Teaching and Learning Technology 2011

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Dr. Eric Mazur
Balkanski Professor of Physics
Dean of Applied Physics
Director at Large for the Optical Society of America
Harvard University

In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all -- not just science majors -- is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group's effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines. (Source)

Dr. Ronald G. Phillips
Associate Professor
Architectural Studies
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Phillips is an Associate Professor in Architectural Studies for the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to his Ph.D. in Architecture, Dr. Phillips holds an Aging Specialist Certificate, and Bachelor degrees in Architecture and Psychology. He is also involved in private architectural design consultation activities.

Ben Bestic
Account Executive

Ben Bestic is an Account Executive in the Higher Education division of Turning Technologies, the provider of the student response system used at Missouri University of Science & Technology.  Ben resides in Youngstown, Ohio, which is home to Turning Technologies’ corporate headquarters.  Ben provides customer service and support to colleges and universities throughout Missouri and Iowa.

Dr. Douglas R. Carroll
Missouri State University /
Missouri S&T

Dr. Carroll has been a faculty member at Missouri S&T for 19 years. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director for the Cooperative Engineering Program, a cooperative program between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He has been using distance education technology in teaching his classes for the past four years for teaching both small and large undergraduate engineering classes. Dr. Carroll conducts office hours and review sessions for the classes on-line using distance education technology. Students in his classes are primarily traditional on-campus students and he feels that the students have benefited tremendously from the use of the technology. His current research interest is to develop cost-effective ways of incorporating the technology into teaching undergraduate engineering classes.

Dr. Dan Cernusca
Instructional Designer
Missouri S&T

Dan Cernusca has been an Instructional Design Specialist since August 2007. Since then he worked with School of Extended Learning, Office of Undergraduate Studies, and Educational Technology Group to develop and implement effective, research-based instructional solutions that integrate technology-driven tools with active learning strategies. His consulting and research interests include:  design-based research applications for innovative technology, cognitive mapping tools and their impact on learners’ conceptual understanding of complex topics, fostering conceptual understanding and conceptual change in technology-rich educational contexts, and addressing individual differences with technology-based instructional tools.

Dr. Peggy Cohen
Director of Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Peggy Cohen directs the Center for Teaching and Learning at UMSL. Her faculty appointment is in the Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation. That’s the origin of her interest in learning and motivation in the college classroom. Recently, she’s published "Cooperative Learning in Educational Psychology", a chapter in Cooperative Learning in Higher Education (Stylus, 2010), and she's  co-author of The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach (Jossey-Bass, 2008).

Dr. Lee Graham
Instructional Designer
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Lee Graham, Ph.D. received her Instructional Technology degree from pioneers in online teaching and learning policy at Mississippi State University in 1999. She has taught online for fifteen years, and has assisted in designed courses for educational technology, writing, nursing, research, statistics, education practicum, nursing practicum, and many other areas of instruction. Dr. Graham’s primary research interest has been in enhancing discussion in online courses through course design rather than instructor proximity, and she has presented this research at several international conferences. She has also presented at an international conference concerning the attitudes of students who expected to be in online courses rather than blended courses. She has presented at numerous conferences, and has served as a consultant in her capacity as assessment and instructional technology expert. Dr. Graham, however, clings to teaching and good teaching pedagogy first and foremost, and continues to evolve as technology changes and course design presents more and more dependable interactive and effective technological tools.

Malcolm Hays
Content Support Analyst
Educational Technology
Missouri S&T

Malcolm Hays is a Content Support Analyst for Educational Technology (EdTech) at Missouri S&T. He is responsible for maintaining the EdTech web presence, supporting Blackboard, troubleshooting problems for instructors, and consulting with instructors to find solutions for their instructional technology needs.

Holly Henry
Instructional Designer
eLearning Initiative

Holly Henry, M.A., is an instructional designer for the eLearning Initiative of the University of Missouri System. She works with faculty across UM-System to create online courses with dynamic, student-centered learning activities. Ms. Henry previously worked as a faculty trainer and consultant for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University. She has also designed, developed, and delivered both online and classroom training internationally for two Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. John Hogan
Associate Professor
Geological Science & Engineering
Missouri S&T


Dr. Ali R. Hurson
Computer Science
Missouri S&T

Dr. Ali Hurson is a professor and chair of the Computer Science department at Missouri S&T. Before joining S&T, he was professor of computer science and engineering at Pennsylvania State University for 24 years. He has published over 280 technical papers and book chapters in areas including object-oriented databases, multidatabases, global information processing, applications of mobile agent technology, computer architecture and cache memory, parallel and distributed processing, dataflow architectures, VLSI algorithms, pervasive and mobile computing, ad hoc networks, and reconfigurable sensor networks. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, has served as an IEEE Distinguished Speaker, and is currently serving as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Irina Ivliyeva
Assistant Professor of Russian
Arts, Language, and Philosophy
Missouri S&T

Dr. Irina Ivliyeva has been successfully teaching foreign languages, their acquisition methods, and intercultural communication for over 20 years. She has been strongly interested in multimedia approaches to teaching, including e-portfolio development, web site design and implementation, PC-based placement testing, learning strategies with computer-assisted learning, and language laboratory management.


