The CTLT Bloggers – About Us
Current CTLT Bloggers
Luanne Fose, Ph.D.
Dr. Luanne Fose is currently the Lead Instructional Designer for California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology. Her position at Cal Poly is primarily focused upon conducting faculty workshops on technological applications and pedagogy, providing one-on-one faculty consultation for PolyLearn (Moodle) and other software applications, developing courseware that assists faculty in their on-campus or on hybrid/flipped/online courses, and serving on several campus committees that impact the use of technology at Cal Poly. Luanne, a Macintosh aficionado, is the primary trainer for all faculty/staff Macintosh classes at Cal Poly and offers her expertise in Mac OS X, iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, iDVD, and educational uses of the iPad/iPhone/iPod. Luanne has a strong video/audio background and currently teaches online courses for faculty in Introduction to Screencasting with Camtasia and Universal Design for Learning in the campus’ QOLT (Quality Online Learning and Teaching) series.
Luanne holds a Doctor of Philosophy in music theory/musicology from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Music in music theory/trombone from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University with a double major in music theory/music education. Before assuming her position at Cal Poly, Luanne was a professor of music theory and music technology in the university classroom for over twelve years with a strong emphasis on music technology and instructional pedagogy. Luanne has also had experience teaching K-12 instrumental music in the private schools of Indianapolis.
Immediately before assuming her position at Cal Poly, Dr. Fose worked as Senior Consultant / Developer for CollegeUnits.com, assisting professors in the development of university courses on the World Wide Web within a variety of disciplines. Dr. Fose is especially interested in the study of Universal Design for Learning approaches as it pertains to multiple learning styles to serve all learners and engage students’ minds. She utilizes a variety of multimedia applications to assist faculty in finding creative ways to teach more effectively and is a frequent speaker at technology conferences throughout the United States.
Catherine Hillman, M.S.
Catherine is currently the Supervisor of Instructional Support in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology at California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in education in both faculty and staff roles, and she has been teaching online in higher education since 2001 in both California and Illinois. Catherine has served as a consultant for Prentice Hall and Cengage publications, and is currently a teaching consultant with the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office Project for Faculty Professional Development (The @One Project). A Cal Poly alumna herself, Catherine’s primary goal is to support faculty in creating flexible learning spaces that encourage student success and enhance a Learn By Doing pedagogy.
Matthew Luskey, Ph.D.
Matt came to the CTLT from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught in the School of Education and directed the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project — a teacher-centered professional development program, whose mission is to improve the teaching and learning of writing in universities, schools and the community. He has also directed the Puget Sound Writing Project at the University of Washington and served as Assistant Director of Composition at the University of Oregon. He has edited several collections of writing, including Harvest (University of Oregon, 2000) and The Poetic Classroom (Autumn House Press, 2013).
Matt has an extensive background in teaching writing across the curriculum. He has taught courses in Modern literature, composition, film and media aesthetics, Liberal Studies, and critical literacy and language in traditional and online environments. He has also taught at the secondary level and abroad, including two years at Kisfaludy Gimnázium in Mohács, Hungary.
Matt works with faculty, staff, and students across Cal Poly on writing-related matters, including writing assignment design and assessment, utilizing best practices in teaching writing, and assisting with the achievement of department and college-wide writing goals.
Ph.D. English, University of Oregon, 2003
M.A. English, University of Oregon, 1999
B.A. English, Reed College, 1990
Tonia Malone, M.S.
Tonia Malone has been supporting effective teaching and learning for over twenty years at Cal Poly. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Graphic Communications (Cal Poly, 1994) and a Masters of Science in Education with a specialization in online teaching and learning (CSU East Bay, 2007).
Tonia has a long history with Cal Poly, leading the way in web design and graphics. She worked with two programmers to develop the first Cal Poly website, created in NotePad and SimpleText and only displaying text and GIF images. She enjoys teaching multimedia applications and in 2000 taught as a lecturer in Cal Poly’s College of Art and Design, teaching ART 487 – Designing for the World Wide Web.
Within her tenure at Cal Poly, she has worn many hats, teaching multiple workshops on effective teaching and learning with technology, serving as the Lead Moodle Administrator for four years and as a Blackboard Administrator for over nine years, teaching online (Redesigning Your Course for Online) for Cal Poly Extended Education and Saddleback College, and currently plays a key role in the Cal Poly’s technology initiatives (hybrid, flipped and online course development) in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology.
Robin Parent, M.A.
Robin taught English at Utah State University for fourteen years and directed the International English Program Courses, working with faculty in online teaching pedagogy through SyllaBase, WebCT, Blackboard, and Canvas. While working on her doctorate, she continued in the English Department and also worked in the College of Education as a lecturer in multicultural education and as a supervisor of student teaching. She also developed a hybrid student teaching experience, which enabled student teachers to experience both traditional and virtual teaching placements. At Cal Poly she has been involved with a variety of committees and councils, facilitated workshops, and consulted with many faculty in all six colleges.
It is through her eclectic educational background and life experiences that she finds her passion for helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment through education. Her philosophy is grounded in the belief that engaging in academic scholarship and activism with students and faculty leads to new ways of teaching, mentoring, and learning that disrupts the status quo, which can marginalize or oppress. She believes that together students, faculty and staff can co-create safer more inclusive spaces in classrooms, on campus, in the community, and globally.
