DL Conference Presenters (2020)


Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Ahmed

Adjunct Faculty

Pellissippi State Community College

amahmed@pstcc.edu

Presentation: When Microbiology Can’t Be Face-To-Face

Zainab Ahmed joins Pellissippi State Community College as an adjunct faculty teaching microbiology in Natural & Behavioral Sciences Department in 2017. She earned her master’s and her ph. D degree from University of Baghdad, College of Science, Iraq. Prior her immigrating to the United States she taught different topics microbiology in Iraq for ten years. During her work in PSTCC Dr. Ahmed strive to use different, interesting strategies to help her students understand microbiology materials. She is tried to enhance the syllabus for the lab by applying different learning activities. She applied agar art project for micro lab since 2017 in Strawberry Plains and Magnolia campuses. She is currently working with PACE on another project for her lab students to create concept cartoon for the microbiology lab, specifically for use in explaining biochemical tests exercises to help the students understand these exercises in more interesting and easier way.


Antija Allen

Antija Allen

Instructor of Psychology & Faculty Fellow: First Year Experience

Pellissippi State Community College

aallen2@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Break Away from Lecture: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Student Engagement

Dr. Antija Allen is an Instructor of Psychology at Pellissippi State Community College with nearly two decades of experience as an educator. She serves on several committees including the: Online Leadership Team and Professional Development committee. Dr. Allen champions the college’s Emotional Intelligence cohort and is the 2019-2021 PACE Faculty Fellow for First-Year Experience where her focus is on faculty development around OERs. Antija is also the Owner of Allen Ivy Prep Consulting, a service that specializes in career prep for job seekers in higher education. In the past she served as senior project staff, writing coach, and primary curriculum designer/developer for the city and state of New York.
Dr. Allen has been a researcher at: Columbia University, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Neumann University, M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and most recently her Ed.D. in Adult Learning & Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Allen is excited about her book chapter, Academic Freedom in Classroom Discussions, which is scheduled for release this Spring.


Tim Arment

Tim Arment

Lecturer, School of Design

University of Tennessee

tarment@utk.edu

Presentation: Gaming across the Curriculum: Matching game mechanics with course content

Timothy Arment is an artist, game designer, and teacher living and working in Knoxville, TN. He has a MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a BFA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Timothy specializes in computer graphics, often combining cutting edge 3D rendering, animation and visual effects with more established artistic media such as Film and Printmaking.


Nicole Avery

Nicole Avery

New York City Department of Education

nea8@tc.columbia.edu

Presentation: COVID-19 and the Virtual Dance Classroom: A Recovery Narrative

Dr. Avery is presently a dance specialist for the NYC DOE. She recently earned her doctorate in art & art education in 2017 from Columbia University, Teachers College in NYC. She has been an educator/mentor for twenty-five years and has worked with rural and urban populations in school systems as well as postsecondary. settings. Her research delves into African-American females in dance, specifically trauma due to silencing of African American Female choreographers when in concert with the dominant society, spirituality and the African American female body as well as space as an affective domain of traumatic energy. She is a professional voice actor and an active member of SAG-AFTRA.


Toby Baker

Toby Baker

Researcher, Student

Pepperdine University

toby.baker@pepperdine.edu

Presentation: Concerns of Students with Disabilities Receiving Services and Accommodations in Online Platforms During Covid-19

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Toby Tomlinson Baker has been a teacher of students with learning disabilities for more than ten years. Since relocating to Los Angeles, she has become a researcher and Ph.D. student scholar at Pepperdine University’s Global Leadership and Change program. Ms. Baker is intrigued to investigate the perception and success of postsecondary students with disabilities and higher education faculty, her dissertation topic area. Ms. Baker’s doctoral work focuses on self-advocacy, global policy, higher education, and best teaching practices for postsecondary faculty.

For the past two years, Baker has been part of the research team IC4 at Pepperdine University for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Currently, Ms. Baker teaches with Los Angeles Unified School District and is a certified Trainer of Teachers for the district. Ms. Baker was awarded the Harrison Sylvester Award for her research by the Learning Disability Association (LDA) and has been CHADD’s 2018 Educator of the Year.


