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Richard Novak

VP, Continuing Studies and Distance Learning
Dr. Richard Novak has been with the Division of Continuing Studies (formerly the Division of Continuous Education and Outreach) since its inception in July 1996. He has been engaged with online learning at Rutgers since 1998. He most recently served as Associate Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Learning and also Director of Special Projects for Academic Affairs at Rutgers. He is also an associate member of the graduate faculty in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, teaching face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses beginning in 1993. Dr. Novak is former President of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the principal US organization for professional and continuing higher education. At Rutgers, Dr. Novak directs RutgersOnline...
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Antonius Bittmann

Associate VP, Online Programs
Antonius Bittmann serves as Associate Vice President of Online Programs at Rutgers, where he oversees Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), and IT at Continuing Studies (IT@CS). Moreover, he is the principal Rutgers point person for the university’s strategic partnership with Pearson to deliver fully online degree programs on a large scale. Previously, Dr. Bittmann, a tenured professor, served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Mason Gross Online (2010-2013), after completing two consecutive three-year terms as Chair of the Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts (2005-2011), Rutgers University. He holds two doctorates from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)--a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, and a Ph.D. in Musicology.

Keynote Speakers

Scott McLeod

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver
An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, one of the largest EdCamp events in the United States. Dr. McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities,...


Babu Dasari

Dr. Dasari is a faculty member with the Economics Department, Rutgers-Camden. He is also the member of Executive Committee for the Rutgers University Senate during 2018-2019 & 2019-2020. Dr. Dasari has been the Founding Director of Online Education and Development at Economics Department, Rutgers – Camden from 2013 through 2016 during which the online program in Economics Department gained momentum and acquired significance. Dr. Dasari has been a pioneer in adopting technologies to teach his online and site classes. He taught more than 100 courses which include undergrad & grad courses at site as well as online in various Universities (Rutgers – Camden, Temple and Arcadia). Dr. Dasari has been a consultant at the Development Research Group, the World Bank, Washington D.C. from...

Brian Shevory

Assessment Specialist
I have worked in higher education for the last 10 years, and have worked in education for 20 years total. I currently work as an assessment specialist at Thomas Edison State University, working primarily with prior learning assessments. I work to design assessments that empower learners to maximize their prior learning, experience and skills, while also seeking ways to make learning and degree completion more accessible for adult learners.

Carmela Scala

Director of the Italian Language Program
Carmela B. Scala received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. Her main field of research is Baroque literature, fairytales, folklore and dialect literature. She is also interested in contemporary literature, and has published a book on contemporary cinema, “New Trends in Italian Cinema: "New" Neorealism”. She has also written and published articles on more contemporary Italian authors. She recently published a book on Basile’s Lo cunto de li cunti titled “Fairytales- A world between the Imaginary. Metaphors at Play in Lo cunto de li cunti by Giambattista Basile” and an Italian reader “Un viaggio fantastico nella lingua e nella cultura italiana!” Her last article “Matteo Garrone’s The Tale of Tales-Visual Metaphors and Transmedial Storytelling” has been...

Christie DeCarolis

Senior instructional designer & part-time lecturer
Christie DeCarolis​ is a senior instructional designer at Rutgers University–Camden. She has taught online undergraduate courses at Rutgers–Camden in Digital Studies and in Gender Studies. She works with faculty to design and develop online courses and utilize educational technology to increase student engagement in traditional courses. She holds a MS in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University.

Christina Bifulco

Associate Director for Teaching and Learning Analytics
Dr. Christina Bifulco supports faculty, department, and deans in improving learning and teaching in her current position at Rutgers University. She has over ten years of teaching experience in higher education and K-12 in both mathematics and education. Christina utilizes her engineering and analytical background to develop novel learning and teaching strategies, assessment, and analysis to create and support engaging learning environments where all students are prepared, ready, and able to learn. She was awarded her doctorate in education (Ed.D.) focused in 21st Century Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2017.

Christine Blanos

Instructional Designer
Christine Blanos joined Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Institute For Families in September 2019 as an Instructional Designer for the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership and Grow NJ Kids Training Services. She is responsible for the design and development of engaging, learner-centered curriculum materials with expertise in Canvas and Articulate 360. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from Douglass College, Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey, and a Certificate in Educational Technology from Rutgers University.
Christopher Zegar

Christopher James Zegar

Director of Innovative Instruction
I am the Director of Innovative Instruction at the Roxbury Township School District. I work specifically on teacher dialogue, inclusive Instructional techniques, online Instruction, and connection to UDL.

