The Faculty Support Team

Educators, Strategists, Writers, Creatives, Designers...
In response to COVID-19, continuation of eCampus faculty support services are primarily available through online modalities. Get in touch with questions about your course and find assistance by joining us during Virtual Open Lab times, on Zoom. You can also connect with faculty and instructional designers by joining the Faculty Hub on Slack.

Madara Mason

Assoc. Director of Teaching & Learning
Provost’s Faculty Development Team
Google Certified Administrator

emason@alaska.edu

Jenn Pedersen

Course and Program Manager
Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Online Pedagogy Peer-Reviewer

jpedersen@alaska.edu

Kendell Newman Sadiik

Manager of Faculty Development
Instructional Designer
LION Liaison

klnewman4@alaska.edu

Chris Beks

Instructional Designer
Blackboard Certified Trainer
ITIL Foundations Certification

cgbeks@alaska.edu

Christen Bouffard

Instructional Designer
Google for Education Certified Trainer

cdbouffard@alaska.edu

Clara Noomah

Instructional Designer

cfnoomah@alaska.edu

Dan Lasota

Instructional Designer
Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Certified QM Training Facilitator

dlasota@alaska.edu

Eric Lonn

Studio Media Production Designer

eglonn@alaska.edu

Janene McMahan

Instructional Designer
Quality Matters Coordinator
Google Certified Educator

vjmcmahan@alaska.edu

Jennifer Moss

Instructional Designer
edX Certified Course Creator
Certified QM Peer Reviewer

jlmoss@alaska.edu

Joe Jackson

Media Studio Production Designer

jdjackson5@alaska.edu

Karina Gonzales-Smith

Faculty Services Coordinator

ksgonzales@alaska.edu

Marissa Carl-Acosta

Communications Specialist

mmcarl2@alaska.edu

Nathaniel Feemster

Instructional Designer
Blackboard Community Engagement GUI Administrator

nfeemster@alaska.edu

Sean Holland

Instructional Designer
Google for Education Certified Trainer
edX Certified Course Creator

smholland@alaska.edu

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Owen Guthrie

Executive Director

Owen’s career at UAF began in 1984 at the then TVCC Downtown Center as a computer lab tutor. He has enjoyed  working with faculty and educational technology in a variety of capacities, including supporting researchers on West Ridge, and supporting teaching and learning in higher education  in other capacities for nearly uncountable years. Owen currently teaches online graduate courses for the UAF School of Education (Online Pedagogy and Instructional Design). In addition to interests related to all things eCampus, Owen pursues studies in history, particularly ancient military history, ancient crafting, tools, and techniques, art, food, science, and spends time outside whenever possible.

Expertise and Specialties

Instructional Design
Online Pedagogy
Quality Matters
Online Science Courses
Active Learning
Game-based Learning
WordPress
Canvas
Blackboard

Owen’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

MA Military History  (2010)
Norwich University

BSc Wildlife Biology (1992)
Colorado State  University

Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Certified Applying the QM Rubric Trainer

Social Media

Contact Information

obguthrie@alaska.edu

907.455.2072

Madara Mason

Associate Director of Teaching & Learning

Madara  brings nearly 20 years  of higher education teaching experience to the team and oversees the Instrucitonal Design Team as well as faculty development  efforts such as  iTeach  and its partner initiatives (iTeach+,  iTeach  Online,  iTeach2, and EPIC), CITE Fellows, and the design and maintenance of iTeachU. Additionally, she is part of the Provost’s Faculty Development Team and is the Pedagogy Lead for that group.    

Her higher ed teaching experience includes a variety of upper and lower division courses: Professional Practices for Visual Artists and 2D Digital Design for the Art Department; Instructional Design for the Education Department, Special Topics in Research for the  Honors  Program;  Traditional English Grammar, Literature of Alaska & the Yukon, Survey of British Lit., Technical Writing, World Lit., Writing for the Social & Natural Sciences, Academic Writing About Lit., and Intro to Academic Writing for  the  English Department;  and Language Arts courses for Upward Bound Math/Science and Classic.

Expertise and Specialties

Curriculum Design
Online Innovation
Faculty Development
Graphic Design
WordPress
Google Apps for Education
Adobe Creative Cloud

Madara’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

M.A.  in Literature
University of Alaska Fairbanks

B.A.  in English (Teaching emphasis)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Google for Education Certified Trainer
Google Certified Administrator

Social Media

Contact Information

emason@alaska.edu

907.455.2079

Jenn Pedersen

Course and Program Manager

Jenn is an Educational Psychologist who is committed to redesigning learning experiences to give all students the opportunity to achieve their dreams. She comes to UAF with experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, mentoring thesis and doctoral students, consulting, and serving in administrative roles at a wide spectrum of institutions. That experience informs her approach to designing and developing courses that engage, challenge, and appeal to diverse learners. Jenn has created a wide range of faculty (and administrator) development opportunities on accessibility, program curriculum development, instructional and learning design and delivery, experiential learning, differentiated instruction, and effective online teaching practices. She loves tackling new course design challenges and helping faculty find ways to make their subjects compelling and accessible to Alaskan students.