Tammie Bolling

Tammie Bolling

Associate Professor / Discipline Chair CIT

Pellissippi State Community College

tbolling@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Using a Virtual Flipped Hybrid Classroom

Dr. Tammie Bolling is a professor of Business and Computer Technology and is the Chair of the Computer Information Technology programs at Pellissippi State Community College. After her ten-year career as an administrator/instructor in the Virginia Community College System, Dr. Bolling moved to Tennessee, where she accepted positions at Roane State Community College and the TCAT before coming to Pellissippi State. In addition to teaching, Dr. Bolling is a mobile technology researcher and published author.


John Boone

John Boone

Valley Oaks Charter School

Presentation: Board Games and Zoom: How to make Roll and Write Board Games Work for your Online Teaching Space

John Boone is a high school Mathematics teacher at Valley Oaks Charter School in Bakersfield, California. He teaches algebra 1 & 2, geometry, pre-calculus and statistics He is an avid board game hobbyist and enjoys finding ways to fold board games into his math lessons. He is known in his community as a generous board game expert willing to patiently teach game rules to anyone that asks. His students lovingly refer to him as “Boonicorn” after the unicorn onzie incident of 2016.


Quiana Bradshaw

Quiana Bradshaw

Assistant Professor

Campbellsville University

qdbradshaw@campbellsville.edu

Presentation: Social Pedagogy of Games in Education

Dr. Quiana Bradshaw works at Campbellsville University and I am an assistant professor of computer science. I am married and have 3 children and originally from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My research studies are on educational games and learning game design characteristics. Let the games begin!


Ron Bridges

Ron Bridges

Biology Professor/Division Chair

Pellissippi State Community College

rkbridges@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Community of Inquiry and Student Engagement

Ron Bridges has been a Biology Professor at Pellissippi State for over 20 years, serving as lead instructor for Anatomy and Physiology I for most of that time until he recently became the Chair of the Pre-Health Sciences Division. In addition to his teaching duties, Ron was the first Chair of the Faculty Development Committee which he helped create in 2008. Ron holds MS degrees in Biology Education and Bio-Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Collaborative Learning. Ron’s dissertation was based on a hybrid faculty inquiry he facilitated at Pellissippi.


Marla Cartwright

Marla Cartwright

Director, Academic Engagement & Innovation

Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN

mcartwright1@columbiastate.edu

Presentation: F2F to Online: Bridging the Gap

Marla Cartwright is Director of Academic Engagement and Innovation at Columbia State Community College overseeing distance education, faculty development, Media Services and the Tutoring and Learning Center. Previously, she served as Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning at Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University). Marla has been an administrator and teacher in higher education for nearly 25 years, both online and onground, encompassing the following areas: composition, literature, pop culture studies, developmental education, faculty training, and course design serving as Faculty Developer, Assistant Chair of the Composition department, Director of the Writing Center and Chair of the Department of Student Success.
Marla’s primary research interests include effective training development and delivery, specifically for faculty training including “The How To’s for a Successful Online Faculty Training Program” at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Conference and multiple presentations for the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) and the Tennessee Board of Regents.


Margaret Choka

Margaret Choka

Professor

Pellissippi State Community College

mchoka@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Self-Care, Student Accountability, and Brightspace

Margaret Choka, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Pellissippi State Community College. She has been at PSCC for over three decades. Prior to returning to full-time teaching, she served as department chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences for ten years. She is the lead online course developer for Introduction to Sociology (SOCI1010) and Social Problems (SOCI1040) for TN eCampus.  She is one of the few professors who started online classes at PSCC and TBR several years ago. She has been a presenter at several international and local conferences. She is a past president of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee. She is one of the co-founder and served on the Merlot Sociology Editorial Board for several years. Finally she enjoys teaching sociology and would not trade it for any job!


