About the Presenters
Delphi U 2014 Tentative Presenters
Cathy Bays, Ph.D., i2a specialist for assessment, brings a wealth of experience in assessment, teaching, and curricular enhancement to this role. For 15 years Cathy was a faculty member in the School of Nursing. She has taught in the online RN to BSN program, she was one of the first faculties to use Blackboard in her nursing courses, and for five years Cathy served as director of the Undergraduate Program. For the last two and a half years she has been the assessment specialist for the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan for regional reaccreditation.
Kristen Brown is assistant director for Online Learning at the University of Louisville. Kristen has been working in the field of online education since 2001 and has experience with bringing new degrees and certificates online, developing student services for online students, and working with data management systems to create meaningful reports. Prior to her career in online education, Kristen was a project manager for several years with a web development firm as well as with a benefits management company where she also served as a programmer. Kristen’s diverse background is connected by using technology creatively, which continues in her career at UofL.
Marie Kendall Brown
Marie Kendall Brown, Ph.D., is assistant director for Teaching and Learning at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. In her current role, Marie develops and delivers faculty development programs and services to foster teaching excellence at UofL. Marie’s research focuses on faculty learning and development, teaching for retention in STEM, and college student development from a constructive-developmental perspective.
Beth Case is the Program Manager for Digital, Emerging, and Assistive Technologies at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Instructional Technology. She is also completing her dissertation for a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology. Prior to returning to graduate school, Beth worked in postsecondary disability services for 13 years. Her background in both disability services and instructional technology prepares her for helping faculty make online courses accessible to students with disabilities. She stays on top of emerging trends in using technology in education and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.
Virginia Denny leads the Professional Development unit of the Delphi Center. As a trainer and facilitator, she brings three decades of training experience and a passion for learning to her work. Her training methods rest on the conviction that adults learn best in a fast-paced, solution-oriented, interactive environment. As a consultant and trainer for large companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, she helps identify and address learning system and organizational development needs. Degrees in psychology, communication, and human resource education bring a human-potential focus to her work and research.
Aimee Greene, M.S., instructional designer at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, has a B.S. in Special Education and a M.S. in Instructional Technology both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As a member of the Delphi Center’s staff, Aimee combines her previous instructional design, project management and facilitation experience to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of web-based instruction. She collaborates with subject-matter experts to define content and develop online courses for the Delphi Center. Aimee also has experience in face-to-face and online course delivery facilitation as a faculty member in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Deb Hatfield, M. Ed., instructional designer at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, has a B.S in business from Spalding University and an M. Ed., in education from the University of Louisville. As a member of the Delphi Center’s staff, Deb combines her previous instructional design, project management and facilitation experience to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of web-based instruction. She collaborates with subject-matter experts to define content and develop online courses for the Delphi Center. Deb also has experience in online course delivery facilitation as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Louisville and the University of Phoenix Online.
Mike Homan works as a Blackboard administrator for the Delphi Center. Investigating, testing, and deploying active learning tools are his bag! Mike's passions lie with many facets of technology, from web design to Wii tennis, and anything in between. Professionally, he has served as a systems administrator as well as an automation engineer.
Sharon Kerrick, Ph.D., was one of the founding members of a technology organization that grew to over 300 full-time staff in five states and eleven locations over 20 years. She "retired" from the technology industry in 2002 and joined UofL. Dr. Kerrick, assistant professor, is the Assistant Director at UofL’s College of Business Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship where she leads the nationally top-ranked undergraduate Entrepreneurship Minor (ranked 18th out of 900 programs in 2011) and teaches in the MBA program. Her doctorate work and research is in e-learning and teaching entrepreneurship. Sharon has written several papers on e-learning and her peer reviewed paper "E-voking E-motions in E-learning" was accepted and presented at the World E-Learning Conference in Montreal in 2007.
David is director of the Office of Industry Contracts and assistant university counsel for the University of Louisville. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the Speed School of Engineering teaching “CECS311 Ethics, Social and Legal Aspects on the Electronic Frontier,” which is a Computer Engineering and Computer Science course highlighting legal and ethical issues relative to cyberspace. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science as well as his Juris Doctor.
