Experienced administrator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, project manager, and researcher specializing in the field of instructional design, online learning, and emerging educational technology.
Instructional Design and Development
Online, Blended, and Hybrid Learning
Faculty and Staff Training and Professional Development
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational and Instructional Technology
LMS Administration (Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and D2L)
Multimedia Design and Development
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Evaluation and Assessment
Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Human-Centered Design and UX
Makerspaces, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D Modeling, and 3D Printing
Adobe CC Suite/E-learning authoring tools
Microsoft Office/Google Suite
Doctor of Philosophy - Instructional Design and Technology, Virginia Tech - currently ABD
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Instructional Design and Technology (Fall 2020)
Graduate Certificate: Learning Sciences - Virginia Tech - (Fall 2015)
Graduate Certificate: Human-Centered Design - Virginia Tech - (Spring 2015)
Kappa Delta Pi (2014), International Honor Society in Education - Charter Member (2014-Present)
Golden Key International Honor Society – Lifetime Member – Virginia Tech Chapter (2014-Present)
Masters of Education (M.Ed.) - Instructional Technology, University of Virginia (December 2010)
Graduate Teaching Certification – Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh
Professional Year – Urban Education Cohort (Pittsburgh City Schools) (May 2000)
Bachelor of Arts – Communications: Rhetoric and Communications, University of Pittsburgh (April 1997)
Minor in Spanish
Study Abroad – Thames Valley University (London, England)
2020 – Present
Assistant Professor - Senior Learning Technologist, James Madison University
Provide expertise and support to help Libraries deliver an outstanding experience to the JMU community through the support of educational technology platforms and operations. The primary purpose of this position is to offer general and customized training for campus partners and to support users with innovative software and tools for teaching and scholarship.
Develop, share, and deliver accessible and user-friendly documentation, training materials, and instructional programs in the use of integrated technologies for instructional and scholarly purposes, including LMS, web conferencing, assessment, and research software.
Provide support and resources to faculty and students related to techniques and practices for the use of technology in the learning environment, including individual consultations and monitoring and replying to front line services.
Provide leadership and support for special projects as assigned.
Maintain knowledge of current and emerging technologies and instructional practices that relate to the use of technology.
2017 – 2020
Assistant Professor - Director of Instructional Design and Technology, James Madison University
Provided leadership for the development of instruction and instructional design for the university. Lead the work and supervised the Instruction Design and Technology Team consisting of Senior Instructional Designers, Instructional Designer, Educational Technologists, and student staff.
Oversaw the analysis, development, design, and delivery of workshops, customized training, one-on-one consulting and support, online training and special programs including online and blended instruction. Facilitates workshops and provides individual consultations as needed. Monitor the quality of services and support materials through data collection and participant feedback.
Collaborated with JMU's Coordinator of Online Learning, Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation, academic deans and department chairs, faculty, and other stakeholders to coordinate programming, services and outreach strategies that support instructional design, educational technology, LMS usage, and online and blended learning
Engaged in the on-going support of JMU’s academic mission through service and scholarship. Stayed informed on issues and trends related to creative technologies and their application in higher education settings and take an active role in educating and leading JMU in this area.
2016 – Present
Adjunct Graduate Faculty and Assistant Program Coordinator, James Madison University
Online and in-person graduate faculty appointment teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education in the College of Education at James Madison University. Responsibilities include the face-to-face and online instruction of graduate and undergraduate courses:
LTLE 385 - Foundations of Instructional Design
LTLE 376 - Instructional Video
LTLE 570 - Design and Development of Digital Media
LTLE 565 - Educational Technology Project Management
LTLE 611 - User Experience and User Interaction.
AHRD 695 - Portfolio Development
Additional responsibilities include student advising, mentoring and committee member work for key assessments, including supporting instructional design and development for the department.
2016 – 2017
Instructional Designer, Oakridge National Laboratory
Provided learning solutions for training and development related to compliance training, personal effectiveness, and leader development.
Conducted needs assessments and design, develop, and deliver training and training materials.
Aided in the implementation and effective use of the full capacity of a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Learning Content Management System (LCMS) and several authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline.
2013 – 2017
Doctoral Fellow, Learning Sciences – Virginia Tech
Fully funded doctoral fellowship through the Graduate School at Virginia Tech to study, teach, and research Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), the Learning Sciences, and the interdisciplinary field of Human-Centered Design (HCD).
