. Ludlow has also moved through the leadership positions (secretary, vice-president, president, and past president) in both the New Engineering Educators and the Chemical Engineering Divisions of ASEE. In AIChE, Dr. Ludlow has helped run the annual National Student Paper Competition for about 25 years. He has served at the national level on the Student Chapters Committee and on the AIChE Operating Council. Dr. Ludlow is currently a program evaluator for ABET. Dr. Ludlow was the national president of Omega Chi Epsilon, the national Chemical Engineering Honor society.
Dr. Christi Patton Luks
Associate Teaching Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Dr. Christi Patton Luks is a chemical engineering professor at Missouri S&T with 25 years of experience teaching at the college level. She was an early adopter of blending and flipped classroom pedagogies and frequently encourages her colleagues to use technology to make better use of class time. Her children are shocked that there are more than 1000 people who have discovered her YouTube channel and subscribed even though her videos are, in their words, not fun. What's the secret? People really do want to learn!
Licensed Professional Counselor
University of Missouri-St. Louis
David McGraw is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently serving the University of Missouri-St. Louis Community as a Success Coach and First-Year Seminar Instructor. With an academic background in the hard sciences, philosophy and counseling, he finds both personal and professional enrichment in contemplative practice and is exploring the various forms of contemplation as deep learning and stress reduction strategies.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Jennifer McKanry holds a Master of Science in Adult Education Administration and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). She has worked for over 15 years in educational administration at the higher education level. She currently serves as an Instructional Designer in the UMSL Center for Teaching and Learning. Previously she worked as the Manager of Curriculum and Evaluation for the Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Clinical Research Training Center. She also co-chairs the annual Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference. Her current research is in the building of community in online faculty development training.
Dr. Warner Meeks
Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Warner Meeks is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He teaches the sophomore and senior level aircraft design courses, and his research interests include effective teaching of critical thinking and multidimensional problem solving, meta-cognition, innovative engine design, innovative sustainable spacecraft design, and solar physics.
Dr. F. Scott Miller
Teaching Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduates in Materials Science & Engineering
Dr. F. Scott Miller is a Teaching Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduates in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory (AMCL) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics from The Ohio State University. Currently, he is teaching courses in Metallurgy for Engineers, Study and Careers in Engineering, Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis, and Characterization of Inorganic Solids. He has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, and most recently, was named a 2017-2019 Dean’s Educator Scholar by the College of Engineering and Computing at Missouri S&T.
Dr. Amy Peach
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
Chair of Integrated School Library/Media
Dr. Amy Peach is Assistant Professor of Educational Technology and Chair of the Integrated School Library/Media program at Lindenwood University. She researches and teaches in areas ranging from technology integration and leadership to action research and innovative mindset.
Dr. Hank Pernicka
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Dean's Educator Scholar
Dr. Hank Pernicka is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dean's Educator Scholar at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He teaches the senior level spacecraft design course, and his research interests include astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, spacecraft mission design, satellite attitude dynamics, nonlinear analysis, dynamics and control, and optimization.
Julie Phelps has been an instructional designer at Missouri University of Science & Technology since 2010. She supports faculty in the effective use of technology in the classroom as well as blended/online course development. She holds an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies from The University of Colorado-Denver and a B.S. Ed. from The University of Missouri, Columbia. From 2001-2010, Julie was an instructional specialist for The eMINTS National Center providing professional development to K-12 teachers throughout Missouri. Prior to eMINTS, Julie taught elementary grades in Missouri, Texas, and Colorado over a span of 17 years.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Tori Reany earned her Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Saint Louis University. She has an educational background in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and philosophy, and has held a variety of positions within academia. Her work experiences include supervising tutoring facilities, designing educational workshops, and teaching both online and traditional courses. Tori combines her passion for technology and education by utilizing technology tools to effectively facilitate learning. Contact Tori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Daniel C. Reardon
Associate Professor of English & Technical Communication
Dr. Daniel C. Reardon is Associate Professor of English at Missouri S&T, where he is the departmental advisor and director of the composition program. Dr. Reardon teaches Science Fiction, Fantasy Literature, and Game Studies. He has published articles on digital games, pedagogy, and higher education program administration. He is completing a book with Dr. David Wright on technical communication and the video game industry.
Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe
Professor of Nursing
Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe serves as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at McKendree University. Rennegarbe teaches completely in the online arena and has been an innovator in the area of online studies at McKendree University. In addition, Rennegarbe is a former CEO of a hospital and her academic teaching and research has been in the area of nursing leadership. Rennegarbe is certified in executive nursing practice by the American Organization of Nurse Leaders. She serves as the Region IV/V Board of Director for the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL), as well as a Board of Director for HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, IL.
Director of Learning Technologies
Truman State University
Diane is the Director of Learning Technologies at Truman State University. Diane and her team are responsible for instructional design, on-ground and online classroom design, instructional technology support and training for the Truman campus community. The LT Team at Truman not only consults one-on-one with faculty, but also facilitate on-demand online workshops, face-to-face workshops, and curate documentation. They maintain a multimedia lab and teaching space along with several specialty studios including a One-Button Recording Studio, A Lightboard Studio and Videoconference Studios. Diane has held many positions in teaching & learning including classroom teacher, instructional media consultant, web services manager, and instructional designer before assuming her current role.
Dr. Medgar Roberts
Dr. Medgar Roberts is part of a group of five educators and published researchers from the University of Phoenix who work as a team to gather and share information on topics of interest to today’s educators, especially as they relate to technology as tools in the classroom. We have diverse backgrounds from elementary though doctoral university level teaching and try to stay on the cutting edge of trending research in educational technology, including social media, personal learning networks, problem-based learning, informal portfolio assessments and formative assessments.
Dr. Shaquanah Robinson
Dr. Shaquanah Robinson is a member of a group of researchers from the University of Phoenix who are looking to advance educational research in technology, music, and assessments in K-12 schools with diverse learners.
Associate Dean of Research & Instruction
Truman State University
Janet Romine serves as the Associate Dean of Research & Instruction as part of the senior leadership team at Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University. She has been designing and teaching library instruction workshops for over twenty years. Her areas of interest include providing opportunities for undergraduate students to develop information literacy and digital fluency skills and investigating emerging technologies as related to academic library services.
Dr. Joshua P. Schlegel
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Dr. Joshua P. Schlegel is a professor in Nuclear Engineering specializing in nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, or the motion of fluid and energy in nuclear reactor systems. He works extensively on two?phase flows including interfacial area transport and bubble hydrodynamics and is branching out into exciting new areas such as phase change materials and passive safety systems. As an instructor, he is working to bring a more hands?on approach to the classroom through problem?based, team?based learning techniques and am working to develop a laboratory course on thermal?fluids with laboratory activities based on ongoing research.
Dr. Jillian Schmidt
Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Jillian Schmidt is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She teaches the sophomore-level spacecraft design course, and her research interests include team dynamics and incorporation of technology in project based courses.
Dr. Joan Schuman
Associate Teaching Professor of Engingeering Management & Systems Engineering
Dr. Joan Schuman is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri S&T. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Arkansas and completed her Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. Schuman is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified through the Project Management Institute. She worked for several years in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company initially as a design engineer and then later in systems engineering. At Missouri S&T, she teaches a variety of courses emphasizing Project Management and Financial Management for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her research interests focus on engineering education with a special interest in Service Learning, project management and cultural competency. Schuman has developed her undergraduate project management class into a Service Learning class where the students work with area communities on real projects that benefit both the communities and students.
Dr. Michelle Schwartze
Assistant Teaching Professor of Teacher Education & Certification
Dr. Michelle Schwartze is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Teacher Education and Certification Department at Missouri S & T. She taught middle school for 13 years prior to entering higher education. Along with a desire to learn the latest and best teaching and learning technologies to pass on to her future teachers, she also enjoys researching how students best learn. Currently her research is looking at how classroom design can impact active learning within a higher education setting. She also is constantly looking at research in STEM education and works closely with helping to implement Project Lead the Way curriculum into elementary classrooms.