Linda Leake, M. Ed., serves as a computer specialist, UofL Blackboard technical support and trainer as well as instructional designer for the Delphi Center. She has been employed at the university since January, 1995. In her Delphi Center roles, she assists UofL faculty in developing and using computer presentations and technologies for instructional use in the classroom. Linda specializes in computer presentations, project consulting, and web-course development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Louisville in 1994 and her Master of Education in Instructional Technology in 2003. She was a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Performance Award and continues to provide outstanding service to the university community.
Jennifer Marciniak is the assistant director for the Virtual Writing Center (VWC) at the University of Louisville. She is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at UofL; her primary research interests are intersections between literacy sponsorship, higher education, and the oil and gas industry. She received her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2009. In her assistant director position, Jennifer is working to educate students and faculty on the different ways they can utilize the Virtual Writing Center, primarily virtual chat sessions, which include working with Blackboard Collaborate and Skype. Her past presentations on writing centers and consultant practices include the Southeast Writing Center Association Conference (2012) and National Council of Teachers of English National Conference (2008).
Jessica L. McCarty, Ph.D., is a research scientist II at the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has a B.A. in Geography and Spanish from Morehead State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously an assistant professor at the University of Louisville (2008-2011), Jessica left the university to pursue full-time research opportunities. Jessica is an expert in satellite data analysis and Geographical Information Science for environmental applications and was awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for her work. As an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, Jessica taught introductory natural science general education classes and hybrid courses in remote sensing. Currently, Jessica is using many of the approaches and skills for online teaching to implement streamlined research environments for projects in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, including advising research efforts and projects for advanced undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Louisville, Miami University (Ohio), University of Michigan, University of Maryland, and Michigan Technological University.
Karen Hughes Miller
Karen Hughes Miller, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the UofL School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education focusing on medical education research and curriculum planning. She is also an adjunct to the College of Education and teaches courses in instructional design, adult education, and program evaluation. She is the former director of the Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) program. Karen “Sam” Miller has more than 50 publications and presentations, the most recent of which are “Improving Residents’ Teaching Skills: A Program Evaluation of Residents as Teachers Course”, Medical Teacher, Feb. 2010, Vol. 32 Issue 2, pe49-e56. (With Ostapchuk, M., Patel, P., Ziegler, C.H., Greenberg, R., and Haynes, G.; and “A Case Study: Teaching Extremely Bright Learners” in Case Studies and Activities in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (Stephen Schmidt, ed.), Information Age Publishing, Inc. (in press, 01 11 10) with Greenberg, R.
Patty Payette, PhD. is the executive director of “Ideas to Action,” the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and an associate director of UofL’s Delphi Center. In this position, Patty her expertise in faculty development, instructional/curriculum design, and training and development. As director of a QEP focused on critical thinking, senior culminating projects and community engagement, Patty leads her staff in the design, development and assessment of faculty learning communities, internal grants, showcase events, assessment programs, and an annual institute.
Toccara D. Porter
Toccara D. Porter is the new Coordinator of Distance Learning Library Services. Prior to this appointment, she has served as a reference and teaching librarian in the Ekstrom Library since 2008. Each semester she helps professors and students access relevant academic/scholarly sources to support their class research projects. As a specialist who understands the practical usage of library resources, Toccara incorporates several ways to support academic research through developing tutorials, teaching library instruction classes that emphasize effective searching in research databases as well as conducting research appointments. She is also a liaison for various academic units including the College of Education and the Kent School of Social Work.
Gale S. Rhodes, Ed.D., is associate university provost and executive director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She earned her B.S. degree (1973) in sociology and a M.S. (1975) in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee and an Ed.D. in counseling and higher education (1994) from the University of Louisville. Gale has worked in higher education for almost 30 years. In addition, Gale consults with business and industry in the areas of sexual harassment, diversity, communication, stress management and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She has presented seminars, workshops and published research in the area of diversity and sexual harassment for over 10 years. She has over 20 years of experience working with adult learning and development programs. Her primary area of research is in the area of prejudice reduction. Gale has published several articles, a text for a class and has made over fifty presentations at national and regional conferences.
Angela Yates is the project manager at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. As a member of the Delphi Center's staff, Angela serves University faculty, staff and students by developing and delivering Blackboard training sessions both online and face-to-face, as well as Blackboard technical support. In her role as project manager Angela is responsible for the Blackboard Help web presence. She has a B.S. in Education from Murray State University.