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Our Team

The Center for Teaching and Learning faculty support services are available through both online and in-person modalities. To quickly get in touch with questions about your course and find assistance by booking an appointment during Open Lab times and one-to-on consultations, on Zoom. You can also connect with faculty and instructional designers by joining the Faculty Hub on Slack.

Buck Barbieri

Buck Barbieri

Media Producer

bsbarbieri@alaska.edu

Chris Beks

Chris Beks

Instructional Designer
Blackboard Certified Trainer
ITIL Foundations Certification

cgbeks@alaska.edu

A headshot of Christen Booth

Christen Booth

Creative Director
Instructional Designer
Google for Education Certified Trainer

cdbooth@alaska.edu

A black and white photo of Alyssa Enriquez

Alyssa Enriquez

Instructional Designer

amenriquez2@alaska.edu

Elle Fournier

Elle Fournier

Instructional Designer 

cmfournier2@alaska.edu

Sean Holland

Sean Holland

Associate Director of Learning Innovation

smholland@alaska.edu

Dan Lasota

Dan LaSota

Instructional Designer
Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Certified QM Training Facilitator

dlasota@alaska.edu

Eric Lonn

Eric Lonn

Lead Media Designer

eglonn@alaska.edu

Mika outside in the sun, wearing a hat

Mika McCrary

Media Designer

mlmccrary@alaska.edu

Moss

Jennifer Moss

Instructional Designer
edX Certified Course Creator
Creative Commons Certified Educator

jlmoss@alaska.edu

Kendell Newman Sadiik

Kendell Newman Sadiik

Associate Director of Transformative Teaching
Instructional Designer
LION Liaison

klnewman4@alaska.edu

Clara Noomah

Instructional Designer

cfnoomah@alaska.edu

Jenn Pedersen, PhD

Jennifer Pedersen

Executive Director, CTL

Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Online Pedagogy Peer-Reviewer

jpedersen@alaska.edu

Faith Porter is our Microcredentialing & Faculty Outreach Specialist

Faith Porter

Microcredentialing & Faculty Outreach Specialist

fafleagle@alaska.edu

Shayla Sackinger

Shayla Sackinger

Instructional Designer

shsackinger@alaska.edu

LJ Varghese

LJ Varghese

Instructional Designer

ljvarghese@alaska.edu

Zach Cureton-Hazard

Zach Cureton-Hazard

Instructional Designer

zcureton@alaska.edu


Buck Barbieri

Buck Barbieri

STUDENT MEDIA PRODUCER

bsbarbieri@alaska.edu

Buck comes from Washington State on the border with Canada. He has a great love for animation which is his main focus in film. Buck has a diverse background in many arts and sciences including foreign languages, biology, film, art and music.  He is excited to work together with designers and professors to help create awesome tools in tune with students’ and teachers’ goals for success.  

Expertise & Specialties

Film, Video and Radio Production
2D & 3D Animation & Animation Production
Adobe Creative Cloud Products
Autodesk Maya
Graphic & 3D Design

Education and Certification

Candidate for a BA in Film Studies,  UAF


Chris Beks

Chris Beks

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

chris.beks@alaska.edu

Chris Beks is an instructional designer and has been working with technology in higher education for more than fifteen years. He is interested in how technology can enhance instruction and assist the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.  He has been at UAF since 1996, as student, adjunct, and full-time faculty. Prior to joining CTL, he worked for seven years as a staff member in the OIT Training & Development group.

Expertise & Specialties

Canvas & Blackboard
Google Apps for Education
Educational Technology
Learning Management Systems

Education and Certification

B.S.  in Business (Retail Management concentration)

Certificate in Information Technology Specialist

Blackboard Certified Trainer
ITIL Foundations Certification


A headshot of Christen Booth

Christen Booth

Creative Director
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

cdbooth@alaska.edu

Christen in an instructional designer, Google Certified Apps for Education Trainer, and has worked at CTL for 19 years. She values inquiry and ingenuity as tools for remaining an effective lifelong learner, and is most engaged thinking about how we become better problem solvers. She finds the most interesting spaces are platforms that intersect with social media and support user contribution, collaboration, and place-based learning.