Fellowship Responsibilities included:
Co-teaching graduate students in EDIT 5984 - Foundation of Instructional Design and Technology and EDIT 6134 – Instructional Design for Distance Learning with Dr. Barbara Lockee within the Instructional Design and Technology graduate program at Virginia Tech;
NSF grant writing for STEM-based research proposals for rural middle school students in Virginia;
Project management and oversight of learning analytics research concentrating on the creation of student dashboards to improve the experience of first-year engineering students;
Co-authoring and presentation of research findings based on participatory design research methodologies to develop learning dashboards for engineering students and faculty at local and national conferences (see subsequent sections on publication and presentations);
Maintenance and updating of the departmental website at http://www.vthcd.com/.
2013 – 2014
Learning Management system Coordinator, Ferrum College
Responsible for the day-to-day health and maintenance of the LMS (Angel/Desire2Learn) for approximately 1,500 students, faculty, and staff on and off campus. Primary responsibilities included:
Provided system support and issue resolution;
Conducted training for faculty and students;
Oversaw of course migration and SIS integration;
Documented requirements for new functionality;
Conducted systematic analysis and reporting;
Promoted the use of the LMS throughout the organization;
Provided project management and leadership throughout the college’s LMS transition to Brightspace (Design2Learn). Oversaw the selection, contract negotiation, SIS integration, student migration and course conversions from Angel LMS to new online learning environment including the hire of the current Learning Management System Coordinator;
Developed and delivered professional development seminars on current instructional design and technology topics including online course materials development, mobile technologies, website design and construction, and video integration within the higher education environment.
2011 – 2013
Instructional Technologist, University of Virginia
Researched, developed, consulted, and provided training for emerging instructional technologies (online/blended, mobile, cloud, web-based, social media, etc.) for faculty and graduate students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Virginia including consultation on initial university partnership with MOOC pilot with Coursera;
Advised faculty in the design, creation, assessment, and selection of instructional materials and technologies (including learning management systems, video, audio, and multimedia resources);
Created online tutorials and documentation to support academic technology;
Researched new and emerging instructional technologies and assisted with the selection and implementation of appropriate technologies throughout the college;
Provided personnel administrative functions (e.g. hiring, training, supervising, evaluating) necessary for departmental outcomes to be achieved in equipment loans for faculty and students, language lab assessment and management, video conferencing, and multimedia production for faculty;
Served as learning spaces consultant in New Cabell Hall Renovation, advising technicians and faculty on current classroom and mobile instructional technologies including but not limited to digital displays, interactive whiteboards, clickers, document cameras, audio configuration, lecture capture hardware and software, screen-casting/podcasting/vodcasting, mobile devices and end user interaction consultation;
Served on founding committee and created and maintained the website for the Institute of World Languages at the University.
2005 – 2011
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Charlottesville City Schools
Trained faculty and staff in the creation and design of technology-infused curriculum and content based on local, state and national standards utilizing Moodle CMS and Web 2.0 resources for face-to-face, blended, and online classes in Pre-K12;
Conducted division-wide instructional technology-related consultation, training, modeling, research, and professional development for all levels of students, faculty, administration, and staff;
Instrumental in the planning, development, training, support, and evaluation of several key initiatives across the division including:
SMART classrooms with interactive whiteboards, LCD projectors, and document cameras;
Development and implementation of lessons that utilized class sets of iPods/iPads for early childhood education; LEGO robotics; GPS/GIS curriculum development; Scratch programming; and One-to-One student computing initiatives including laptops and netbooks.
Key team member in the development, implementation, and administration of the first learning management system in the division (Moodle) that led to the creation of a virtual high school and 1-to-1 tablet initiative for all students in grades 6 through 12.
2000 – 2005
PreK-12 Classroom Teacher, Various
Elementary School Teacher – Burnley-Moran Elementary - Charlottesville, VA (2003 -2005)
Language Arts Teacher – Prospect Heights Middle Schools - Orange, VA (2002 -2003)
Elementary School Teacher – Bethel Manor Elementary - Yorktown, VA (2000 -2002)
Successfully taught as a highly qualified PreK-6 educator (continues to hold PreK-6 Postgraduate Professional License in the Commonwealth of Virginia) for five consecutive years in the elementary environment. Additionally, conducted peer mentoring and workshops on educational technologies while providing technical support and website creation in addition to the planning for the delivery and assessment of instruction aligned with state and national standards.
Certifications and Liscenses
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification (Spring 2020)
Quality Matters Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) (Spring 2020)
Commonwealth of Virginia - Postgraduate Professional Teaching License (Elementary PreK-6) - 06/30/22)
Nationally certified NET’s T Educator