Sloan-C Certificate Program Mentors

Experienced online educators who have proven exceptional in their area of expertise have been selected to mentor candidates as they progress through their program.  Your personal mentor will help you strengthen your online teaching and course development knowledge and skills throughout the program.
Below you will find a sampling of the Sloan-C Mentors that program participants have the opportunity to select from at the beginning of their program.

John Bourne

John is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Franklin W.Olin College of Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Technology Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He was prior to 10 years at those positions in Massachusetts, Professor at Vanderbilt University for 31 years. John now serves as the executive director of the Sloan Consortium and has wide-ranging interests, including virtual worlds, entrepreneurship, and social networking.

Silvia Braidic

Silvia serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Leadership at California University of Pennsylvania. Currently she is teaching online for the Administrative Program for Principals. Specific graduate courses she teaches online include: Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Leadership, Internship, Orientation and Assessment, Supervised Field Project: Administration, and Supervised Field Project: Research and Evaluation. She serves as a Quality Matters reviewer and has had courses undergo the review process to receive QM recognition. Previously she served as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate and Undergraduate Secondary Education at Duquesne University.

Renee M. Cicchino

Renee is the Senior Instructional Designer for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at Seton Hall University. Over the last several years, Renee has led the online course development initiatives and various special projects including the development of self-paced training modules. To support her colleagues, she offers workshops, resources, and templates focusing on online course development strategies and best practices for online teaching. Renee is an active Quality Matters™ reviewer for institutions across the country.  Renee has been teaching various (online, face to face, undergraduate, and graduate) communication courses in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University since 1994. Additionally, in 2004, she began teaching online mass communications courses at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.

Sandra Coswatte

Sandra Coswatte has worked with the Sloan Consortium as a consultant since 2008. She works as a Workshop Project Trainer and Manager for workshops and webinars. In addition, she also works on Sloan-C Social Networking.

Outside of Sloan-C, Sandra serves as Adjunct Faculty and Lead Faculty for Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix where she has been teaching online, blended courses, and in person at the Boston and Pittsburgh campuses since 2003. She also has taught at South University since 2009 where she focuses on the Students Strategies for Success course. In addition, Sandra also works with Bay State College doing Instructional Design work and teaching orientation and psychology courses. She has also taught for 3 years at West Virginia University in the Freshman Year Experience program. Sandra also taught courses at Urban College of Boston for 3 years, developed a new certificate program and designed courses, and mentored and trained new faculty on technology.

Michael Demers

Michael is Associate Professor of geography at New Mexico State University where his research focuses on best practices in online delivery of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses as well as crime mapping and landscape ecology. He has taught online and blended classes for three years and has also taught both high school and junior high school students. Michael serves as a facilitator for “Intermediate Second Life for Educators. Michael has published several books on GIS, including GIS for Dummies, and has recently published several articles on the use of Second Life as an environment for teaching and learning.

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M.

Kathleen has worked in online technology for over 20 years and serves as The Sloan Consortium's Associate Executive Director where she oversees the organization's operations as well as facilitates workshops in higher education on line best practices. Formerly, Kathleen oversaw all forms of alternative instruction at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA (distance learning, accelerated programming). She teaches in on-ground, online, and blended modalities for University of Phoenix. Additionally, she serves on the Massachusetts Department of Education Distance Learning Advisory Board for Adult Basic Education. Although Kathleen facilitates at both the graduate and undergraduate level, her passion lies in working with ‘populations who are underserved’; particularly online adult learners returning to school facing challenges such as: balancing commitments to work, family, and community while attending school; serving as the primary providers for their families; working several jobs to not only support their family but also cover the cost of their education.  Kathleen has experience in both the design and delivery of online courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Her responsibilities at the Sloan Consortium include developing and implementing new programs enabling online faculty to become even more effective in their profession.

Carol Johnson

Carol has served in a variety of educational settings including: university, K-12 schools, and private schools. She currently serves as the Director for The Virtual School of Music (VSM), an online music school with students and instructors stationed all over the world. She is responsible for training the instructors on best practices for online instruction and course design, as well as assisting in implementing new asynchronous and synchronous tools for the school.

In addition to her role with VSM, she is also a facilitator for the Sloan-C Institute in the Blended Learning Classroom series and has been in the role of Sloan-C producer for 3 years. Her previous college/ university teaching experience in both the US and Canada has provided her with a traditional campus teaching experience. Her zeal for online teaching started through her work with a non-profit organization that provided music instruction to low-socio-economic students throughout Latin America.

Darrell Naylor-Johnson

Serves as Vice President for SCAD eLearning, which is the virtual campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Under his direction the range and scope of programs and services offered by SCAD eLearning has strategically and systemically developed into being a significant SCAD campus. Naylor-Johnson has positioned SCAD eLearning as the premier provider of online art and design programs. In less than a decade he has overseen the development and growth of the online campus, with an initial offering of only two degree programs in 2003 and fast approaching nearly 30 programs in 2011. To date, SCAD eLearning has won more national awards for distance education than any other art and design college in America and is one of the most comprehensive online degree-granting art and design programs in the world.

John Sener

John brings a unique mixture of broad practical experience and academic expertise as an online education pioneer, micropreneur, and highly experienced educator to this relationship. His involvement in online education began in 1994 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute, where he directed development of the first ever home study distance education associate engineering program in the U.S., and he also developed online education programs in information technology, business management, and public management. He has been Director of Special Initiatives for the Sloan Consortium since 2004 and served as a Sloan-C Distinguished Scholar in Online Learning from 2001 to 2003.