Christen has also taught the Web Graphics & Multimedia class (CITS F221) for CTC, both face-to-face and online.

Expertise & Specialties

Instructional design
Google Apps for Education
Website development & management
Multimedia authoring
Graphic design
Social media integration
Podcasting
Metalsmith
Sculptor
Runner

Education and Certification

19 years, UAF CTL

7 years, Adjunct for CTC

7 years, Google for Education Certified Trainer


Ian Borowski

Ian Borowski

MEDIA DESIGNER

ijborowski@alaska.edu

Ian is a media designer with 5 plus years experience creating multimedia across many different platforms.

Expertise & Specialties

Media Creation

Education and Certification

BA Film & Performing Arts, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2021
Part 107, UAS Pilot


A black and white photo of Alyssa Enriquez

Alyssa Enriquez

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

amenriquez2@alaska.edu

Alyssa is a designer, educator, and artist with over a decade of experience in education and non-profit development. Her work at the Center for Teaching and Learning is focused on graduate student teaching experience and development. She holds an MFA in Photography from UAF and a BFA from Academy of Art University.

Expertise & Specialties

Digital Storytelling
Program Development 
Event Management   
Adobe Creative Cloud
Graphic Design  
Fine Art
Historic Photographic Processes
Outdoor Recreation 

Education and Certification

Master of Fine Arts in Photography (2016)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography (2013)
Academy of Art University

Photography Instructor, UAF
Mental Health First Aid Certified
Wilderness First Responder
Swiftwater Pro Packraft Rescue Certification


Elle Fournier

Elle Fournier

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

cmfournier2@alaska.edu

Elle is a writer, designer, scholar, and teacher. She loves the challenge of designing engaging and equitable courses and is particularly interested in pedagogies that are rooted in land, community, and place. Her work often applies a critical lens to inclusivity in online and institutional spaces. As an instructor, she has taught lower and upper division courses in theories of language, culture, and digital technologies. Elle is from the Pacific Northwest and grew up in the shrub-steppe of Washington state. She spends her free time exploring the outdoors, baking, and attempting to keep her house plants alive.

Expertise & Specialties

Inclusive Design
Critical Pedagogy
Digital Scholarship
Place- and Community-Based Learning
Canvas
Google Apps for Education
Adobe Creative Cloud
Writing and Composition Pedagogy

Education and Certification

PhD in English, Rhetoric & Composition (2023)
Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and Culture
Washington State University

MA in English (2017)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

BA in Convergent Media Journalism and French (2011)
Central Washington University


Sean Holland

Sean Holland

Associate Director of Learning Innovation

smholland@alaska.edu

A 2007 UAF graduate, Sean spent a majority of his adult life living and teaching in Hokkaido, Japan until he returned to Alaska in 2015. In his time at rural Japanese elementary and junior high schools, Sean actively used technology to enhance instruction and broaden students’ cultural horizons, played a lot of dodgeball and learned how to unicycle. Himself a graduate of an online graduate degree program in 2014, Sean hopes to help faculty and students get the most out of their online teaching and learning experiences.

Expertise & Specialties

MOOCs
edX Course Design
Video Production & Screencasting
Interactive Video
Virtual & Augmented Reality
Accessibility & Captioning
Language Education & Second Language Acquisition

Education and Certification

B.A. in Linguistics (2007)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

M.A. in Applied Linguistics (2014)
University of Massachusetts Boston

Google for Education Certified Trainer

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies
International Association of Accessibility Professionals


Dan Lasota

Dan Lasota

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

dan.lasota@alaska.edu

Dan LaSota, M.Ed. in Online Instructional Design, has dabbled in science education, technology, and public policy for 35 years. He’s been an Instructional Designer at UAF Center for Teaching and Learning for the last 12.