Anthony Clemons

Anthony Clemons

Faculty Educator

Doctoral Student, University of Illinois

anthony.c.clemons1@gmail.com

Presentation: Democratizing Learning Through Podcasting

Anthony Clemons is a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization & Leadership department at the University of Illinois, where he is earning an Ed.D. in Learning Design & Leadership. He is concurrently a faculty educator for the DoD, where he teaches experienced front-line service members assigned as college instructors the fundamental instructional techniques and theoretical perspectives for engaging adult learners. Anthony’s latest book is “Practicing Intellectual Resistance in a Post-Truth Age” (under review) and “Multicultural Andragogy for Transformative Learning” (IGI Global 2018). Anthony lives in Kentucky with his wife Ashley and daughter Mary Beth.


Dell Clemons

S. Dell Clemons

Instructional Technical Trainer

University of Memphis

smcatee@memphis.edu

Presentation: Going Virtual, Quickly!

Dr. S. Dell Clemons is an Instructional Technology Trainer at the University of Memphis. She has over 20 years of experience with training, developing and educating adult learners. She is a dedicated and driven higher education professional with years of experience in instructional design, project management, coaching, advising and leadership. She served on the Instructional Design team that evaluated, redesigned and developed the graduate certificate courses for the Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) program at the University of Memphis. In her doctoral studies, she conducted research to examine the effectiveness of an online course required for students on academic probation at the university.

Dr. Clemons is an innovative leader who aspires to effectively connect with everyone she meets. In her free time, she loves to volunteer, travel and spend time with her family


Trish Collins

Patricia Collins

Associate Professor

Pellissippi State Community College

pdcollins@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Self-Care, Student Accountability, and Brightspace

Ms. Collins is an associate professor of English and a member of the Online Leadership Team at PSCC. She specializes in online teaching and learning, with an emphasis on the writing process and using discussions to promote student engagement. She holds Master’s degree in English (1992) and Instructional Tech and Design (2004) from ETSU in Tennessee.


Chris Cruz Boone

Chris Cruz-Boone

Associate Professor

Bakersfield Community College

ccruzboo@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Presentation: Board Games and Zoom: How to make Roll and Write Board Games Work for your Online Teaching Space

Chris Cruz-Boone received her M.A. in Communication studies from California State University, Northridge, and her Ed.D. in education leadership from Fresno State University. She currently teaches hybrid and early college classes at Bakersfield Community college. Chris’s research interest include developmentally appropriate practice, high impact practices for teaching diverse students and games. She is an avid board game hobbyist and enjoys integrating play into her teaching toolkit. More information about Chris can be found at her website www.chriscruzboone.com


Ginger Dewey

Ginger Dewey

Readspeaker

ginger.dewey@readspeaker.com

Presentation: Readspeaker: Assistive Technology for the Covid-19 Era

Ginger Dewey works to help clients get the most use out of the ReadSpeaker Suite of Learning Tools. With over 35 years as an educator in both K-12 and higher education, Ginger is an advocate for accessibility and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


Josh Friedman

Josh Friedman

SEL Facilitator

Teachers College

joshfriedman8@gmail.com

Presentation: Virtual Openers and Closers

Josh is an international Social & Emotional Learning Facilitator and a 3rd year PhD student studying Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Josh’s practice is focused on training educators to be ‘facilitators’ moreso than ‘teachers’; to become master architects of space and time in the classroom instead of watchdogs and guard towers. His research focuses on how teacher-student relationships themselves impact cognition and the process of learning in students. His current work uses dual brain-scanning techniques and videoconferencing software to understand how communication changes across different qualities of relationships, and different modes of interaction, and how this change affects learning. As a recent suddenly-virtual facilitator himself, Josh has kept track of tips and tricks that have helped him be successful in this new normal, and looks forward to sharing quick games, easy reflective activities, handy virtual tools, and how to sequence for success in virtual environments!


Katherine Fullerton

Katherine Fullerton

Adjunct Faculty

Pellissippi State Community College

kmfullerton@pstcc.edu

Presentation: When Microbiology Can’t Be Face-To-Face

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kate attended Rutgers University from 2012-2016 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and caught the microbiology bug. She then transplanted to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to earn her master’s degree studying the microbes that live in hot springs and volcanos in Costa Rica. It was here that she developed a passion for undergraduate teaching, earning the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching due in no small part to her stubbornness with making all of her own figures (because the ones online were not good enough). In May 2019, Kate was welcomed to the Pellissippi State family as a lab technician at the Strawberry Plains campus where she continues to support student learning. 


