Emily Boles

Emily Boles has worked as a Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist for the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service for thirteen years. She’s the team lead for ION Professional eLearning Programs.

She is passionate about the access and opportunities that high quality online learning affords non-traditional students, and advocates for the accessibility of online course materials. Emily provides leadership in faculty development, LMS implementation, instructional media, course development, and teaching support. As interim director of the Illinois Online Network, Emily managed the year-long transition of the unit to UIS and led the development and implementation of a CRM and registration/payment system.

She’s an active leader on campus through serving on Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC) and representing APs on Campus Senate. Currently, Emily serves as UIS APAC Chair, as well as chair of the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee. She presents regularly at national conferences and serves on the Steering Committee for the Faculty Summer Institute. Emily’s research interests include alternative credentialing, quality measurement in online courses, and digital literacies. Emily was awarded the UIS Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2013.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys hiking with her husband and two children, gardening, and crafting. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tri-City Education Foundation and as a Trustee for the Village of Mechanicsburg. Emily earned a BA in English from Illinois College and has completed coursework for an MA in English at UIS. She completed the intensive Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning at Penn State and the ION Master Online Teacher certification.

Phone: 217-206-8650


John Freml

John has held several different positions at UIS since late 2012, and joined the COLRS team in 2014, where he assists faculty in developing and delivering their courses online. He also assists ION participants with registration and other matters.

In addition to his position at COLRS, John is an adjunct professor in the Arts and Humanities department at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, where he has taught courses in both German and Women’s and Gender Studies. As an undergraduate, he spent one year studying and researching in Tübingen, Germany with full funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He later received his M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also happened to teach online for the first time.

Carrie Levin

Carrie joined COLRS in July 2005.

At COLRS, Carrie works with online faculty development, MOOC development and support for COLRS research activities. She also assists ION participants with registration and other matters.

She has authored and co-authored proceedings papers and book chapters on a variety of topics related to online learning and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences. In addition to her work with COLRS, Carrie is an adjunct instructor at UIS in the Computer Science department. Carrie holds the Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She earned her B.F.A. degree in Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and her Masters in Dance-Movement Therapy/Counseling at Columbia College Chicago. She spent several years as a professional actress in Chicago and as a movement therapist/counselor in Madison, Wisconsin working with institutionalized older adults, developmentally disabled adults, teens and children.