2019-2021 Faculty Fellows

Jennifer Martin

Dr. Jennifer MartinDr. Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, will investigate how to teach what can be considered “unsafe content,” in online environments, e.g., teaching about issues of race, racism, and other forms of oppression impacting education. These are issues that often make students, particularly hegemonic students, uncomfortable, angry, and even resistant. She seeks to study the growth of her students in embracing diversity within online courses/environments, and the technological and pedagogical tools that both increase student engagement toward these goals and reduce student alienation.




Sudeep Sharma

Dr. Sudeep SharmaDr. Sudeep Sharma, Assistant Professor of Management, will research the impact that improvement in his online courses design, as determined by the application of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric, has on student learning.  This research is being conducted as part of a larger research team of CBM faculty which includes several former COLRS Faculty Fellows.





Junu Shrestha

Dr. Junu Shrestha

Dr. Junu Shrestha, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will research the use of technologies that provide practical experience to online students in the field of environmental health. She is motivated to enhance online students’ learning by implementing technology to give students practical, on-site experiences in environmental health areas.




Senior Faculty Fellow

Karen Swan, UIS James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership

Photograph of Karen Swan Dr. Swan serves as a senior fellow mentoring the faculty fellows. Her research is in the area of media/technology and learning on which she has published and presented extensively. She has authored over 100 publications as well as several hypermedia programs, and co-edited two books on educational technology topics. Her current interests include ubiquitous computing, data literacy, and online learning. Dr. Swan has been involved with online teaching and learning for over a decade, both as an instructor and as a researcher. She helped develop one of the first fully online masters degrees while she was at the University of Albany, is active in the online learning community, and is well known for her research on learning effectiveness in online environments. In 2006, Dr. Swan received the Sloan-C award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual for her work in this area, and she was a part of the 2010 inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows.