Indiana State Extended Learning

 

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Ken Brauchle, PhD
Dean, Extended Learning
Tirey Hall, room 134B
Phone:  812.237.2334
Email:  ken.brauchle@indstate.edu

Dr. Brauchle has been at Indiana State since July 2010.  For more than 20 years, he has been involved with the administration, development and delivery of learner-centered educational and training programs. He has 18 years of experience directing degree and non-credit continuing education programs for working adults. Brauchle earned his Ph.D. in the administration of adult postsecondary education from the University of Alaska. He has served in administrative posts with Boise State University, Chapman University, University of La Verne and the University Alaska.
 
 

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Jill Blunk
College Challenge Director, College Challenge
Tirey Hall, room 134F
Phone:  812.237.2670
Email:  jill.blunk@indstate.edu

As director of the College Challenge Program, Jill works with Indiana high schools to develop partnerships to promote higher education, and assists students in earning college credit while still in high school. An alumna of Indiana State University, Jill has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and has worked in higher education since 2001. Her areas of expertise include concurrent enrollment, community outreach programming and distance education. Jill has devoted her career to making higher education available to underserved populations in Indiana.  
 
 

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Samantha Penney
Distance Education Director, DEGREELINK
Dreiser Hall, room 239
Phone:  812.237.8479
Email:  samantha.penney@indstate.edu

Samantha has worked for over eight years in the education industry and has experience in distance education, online education, and instructional technology. She has management and teaching experience in both career and higher education fields. Other areas of experience are distance education policy development and implementation, faculty development and training, administered learning management systems and various software programs, and instructional design.

She has a M.A.Ed from Austin Peay State University in the area of Instructional Technology and post graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also has a M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Dakota and a BA in Journalism from South Dakota State University. Her research interests include the use of benchmarks with program evaluation, the development of program evaluation models, andragogy, and the use of social collaborative and other technologies in education.
 
 

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Jamie Edwards
Instructional Design Specialist
Dreiser Hall, room 127
Phone:  812.237.2673
Email:  jamie.edwards@indstate.edu

As an Instructional Design Specialist, Jamie works with ISU online faculty to develop the most successful online learning experience possible. His work in multimedia and education has helped him develop rewarding teaching experiences blending instructional design models to suit various online learning styles. Jamie has earned a M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Communications from Austin Peay State University. Jamie has previously worked as a Multimedia Specialist for Distance Education and was also an adjunct professor for Austin Peay State University and The Art Institute of Tennessee. His interests include instructional design, multimedia technology, graphic design, social networking, and Web 2.0 tools.
 
 

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Lisa Hughes
Instructional Design Specialist
Dreiser Hall, room 124
Phone:  812.237.3794
Email:  lisa.hughes@indstate.edu

As an Instructional Design Specialist, Lisa collaborates with ISU faculty to design meaningful, interactive distance courses. Her work in the field of education for the past decade has brought her ample experiences in instructional technology, composition pedagogy and andragogy, and online learning. A member of the National Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Indiana Computer Educators Network, and the Discovery Educators Network, she has served as a leader in the educational community.
 

Lisa has a M.A.T. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English and a Computer endorsement from Indiana University. She has written both personal and professional pieces and has had her work published in Trillium Literary Journal and other websites. Her interests include digital writing, collaborative project-based learning, social networking, and Web 2.0 educational
technologies.
 
 

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Zakaria Jouaibi
Instructional Design Specialist
Dreiser Hall, room 240
Phone:  812.237.2352
Email:  zakaria.jouaibi@indstate.edu

Being an Instructional Design Specialist, Zakaria Jouaibi helps ISU faculty create meaningful learning experiences, design engaging learning activities, and develop effective instructional strategies. In addition, due to the emergence of the so-called ‘digital kids’, he also collaborates with the faculty to incorporate technology in their pedagogical practices and courses. Zakaria has previously taught ESL, Arabic, and French for several years in the United States and Morocco. Further, while working at ISU Writing Center, he designed a training course for the writing consultants and a grammar/writing course, which has been used in a study group.
 