As Founder of Sener Knowledge LLC (formerly Sener Learning Services), he has supported the development of online and technology-enabled learning in higher education, K-12 education, and the organizational sector since 2000, primarily focused on project evaluation, strategic planning, knowledge development and dissemination, and learning design. His 30+ year career in education and training includes experience as a project director, administrator, instructional designer, trainer, teacher, and tutor in the areas of online learning, adult literacy, basic skills, information systems, and English as a Second Language. He currently serves on the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council and the National University Technology Network Advisory Board. He also served on the Higher Education Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Innovative Technologies Institute, as well as the Council on Academic Management for eArmyU. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks since its inception in 1996. His numerous professional presentations and publications include articles in the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, eLearn, Washington Post, and several Sloan Consortium publications. He has co-facilitated the Using the Quality Matters Rubric to Improve Your Online Course and Starting An Online Summer Program Sloan-C workshops.

Shari McCurdy Smith

Shari is Associate Director of The Center for Online Learning Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield where she supports faculty in the pedagogy and technology of online instruction. She has developed and taught online courses in business and educational technology since 2001. She serves as an Elluminate “Hero” and online workshop facilitator for Sloan Consortium in the areas of Faculty Burnout, Workload and Social Media. Her current research interests include applying leadership tools to online instruction, inter-institutional collaborations, and mentoring models. In June, 2010, Shari was named director of the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC). The Consortium is designed to assist universities in implementing high quality, large-scale online and blended learning programs. NCLC was funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is affiliated with the Sloan Consortium.

Barbara A. Macaulay, Ed.D.

Barbara currently serves as the Associate Provost for Online Education/CEO of MCPHS Online at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. MCPHS Online is a brand new unit for the college and will have some 12 programs coming on board in the fall, either fully online or blended. As would be expected in a start-up operation, she deals with development in instructional design, student, academic, and technology support services, as well as marketing and market research.  Prior to taking this position, Barbara was the Associate Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for UMassOnline, where she worked with the 5 campuses to develop online programs, helping to build the system to some 100 programs. She also created and/or provided faculty development efforts, developed single and multi-campus initiatives, and assisted with policy issues. UMassOnline is one of the largest online organizations within public higher education and serves as a leader in online education. Before joining the UMass system, Barbara was with Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA, where she headed up continuing education; included in this area were the adult literacy and ESOL programs.

Barbara has taught online in a few different arenas, including credit courses in instructional design and professional development courses in adult learning and development for adult basic education teachers. Her higher education teaching experience is with UMass Boston, Teachers College/Columbia University, Clark University, and Worcester State University; additionally, she served as a doctoral advisor in the AEGIS Program at Teachers College. Barbara was part of the faculty for the first Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2009, a Sloan-C partnership with Pennsylvania State University.

David C. Mohr

David has ten years of experience as a health services research investigator for a national health care system and is also aResearch Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He teaches online at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies where he chairs dissertation committees and also with Axia College, where he teaches Communication. He has taught courses in psychology and other topics in online, ground, and blended formats. He has conducted Sloan-C sessions involving feedback and learning styles.

Phil McNair

Phil served 26 years as an Army officer, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 2002. During his military career he served in various positions around the world primarily in personnel management and systems automation. He taught Military Science and Military History at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was instrumental in implementing many of the Army manning policies established by the Army Chief of Staff. In his final assignment he was the Executive Officer to the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, the ranking personnel officer in the Army.

Following his retirement from the Army Phil joined American Military University, a fledgling online, for-profit, nationally accredited institution focused on educating military officers who were pursuing masters degrees. Over the past 8 and a-half years AMU, its sister institution American Public University (APU), and its parent organization, the American Public University System (APUS), have achieved regional accreditation, conducted a highly successful Initial Public Offering (IPO), and grown to more than 85,000 students. It is now the largest provider of voluntary education to the U.S. military and offers more than 70 degree programs at the Associates, Bachelors and Masters levels to members of the military, public service professionals, first responders, and other interested students.

Phil has served in several vice-presidential positions at APUS and has been responsible for developing many of the processes and structures that have facilitated its phenomenal growth and its academic excellence, including serving on two Self-Study Steering Committees that resulted in initial regional accreditation in 2006 and re-accreditation in 2011 (official results pending) by the Higher Learning Commission of the North central Association. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member since 2003 and introduced many innovative ideas into online classrooms while designing and enhancing courses. He was primarily responsible for the design of the institution’s required foundation course for new undergraduate students which attracts more than 1500 registrations every month and is considered a critical element of the institution’s student success program. He established the Center for Teaching and Learning to provide resources for faculty members and students, as well as train new faculty members and offer professional development opportunities to current faculty. He designed and launched the Instructional Design and Development team to facilitate incorporation of best practices into APUS classrooms and assist faculty members with course improvement efforts. In 2008 he received the prestigious Wagner award for Education Leadership from the University of West Georgia at its annual conference for Distance Learning Administration.

Kaye Shelton

Kaye is the Dean of Online Education for Dallas Baptist University, whose online program offers thirty-six fully online degree programs, maintains a 92% course completion rate and has been a model program for many peer institutions. Dr. Shelton is a certified online instructor and winner of the 2005 Blackboard Bbionic course contest and the Instructional Technology Council's (ITC) e-Learning 2006 Outstanding Online Course award.  She co-authored the book An Administrator's Guide of Online Education as well as other recent journal articles and book chapters related to online education and also practices as an online education consultant and peer reviewer. Dr. Shelton is currently a mentor for the Sloan-C exemplary online course development workshops, and speaks at numerous workshops and conferences regarding online faculty development and the possibilities online education provides institutions. She also has significant experience in faculty professional development, primarily in the area of online teaching and course design.  Dr. Shelton's research in quality online education has yielded a quality scorecard for the administration of online education programs. For more information, please see Quality Scorecard for Administration of Online Programs site. Sloan-C has developed a website for institutions to self-assess the overall quality of their online program.