Mr. Barry Dahl (colleague)
Senior Community Manager
Desire2Learn Corporation
151 Charles Street West
Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6
(715) 817-8914
I met Barry in 2012 when he gave the keynote speech at the Faculty Summer Institute at the University of Illinois. Since then, we've worked closely on several projects to help faculty members and professional-development staff to use the Brightspace learning management system most effectvely. Barry's background is in educational theory, and I've presented webinars and live sessions for Desire2Learn's Teaching and Learning community, at regional company events, and at their annual international user's conference, where Barry is the emcee. Barry can talk about how I give back to my profession, my expertise in faculty development, and my speaking, writing, and visual-design skills.

Ms. Janet Gubbins (colleague)
Director, Distance & Distributed Education Center/UWG Online
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street, DDEC Honors House
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-0630
I met Janet in 2000 at the inaugural Distance Learning Administration conference in Pine Mountain, GA. I was an attendee and Janet was part of the conference team. The conference has been held every year since then, and I've become a "regular," collaborating with Janet ad her team on many projects that are now considered foundational professional-development resources, including articles and seminars on copyright, evaluation of online teaching, and outreach to learners across the ability spectrum. Janet has invited me to speak to her faculty members twice, and she can speak to my ability to support faculty members across disciplines and institutions, and my drive to serve others in my profession.

Dr. Edmund Hansen (current supervisor)
Senior Research Associate
Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
301 Rider Building, University Park
State College, PA 16801,
(814) 863-9094 office, (847) 767-5482 mobile
Edmund was my supervisor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago from 2012 through 2016, and I benefited greatly from working with him. He trusted me with several key projects, including the university's change to a new learning-management system and the adoption of fully-online courses and programs across the curriculum. Edmund can speak to my work ethic, drive, initiative, ability to showcase the work of faculty members, and ability to achieve results with limited human and capital resources.

Mr. Scott B. Johnson (colleague)
Director of Online Learning and Instructional Designer
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 422-4326
I met Scott in 2012 when I joined the steering commitee for the University of Illinois' Faculty Summer Institute. Scott and I served on the conference's evaluation task force, and I taught and developed courses for Scott when he was the director for the Illinois Online Network professional-certification program. Scott can speak to my collegiality, faculty-development expertise, and project-management skills.

Dr. Newton Key (colleague)
Professor, History Department
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
(217) 549-4373
I first met Newton Key in 2013 when he attended a session I was presenting on "The 104 Best Practices in the Desire2Learn learning management system," and we connected through our shared taste in music and history. Newton is a teaching innovator, always looking for ways to go beyond the classroom and beyond traditional learning structures. He's the guy on campus who is always experimenting, setting up learning communities, and generally pushing the boundaries of technology, people, and systems. Newton can speak to my research curiosity and desire to collaborate with colleauges from across disciplines.


Dr. Jackie Kyger (colleague, former supervisor)
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Ashford University
8620 Spectrum Center Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123
(210) 568-9117
Jackie and I met in 2003 when we attended our new-faculty training session for DeVry University in Chicago. I can still remember his introduction to the group; he said he had a goal of "wearing one of those blue shirts" that the New Faculty Trainers were wearing. On his way to becoming Associate Dean of Faculty and Programs for DeVry Online, Jackie was the Dean for the then-brand-new Educational Technology master's program, and I was glad to be a part of the foundational team that got that program up and running--I taught for the program for ten years, and I was one of the two Program Architects for the degree, working with administrators and faculty members to keep the course content current, challenging, and consistent. Because of our relationship outside of our professional roles, I'm proud to count Jackie as a friend and mentor. Jackie has served as an example to me about dedication, hard work, striving toward personal and professional goals, and finding balance in one's life. He can speak to my sense of personal mission, my ability to respond positively to change, and my process-oriented team focus.

