I officially joined The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning as the CETL team media specialist on January 1st 2015. I started working for the University of Wisconsin, Superior at the beginning of January 2014, holding the position of Associate Media Specialist in the Distance Learning Center, providing a variety of media production service in support of the Distance Learning Center mission. I spent time last year working on online course content related projects, with a focus on the use of available technologies that leverage the use of Learn@UW-Superior and other campus resources.
In CETL I will provide media production and technology transfer support to the CETL mission working with faculty, instructional staff and academic departments serving both campus based and alternative course delivery. Although much of the production work I do involves video production, I am experienced in providing almost any type of graphic design work, as well as illustrations, simple animations, audio production and photography.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Technical Illustration and Graphic Design from Bemidji State University with emphasis in computer imaging and technical illustration. Since earning my degree, I have done some freelance work and held several different positions working in higher education, manufacturing and for a non-profit organization. I consider myself a life-long learner and have strived to keep pace with advances in digital media production equipment and software applications.
At the University on Minnesota, Crookston, I held the position of Communications Technician providing media production services to both the UMC campus and the Northwest District University of Minnesota Extension Service. The types of services provided include: graphic design, illustration, photography, video production, audio production and computer based instructional support materials. I also taught several courses as an adjunct and continuing education courses for the Center for Adult Learning.
I've work in the non-profit sector was as a Project Director working on a grant-funded project called the "Manufacturer's eBusiness Network" during my time with the Red River Trade Council and the Northern Great Plains Initiative for Rural Development. The "Manufacturer's eBusiness Network" project served as an internet telecommunications services incubation center. I was involved in consulting directly with manufacturing firms on their internet telecommunication planning and implementation. I also participated in research and development involving internet telecommunications, delivered workshops and presented at conferences on topics covering video streaming, web site design, search engine optimization, making your web site multi-lingual and web site optimization.
In the private sector I have worked for two manufacturing companies, SJE Rombus and Mattracks, Inc. At SJE Rombus I held the title of Engineering Documentation/Graphic Specialist where I worked in both the engineering and advertising departments. Major projects and responsibilities included the development of an AutoCad based engineering documentation system, label printing and automations systems, technical publications development and media production for the advertising department. At Mattracks, Inc. I held the position of Marketing Manager and was involved with all aspects of marketing and advertising the Mattracks product line. I did the majority of the media production, maintained the company's websites, over-saw corporate communications, wrote the technical publications and supervise the work of the department staff.
In July 2010 I left Mattracks to work towards a graphic design focused masters degree at the University of North Dakota in the Technology Department, where I was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship position. Before I completed the masters program, I was offered and accepted a full-time teaching/program coordinator position for "New Media Production" program at Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. I served as the primary instructor and program coordinator for the "New Media Production" program and while at NCTC, taught all the courses in the program covering digital media production, webcasting and graphic design.
For fun I enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping, travel and motorcycle riding. Although mostly through work, I have traveled extensively throughout the United States and made several trips to China with stopovers in Japan and Hong Kong.
I have been an active member of American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of Minnesota and now I am also an A.B.A.T.E. of Wisconsin member. Previous to moving to Wisconsin I served as Vice-president of the Northwest Chapter - A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota.
Some of my other interests include; drawing, watercolor painting, fine art, photography and writing. While working at Mattracks I wrote a few stories related to ATV recreation, three of which were published in ATV Illustrated Magazine; the articles also featured some of my photography work.
I'm very pleased with my new assignment and look forward to an expanded role serving the CETL mission and building collaborations within the UW-Superior community.
- 2015-2016 Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee
- 2016-2017 Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) Advisory Committee
- 2016-2017 Academic Staff Appeals
- 2017-2018 Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) Advisory Committee
- 2017-2018 University Technology Committee