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A connected higher education leader committed to supporting the needs of 21st century faculty and students in California through the use of humanized online learning.


California Community Colleges

  • 5 years' online professional development experience
  • 10+ years' online teaching experience
  • Conceptualized & coordinated The Center, an online professional development community for CCC faculty
  • Showcased weekly CCC faculty innovations through live Hangouts on Air
  • Designed and coordinated the @ONE Online Teaching Certification Program
  • @ONE Online Teaching Mentor
  • Developed A.A. degree in Art History
  • Served as department chair
  • 2011, Educator Advancement Scholarship, Capella University
  • 2010 , Sloan-C Effective Practice Award
  • 2009 Edublog Award
  • 2007, Sloan-C Excellence in Online Teaching Award
  • 2007, NISOD Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1997, 1998 - UCR/California Museum of Photography’s History of Photography Fellowship
  • 2015, How to Humanize Your Online Class, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, online workshop
  • 2014 & 2015, Advisory Board, NMC Horizon Report, Higher Education
  • 2015, Conference Chair, Online Learning Consortium/MERLOT, 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium
  • 2014, Conference Chair-Elect, Sloan-C/MERLOT, 7th Annual ET4Online
  • 2012, Member of the California Education Technology Taskforce

Teaching Experience


CSU Channel Islands

August 2015-current

  • Designed and facilitated a blended Digital Citizenship class from a distance in partnership with a co-teaching colleague
  • The course is designed and taught in an open online environment.

Associate Faculty (online, part-time)

Mt. San Jacinto College

June 2011-May 2015

  • Designed and facilitated an online course in the History of Still Photography
  • Integrated the use of VoiceThread and student blogging to build community and improve student-student/instructor-student interactions
  • Shared instructional micro-lectures with Creative Commons license on YouTube

Art History Instructor (full-time)

Sierra College

January 2002-May 2009

  • Served as Department Chair from 2007-2009
  • Designed and facilitated five face-to-face and two online art history courses
  • Wrote and implemented new A.A. degree in Art History
  • Grew art history enrollments by 40% through the development of an online art history courses
  • Member of the Distance Learning & Instructional Technology Committee
  • Evaluated online and face-to-face courses
  • Mentored part-time instructors

Online Professional Development Experience

Teaching & Learning Innovation Specialist

California State University, Channel Islands

Teaching and Learning Innovation Specialist

March 2014 - Current

  • Responsible for the development and remote facilitation of the Online Teaching Preparation Program, a 3-course program that prepares faculty to design and facilitate humanized, connected online courses.
  • Provide individual and program-level consultations for online and blended pedagogy
  • Support the CSU online Quality Assurance efforts at CI, including the implementation of the Online Course Peer Review Process
  • Coordinator of the CI VoiceThread User Community

Community Coordinator

The @ONE Project

August 2014-June 2014

  • Conceptualized and implemented, The Center, Google+ Community to connect faculty across California's 112 community colleges to continuous online professional development
  • Fostered interactions within The Center's community, resulting in a membership of 330
  • Organized and hosted monthly Hangouts on Air, featuring teaching innovations of CCC faculty
  • Hosted monthly Twitter chats

Director, Academic Services

Academic Partnerships

April 2014-August 2014

  • Provided online faculty development services to university partners
  • Developed the Learn with Michelle online community, featuring weekly Hangouts on Air and webinars focused on strategies for teaching with emerging technologies

Online Course Facilitator,



  • Designed and facilitated Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (2009-2011)
  • Designed and facilitated Building Online Community with Social Media (2008-2013)
  • Oriented new facilitators
  • Presented desktop seminars

Online Teaching Certification Coordinator,



  • In partnership with the Co-Directors of @ONE, designed the structure of the Online Teachign Certification Program
  • Developed marketing materials, including videos, websites, and email correspondences
  • Wrote program policies
  • Served as liaison to CCC faculty throughout the state
  • Recruited online mentors

Higher Education Learning Consultant,



  • In consultation with the Co-Founders and staff, designed programs and resources to improve the support for VoiceThread's higher education users
  • Coordinated and hosted monthly webinar series
  • Authored an eBook designed to support faculty with the implementation of VoiceThread in a pedagogical context

Recent Presentations


  • Online Teaching Conference, (general session). Co-presenter with Katie Palacios. Humanizing Online Learning: a Framework for Facilitation and Course Design. June 17th, 2016. San Diego, CA.
  • West Los Angeles College 2016 Tech Fair, (Keynote), Making Stuff: How Digital Media Can Improve the Relevancy of Education. May 25, 2016, Los Angeles, CA.
  • University of Wisconsin System, Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). (Keynote). Spring Conference. Humanizing Online Learning. April 14, 2016.
  • Seattle Pacific University (Invited Speaker). Inclusivity in Online Education. March 31, 2016.
  • CSU Media Common Interest Group, Making Stuff: How Digital Media Can Improve the Relevancy of Education. Online presentation. January 21, 2016.
  • Moorpark College, Faculty Flex Day (Invited Speaker). Humanizing Online Learning. Online presentation. January 7, 2016.




  • University of St. Louis, Missouri (UMSL), (Keynote). Humanizing Learning with Emerging Technologies. Teaching and Technology Conference, October, 2013.
  • Sloan-C 6th Annual International Symposium of Emerging Technologies for Online Learning (Concurrent Session), How is Emerging Tech Reshaping the Future of Faculty Development?, a collaboration with David Wicks of Seattle Pacific University and Jason Rhode of Northern Illinois University, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2013.
  • Nevada State College, (Invited Speaker). Provost Guest Speaker Series, Henderson, NV, February 2013.


  • Mohave Community College, (Keynote), Why Can't You Just Lecture to Me? , Learning & Teaching with Technology Expo. Kingston, AZ, December 2012.
  • Learning 2.0 (Keynote), Why Can't You Just Lecture to Me? Remote presentation, August 2012
  • Sloan-C/MERLOT International Symposium for Emerging Technologies in Online Learning (Invited Speaker). VoiceThread: Small and Large-Scale Adoption Perspectives (presented with Matt Meyer from Penn State University, July 2012.
  • The Online Teaching Conference (Concurrent Session). Learning Out Loud: How Voice Discussions Change the Online Learning Experience, San Jose City College, June 2012.
  • Annual CUE Conference (Spotlight Speaker), How and Why I Flipped My Classroom; The Human Touch: Teaching with Video; Warm, Asynchronous Online Discussions with VoiceThread, Palm Springs, March 2012.


  • Sloan-C International Conference for Asynchronous Learning Networks (Invited Panel Member), Ask the Experts: Effective Online Teaching Strategies, Orlando, FL, October 2011.
  • The Online Teaching Conference (Keynote), Teaching in the Era of Participation, Orange Coast College, June 2011.
  • The Online Teaching Conferend (Concurrent Session), Shifting the Rate My Professor Paradigm: Increasing Student Success with Google Sites, Orange Coast College, June 2011.
  • Governors State University, (Keynote), Teaching in the Age of Participation, University Park, IL, June 2011.
  • Ohio State University, (Keynote). Teaching in the Age of Participation. Innovate Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2011.


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