Zakaria has an M.A. in Linguistics and ESL from Indiana State University and a B. A. in English Literature and Linguistics from Hassan II University, Morocco. Currently, he has completed his doctoral course load in Curriculum Instruction and Media Technology with emphasis on Teaching and Learning and is getting ready to take preliminary exams and work on his dissertation. He is developing a new teaching approach that would allow adult learners to effectively learn a given foreign language. Zakaria’s research interests include experiential and meaningful learning, pedagogical practices, alternative assessment, collaboration and interaction, and social media.
 
 

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Michelle Bennett
Program Administrator, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tirey Hall, room 134J
Phone:  812.237.2336
Email:  michelle.bennett@indstate.edu

Michelle Bennett is the Program Administrator of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Indiana State University. She received her B.A. in Social Studies Education from Indiana State University in 1999. She has been employed at Indiana State since 2001.
 
 

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Nick Aballi
Course Delivery Coordinator, DEGREELINK
Dreiser Hall, room 125
Phone:  812.237.8398
Email:  nick.aballi@indstate.edu

As Course Delivery Coordinator for Distance Education, Nick manages integrated media systems in Distance Origination Rooms and some Video Conference Rooms on campus. He also works with various departments on training and scheduling classes to use the facilities.  

Nick has been a staff member at ISU starting in 1999. Beginning in Media Technologies & Resources, supervising Audio Recording and Production, he served as Technical Services Assistant in Educational Technology Services from 2005 until 2008 when he moved under DegreeLink.  

An ISU graduate, Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology.
 
 

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Cynthia Stong
Degree Completion Recruiter
Tirey Hall, room 134G
Phone:  812.237.3742
Email:  cynthia.stong@indstate.edu

Cindy joined ISU in April of 2013 as the Degree Completion Recruiter. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on H.R. Management and has worked in higher education since 2002. Cindy has considerable experience mentoring and recruiting non-traditional students and will assist ISU’s departments offering online bachelor degree completion programs with cultivating students from initial inquiry through completion of the first term of enrollment. Working closely with the academic, communication and marketing departments, she will plan marketing and promotion activities to recruit transfer students for the distance degree completion programs.
 
Cindy is currently pursuing a master’s degree through Indiana State University. Being a non-traditional student herself, she feels there is no better way to counsel students than to lead by example.
 
 

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Elizabeth Coleman
Academic Advisor/Recruiter
Tirey Hall, room 134F
Phone:  812.237.2267
Email:  elizabeth.coleman@indstate.edu

As an Advisor/Recruiter, Elizabeth strives to implement services that provide a seamless process from prospective interest to enrollment into online bachelor degree completion programs. Elizabeth Coleman comes to Extended Learning from the College of Nursing Health and Human Services where she worked with recruitment, admissions and advising. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, meeting new people, and creating art.
 
 

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Charles Hawkins
Academic Advisor/Recruiter
Tirey Hall, room 134D
Phone:  812.237.2477
Email:  charles.hawkins@indstate.edu

Charles is an Academic Advisor/ Recruiter for Extended Learning. Prior to this assignment, he was the Academic Advisor/Assistant Director of the Correction Education program for 4 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University.
 
 

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Donna Isbell
Dean's Assistant
Tirey Hall, room 134J
Phone:  812.237.2334
Email:  donna.isbell@indstate.edu

Donna began working at ISU in 2002. She lends support to both the Center for Community Engagement and Extended Learning. She enjoys spending time with family and grandchildren.
 
 

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Amy Taylor
Student Services Assistant I
Dreiser Hall, room 240
Phone:  812.237.2288
Email:  amy.taylor@indstate.edu

Amy Taylor provides administrative support for Extended Learning as well as the Correction Education Program. Amy has been an employee of Indiana State University since 2009, having been originally hired as the Administrative Assistant for the Correction Education Program. Amy is currently pursuing a degree in English/Creative Writing through Indiana State University.
 
 

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Beth Loudermilk
Student Services Assistant III
Tirey Hall, room 134D
Phone:812.237.8384
Email:  mary.loudermilk@indstate.edu

Beth, an ISU alumna, began working at the university in 1996. Her job duties include distance ed student services and support for credit outreach programs.
 
 

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Cheryl Pruitt
Administrative Assistant I
Tirey Hall, room 133A
Phone:  812.237.4011
Email:  cheryl.pruitt@indstate.edu

Cheryl Pruitt began working at ISU in December 1996 for Conferences and Non-Credit Programs. Her current duties include administrative support for Extended Learning and the OLLI program. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, outdoor activities and traveling.