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Sukhwant Jhaj

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success

Sukhwant Jhaj provides vision and leadership to advance student success and undergraduate learning at Oregon's largest and most diverse public university. Trained as an architect, Sukhwant uses design thinking to discover new solutions for student success challenges.

Randi Harris

Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success

Randi Harris works with the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success to coordinate and support projects aimed to enhance student learning and experience at PSU. She received her Master’s degree in Educational, Leadership, and Policy from Portland State University with a focus on Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education.

Johannes De Gruyter, MA, MSc

Executive Director

Johannes specializes in the organizational and policy-related aspects of online/hybrid learning. Previously he worked at the Media and Learning Unit of the University of Leuven, Belgium, as a team coordinator and policy officer, where he was responsible for policy analysis, faculty development and service-design. He was also active in the EuroPACE network as a project manager for a range of European Commission funded innovation projects. From 2009-2011 he was Chair of the eLearning Taskforce of the Coimbra Group Universities network. He holds a MA from the University of Leuven and an MSc. from the University of Amsterdam.

Janelle Voegele, Ed.D.

Director for Teaching & Learning, and Assessment

Janelle Voegele has a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education. She has over twenty years experience in postsecondary education, and has taught in a wide range of classroom, community-based and online environments - large and small, introductory and advanced level. She has won two student-nominated teaching awards while at PSU, and has presented widely on engaging students in deep and sustained learning. Her current research includes pedagogical assumptions and student learning experiences in partially online courses, the role of academic portfolios in faculty scholarship and professional development, and perceptions of scholarship in the context of institutional change.

Aifang Gordon, Ph.D

Instructional Designer- Research & Compliance

Aifang Gordon has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Instructional Technology, and a master’s degree in Computer Education & Technology, both from Ohio University. She is a member of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidenced-Based Learning (AAEEBL) research committee. Her current research interests are ePortfolio assessment, performance-based assessment of students’ critical thinking skills, community of inquiry for teaching and learning, and cognitive style interactions with computer-mediated instruction.

Molly Griffith, MS

Associate Director of Faculty Support and Emerging Technology

Molly has worked with faculty to design over one hundred new courses in a variety of disciplines, including University capstones, literature seminars, economics surveys, and Public Administration certificates. She has an M.S. in sociology and is completing a Ph.D. in public administration. Her doctoral research is on technology in higher education.

Lynnae Griffiths

Course Support Specialist

Lynnae is a PSU graduate, with studies in languages and linguistics. She has a technical background in software support and hardware refurbishing. At OAI, in addition to staffing the Support Desk, she teaches various tech workshops for faculty, and writes support tutorials. Her passions include puns, portmanteaus, and polyglots.

Samad Hinton

Associate Director of Course and Program Design

Samad has worked in higher education with a primary focus in supporting the development and operation of distance education programs for both for-profit and non-profit universities. In addition to his professional experience, his current MBA program has afforded Samad the opportunity to understand how to implement plans to improve existing processes within complex organizations.

Patrice Morris Hudson, MS

Teaching Support Specialist & Program Administrator

After earning a degree in Education at PSU, Patrice moved from a job at Portland Public Schools to a Teacher Trainer for the US Peace Corps in Belize, C.A., returning later to earn an MS in English/Publishing and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners. In addition to providing faculty with mid-quarter feedback (SGID) sessions and managing the OAI library, Patrice coordinates OAI programs and events, serves as Co-Chair of PSU's Diversity Action Council, and provides notary services. She teaches a summer capstone class in partnership with Donate Life Northwest, to increase public awareness of organ donation/transplantation--an important issue in her family.

Andrew Lawrence, MA

Course Support Specialist

Andrew is passionate about making online education better in his community by directly supporting instructors in online environments. He received his M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University with a focus in Online Education. He has a deep interest in the learning outcomes of students in online learning environments. He also has a deep interest in watermelon, pockets, coffee and hiking to the hot springs. His current research explores how constructivist assumptions about technology influence pedagogical innovation in LMS platforms. You can learn more about him on his website.

Suzanne Matthews, MS

Instructional Designer

Suzanne Matthews has an MS in Instructional Design, a working background as a university Instructional systems design lead and as curricular trainer and developer, specializing in the development of course and program-level assessment and learner outcomes for adult, graduate, undergraduate and technical education. She has participated in the development of curricula and grant writing proposals incorporating STEM, NASAD, ISTE, and other industry-related standards, and in the development and revision of over 60 online, hybrid and in-classroom courses. Her research interests are in the devising of strategies to pedagogically-support differentiated learner populations in online environments, and in the sustainable planning of educational technology and training within institutions.