Expertise and Specialties

Curriculum Design
Faculty Development
Online Innovation
Online Teaching Effectiveness
Pedagogy
Quality Matters
Accessibility
Learning Design
Experiential Learning
Differentiated Instruction

Jenn’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Walden University

M.S. in Educational Psychology
Walden University

B. S. in Psychology
Troy University

Blackboard Certified Trainer
Blackboard Exemplary Course Peer Reviewer
Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Certified Online and Face to Face Applying the QM Rubric Trainer
Certified Online and Face to Face QM Improving Your Online Course Trainer
MBTI Practitioner
Online Pedagogy Peer-Reviewer

Social Media

Contact Information

Kendell Newman Sadiik

Manager of Faculty Development
Instructional Designer
LION Liaison

Kendell is a writer, teacher, and instructional designer who has been working in higher education for the last ten years. Her writing and teaching explore the edges of their fields, including digital storytelling, e-literature, experiential learning, and hybrid education environments. Her teaching philosophy is student-centered and engaged with the many communities that students navigate daily. With her B.A. in Political Economy, she worked in social science research in Cambridge, MA before moving to Fairbanks to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, which she completed in 2015. She’s excited to work with teachers and students to develop learning environments made better by the creative and intentional incorporation of technology.

Expertise and Specialties

Curriculum Design
Tools for Collaboration
Student-centered Learning
Digital Storytelling
WordPress
Blackboard
Google Apps
Adobe Creative Cloud
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Critical Digital Pedagogy

Kendell’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing  (2015)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy  (2008)
Williams College
Magna  Cum Laude

Social Media

Contact Information

kendell.sadiik@alaska.edu

907.455.2093

Barbara Paskvan

Course Scheduling

Barb brings over 17 years of experience with UAF, 13 of those years with distance education. She has made it her goal to build strong relationships with the academic departments on campus and has been pro-active in making sure the departments know how eCampus can assist them in all aspects of creating, designing, and marketing their classes to a wide audience. With Barb’s extensive background in Banner she is able to effectively identify problems and work on solutions.

In her time away from work, Barb enjoys time at Birch Lake boating, hiking, and snowshoeing. She also loves to travel and catch up with the grandkids.

Expertise and Specialties

Banner
Scheduling
Registrar
Google Apps
TRAC

Experience in Higher Ed

17 years, UAF

Contact Information

uaf-campus-schedule@alaska.edu

907.455.2082

Buck Barbieri

Media Producer

Buck comes from Washington State on the border with Canada. He has a great love for animation which is his main focus in film. Buck has a diverse background in many arts and sciences including foreign languages, biology, film, art and music.  He is excited to work together with designers and professors to help create awesome tools in tune with students’ and teachers’ goals for success.

Expertise and Specialties

Film, Video and Radio Production
2D & 3D Animation & Animation Production
Adobe Creative Cloud Products
Autodesk Maya
Graphic & 3D Design

Education and Certification

Candidate for a BA in Film Studies,  UAF

Contact Information

bsbarbieri@alaska.edu

907.455.2068

Chris Beks

Instructional Designer

Chris Beks is an instructional designer at UAF eCampus and has been working with technology in higher education for more than fifteen years. He is interested in how technology can enhance instruction and assist the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.  He has been at UAF since 1996, as student, adjunct, and full-time faculty. Prior to joining the eCampus department, he worked for seven years as a staff member in the OIT Training & Development group, supporting the Blackboard LMS and Google Apps.

Expertise and Specialties

Blackboard
Google Apps for Education
Educational Technology
Learning Management Systems

Chris’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

B.S.  in Business (Retail Management concentration)

Certificate in Information Technology Specialist

Blackboard Certified Trainer
ITIL Foundations Certification

Social Media

Contact Information

chris.beks@alaska.edu

907.455.2086

Christen Bouffard

Instructional Designer

Christen in an instructional designer, Google Certified Apps for Education Trainer, and has worked at eCampus for 16 years. She values inquiry and ingenuity as tools for remaining an effective lifelong learner, and is most engaged thinking about how we become better problem solvers.

She finds the most interesting spaces are platforms that intersect with social media and support user contribution, collaboration, and place-based learning.  She enjoys exploring  virtual worlds, parallel worlds, and augmented reality as platforms for learning.