Dr. Benjamin Manning (former supervisor)
National Assistant Dean
DeVry University Online
2555 Northwinds Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 406-8322
Ben came on board as the Dean over the Educational Technology (EDT) program in 2008, as it was in transition, and he's been great to work with. Because I was with the program since its inception, I've been able to act as one of the "institutional memories" and help Ben to continue the program's successes. I am the Program Architect for seven EDT courses, and I continue to teach in the program, as well. Ben can speak to my ability to respond quickly to challenges and my flexibility in meeting the needs of designers, faculty, support staff, and students.


Ms. Mary Catharine Johnsen (library-science professor)
Special Collections Librarian for Fine and Rare Book Rooms; Liaison Librarian to the School of Design
Fourth Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Hunt 409
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-6622
Mary Kay's course in library material preservation and conservation inspired me to study special-collections librarianship further. We met as colleagues through the William Morris Society, became teacher and student, and we are now friends. Mary Kay can talk about my skills in disaster preparedness, my preservation bench-work abilities, my scholarly record, and my editing and web-design expertise.


Mr. John Hanes (graduate-teaching supervisor)
Director of Freshman English, retired
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6420
John was my supervisor while I was a teaching fellow, and he has seen and evaluated my skill in teaching both composition and lit survey courses, my ability to work with students one-on-one in the writing center, and my enthusiasm to support my own and my colleagues' teaching with technology.

Dr. Joseph Keenan (former colleague and co-instructor)
Professor of English, Emeritus
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6420
Jay Keenan and I team-taught courses together at Duquesne, and he can vouch for my attention to detail, classroom presence, and willingness to allow students to help to define their own learning. I also worked with Jay as a colleague when he directed and acted in several university productions in which I also took part, many under his direction, and some as a fellow actor.

Dr. Frederick Newberry (dissertation director)
Professor of English, Emeritus
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-5156
I took courses from Fred in nineteenth-century American literature, and I chose him to direct my dissertation work because of his meticulous editing skills (he is the editor of the Hawthorne Review) and his polished writing style. I learned from Fred the art of being pithy, and he can speak to my organizational skills, scholarly publication and presentation record, and to my involvement in departmental concerns.

Dr. Samuel Tindall (dissertation co-director)
Professor of English, Emeritus
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6427
I took several courses on Victorian topics with Sam, and he mentored me throughout my Ph.D. course work. I asked Sam to be a co-director of my dissertation because of his knowledge of the subject area and his enthusiasm for bibliographic work. Sam can best talk about my commitment to service, the close relationship between my research and my teaching, and my ability to work collaboratively with others on projects.


Mr. Scott Vyverman
Instructor, Communications Department
DePaul University
2320 North Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-7588
I completed a professional certificate program in Voice-Over with Scott, and his years of experience in radio and as a voice-over talent himself helped me to learn the ropes not only of being in front of the microphone, but he also taught me the essentials of studio work, too. Scott produced my very first voice-over demos, and I continue to rely on him as a friend and mentor.


Mr. Mark Samuels Lasner (colleague)
Senior Research Fellow, Morris Library
University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE 19717
Mark is the president of the William Morris Society in the United States, on whose governing committee I served from 1997 to 2007. Mark is an avid book collector and bibliographer, and we share many scholarly interests such as the Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic, and Arts and Crafts movements. Mark can talk about my dedication to helping others through teaching and research, speak to my skills as a webmaster and visual designer, as well as discuss my leadership qualities.

Dr. Margaret D. Stetz (colleague)
Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies
University of Delaware
113 Elliott Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-3170
I met Margaret when she was a professor in the English Department at Georgetown University back in 1997. Her scholarship on the late-nineteenth-century women's movement continues to be a strong influence on my own work, and I rely on Margaret for sage advice and good editing tips. Over the years, we have collaborated on a volume of essays together, and I count Margaret as one of the few scholars whom I truly admire. Margaret can attest to my scholarly rigor, editing capabilities, and ability to meet strict deadlines.


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