Her working background also includes graphic and instructional design project management. She also possesses several Pennsylvania state instructional certificates and is certified as an LMS trainer. Suzanne is a member of the Sloan Consortium, the USDLA, and the Cascadia Chapter of the American Society in Training and Development. She is in the process of earning her PMP certification and CPP.

Lisa Molinelli, MLIS

Communication and Knowledge Base Specialist

Lisa has a passion for connecting people with each other and with the information they need. She especially enjoys empowering people to use online tools and information to their fullest potential. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and her BA in English and Women's Studies from Bucknell University. Over the last 15 years, she has worked primarily in academic book publishing and academic libraries. Before joining the OAI as Communication and Knowledge Base Specialist, she held positions at Portland State University's Library as Interim Library Liaison to the Graduate School of Education and Reference and Instruction Librarian. Her professional interests include: online learning and information literacy; information architecture, UX, and web design; and social media and community building. Lisa loves to read and write during her off-hours, too: she has an active Goodreads account and has been known to Tweet a Haiku a day during National Poetry Month in April.

Vince Schreck, Ed.D.

Instructional Designer

Vince has a background in teacher education and uses a variety of pedagogical perspectives to offer creative insight into online learning, including assignments, assessments, and course evaluation. Vince earned his Master's Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University (1994) and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University (2004).

Mark Terui, MA

Instructional Designer

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University and has an M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. He has worked in a variety of IT technical support and training positions for nearly 25 years and has worked in higher education at several different colleges and universities since 1995. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for PCC since 2008 in the Computer Applications & Office Systems department, and teaches fully online and face-to-face classes every term. He prefers to focus on the application of technology and learning theories to teaching and is probably the person to contact when you’re “just trying to get it to work”.

Kale Brewer, BA, AAS

Instructional Multimedia Developer
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Kale Brewer joined our team full time in 2014 as OAI's Instructional Multimedia Developer. Kale previously worked as OAI's Media, Development & Production Assistant from 2012-2013 and as a student supporting a variety of capacities from 2009-2012. Some of Kale's interests at OAI are media production, online course development and hands-on training. In 2012 Kale received both a B.A. in Community Development with a communications option from Portland State and an A.A.S. in Multimedia from Portland Community College. Kale enjoys carptentry, geocaching, hiking, board games, urban & backcountry adventures, bicycle touring and is a year- round, no-matter-the-weather bike commuter to PSU.

Kari Goin, MFA

Course Builder Specialist

Kari specializes in designing interactive and accessible user experiences in learning and content management systems.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Digital Media from the University of Montana with an emphasis on the integration and implementation of collaborative teaching tools and technologies into the online learning environment.  Her experience in curriculum building, graphic design, photograph restoration, professional book and layout design, social media, web design, user interface design and digital branding, brings an innovative and dynamic visual perspective to online learning. She has presented her instructional design work at the state level as well as taught online, hybrid, and supplemental courses in subjects such as digital technology, social media, and educational technology.  She is currently working to develop course, program and university wide policy including workshops and training materials on web accessibility and course building for faculty.  A designer by nature, she spends her free time photographing, hiking around Portland, and blogging.

Tauseef Hemayet, MS

Instructional Multimedia Developer 

Tauseef received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Winona State University. He specializes in instructional multimedia content creation and interactive content. His professional interests include: user interface design, digital content development, and multimedia applications. He’s also loves to talk about the latest gadgets, and has been consulted by more than one OAI staff member considering a new smartphone.

Toai Nguyen, BS

Course Builder Specialist

Toai received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Portland State University. He is interested in developing web-interactive design for online courses. Outside of work, Toai enjoys growing a jungle of fragrant tropical plants in his apartment.

Izabella Warner, MA

Course Builder Specialist

Izabella has a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Anthropology and Biology from the Australian National University, as well as, a Masters in Knowledge Management from University of Canberra, Australia. Izabella has 14 years experience working in academia, not for profit and the government sector. Before moving to Portland in 2012 she worked in such diverse fields as research and education policy communications, database management, multimedia development and flexible learning design. Prior to joining OAI as a Course Builder Specialist, Izabella worked as the Communications Coordinator at Portland State University’s Office of Information Technology. Her professional interests include interactive communications technology and the application of universal design principles in creating learner centered environments. In her spare time Izabella loves to read and listen to music.

