professional accomplishments

Conferences I Presented

  • Drexel University – eLearning Conference – this presentation was a panel discussion about insuring quality of online courses using the Quality Matters framework to develop courses in an electronic learning environment
  • Bucks County Community College – Faculty of the Future Conference – the  main focus of this presentation was about the Community of Inquiry Model (CoI) and how it serves as a framework for teaching and learning methodologies and approaches to course design and delivery.
  • West Chester University – 12th Annual PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association Annual Conference & Expo – the main focus of this presentation was to demonstrate the importance of incorporating school culture into online learning spaces and the best practices for online instruction.

Workshops I Presented

  • “Engaging Learners with Powerful Technology Tools”
  • “Giving Students Something to Talk About: Engaging Students in Face to Face, Hybrid and Fully Online Learning”
  • “Assessment and Evaluation”

Online Workshops (I facilitated with other presenters)

  • Designing PowerPoint Slides that Keep Students Awake, Engaged and Learning
  • Discussion Forum Revival: Engaging Participants and Maximizing Learning Opportunities
  • Learning Assessment Series: Measuring What Matters: Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning
  • Creating Student-Centered Instructional Design — A Matter of Style!
  • Using Library Services
  • Designing Effective Rubrics for Course Assignments
  • Time Management for Instructors on the Discussion Boards


  • New Faculty Orientation (virtual)
  • New Student Orientation (virtual and face-to-face)

Training Courses – I developed the course curriculum, designed and taught

  • OL 101 – a student orientation course, an introduction to the electronic learning environment
  • Collaboration Online Plus – (COP)
  • COP is a beginner course for faculty who are new to teaching online. Even though the course is mainly tool based, faculty right away are asked to approach the course as if it were an online learning community. Faculty are introduced to a new tool each week that helps them understand how to foster online collaboration. They experiment with industry-standard tools and learn new online teaching strategies for enhancing pedagogy from each other, the course instructors and also invited online guest speakers who are experienced with teaching online. Throughout the course, faculty practice using the tools as a student, and through the assignments are encouraged to think about how the tools could work in their own online courses. During the last week of the course, faculty work one-on-one with an instructional designer to help expand on their newly learned ideas. Even though COP is mainly tool based course, the faculty working as group, begin to experience the value of community building and how it transpires into the online learning environment.
  • Creating Engagement Online -(CEO)
  • In CEO, faculty learn pedagogical techniques to restructure course content to promote more effective student engagement, redesign their assignments, incorporate effective multimedia sources, and to revise communication methods to encourage additional student feedback to deepen both the learning and engagement in their online courses . Additionally, last but not least, the lessons learned in CEO include thoughtful ways to incorporate the University’s foundational values into the online learning experience.


  • Textbook Publication:
    • Lehr, D. (2009). “Technical and Professional Communication: Integrating Text and Visuals” Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing/R Pullins Company. Print. (Pg. 105-106 and pg. 142-146)
  • Journal Publication
    • Dugan, Mary Ann. Hierholzer, Regina. Wieland, Diane. “Communicating Clinical Agency Orientation Materials Via the University Portal” Nurse Educator Nov. Dec. 2008. Print.

Program Reviews

  • Instructional Technology Management- for final and full accreditation for PA Department of Education
  • Human Capitol Development – program assessment review to assure students were learning

LMS Reviews

  • WebCT
  • Blackboard
  • Canvas

Management Training

  • Online and hybrid course development process
  • Mentorship program for faculty teaching online
  • Train-the-Trainer opportunity
  • Faculty and course evaluations
  • Online course curriculum redesign

External Partner Collaboration – Open Forum Discussions

  • UPCEA – met with an outside group to discuss the current trends and concerns facing educating our adult population
  • NEWUG – met with an outside group to discuss how to assure quality design of online and hybrid format courses


  • UPCEA Forward Thinking Award – The La Salle Online Experience, a faculty training course

Related Certifications

  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification
  • Adobe Dreamweaver Web Design Certification