Debbie is an Instructional Designer for the College of Arts and Architecture’s eLearning Institute. She assists the Senior Instructional Designer in various aspects of course production and operational efficiency at the course level (e.g. ANGEL, Drupal, etc.), and is responsible for performing a wide variety of interrelated course management tasks important to the effective delivery of the college’s on-line learning experiences.
Her responsibilities include managing and preparing for the startup of courses each semester, developing faculty skills in creating, maintaining, and troubleshooting their on-line courses, and coordinating overall problem resolution for both faculty and students at the college. In conjunction with her role at the eLearning Institute, Debbie also serves on the Faculty Development Subcommittee for Penn State Online.
Before assuming her role at the eLearning Institute, Debbie received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a concentration in Business Economics, and a minor in Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. Along with refining her customer service and training skills in the retail sector for various businesses, she applied her accounting skills for a small CPA firm in western Pennsylvania, and at the former Centre Community Hospital in State College.
After taking a few years to invest quality time with her husband raising their children, Debbie pursued her graduate education at Penn State University, completed an internship experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers Learning and Education, worked as an independent instructional design consultant in the medical field, and was awarded her Master’s degree in Instructional Systems in 2004. She also began coursework towards her doctorate.
Debbie has always been a strong advocate for the arts, and is an experienced folk dancer, teacher, and youth advisor. Her hobbies include cooking and gardening.