Dr. B.J. Shrestha
Associate Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. B.J. Shrestha has been teaching various courses since 1996 to the present in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Striving for Excellence in Teaching by way of
incorporating innovative approaches is his passion. The subject matter of assessment is very relevant and important for his goal of making his teaching effective.
Outside of Educational innovation research, his discipline-based research interest are in the field of image processing, specifically as applied to skin cancer diagnosis, neutron and photon transport, Monte Carlo Simulations.
Dr. Shretha has been a frequent presenter at Missouri S&T's Teaching and Learning Conferences over the past several years.
Dr. Mary Stout
Dr. Mary Stout is a member of a group of five educators and published researchers from the University of Phoenix who work as a team to gather and share information on topics of interest to today’s educators, especially as they relate to technology as tools in the classroom. We have diverse backgrounds from elementary though doctoral university level teaching and try to stay on the cutting edge of trending research in educational technology, including social media, personal learning networks, problem-based learning, informal portfolio assessments and formative assessments.
Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill
Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill is a member of a group of five educators and published researchers from the University of Phoenix who work as a team to gather and share information on topics of interest to today’s educators, especially as they relate to technology as tools in the classroom. We have diverse backgrounds from elementary though doctoral university level teaching and try to stay on the cutting edge of trending research in educational technology, including social media, personal learning networks, problem-based learning, informal portfolio assessments and formative assessments.
Fortune Taylor is a member of a group of researchers from the University of Phoenix who are looking to advance educational research in technology, music, and assessments in K-12 schools with diverse learners.
Dr. Blake Thornton
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Blake Thornton has been teaching and grading mathematics in some form for over 20 years. Blake received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Utah in 2002 and has been at Washington University in St Louis since 2002, teaching a mix of courses. Recently, Blake began experimenting with Crowdmark, which allows students to not only submit their work on line, but to receive their graded assignments and paper tests with feedback on line.
Adjunct Instructor of English
Adam Valencic is an adjunct instructor at Maryville University, teaching courses in English and literature. His research interests include instructional design and online learning.
Dr. Lisa Wells
Dr. Lisa Wells is a member of a group of five educators and published researchers from the University of Phoenix who work as a team to gather and share information on topics of interest to today’s educators, especially as they relate to technology as tools in the classroom. We have diverse backgrounds from elementary though doctoral university level teaching and try to stay on the cutting edge of trending research in educational technology, including social media, personal learning networks, problem-based learning, informal portfolio assessments and formative assessments.
Dr. David Westenberg
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Dave Westenberg is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has co-directed the Missouri S&T Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers. He has been active in microbiology education as an American Society for Microbiology Scholar-in-Residence (now called Biology Scholars) which provides training and guidance for faculty interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has chaired of the ASM Committee on K-12 Education and Outreach. He has received numerous awards for teaching and advising including the Class of ’42 Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and Alumni Outstanding Advisor Award from the Missouri S&T Alumni Association, The Distinguished Advisor Award from the Missouri S&T Student Life and the 2017 Science Educator Award from the Academy of Sciences, Saint Louis. He was named a Missouri S&T Dean’s Teaching Scholar, National Academy of Science Education Fellow in Life Sciences and an HHMI Biointeractive Teaching Ambassador. He has received funding to develop and assess innovative teaching strategies and has presented his findings at local, regional and national education conferences.
Dr. Danna Wren
Director of Educational Technologies
University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Danna Wren is the director of Educational Technologies, which provides instructional design and development support for all MU faculty. She also regularly teaches a course on curriculum development in higher ed and enjoys working with different facets of curricular planning at MU.
Director of Writing & Multimodal Communication
Alex Wulff is the Director of Writing and Multimodal Communication at Maryville University. His research interests are in writing center scholarship, composition studies, and the long nineteenth century.
Jingrong Pearl Xie
Department of Special Education
University of Kansas
Jingrong Pearl Xie has recently accomplished her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her specialization is Instructional Design, Innovation, and Technology. Her research specialization is on universal design for learning (UDL) and mobile learning to develop cognitive and social skills for children and youth in modern learning environments. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the study of developing cognitive and social skills and improving diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Her dissertation research is on developing and designing a mobile executive function coaching solution to support youth and young adults who have executive functioning challenges in post-secondary STEM education.