Current Faculty

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Peter van Leusen (IELOL Alumni 2019, IELOL Co-Director 2021-2022, IELOL Faculty 2022)

Peter van Leusen collaborates closely with academic departments and faculty on student success initiatives across diverse modalities and disciplines. His recent projects focused on collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Peter is a proud IELOL 2019 graduate! Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

Amanda Major (IELOL Alumni 2015, IELOL Faculty 2019 – 2022, IELOL Co-Director 2019-2020)

Amanda Major, EdD, CPLP, PMP is an organizational development and project management specialist in the field of online learning in higher education. Currently, she currently contributes to projects at the University of Central Florida. Actively involved in the field, she has presented at national and international conferences and has peer-reviewed publications about e-learning organizational development, operations, and projects.

She holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Additionally, she has earned administration certifications from the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters. Her academic credentials include an EdD in educational leadership, policy, and law; an MA in industrial-organizational psychology; and a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social psychological issues.

Amanda has experience delivering results in a variety of learner-focused and client-oriented environments. Prior to arriving at UCF Amanda taught online courses, partnered with online program management providers, participated in strategic planning efforts, developed policies, and improved business processes to contribute to quality online programs at a large, public, research-intensive University. She enjoys partnering with faculty and leading projects to enhance digital learning.

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Karen Pedersen (IELOL Faculty 2015 – 2022)

Karen L. Pedersen, Ph.D., is currently the Dean for Global Campus at Kansas State University. She has a long history of serving in various digital learning leadership positions at both public and private higher education institutions. Prior to joining KSU, Karen worked as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she served as a thought leader and fostered initiatives related to learning innovation, quality enhancement, leadership development, and institutional transformation. She has expertise in leading award-winning online and off-campus units, expanding partnerships, engaging cross-institutional academic operations, and pursuing integrated marketing solutions to realize significant enrollment growth and retention outcomes. Other experiences include serving on the launch team for a competency-based education initiative, leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation, and building academic collaborations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil.

Prior to starting her administrative career, Pedersen served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University.

Garvey Pyke

J. Garvey Pyke, Ed.D. (IELOL Alumni 2010, IELOL Co‑Director 2018, Faculty 2019 – 2022)

Garvey Pyke is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte. He leads the Center in providing and supporting enterprise-level academic technologies and faculty professional development programs regarding high-quality instruction, scholarly teaching, and online and distance learning. He has served as the Chair of the University of North Carolina Faculty Developers Consortium, a statewide group for all seventeen member campuses of the UNC system, to build strategic partnerships among multiple campuses. In addition, he has served on the steering committee for OLC Innovate and as track chair for OLC Accelerate and has presented multiple times at these and other conferences.

As an educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Pyke enjoys collaborating with faculty members and staff to design and develop programs that impact faculty satisfaction and lead to student success. His work involves the practical application of research methods and instructional systems design methods to various instructional projects at the UNC Charlotte, and he is an affiliate member of the Graduate School and has taught at the university and K12 levels. He holds a doctorate in education in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University. He also completed the OLC Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2010 and the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Institute in 2013.

Jason Rhode

Jason Rhode (IELOL Alumni 2012, IELOL Faculty 2019 – 2022)

Jason Rhode, Ph.D. is Associate Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Digital Education at Northern Illinois University. In his role at NIU, Dr. Rhode serves as chief online learning officer and provides direction for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and oversees university-wide accreditation and digital learning. He also holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment at NIU where he develops and teaches courses and conducts research in instructional design and educational technology administration.

With two decades of experience in online education and faculty development, Dr. Rhode’s expertise focuses on the intersection of faculty development, institutional instructional technology integration and support, distance learning administration, and online teaching best practices.

Dr. Rhode is an award-winning online instructor who has served in varied operational roles prior to his current administrative appointment, including instructional designer, course developer, faculty trainer, and program director. He has published and presented widely nationally and internationally and has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field.

Dr. Rhode holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University, and a B.A. in Children’s Ministries from North Central University.

Tina Parscal

Tina Parscal (IELOL Faculty 2021-2022)

Tina Parscal, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice Chancellor for CCCOnline and Academic Affairs for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). She provides executive leadership for Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline), the online consortium of the 13 CCCS community colleges. Additionally, she oversees system-wide academic technologies and online services and coordinates collaboration and communication among the colleges, CCCS, and CCCOnline.

Dr. Parscal possesses broad higher education experience previously serving in such roles as an executive director, provost/chief academic officer, college dean, professor, and director. With over 20 years in higher education leadership, she has a breadth of leadership experience with online and distance learning, academic affairs, faculty development, enrollment services, and student affairs as well as extensive mentoring, teaching, and scholarship experience at the doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and community college levels.

Tina received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Regis University; Master of Social Sciences from the University of Colorado, Denver; and Ph.D. In Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

Brian Beatty

Dr. Brian Beatty (IELOL Faculty 2021-2022)

Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University. Brian’s primary areas of interest and research include social interaction in online learning, flipped classroom implementation, and developing instructional design theory for Hybrid-Flexible learning environments. At SFSU, Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a “student-directed-hybrid” approach to better support student learning. Previously (2012 – 2020), Brian was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations at San Francisco State University (SFSU), overseeing the Academic Technology unit and coordinating the use of technology in the academic programs across the university. He worked closely with IT professionals and leaders in other units to coordinate overall information technology strategic management at SFSU. Prior to 2012, Brian was Associate Professor and Chair of the Instructional Technologies department in the Graduate College of Education at SFSU. He received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2002. Dr. Beatty also holds several CA single-subject teaching credentials, an M.A. in Instructional Technologies from SF State and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Dr. Beatty has more than 25 years’ experience as a classroom teacher, trainer, and instructional designer at schools, businesses, and the US Navy.