Christen also teaches the Web Graphics & Multimedia class (CITS F221) for CTC

Expertise and Specialties

Google Apps for Education
Website development & management
Multimedia authoring
Graphic design
Social media integration
Podcasting

Christen’s iTeachU work

Experience in Higher Ed

16 years, UAF eCampus

7 years, Adjunct for CTC

5 years, Google for Education Certified Trainer

Social Media

Contact Information

cdbouffard@alaska.edu

907.455.2066

Clara Noomah

Instructional Designer

Clara has been an instructional designer at UAF since 2018 and has worked in education since 2009. Her experiences as an educator in elementary schools and science museums has sparked her interest in online instructional tools that maximize student engagement through active participation and lively discussion.

With her diverse education and work experience in everything from research science to social work, Clara is always eager to learn more about how the world works from the amazing instructors at UAF, and find innovative ways to bring those learning opportunities to students.

Clara grew up in Alaska, but has lived in Chile, Massachusetts, and Oregon. She feels very much at home here in the land of resourceful cooking, outdoor adventure, and

Expertise and Specialties

STEM and Online Labs
Digital Accessibility
Captioning
PDF Remediation for Accessibility
Course- and Program-level Curriculum Design
Google Apps for Education
Graphic Design

Clara’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

edX Certified Course Creator (2020)
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer (2018)
Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Lewis & Clark College (2016)
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Williams College (2013)

Social Media

Contact Information

cfnoomah@alaska.edu

907.455.2091

Dan LaSota

Instructional Designer

Dan’s current focus is creating remotely controlled laboratories and rich learning experiences tempered with sound pedagogy. His training in science and education combined with backgrounds in government, non-profit, business and higher-ed environments make him well suited as an Instructional Designer supporting the mission statement and core themes of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Expertise and Specialties

Pedagogy
Remotely Controlled Labs
Strategic Design
Database and Web Development
Repartee
Media Literacy

Dan’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

M.Ed. Online Instructional Design (2015)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska Teaching Certificate (1989)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

B.S. Physics and Astronomy (1987)
University of Rochester

Social Media

Contact Information

dan.lasota@alaska.edu
lasota.community.uaf.edu
907.455.2077

Eric Lonn

Studio Media Production Designer

Eric is a video producer with over a decade of experience in news, marketing, and VFX and is fascinated by the intersection of technology and education. In his free time he loves to cook, make video games, and spend time with his family.

Expertise and Specialties

Video Editing
Compositing
3D Animation
Unity

Eric’s iTeachU work

Video Production Experience

Managing Producer, KTVF
Video Producer, Mammoth Marketing
Customer Tech, Red Giant

Contact Information

eglonn@alaska.edu
907.455.2056

V. Janene McMahan

Instructional Designer

Janene worked as a communications specialist, marketing director, training manager, and analyst programmer who joined UAF eCampus in 2011. Her roles include adjunct faculty, instructional designer, and manager. A data geek and marketing maven, she endeavors to make information accessible.   Teaching since 1993 in the classroom and 2012 online lends her broad experiences she’s happy to share while brainstorming ideas with coworkers and teachers.  Janene currently teaches CITS 222 Website Design and CS 101 Computers and Society.  

Expertise and Specialties

Instructional Design
Web Development
MySQL and PHP  
Google Apps for Education
Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle
Adobe Creative Cloud

Janene’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

Quality Matters Coordinator
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer

Adjunct UAF CS Department  
and UAF Community & Technical College  

M.Ed. Education  Online Innovation and Design (2016)
MBA (1993)
BS Computer Science (1990)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Social Media

Contact Information

vjmcmahan@alaska.edu

907.455.2080

Jennifer Moss

Instructional Designer

Jennifer is an instructional designer at UAF eCampus with over 25 years experience working with faculty. She is interested in the confluence of innovation and higher education in the facilitation of successful educational experiences. She is also interested in ways to foster transdisciplinary efforts within the university system. Jennifer teaches online digital graphics and imaging courses for UAF, works as a professional fine artist, and gets outside and off grid as much as possible.   jmossdesign.com, jmossart.com

Jennifer Moss

Expertise and Specialties

edX Course Creation
Open Education  
WordPress  
HTML, CSS  
Augmented Reality  
Adobe CC Apps  
Digital Storytelling
Graphic Design & Illustration
Fine Art

Jennifer’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

Digital Graphics Instructor, UAF
edX Certified Course Creator
QM Peer Reviewer
QM APPQMR and IYOC Facilitator  
BA English Literature, UAF
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Social Media

Contact Information

jlmoss@alaska.edu
907.455.2081

Joe Jackson

Media Studio Production Designer

Joe comes from southeastern Wyoming and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from UAF in Wildlife Biology & Conservation in December 2017. Having nurtured a lifelong passion for video production, he appreciates the integration of media in education and its importance to student and faculty success. Joe hopes to use his perspective as both a former student and current media professional to enhance online teaching and learning at UAF.

