ABOUT

Details about my experience and employment presented in a more traditional way. 

LEADERSHIP ROLES

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING        

2018-PRESENT

University of Alaska Fairbanks

I manage a highly collaborative team of 20 program managers, instructional designers, media producers, animators, marketing personnel, and student employees. My ability to lead strategic institutional change and create scalable growth are visible through some of our more recent innovations: 

  • The creation of AlaskaX, a consortium partnership with edX, with a growing list of courses and programs and more than 20,000 enrollments in the first year.
  • The construction and integration of institutional, no-code relational databases in conjunction with a variety of user interface tools to facilitate change management and data-driven decision making across the institution.   
  • Delivery of more than 500 hours of training and support in the last year aimed at improving the teaching practices of our faculty. 
  • A pilot and implementation of Canvas as our preferred LMS while continuing to administer Blackboard, Google Classroom, edX, and open WordPress platforms.
  • The construction of 3 full-service media studios and a one-button studio, each offering media production, editing, and captioning support to faculty.
  • The launch of our Open initiative with an “OER Innovation Quest”, increasing the use of OER and no- or low-cost materials, lowering the financial burden of a degree for many students.

Additionally, my team’s role in supporting the design and delivery of high quality, online curriculum includes these notable metrics:

  • Creation of nearly 50 online degree and certificate programs (up from only 2 programs in 2013)
  • Design and delivery of approximately 1,500 fully asynchronous online courses in the 20/21 academic year (up from only 882 courses in the 17/18 academic year)
  • Delivery of more than 9 fully scaffolded, faculty development programs and workshops to advance quality and innovation in teaching (up from only 1 program in 2013) 
  • Publication of iTeachU (a stand-alone pedagogy resource with more than 100,000 pageviews each year) weekly teaching tips and a monthly newsletter to communicate advances and research in teaching.  

PEDAGOGY LEAD & FOUNDER: FACULTY ACCELERATOR

2018-PRESENT

University of Alaska Fairbanks

In this role, I represent the provost in encouraging sound pedagogical practices at UAF. As the founding partner of the Faculty Accelerator, I created a one-stop-shop for faculty development & improvement opportunities with decentralized partners from across campus. This faculty development center features:

  • Shared calendars for UAF-wide faculty development
  • Design and maintenance of a one-stop-shop website for faculty
  • Deployment of a faculty survey used to drive our program planning
  • New faculty orientation and mentoring initiatives
  • Attendance at Stanford’s d.school Teaching & Learning Studio and current initiative to bring Innovation Fellows to UAF

FACULTY INNOVATION MANAGER, DESIGNER

2011-2017

UAF eCampus                                            

I was initially hired as an instructional designer but soon found a leadership role leading my team in scaling up the number of programs that support innovative teaching efforts across the university. To that end, some of my more notable initiatives were:

  • Double Robotics program, VR, & AR Research
  • Established the CITE Fellows innovation program
  • Certification for the first group of Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers in Alaska
  • Complete redesign of iTeachU, Alaska’s most extensive online teaching resource
  • Created 9 new, scaffolded faculty development programs, serving roughly 500 faculty each year
  • Spearheaded and organized three statewide annual Google Summit conferences
  • Organized two statewide iDesign Conferences
  • Established the eCampus Technology Loan Library
  • Initiated the implementation of our first full-service media studio and its staff 
  • Expanded the design team and invested in professional development and leadership training.

As an Instructional Designer, I supported faculty in developing curriculum, created engaging interactive learning experiences, and designed media-rich online courses.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Alaska Fairbanks             2001-PRESENT

I am an experienced and passionate teacher, having taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels since 2001. 