Stephanie Gillespie

Stephanie C Gillespie

Instruction Coordinator & Reference Librarian

Pellissippi State Community College

scgillespie@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Universal Design for Learning

Stephanie C Gillespie is Assistant Professor in Library Services at Pellissippi State Community College, where she has been the Instruction Coordinator since 2015. During this time, she has served on the Online Leadership Team, winning the 2017 PSCC Innovations Award and the John & Susanne Roueche Excellence Award. She is also copy and layout editor of the peer-reviewed journal PA Libraries: Research & Practice and won Outstanding Team Pellissippi Volunteer in 2018. Previously, she was an ESOL Instructor for 5 years in Hannover, Germany


Rachel Glazener

Rachael Glazener

Associate Professor

Pellissippi State Community College

rlglazener@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Gamification and Collaboration with Quizizz and Quizlet

Rachel Glazener is an associate professor of chemistry at Pellissippi State Community College. She touts herself as a wearer of many hats, as most of us are at a community college. She teaches general and organic chemistry lectures and laboratories, she is a faculty fellow for mobile and emerging technologies for the Pellissippi Academic Center for Excellence, and she is a faculty liaison/trainer for the mobile fellows program. If you want to use technology in higher education, she probably has an idea for your course to dive in!


Royce Jacomen

Royce Jacomen

Educational Technology Services

Pellissippi State Community College

rjjacomen@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Remote Reviewing: Successful Online Peer Review Using PeerMark in Brightspace


Anna Matsen Cantrel

Anna Matsen-Cantrell

Instructor

Pellissippi State Community College

aematsen@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Remote Reviewing: Successful Online Peer Review Using PeerMark in Brightspace

Prof. Anna Matsen Cantrell has been an instructor for Pellissippi State since the fall of 2015. Anna proudly works with students to improve their writing skills and literature appreciation through the courses she teaches. She particularly values the importance of using emerging technology and software to address the needs of students, both in-person and in the online environment, and she is excited to share her experiences. She holds a master’s degree in English composition from Belmont University.


Deanne Michaelson

Deanne Michaelson

Associate Professor

Pellissippi State Community College

drmichaelson@pstcc.edu

Presentation: The Influence of Faculty Leadership on Student Success in the Online Classroom

Dr. Deanne Michaelson is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Pellissippi State Community College and has been teaching online for approximately 20 years. As a member of the college’s Online Learning Team (OLT), Dr. Michaelson assisted in the development of PSCC Online Instructional Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses. In addition to piloting an initial Level 2 training course, Dr. Michaelson continues to service as a facilitator in the training program and is currently serving as a leader in the Course Reflections Process. Dr. Michaelson holds a certification on Online Learning from the Online Learning Consortium and a DBA in Management from Lincoln Memorial University.


Heather Moore

Heather Moore

Adjunct Faculty

McHenry County College

Hmoore681@mchenry.edu

Presentation: Tag, You’re It: Using Flipgrid to Engage Students in Online Business Communication

Heather Moore recently completed her DHA at A.T. Still University; she is currently an adjunct instructor at McHenry County College while working in Faculty Affairs at University of the People. Her research interests focus on leadership, knowledge management, succession planning, and student engagement. As a student, she loved the convenience of online education, but wanted a more engaging class. It was intuitive that higher engagement was the key to more effective learning. As an instructor, she leverages technology to create the class she wished for as a student.


Tonya Motley

LaTonya Motley

Instructional Designer

Wayne State University

latonyamotley@gmail.com

Presentation: Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

LaTonya Motley has worked professionally in the area of Instructional Design and Technology for over 15 years and has taught for more than 10 years as an Adjunct Instructor for online, hybrid and traditional courses. She holds an Education Specialist Certificate in Learning Design and Technology and a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from California State University Fullerton. Her research has been into the best practices for designing and delivering online instruction in higher education. She has delivered numerous workshops, conference presentations, and facilitated Learning Communities around the topic of Universal Design for Learning and accessible course design.