Expertise & Specialties

Pedagogy
Remotely Controlled Labs
Strategic Design
Database and Web Development
Repartee
Media Literacy

Education and Certification

M.Ed. Online Instructional Design (2015)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska Teaching Certificate (1989)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

B.S. Physics and Astronomy (1987)
University of Rochester


Eric Lonn

Eric Lonn

LEAD MEDIA DESIGNER

eglonn@alaska.edu

Eric is a video producer with over a decade of experience in news, marketing, and VFX and is fascinated by the intersection of technology and education. In his free time he loves to cook, make video games, and spend time with his family.

Expertise & Specialties

Video Editing
Compositing
3D Animation
Unity

Education and Certification

Video Editing
Compositing
3D Animation
Unity


Mika outside in the sun, wearing a hat

Mika McCrary

MEDIA DESIGNER

mlmccrary@alaska.edu

Mika is from a small interior town in Alaska. She loves film in all aspects, with a gravitation towards post-production and production design. As a graduate of the film program at UAF, Mika holds skills in graphic design, camera work, editing, directing, and finding ways to spend time productively waiting for exports.

Expertise & Specialties

Film & Video Production
Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop
Graphic Design
Art

Education and Certification

BA in Film Studies, UAF


Moss

Jennifer Moss

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

jlmoss@alaska.edu

Jennifer is an instructional designer at UAF CTL with over 25 years experience working with faculty. She is interested in the confluence of innovation and higher education in the facilitation of successful educational experiences. She is also interested in ways to foster transdisciplinary efforts within the university system. Jennifer teaches online digital graphics and imaging courses for UAF, works as a professional fine artist, and gets outside and off grid as much as possible. jmossdesign.comjmossart.com

Expertise & Specialties

edX Course Creation
Open Education & OER  
WordPress  
HTML, CSS  
Augmented Reality  
Adobe CC Apps  
Digital Storytelling
Graphic Design & Illustration
Fine Art

Education and Certification

Digital Graphics Instructor, UAF
edX Certified Course Creator
Creative Commons Certified Educator
QM Peer Reviewer
QM APPQMR and IYOC Facilitator  
BA English Literature, UAF
Pacific Northwest College of Art


Kendell Newman Sadiik

Kendell Newman Sadiik

Associate Director of Transformative Teaching
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER
LION LIAISON

kendell.sadiik@alaska.edu

Kendell is a writer, teacher, and instructional designer who has been working in higher education for the last ten years. Her writing and teaching explore the edges of their fields, including digital storytelling, e-literature, experiential learning, and hybrid education environments. Her teaching philosophy is student-centered and engaged with the many communities that students navigate daily. With her B.A. in Political Economy, she worked in social science research in Cambridge, MA before moving to Fairbanks to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, which she completed in 2015. She’s excited to work with teachers and students to develop learning environments made better by the creative and intentional incorporation of technology. 

Expertise & Specialties

Curriculum Design
Tools for Collaboration
Student-centered Learning
Digital Storytelling
WordPress
Canvas
Google Apps
Adobe Creative Cloud
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Critical Digital Pedagogy

Education and Certification

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing  (2015)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy  (2008)
Williams College
Magna  Cum Laude


Clara Noomah

Clarah Noomah

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

cfnoomah@alaska.edu

Clara has been an instructional designer at UAF since 2018 and has worked in education since 2009. Her experiences as an educator in elementary schools and science museums has sparked her interest in online instructional tools that maximize student engagement through active participation and lively discussion.

With her diverse education and work experience in everything from research science to social work, Clara is always eager to learn more about how the world works from the amazing instructors at UAF, and find innovative ways to bring those learning opportunities to students.

Clara grew up in Alaska, but has lived in Chile, Massachusetts, and Oregon. She feels very much at home here in the land of resourceful cooking and outdoor adventure.

Expertise & Specialties

STEM and Online Labs
Digital Accessibility
Captioning
PDF Remediation for Accessibility
Course- and Program-level Curriculum Design
Google Apps for Education
Graphic Design

Education and Certification

edX Certified Course Creator (2020)
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer (2018)
Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Lewis & Clark College (2016)
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Williams College (2013)


Jenn Pedersen, PhD

Jenn Pedersen

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

jpedersen@alaska.edu

318.771.2536

Jenn is an Educational Psychologist who is committed to redesigning learning experiences to give all students the opportunity to achieve their dreams. She came to UAF with experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, mentoring thesis and doctoral students, consulting, and serving in administrative roles at a wide spectrum of institutions. That experience informs her approach to designing and developing courses that engage, challenge, and appeal to diverse learners. Jenn has created a wide range of faculty (and administrator) development opportunities on accessibility, program curriculum development, instructional and learning design and delivery, experiential learning, differentiated instruction, and effective online teaching practices. She loves tackling new course design challenges and helping faculty find ways to make their subjects compelling and accessible to Alaskan students.

Expertise & Specialties

Curriculum Design
Faculty Development
Online Innovation
Online Teaching Effectiveness
Pedagogy
Quality Matters
Accessibility
Learning Design
Experiential Learning
Differentiated Instruction

Education and Certification

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Walden University

M.S. in Educational Psychology
Walden University

B. S. in Psychology
Troy University

Blackboard Certified Trainer
Blackboard Exemplary Course Peer Reviewer
Certified QM Peer Reviewer
Certified Online and Face to Face Applying the QM Rubric Trainer
Certified Online and Face to Face QM Improving Your Online Course Trainer
MBTI Practitioner
Online Pedagogy Peer-Reviewer


Faith Porter is our Microcredentialing & Faculty Outreach Specialist

Faith Porter

Microcredentialing & Faculty Outreach Specialist

fafleagle@alaska.edu

Faith joined the eCampus team in 2016. She brought with her a diverse background in student support and success. Within eCampus, she has worked as the Students Success Specialist and Exam Services Manager. In Spring 2022, she joined the Executive Director’s Academic Incubator (AI) Team. Within AI, Faith focuses on the early stages of bringing a course/program fully online, overseeing the microcredential program for the Troth Yeddha campus, assists with for credit edX & micro degree programs, marketing, and more!

Expertise & Specialties

Badging & Microcredentials

Course and Program Development

Testing

Canva

Education and Certification


Shayla Sackinger

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

shsackinger@alaska.edu

After working for us for multiple semesters as a student worker while she completed her BA degree, Shayla joined UAF CTL as a full-time employee in 2022. She expands our graphic design and original illustration capabilities.

Expertise & Specialties

Graphic design
Custom illustration
Media Production

Education and Certification

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Japanese Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks


LJ Varghese

LJ Varghese

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

ljvarghese@alaska.edu

LJ Varghese joined UAF CTL as an instructional designer in summer 2022. Focusing on UAF’s AlaskaX initiative, they bring experience in library and archival sciences as well as DEI work within higher education institutions. LJ believes education should be equitable and accessible, and they are interested in defining and creating transformative teaching and learning experiences.

Expertise & Specialties

Course & program development
edX

Education and Certification

BA in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MSI – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Zach Cureton-Hazard

Zach Cureton-Hazard

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

zcureton@alaska.edu

Zach Cureton-Hazard is a member of the design team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Teaching and Learning. Zach has a bachelors degree in chemistry and is a certified secondary science teacher in Alaska. After spend 6 years teaching science in Alaska (two years in Saint Marys and 4 years in Seward), he joined the team at CTL.

Expertise & Specialties

Badgining & Microcredentials

Canvas

The MILL Makerspace

Education and Certification

B.S. in Chemistry

Alaska Department of Education Professional Teaching License