Expertise and Specialties

Adobe Creative Cloud
Motion Graphics
Graphic Design
Video Production

Education and Certification

BS Wildlife Biology & Conservation, UAF

Contact Information

jdjackson5@alaska.edu

907.455.2072

Karina Gonzales-Smith

Faculty Services Coordinator

Karina has worked in higher education for over 11 years. Her passion for learning began at an early age when she (mostly) taught herself English after moving from the Philippines to Alaska. Since then Karina has moved from one classroom to another—on campus, online, overseas, or in a kitchen. After graduating from UAF, Karina had plans to go to medical school but was intrigued and challenged by the social determinants of health. She completed a master’s degree in public health doing research on nutrition education, food security, and rural policy. Karina hopes to someday build evidence for a regional food security index to strengthen public policy and community-based programs in the state and beyond. Karina currently teaches for the Allied Health program in the UAF College of Rural and Community Development. 

When not  juggling learning, teaching and working in higher education, Karina takes special interest classes like biomedical ethics, research writing, archery, and gourmet cooking. She enjoys eating, reading, befriending animals, exploring the outdoors, making her family laugh, and traveling to places she’s read about. Her corgi Sadie and husband Michael are most often Karina’s partners in adventure. 

Expertise and Specialties

Policies and operations
Classroom management
Faculty resources
University administration and organization

Education and Certification

MPH in Public Health Practice (2020),
University of Alaska Anchorage

I-Corps alumni (2019), National Science Foundation

Graduate fellow in Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology (2018), University of Tromsø

Graduate fellow in International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (2017),  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

BA in Biological Sciences and Psychology (2009), University of Alaska Fairbanks

Contact Information

ksgonzales@alaska.edu

907.455.2064

Marissa Carl-Acosta

Communications Specialist

Marissa worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and websites before making the switch to higher education in 2011. She is most interested in using technology, data and good communication skills to enhance the relationship between the university and students, no matter where they are located.

Expertise and Specialties

Program Marketing
Digital Marketing
Website Consulting
Communication Plans

Experience in Higher Ed

7 years, UAF eCampus

2 years, West Point

Contact Information

mmcarl2@alaska.edu

907.455.2070

Mika McCrary

Media Producer

Mika is from a small interior town in Alaska. She loves film in all aspects, with a gravitation towards post-production and production design. As a film student at UAF, Mika is expanding her skills with graphic design, camera work, editing, directing, and getting comfortable sleeping in the computer lab waiting for exports.

Expertise and Specialties

Film & Video Production
Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop
Graphic Design
Art

Education and Certification

Candidate for a BA in Film Studies, UAF

Contact Information

mlmccrary@alaska.edu

907.455.2068

Nathaniel Feemster

Instructional Designer

Nathaniel is passionate about the intersection of technology and culture. His experience includes museum exhibit design, developing online learning for Alaskan Athabascan languages, and project management. He enjoys working with content experts to create student experiences that feel authentic in a digital realm, and is excited to explore these possibilities at UAF eCampus.

Originally from Seward Alaska, Nathaniel is a UAF Linguistics Alumni and has lived in Fairbanks since 2012. He enjoys cabin trips with his dog, boyfriend, and good food.

Expertise and Specialties

Blackboard
Adobe Creative Cloud
Google Apps for Education
Project Management systems
Interaction Design

Education and Certification

BA Linguistics (2016)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Magna cum laude

Modern Leadership (2018)
Doyon Leadership Training / Inspire Leadership Academy

Social Media

Contact Information

nfeemster@alaska.edu

907.455.2068

Sean Holland

Instructional Designer

A 2007 UAF graduate, Sean spent a majority of his adult life living and teaching in Hokkaido, Japan until he returned to Alaska in 2015. In his time at rural Japanese elementary and junior high schools, Sean actively used technology to enhance instruction and broaden students’ cultural horizons, played a lot of dodgeball and learned how to unicycle. Himself a graduate of an online graduate degree program in 2014, Sean hopes to help faculty and students get the most out of their online teaching and learning experiences.

Expertise and Specialties

Motion Graphics
Video Production & Screencasting
The One Ring
Interactive Video
Virtual & Augmented Reality
Accessibility
Captioning
Language Education
Second Language Acquisition

Sean’s iTeachU work

Education and Certification

B.A. in Linguistics (2007)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

MA in Applied Linguistics (2014)
University of Massachusetts Boston

Google for Education Certified Trainer

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies
International Association of Accessibility Professionals

Social Media

Contact Information