Kate O'Meara

Kate O’Meara

Pellissippi State Community College

esomeara@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Am I Invited? Identifying and Interrupting Unconscious Bias in Online Learning Environments

Kate O’Meara has been teaching at Pellissippi for almost 10 years, having started as an adjunct instructor in Learning Support and ESL, and eventually finding her way to a full time faculty position in the English Department. Her primary academic focus is on English as a Second Language instruction. She is also the co-champion of the Diversity and Inclusion professional development cohort. Her particular interest in social belonging, diversity, and inclusion work stem largely from these experiences.


Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross

Human Resources

Pellissippi State Community College

eross@pstcc.edu

Presentation: Am I Invited? Identifying and Interrupting Unconscious Bias in Online Learning Environments

Elizabeth Ross is the Director of Talent Management for Pellissippi State Community College. New to higher education she brings a background of over 12 years of experience in Training, Organizational Development, and Human Resources in the private sector. She prides herself on continuously contributing to developing and sustaining effective relationships through learning efforts and being an advocate for professional development.


Kiffaney Scott

Dr. Kiffaney Scott

Adjunct Faculty

Ashford University

kiffaneyscott@hotmail.com

Presentation: Social Presence: What is it, Why you Need It, How to Get It

Dr. Kiffaney Scott is a Healthcare Education Specialist (Project Manager) at the Department of Veterans Affairs responsible for managing numerous training and educational programs. Before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Scott worked as an Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) with the Department of Defense-Army, Cyber Center of Excellence, overseeing the designing and development of courses in support of Signal Soldiers. Dr. Scott is also an Adjunct Professor (Online) at Ashford University in the College of Education, Bachelor of Arts Instructional Design degree program. Also, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Dr. Scott completed her EdD with a specialization in eLearning at Northcentral University. She also earned a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, and a Masters of Information Technology, Internet Security both from American InterContinental University (AIU). She completed her undergraduate studies at Augusta State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing.


Allison Shepard

Allison Shepard

Assistant Professor & Online Learning Librarian

University of Tennessee

allison@utk.edu

Presentation: Gaming across the Curriculum: Matching game mechanics with course content

Allison Shepard is an Assistant Professor & Online Learning Librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries. She builds research & information literacy tutorials to support online and on-campus learning, teaches library instruction, runs UT Libraries Game Nights, & has collaborated on creating two board games for library instruction & training.


Karen Sorensen

Karen Sorensen

Instructional Designer

Pellissippi State Community College

kmsorensen@PSTCC.EDU

Presentation: Universal Design for Learning

Presentation: Am I Invited? Identifying and Interrupting Unconscious Bias in Online Learning Environments

Karen Sorensen has been an Instructional Designer in the Pellissippi Academic Center for Excellence (PACE), Pellissippi State’s teaching and learning center for a little over 2 years. Before that, she worked for six years as an Instructional Designer at Portland Community College in Portland, OR where she specialized in accessibility of online courses. She is a huge proponent of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to reduce barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all learners.


Cary Staples

Cary Staples

Professor of Graphic Design

University of Tennessee

staples@utk.edu

Presentation: Gaming across the Curriculum : Matching game mechanics with course content

Cary Staples, Professor of Design at the University of Tennessee, is a founder and creative director of the APP.FARM; a game/app/simulation design studio. The APP Farm allows students + faculty, to come together in a collaborative environment, to analyze and frame content so as to inspire participants. In addition to winning numerous design awards, Cary has presented her research internationally in a variety of venues including; Design, CHI, Game Design, Language Acquisition, Context + Culture. Current projects involve collaboration with the College of Education (Autistic Learners), Educational Leadership + Policy (Ethical Decision Making), Microbiology (Bio remediation) and an NSF grant to develop outreach experiences with Ecology + Evolutionary Biology using VR and game design.


Paul Stisser

Paul Stisser

Readspeaker

paul.stisser@readspeaker.com

Presentation: Readspeaker: Assistive Technology for the Covid-19 Era

Paul works with ReadSpeaker to enhance the online learning experience with eLearning and LMS integration. Paul has 14 years of secondary education teaching experience, specializing in Special Education, Assistive Technologies, and At-Risk Students. Paul also works with LMS partnerships.


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