Dr. Cristi Ford

Dr. Cristi Ford (IELOL Faculty 2018, 2022)

Dr. Cristi Ford serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at D2L. She brings more than 20 years of cumulative experience in higher education, secondary education, project management, program evaluation, training, and student services to her role. In this role, she offers thought leadership and direction to the academic affairs unit of the organization. Her previous roles have allowed her to have impact in education from secondary and higher education settings as well as the on the international landscape. Her reach has allowed her to focus on building online education in the US and African continent.

In addition to her experience building new online learning programs and research related to teaching and learning in the online environment, Dr. Ford possesses significant experience in the design and delivery of integrated educational support, training, and transition services for young adults and children with neurodevelopment disabilities.

Dr. Ford was selected by the Online Learning Consortium, as the 2022 OLC Fellow which is the highest professional distinction offered by the association. She is a tireless advocate for quality online education where she has leveraged her passion and expertise in many realms in the education space. She is known for utilizing her leadership in extraordinary ways to help institutions build capacity to launch and expand online programming through effective faculty development, instructional design and pedagogical practices.

Dr. Ford holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively.

Jonathan Lashley

Jonathan Lashley (IELOL Alumni 2016, IELOL Global Alumni 2020, IELOL Global Curriculum Co-Author 2021, IELOL Faculty 2022)

Jonathan Lashley, Ph.D., is the outgoing Associate Chief Academic Officer for the Idaho State Board of Education and the incoming Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Lashley has worked in a variety of faculty, staff, and leadership roles at colleges and universities across the United States. In Idaho, specifically, Lashley has coordinated statewide implementation of initiatives, policies, and pilots related to online education strategy, open educational practices, general education administration, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. An equity-driven leader and vocal advocate of educational access as a human right, Lashley regularly advises institutional leaders on matters related to open and distributed learning: change management, faculty support, universal design, strategic planning, design-based research, and more.

Lashley earned a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and an M.A. in Professional Communication from Clemson University. He earned his B.A. in Literature from Western Washington University. In addition to supporting both IELOL Stateside and IELOL Global, Lashley serves as faculty for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Institute on Open Educational Resources (IOER), is a co-editor and -author of OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians, and regularly reviews for the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL). His scholarship emphasizes intersections between rhetorical theory and design-based practices for promoting experimentation, scaling collaboration, and sustaining self-efficacy among educators.

Support Staff

Katie Fife Schuster (IELOL Alumni 2020, IELOL Co-Director 2022)

Katie Fife Schuster is the Director of Global Events for OLC. In this role, Katie provides direction and leadership for the logistics and planning of OLC symposiums, the IELOL program, and the IELOL Global program. Prior to her current role, Katie held the position of Director, Conferences & Events for OLC, where she worked in conjunction with the Senior Director, Conferences & Events, and the Conference Service Manager towards the achievement of OLC’s annual conferences. She has also been OLC’s Director of Online Learning and the Director of Publications. She has experience from her years in the publishing industry prior to joining OLC and holds a BA from Tufts University in anthropology and Spanish.

Peter van Leusen (IELOL Alumni 2019, IELOL Co-Director 2021-2022)

Peter van Leusen collaborates closely with academic departments and faculty on student success initiatives across diverse modalities and disciplines. His recent projects focused on collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Peter is a proud IELOL 2019 graduate! Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

Renee Pilbeam (IELOL Alumni 2021, IELOL Co-Director 2022)

Renee (she/her) currently manages the professional development and training efforts to support faculty that are teaching online with ASU Online. This includes workshops and webinars in addition to the flagship Master Class for Teaching Online experience. Her previous roles were in instructional design collaborating with faculty from diverse disciplines to design, develop, and deliver fully online courses and programs. Renee participated in the 2021 IELOL cohort and loved the experience. She holds a doctorate degree from Arizona State University in Educational Technology (2016). Renee also has a vested interest and focus on advancing equity, inclusion, and transformative justice in higher education.

Elisabeth Stucklen

Elisabeth Stucklen (IELOL Alumni 2020, OLC Instructional Designer)

Elisabeth Stucklen is an instructional designer in OLC’s Institute for Professional Development, where she provides support for the IELOL program and manages the OLC Institute’s Instructional Designer Certificate program and associated 4-week courses. Elisabeth has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 18 years. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the senior instructional designer at Mount Washington College in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for creating new online courses, providing training and support for faculty, and assisting the director in monitoring the course development process. Before MWC, she worked at Lesley University providing professional development and course design assistance to faculty.

In addition to her role with the OLC, Elisabeth also teaches online for Brandeis University in their Masters in Learning Experience Design program and volunteers as a mentor in the Educause and Penn State ID2ID program for instructional designers.

Elisabeth holds a Master’s of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University. She is also a proud graduate of the 2020 IELOL program!

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