Past CTLT Bloggers
Walter Bremer is a retired professor from the Landscape Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Always a strong proponent of computer technologies in the design world, Professor Bremer came to pursue a career in academia when he realized that university’s were typically the most advanced on the subject. Having been interested in a teaching career since receiving his own Bachelor’s degree, Walt decided to incorporate his knowledge of computer applications into the traditional curriculum of landscape architecture. Professor Bremer wants students to become knowledgeable and confident with technologies and applications so that they can apply these tools creatively to projects and advance the profession.
While at Cal Poly, he served as the Head of the Landscape Architecture Department for more than ten years. He was responsible for courses in landscape assessment, design, and graphics, many utilizing computer technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), 3D, and multimedia. Walt Bremer has a special interest in the application of technology to teaching and learning and was selected into the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program in 2004. Walt also served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cal Poly, where he organized and taught workshops on technology in the classroom and student learning processes.
Professor Bremer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, with a minor in Research Biology from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
Brian Greenwood, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Greenwood is an Associate Professor in the Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. His research interests center on sports-based youth development and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His experience includes six years teaching distance education as an adjunct faculty at NC State University and hybrid/traditional classroom experience here at Cal Poly.
Greenwood’s research has been published in the Journal of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Administration, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism and Recreation Research, and the European Sport Management Quarterly in addition to numerous conference proceedings. His national and international presentations at academic and professional conferences include: North American Society for Sport Management, National Recreation and Park Association, International Association for Development of the Information Society, California Parks & Recreation Society, Society of Park and Recreation Educator’s Teaching Institute, and the California State University’s Regional Symposium on University Teaching among others.
Greenwood graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1996. Following stints in coaching, marketing, and restaurant management, Brian matriculated to NC State University and completed a Masters of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in 2001. Before commencing doctoral studies, Greenwood served as an assistant director of Campus Recreation in charge of the Club Sports program from 2000-2003. Brian completed a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at NC State in 2007 after receiving the department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2006.
Greenwood’s involvement with the CTL began early in his career at Cal Poly, attending workshops and being engaged as a member of the hybrid development learning community. He served as faculty associate with the CTL in 2008-2009, acting as the facilitator for the junior faculty learning community. His role as faculty associate and facilitator of the junior faculty learning community continued in 2009-2010 group, and Greenwood joined the staff in a leadership role from 2009-2010, coordinating workshops and assisting in various faculty development efforts through the CTL.
As Director of the University Writing & Rhetoric Center, Dawn oversees the Writing Center, the English Placement Test for incoming freshmen, and the Graduation Writing Requirement for upper-division students. She serves as a Lecturer for the English Department, teaching the foundation course for writing tutors as well as developmental, first-year, and advanced composition courses. In August 2011, Dawn also began her appointment as an Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning on campus. In that role, she performed as Communications Editor for the Center and co-served as the Center’s Program Coordinator.
Before joining Cal Poly in 2008, Dawn taught composition courses at Michigan Technological University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At Southern Illinois University, she held the position of Assistant Director of the University Writing Center where she coordinated the Outreach Program— a program in which tutors facilitated discussions of student writing in the classroom environment. She co-authored an article about that program, which was published in the award-winning Marginal Words, Marginal Work: Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers.
Her current research interests include the performance of writing, multi-literacy studies, the marginalization of speakers of global English and preparation of faculty in critical pedagogy.
Patrick is a Digital Media Specialist for the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Previously, he served as an instructional technology consultant for the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, focused upon consulting with faculty in courseware development and special projects with media. Before moving into the CTLT, Patrick provided broad technical support for a mixed (PC, Mac, UNIX) environment at Kennedy Library. Patrick’s particular interests are in web development (including blog and wiki use), video and podcast development, and effective use of multimedia software.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Cal Poly in 1997, Patrick worked for The Developmental Studies Center, a non-profit educational research center and think-tank, where he worked directly with educators to integrate technology into their teaching practice.
Christine Victorino, Ph.D.
Christine Victorino came to the Center for Teaching and Learning with a background in student engagement, pedagogy (constructivist, student-centered, and experiential), instructional leadership, and education research. Christine facilitated the Effective Teaching and Learning course during winter quarter, led Teaching Well Workshops during the academic year (e.g. Active Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Interdisciplinary Collaboration), and helped coordinate the Newer Faculty Orientation for Cal Poly’s Fall Conference. In addition, Christine was involved in various faculty development initiatives on campus: Junior Faculty Learning Community, Sustainability Book Club, ELIXR (faculty video case stories), WileyPlus (assessment of online materials), and EnACT (Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology). Christine also directed the International Computer Engineering Experience (ICEX), a program for Computer Engineering students to conduct engineering work globally, with her husband, Professor Chris Clark (Computer Science).
During her tenure at the CTLT, Christine received a Ph.D. in Education from UC Santa Barbara through the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. She received her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cal Poly. Originally from Canada, Christine received her K-12 science teaching credential at the University of Toronto and her B.Sc. at Queen’s University. From 2000-2004, Christine worked at Stanford University coordinating service-learning and international exchange programs. After her time at Stanford, Christine served as the Coordinator of Citizenship and Community Engagement at the University of Guelph (located in Ontario, Canada), where she developed student experiential programs in Mississippi (post-Hurricane Katrina), Aboriginal communities, Latin America, and Asia. Christine has published articles on civic engagement and international volunteerism as well as presented her work at regional and national conferences.