Liz Kamerer, BA

Community Based Learning Program Assistant

Liz has been involved in service learning since her 5th grade class began a native plant garden in the corner of the playground. From there, she found a middle school that allowed her to get out of the classroom at least once a week and she’s been connecting learning to the community ever since. She has worked with hundreds of young volunteers across the region, and she values the leadership, interpersonal and professional skills that develop in these contexts. She has a B.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College and is currently pursuing an M.A. Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU. Her areas of interest include community based learning, retention and persistence, disability services and academic support.

OAI Staff Partners

JD Gillis

Distance Learning Support Specialist and D2L Administration


JD Gillis is the Distance Learning Support Specialist and D2L Administrator for the Office of Information Technology. He started working at OIT as a student Desktop Replacement Technician in 2006 while working for his degree in History. After Graduating in 2010, he decided not to quit his day job and continue in the field of IT at Portland State. Outside of work, JD enjoys his inner nerd by playing video games and browsing reddit. He also plays Guitar and Mandolin in a classic rock cover band.



Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D.

Faculty in Residence for Academic Writing

Dannelle received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Michigan State, and is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State. She is a coauthor of several books, including Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning and Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change. Her research and writing focuses on identifying and studying ways for educators to be more effective and productive in their professional lives.

Through Dannelle's leadership, the Jumpstart Writing Program has provided an effective cross-discipline forum for faculty to explore and apply resources for enhancing academic writing and publication. Additionally, Dannelle will hold regular hours in Cramer 349 each Monday morning from 9:00 - 12:00 and welcomes appointments with faculty (

We feel very fortunate that Dannelle has agreed to take this position and we look forward to working with her on additional opportunities to further academic writing success.

Zapoura Newton-Calvert, MA

Faculty in Residence for Engagement

Zapoura Newton-Calvert received her MA in English from Portland State University in 2004. Since then, she has taught creative, collaborative writing and community-based learning courses at PSU, Portland Community College, and Marylhurst University. She has extensive background in developing and supporting new teaching collaborations and has also served as a mentor and facilitator for other teachers integrating community-based work into their courses. Currently, Zapoura is the Service Learning Faculty Coordinator for PCC’s Rock Creek Campus and serves as a member several PSU Community of Practice project teams exploring the long-term social engagement of PSU students post-graduation.

Her own hybrid and online service learning classes partner with local schools and education organizations and embody her teaching philosophy, which focuses on the benefi ts of building sustainable learning partnerships among local institutions. She believes that bringing students into the community for learning creates spaces for discussion, develops deeper learning, and encourages working for positive change. As part of her community-based teaching and mentoring, Zapoura writes an education blog that incorporates student and community writing to educate the public on educational equity in Portland.

Dr. Nike Arnold 

Faculty in Residence for Learning Technology

Nike Arnold received her Ph.D. in German/Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research and teaching interests include teacher training, instructional technology, assessment, computer-mediated communication and computer assisted language learning. She is a member of the editorial board of Language Learning and Technology, as well as the Executive Board of CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium).

Dr. Eva Thanheiser

Faculty in Residence for Pedagogy

Eva Thanheiser received her doctorate in Mathematics and Science Education from the joint PhD program between the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University. She has published in a variety of mathematics education research and practitioner journals. Her foci of interest are instructor content knowledge for teaching, instructor beliefs about teaching and learning, and instructor motivation to learn. For example, Eva has been researching ways to connect the university classroom to her university students’ future careers by integrating work with K-12 students into her university mathematics classrooms. Such integration has been shown to motivate students.

Dr. Jeremy Parra

Faculty in Residence for STEM

Jeremy Parra received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Portland State University. He has worked in industry as a research scientist developing new technology for atmospheric monitoring; he also has experience in starting and running his own scientific data monitoring company. He is a current advisory board member and founder of Altair- a school for highly motivated and talented children. Jeremy is a proud advisory board member of PSU’s Ronald E. McNair scholars program, having been a McNair Scholar himself. Since 2011 Jeremy has been teaching in both the Environmental Science and Management and Physics departments, teaching an array of classes aimed at diverse student populations and of varying content, including: Calculus-based Physics, Environmental Statistics, Urban Air Pollution and Environmental Sustainability. In his endeavors of teaching he has enjoyed collaboration with OAI and the PSU STEM council in developing best practices for large enrollment classes, online education, flipped classroom and active learning environments.