Daniel R. Ball

Associate Professor of Business
Daniel Ball is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Business at Molloy College. Prior to joining Molloy College in 2016, he was an Associate Professor of Management and Decision Sciences in the Leon Hess School of Business at Monmouth University (2007-2016). He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2007), MS degrees in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2001) and Civil Engineering from Lehigh University (1998), and his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University (1996). Prior to beginning an academic career, he was a design engineer and project manager in the environmental consulting industry. His teaching and research interests include quantitative analysis and...

Dave Uibelhoer

Instructional Designer
Dave Uibelhoer is an instructional designer in the Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) department at Rutgers University. Besides working with faculty to develop and design engaging learning experiences utilizing pedagogical best practices, he also serves as an instructor in the Academic Video Production course for TLT’s Online Teaching Certificate program. Dave has over a decade of experience in higher education and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation research, exploring the roles and identity of instructional designers in higher education.

David Jordan Shernoff

Associate Professor and Director, Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education
Dr. Shernoff is Associate Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education (CMSCE). The mission of the CMSCE is to improve STEM education in New Jersey and beyond through interdisciplinary research and teacher professional development. Dr. Shernoff received his doctorate in education from the University of Chicago, and served a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2003-2013, he taught courses on adolescent development, educational psychology, and motivation to graduate and undergraduate students as an associate professor at Northern Illinois University. He has served as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on over ten externally-funded research projects on community engagement or student...

David Andrew Joiner

Associate Professor
Dr. David A. Joiner is the Kenneth L. Estabrook professor of Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education at Kean University, and an Associate Professor in the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Dr. Joiner’s work focuses on two areas, the application of computing to the solution of problems in astronomy and the infusion of computational science into secondary and undergraduate curriculum. As an astrophysicist, Dr. Joiner’s work focuses on modeling properties of the interstellar medium, particularly through the use of radiative transfer for embedded objects such as asymptotic giant branch stars and cataclysmic objects such as novae. Additionally Dr. Joiner uses N-Body gravitational modeling combined with simulated annealing and Monte-Carlo Markov Chain techniques...

David Schejbal

Vice President and Chief of Digital Learning, Marquette University
David Schejbal is the Vice President and Chief of Digital Learning at Marquette University, a position he has held since 2018. This followed 11 years as Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. In this role, Schejbal helped launch the new UW Flexible Option, the first system-wide competency-based, self-paced learning option in the nation. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Schejbal spent eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he was associate vice chancellor and director of Continuing Education. Schejbal joined UWEX after seven years at Northwestern University, where he served as the Associate Dean of the University College and the Director of Summer Sessions and Special Programs.
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Dr. Richard J. Novak

Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Dr. Richard J. Novak is the Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As such, Dr. Novak leads the Division of Continuing Studies, a unique, University-wide organization with 20 different business units supporting lifelong learning, both credit and non-credit.

Emily Karen Filardo

Associate Professor, School of Psychology
Dr. Emily K. Filardo is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychologyy at Kean University, Union, NJ. She was director for 11 years, of the Women's and Gender Studies Minor Program. Dr. Filardo's background is in Educational Psychology (Ph.D. Educational Psychology), and she has been actively involved in student support and retention programs, including five years as Director of Kean's Freshman Seminar Program, active in leadership of faculty development programs, including pedagogy training, as well as on incorporating multicultural and diversity issues into college teaching. Her teaching and research has focused on the psychology of gender and sexuality, the psychology of prejudice, racism, and anti-racism, applications of psychological theory and research to educational settings...

Fredrick Dixon

Product Manager, BigBlueButton
Fred Dixon is the product manager for BigBlueButton and is always looking to increase the instructor's effectiveness to engage students to promote online learning. He also moonlights as the CEO of Blindside Networks Inc.

Joshua Kim

Director of Online Programs and Strategy at Dartmouth College
Dr. Joshua Kim is the Director of Online Programs and Strategy at Dartmouth College, and a Senior Fellow for Academic Transformation, Learning, and Design at the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University. In February of 2020, Josh and his co-author Eddie Maloney published Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education with Johns Hopkins University Press. Josh has a PhD in sociology and demography from Brown University.