ART DEPARTMENT

  • Art 688 Professional Practices for Visual Artists
  • Art 488 Professional Practices for Visual Artists
  • Art 161 2D Digital Design 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

  • Education 653 Instructional Design 
  • Education 493 Special Topics in Research

HONORS COLLEGE

  • Honors 493 Special Topics in Research
  • Honors 301 Collaborative Instructional Design
  • Honors 293 Service Learning
  • Honors 290 Summer Reading Seminar

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

  • English 350 Literature of Alaska and the Yukon
  • English 309 Survey of British Literature
  • English 317 Traditional English Grammar
  • English 314 Technical Writing  
  • English 200 World Literature
  • English 213 Writing for Social & Natural Sciences   
  • English 211 Academic Writing About Literature  
  • English 111 Introduction to Academic Writing  

UPWARD BOUND

  • Language Arts I, II,  III
  • Mathematics I

SELECT ACADEMIC SERVICE & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Regular Program Review Process Improvement Team, 2021-Present

Faculty Data Process Improvement Team, 2021-Present

Teaching and Learning Committee, UAF Faculty Senate 2021-Present

Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee, UAF Faculty Senate, 2021-Present

Innovation Ambassador, Center for Innovation, Commercialization, & Entrepreneurship, 2018-2020

POD Network Annual Conference, peer reviewer, 2019, 2020

“Creating and Supporting and Innovation Hub,” Presentation, OLC Innovate, New Orleans, LA, 2016

“Administrative & Policy Issues for Google Apps” Presentation, Google Summit, Fairbanks, AK, 2015

Quality Matters Certified, Applying Quality Matters Rubric Facilitator, 2015

iDesign Summit, Conference Organizer, University of Alaska,  2013, 2015, 2018

Google Summit, Fairbanks, AK, Conference Organizer 2015, 2016

Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer & Administrator 2014-Present

“Badging for Professional Development” Workshop, Sarah Frick co-presenter, Higher Education Teaching & Learning Conference, 2014

“Collaborative, Place-based Augmented Reality”, Alaska Society for Technology in Education, 2013

“How to Kill a Zombie: Make Your Lectures & Assignments Fit for the Living”, UAF TechFest, 2013

“Seeing More: The Augmented Reality” Presentation, Alaska Society for Technology in Education, 2011

 

Art & Design

VISUAL ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPERIENCE          

1998-Present

Various Locations

I have maintained a professional art career for more than two decades. My creative practice is part of my everyday life.

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITION ACTIVITY

Feather & Fur, Two Street Gallery, Fairbanks, AK 2020

I Contain Multitudes, Alaskan Artist Series, Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK 2018

In Search of Lost Time, Well Street Art Co., Fairbanks, AK, 2017

Four and Twenty Black Bears, Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, Jul. 2016

Inherent Patterns, Ursa Major, Fairbanks, AK, Feb. 2016

Studio Works, Morris Thompson Visitor & Cultural Center, Fairbanks, AK, Oct. 2015 

New Work: Paintings, Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2014 

Mythologies, Sevigny Art Gallery, Anchorage, AK, 2011 

New Work, Well Street Art Co., Fairbanks, AK, 2010 

Yupik Masks in Translation: New Work, New Horizons, Fairbanks, AK, 2008 

Hoof and Horn: Works in Oil and Mixed Media, Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2005

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Birds on the Edge, Invitational, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK 2019 

64th Parallel, Juried Exhibition, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK, 2005, 2014, 2017,  2018 

Mad Girls, The Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2015 

Limited Edition, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK, 2014 

Monsters & Legends, University of Alaska Fairbanks eLearning, Fairbanks, AK, 2014 

Winter Group Show, Warwick Glass Studio, Fairbanks, 2011 

University Heights Arts Open, Swedenborg Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2007 

Miniature Show, New Horizons Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2005-07 

Alaska Women Artists, The Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2006 

Quilt Alaska, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK. 2004 

 

SELECT DESIGN, PRESENTATION & PUBLICATION ACTIVITY

Cover Art, Sum Ledger, Adam Tavel, Measure Press, 2021

Cover Art, Armor and Ornament, Christopher L. Miles, University of Alaska Press, 2019

“Practice object-based teaching”, iTeachU, 2019

“Data Visualization” Workshop, #facdev Sessions, UAF, 2018

Cover Art, The Fawn Abyss, Adam Tavel, Salmon Poetry, 2016

“Comics in the Classroom: Students as Makers,” Presentation, Emerald City Comicon, Seattle, WA, 2015

Cover Art, Plash and Levitation, Adam Tavel, University of Alaska Press, 2014

Cover Art, Third Coast Magazine, Spring 2012

Education

Master of Arts in Literature (2007)

University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

Bachelor of Arts in English, Teaching Emphasis (1999)

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Honors Graduate, Cum Laude