Faculty

Dr. Terry Fencl

Since 1980, Dr. Terry Fencl has been a full-time instructor of speech and theater at Triton College. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department which offers interdisciplinary packages of general education courses in communications, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences and humanities. Read more about Dr. Terry Fencl.


Dr. Norman Garrett

Dr. Garrett is currently Professor Emeritus of Management Information Systems in the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University, where he has taught courses in programming, networking and management information systems. Read more about Dr. Norman Garrett.


Dr. Rhonda Gregory

Dr. Rhonda Gregory is currently the Director of Distributed Education at Volunteer State Community College. In this role, she helps lead the online and blended learning initiatives of the College. Read more about Dr. Rhonda Gregory.


Mr. Sam Hamra

Sam has been involved in education for the past 12 years. He has held many roles — from being technical support and providing faculty training to teaching courses in a blended and online setting in education. He has earned both an MBA and a Master of Information Systems. His work experience ranges from higher education to private business, including some experience in state government. His full-time day job is in banking. He is a Navy veteran and active in the local Boy Scout Chapter, serving as a committee chair.


Dr. Leaunda Hemphill

Hi! My name is Leaunda Hemphill and I teach at Western Illinois University in the Instructional Design and Technology Department. At National-Louis University, I taught educators to use technology effectively in their instructional planning and with their students in the classroom. Read more about Leaunda Hemphill.

Mr. Michael McNett

Mike McNett teaches writing at Oakton Community College. During the 1999/2000 academic year, he developed Oakton’s first online section of English 102 (Composition II), the research paper course, and it was first offered in the Fall 2000 semester. He is now teaching English 101 (Composition I) online for Oakton as well.


Dr. Kathy Najjar


Ms. Kathy Olesen-Tracey

With over 20 years of diverse professional experience, I am a nationally recognized expert in adult education, corrections education, technology integration, and distance learning. My educational leadership background includes developing standards aligned curriculum, providing professional development to educators across the country, facilitating national discussions for LINCS, teaching in adult and developmental education, guiding students with academic, career, and personal advising, planning and implementing student-focused programs.


Dr. Jody Reding

Dr. Jody Reding is the Director of Transfer recruiting at Lubbock Christian University. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with Specialization in Higher Education and Leadership from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the M.S. in Leadership from Lubbock Christian University. Prior to serving as the Director of Student Life at South Plains College, Reding worked throughout the nation at a variety of institutions in collegiate athletics.


Dr. Jason Rhode

Dr. Jason Rhode serves as assistant professor of instructional technology in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, as well as director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Read more about Dr. Jason Rhode.


Ms. Stephanie Richter

Ms. Stephanie Richter is an internationally recognized innovator in the use of technology in higher education currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Read more about Ms. Stephanie Richter.


Dr. W. Andrew Robinson

Dr. W. Andrew Robinson, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., A.A.S., CIDO, COT lives in Charleston, Illinois, with his wife of thirty-one years, Wanda Kay. Dr. Robinson teaches full-time for the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University. Read more about Dr. W. Andrew Robinson.


Ms. Christine Scherer

Christine Scherer (she/her) is the Senior Content Specialist at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies Distance Learning Department. She has an MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and a BA in Political Science from DePaul University, proving that the path to web accessibility isn’t always a direct one. Read more about Christine Scherer.


Dr. Traci Van Prooyen

With over twenty years of teaching experience in high school and higher education settings (in face-to-face and in online classrooms), Traci brings her educational experiences in the support of faculty in their understanding and application of the unique features of online. Read more about Traci Van Prooyen.


 Ms. Gina Wheatley

My name is Gina Wheatley. I am an Instructional Designer and Facilitator at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. I’ve designed learning experiences in the public and private sector for the past 12 years and it’s an area of interest that I am absolutely passionate about. Read more about Gina Wheatley.


Dr. Sally Bolen