Karen Sibley

VP for Strategic Initiatives
Karen H. Sibley, Ed.D. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Education Brown University, Providence, RI Karen Sibley serves the University and the Office of the Provost as an and action-oriented leader for initiatives of key significance to the University. Her current portfolio includes guiding the provost’s strategic plan, Brown and the Innovation Economy through work with the newly opened RIHUB at the Innovation Center in Providence and with a range of stake holders from faculty and students at Brown, to government, industry and other educational institutions and non-profit organizations. She serves as a key conduit and organizer for members of the campus community to connect with the regional entrepreneurial, business...

Kate Bachmann

Instructional Support Specialist
Kate is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Information Technology and Informatics. Prior to finding a niche in technical support, she worked with the Rutgers Recreation and Intramural Sports group as a social media marketer, using platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to increase student and alumni participation in Rutgers Recreation events. Kate joined TLT in 2015 and her experience provided a valuable asset in the planning, marketing, and execution of the Rutgers Online Learning Conference and Rutgers Day. Kate assists faculty and students with the Learning Management Systems and Educational Technologies provided by TLT and also contributes in data analysis and processing, compiling large reports for analytics and performance metrics.

Kim Spaccarotella

Kim Spaccarotella, PhD, is a lecturer at Kean University, where she teaches courses in general biology, nutrition and exercise science. She holds a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Kean University and completed post-doctoral research at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the effects of diet on sports training and chronic disease prevention and the development of nutrition education materials that promote wellness across the health and science curriculum.

Linda Lopez

E-Learning Support Specialist
Linda Lopez is the E-Learning Support Specialist at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She began working at SPH in a part-time temporary position and later as a full-time staff member. She is instrumental in helping with the development of the school’s online program. Ms. Lopez has her MA in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University.

Marc Cicchino

Director of Innovation
Dr. Marc Cicchino is the Director of Innovation in Northern Valley Regional High School District, a high achieving public high school district in northern New Jersey, and a PTL for the writing program in Rutgers - New Brunswick. He has published research on game-based learning and problem-based learning, and has a continued interest in all facets of student engagement. This includes student-centered pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, the purposeful integration of instructional technology, and the intersection of neuroscience and learning.

Matt Marino

Matt Marino serves as an Adjunct Professor at multiple universities and colleges within the state of New Jersey teaching hybrid and face-to-face courses in the fields of Business, Communication, Computing/Technology, and Education. Holding degrees in Computer Science, Business, and Education Matt Marino brings a combination of pedagogical understanding, content understanding, and professional experience to enhance the classroom experience.

Maureen L. Mackenzie-Ruppel

Professor of Business
Maureen’s twenty year + corporate management career and experience, partners extremely well with her nineteen years of academic experience as a Full Professor of Business, Management, and Leadership. Maureen served as the President of the Northeast Business & Economics Association. She has served as a member of its Board of Directors for fifteen years +. She was recently elevated to a level of honor as an Executive Director. Her role as an Academic Dean allowed her to use her knowledge, skills, and her disposition to create a meaningful and transformative student experiences. Her development of the Capstone Consulting experience for the MBA and B.S. programs caused a meaningful shift in how students see their role as business professionals and their responsibility to society. Maureen’...

Natalia Kouraeva

Instructional Designer
Natalia Kouraeva serves as an Instructional Designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at Rutgers University. Dr. Kouraeva is supporting Rutgers faculty in creating effective learning environments by integrating pedagogy principles and technology tools to meet the diverse learning needs of students. Dr. Kouraeva previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education in a four-year college, a course instructor in community college, and as a special education teacher in K-12. She has been preparing future educators and teaching students with special learning needs for many years. Dr. Kouraeva holds a B.S. and an M. Ed. from Moscow Pedagogical University in Russia and an Ed. D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Kouraeva values diversity and believes in the power of...

Rajita Bhavaraju

Deputy Director, Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute
Rajita Bhavaraju, PhD is the Deputy Director of the Global Tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers, The State University of NJ. She has over 20 years of experience in collecting data for educational program needs assessment and evaluations and has done presentations and conducted workshops both nationally and internationally on this and other topics. Dr. Bhavaraju is also an Instructor for the Rutgers School of Public Health where she teaches on data collection for the assessment of gaps and for measuring indicators as part of her course objectives.