  • M.A., Moscow State University, Russia, 1989, Department of Philology
  • Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997, Linguistics

Rebecca Lopanec
eLearning Coordinator
Saint Louis University

Becky Lopanec is an experienced instructional designer and eLearning Coordinator for Saint Louis University (SLU). She focuses on the design and development of quality online courses. Becky provides faculty with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful online instructors. Becky is proud to put her knowledge of online learning and instructional design to use and share her experiences with those wishing to learn about teaching and learning in the online environment.

Garet Marling
Instructional Developer
University of Missouri-Columbia


Dr. Daniel Oerther
Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Missouri S&T

Dr. Daniel B. Oerther is the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair and Director of the Environmental Research Center at Missouri S&T. For the past ten years, Dr. Oerther served as professor and head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on environmental biotechnology which integrates microbial ecology theory, molecular biology tools, and unit operations to identify, study, and solve emerging threats to human and environmental health. Dr. Oerther's awards include the NSF CAREER, Fulbright, inaugural membership in the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning at Cincinnati, and the 2009 Honor Award for University Research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for bringing clean water to 20,000 villagers in rural Tanzania.

Julie Phelps
Instructional Technologist
Educational Technology
Missouri S&T


Dr. Daniel Reardon
Assistant Director of Writing Center
Missouri S&T

Dr. Daniel Reardon is Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Missouri S&T. Prior to joining the Writing Center staff, Dr. Reardon was a full-tim lecturer in the English and Technical Communications department at Missouri S&T, where he taught composition and technical communication. A native of Kansas City, MO, Dr. Reardon previously taught in the English department at University of Missouri-Kansas City. His article, "Writing Center Administration: Learning the Numbers Game," was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. In April 2010, Dr. Reardon traveled to Washington, D.C., as a panel member of the NAEP's college-readiness national assessment standards recommendations committee. Dr. Reardon's interests include writing center theory, composition pedagogy, and classroom technology.

Gandalf Sidio
Classroom Technology Support
Educational Technology
Missouri S&T


Dr. Jeff Thomas
Assistant Teaching Professor
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Missouri S&T

Approximately 9,000 students have used Dr. Thomas's course web sites in engineering mechanics and engineering design. He now encourages students to watch his self-produced videos outside of class and use class time to work on assignments. Dr. Thomas has received teaching commendations almost every year since 1999 and has provided laboratory demonstrations to over 3,000 middle and high school students. For fun and exercise he plays percussion and does carpentry.

James F. West
Missouri Baptist University

James F. West is Instructor of CIS, Web/Database Programmer, and Technical Assistant for Distance Learning at Missouri Baptist University. He has taught Computer Science classes face-to-face and online since 2000 and also maintains the Blackboard LMS at Missouri Baptist University. Mr. West holds Bachelor Degrees in Physics and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Ball State University.

Barb Wilkins
Instructional Technologist
Educational Technology
Missouri S&T


Dr. Klaus Woelk
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Missouri S&T

Klaus Woelk is Associate Professor and Assistant Chairman of Chemistry at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), where he teaches general and physical chemistry in courses of up to 200 major and non-major students. Dr. Woelk received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry and experimental physics at the University of Bonn, Germany. He is a member of the Missouri S&T Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI) and, in 2005/06, was the acting director of Missouri S&T's New Faculty Teaching Scholarship program. 

He was part of a team that considerably redesigned general chemistry education at Missouri S&T and, for multiple years, has coordinated chemistry freshman education with an annual enrollment of more than 1000 students. Dr. Woelk has won multiple teaching awards for undergraduate- and graduate-level education including the Missouri S&T Teaching Excellence Award 2009. He is currently the acting director of the Freshman Faculty Forum, an introductory program for new faculty at Missouri S&T.

Olena Zhadko
Program Evaluator and Educational Technology Assistant
Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Olena Zhadko is a Program Evaluator and an Educational Technology Assistant at the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center at UMSL for the last 5 years. Olena is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education, Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Her research interest is in the area of Educational Technology, Information Communication Technology, and Instructional Design.