Richard Metzger

Technical Director Rutgers Arts Online
Richard Metzger is the Technical Director of Rutgers Arts Online and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice for the Music Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Rutgers. His publications include three critical editions, Chansons of the Sixteenth Century for Classical Guitar: Franco-Flemish and Parisian Chansons Printed by Attaingnant, French Clavecin Music for Guitar, and The Marsh Lute Book. Another major lute manuscript of the late English Renaissance, the Willoughby Lute Book are forthcoming. He has performed at both classical and jazz venues and continues to play jazz in pick-up bands. Richard has been with the division since 2009, having been the first at Mason Gross School of the Arts to...

Richard Dool

Teaching Professor, Director
Dr. Dool is on the Graduate faculty at Rutgers University where he is also the Director of the Masters in Communication and Media program. Dr. Dool has a MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership, a MS in Management and a Doctorate in Management/Organizational Processes. Dr. Dool is an active researcher and presenter and has published on the concepts of Change FatigueTM and LeaderocityTM. He is the author of “Enervative Change: The Impact of Persistent Change Initiatives on Job Satisfaction. He also published: “How Generation Z Wants to be Led” and “12 Months of Leadership Insights: A Compendium of Leadership Lessons from 40 Leaders.” Dr. Dool has a comprehensive and diverse executive level leadership background including leading an $800M division of AT&T, global commercial...

Robin Lynn Eubanks

Associate Professor
Dr. Robin Eubanks is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences – School of Health Professions in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Eubanks has been with the University in a variety of capacities for over 30 years. She teaches a variety of courses focusing on cultural Issues in physical and mental health care, educational methods in teaching, and qualitative research. Dr. Eubanks has a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a Master’s degree from Adelphi University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University. She was privileged to receive a Student Research Recognition Award, African American Achievement Award, Excellence in Teaching Award and the University of Excellence Award, service to external community education....

Ruqqayya Maudoodi

Director Rutgers Arts Online
Ruqqayya Maudoodi is Director of Rutgers Arts Online and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art and arts education with a concentration in printmaking. As an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, she is also a frequent presenter at meetings of the World Conference on E-Learning. Her current research interests include digital media for teaching and learning, massive open online courses, and the infrastructure and course development of hybrid and online degree programs. Ruqqayya has guided...

Shino John

AVP Strategic Growth
Shino John serves as Associate Vice President for Strategic Growth for the Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) at Rutgers, The State University of New jersey. Shino has responsibility for the Center for Government Services, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Center for Innovation Education and chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for DoCS. Collectively these programs deliver 500 non-credit courses and over 20,000 registrations annually. On behalf of DoCS Shino also oversees the Rutgers Makerspace, home to over 2,500 visitors every year, learning to use a comprehensive array of additive and subtractive prototyping tools to bring their product ideas to reality. The Makerspace is a collaborative workspace designed for students, faculty, and staff from all academic disciplines who...
Suparna Sinha

Suparna Sinha

Director of Teacher Professional Development at the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education (CMSCE). She co-developed and co-leads the Rutgers Maker Camp for middle school students (with Todd Menadier). She earned her Ph.D. degree at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on understanding how students’ engagement with technologies influences their thinking and learning. She investigates influences of technological affordances (of simulations, hypermedia and modeling tools) on collaborative engagement, and subsequently how student’s collaborative engagements in technology-intensive learning environments influences individual transfer of learning. Her interest in the relationship between engagement and transfer stems from her prior professional...

Tara George

Associate Professor and Head of Journalism and Television/Digital Media at Montclair State University
Tara George is Associate Professor of Journalism at Montclair State University and Head of Journalism and Television/Digital Media at the School of Communication and Media. She has worked as a journalist in Singapore, London, New York and New Jersey. Her more recent work has appeared in The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly magazine, MediaShift, NiemanLab and on NJTV. At Montclair State, she teaches journalism classes to undergraduates and is adviser to the award-winning independent student news organization, The Montclarion. Work by students in her journalism classes has repeatedly received awards for achievement from The New Jersey Press Association. In 2016 she was honored with an award for Professing Excellence at Montclair State. Her scholarship focuses on issues in local journalism...

Walker Perry

Media Specialist I
Walker Perry is a Media Specialist for the Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) division at Rutgers University. A former environmental journalist and videographer, Walker aims to use his skill set in digital storytelling, non-linear editing, graphic design, and audio engineering to support faculty with the production of engaging academic media.