Office of Teaching and Learning staff members work hard to plan and implement a variety of professional development and other teaching and learning related programs and events. Below is a list of staff members, their related roles in the OTL office, and their contact information. Do not hesitate to contact any one of our staff members to assist with your questions.
We encourage people to nominate Office of Teaching and Learning staff members for the variety of NDSU and state employee awards. If you feel you have received top notch service from one of our staff members, nominate them for a
- Campus Kudos award,
- Governor's Awards for Excellence in Public Service,
- NDSU Staff Recognition Award, and/or
- Mary McCannel-Gunkelman Award.
This is one small way to say thank you for their dedicated service to the Office of Teaching and Learning at NDSU.
Professor of Education; Director // Office of Teaching and Learning
Paul Kelter, Ph.D., became the first director of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Office of Teaching and Learning in 2015, the year in which the Office of Teaching and Learning was established at NDSU. Kelter is also a professor of education within NDSU's School of Education. Prior to becoming the Office of Teaching and Learning director, Kelter served as the director of the NDSU Center for Science and Math Education, the NDSU STEM Education Ph.D. program, and the NDSU College Teaching Certificate program. These programs (except the NDSU STEM Education Ph.D. program) now operate under the Office of Teaching and Learning. In addition, the Office of Distance and Continuing Education, Group Decision Center, and several newly developed programs now operate under Kelter's direction. As a result, the Office of Teaching and Learning now serves as the central hub for teaching and learning activities at NDSU.
Kelter previously was a Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University from 2007 to 2014. He was University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and professor of chemistry from 2003 to 2007 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Kelter earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from City College of the City University of New York. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, International Center for First-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Education and the National Science Education Leadership Association.
Dr. Jill Motschenbacher joined the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) on May 1, 2017 as the coordinator of projects and assessments. In September of 2017, Motschenbacher took on the role of associate director. Motschenbacher will lead the Office of Teaching and Learning when OTL’s Director, Dr. Paul Kelter, is away as part of his modified contract.
Motschenbacher has taught in the Departments of Soil Science and English, in addition to working part-time at OTL. Motschenbacher received her Ph.D. (2012) in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences with a focus in Soil Physics from the University of Arkansas. She also received an M.Ed. (2007) in the Administration of Higher Education and a B.S. (2006) in Agribusiness from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to working at NDSU, Jill completed a research and extension education postdoc in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University and two USAID agricultural development projects in rice and maize production in Wang’uru, Kenya and Iganga, Uganda. She also served for four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) as an Interior Communications Electrician. Jill has experience in working with diverse student cultures worldwide, including adult learners, new Americans, K-12 students, military veterans, at-risk youth, international students, and traditional college students. Jill resides in Moorhead with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
Motschenbacher can help you with:
- Educational Program Development
- Educational Grant Preparation and Writing
- Assessment Program Development, Organization, and Coordination
Assistant Director // Enrollment and Records
Janalee Brandt has worked at NDSU since 1978. She has worked exclusively in the Distance and Continuing Education program throughout her time at NDSU. In addition to being known as the unofficial office historian, Brandt works closely with K-12 educators and administrators and assists with the registration process for their professional development classes. Throughout the years, Brandt has handled hundreds of thousands of registrations with most of them during the busy summer season. Brandt also manages accounts receivables and statistical reports for the Office of Teaching and Learning and its associated programs. In addition, she is an integral part of the office's records management initiative.
Linda Charlton Gunderson
Technology Coordinator // Group Decision Center
Linda Charlton Gunderson has worked in the Group Decision Center, a program of the Office of Teaching and Learning, since 2001. Charlton Gunderson is an expert meeting facilitator for the MeetingSphere virtual meeting software. Charlton Gunderson sets up thousands of student rating of instruction (SROI) surveys each semester. She is responsible for collecting course information, setting up each survey, distributing the surveys, and distributing completed survey results to instructors and departments. As the campus expert in Qualtrics survey software she spends a significant amount of time assisting departments and faculty/student researchers in setting up their surveys and teaching them to use advanced features in Qualtrics. Charlton Gunderson sets up or assists in setting up more than 1,500 surveys each semester.
Deb DeMers has worked for NDSU since 2002. DeMers worked in the Office of Registration and Records before coming to Distance and Continuing Education, now a program of the Office of Teaching and Learning. DeMers' role is to ensure all professional development students in the office's Distance and Continuing Education program are officially registered for their classes. Because professional development students are not required to seek admission, they do not register in the same manner as degree-eligible students. DeMers inputs student registration information into the campus enrollment system. DeMers plays an important role in ensuring that professional development records are maintained according to NDSU's and the North Dakota University System's records management policies.
Program and Enrollment Specialist
Nicole Hagness serves as the program specialist for the Office of Teaching and Learning and has worked at NDSU since 2005. Hagness' NDSU career began in the University Police and Safety Office. She joined Distance and Continuing Education program in 2008 and has been with the Office of Teaching and Learning since its inception. In her role, she coordinates the details of many programs, events, and initiatives ensuring each event runs smoothly. Hagness designs many program-related promotional pieces. Individuals seeking approval for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their events work with her to obtain the appropriate approvals as well as registration and maintenance of corresponding transcripts.
Office Assistant and Records Coordinator
Kathy Hoovestol began her NDSU career in 2008 with Distance and Continuing Education which eventually became the Office of Teaching and Learning. Hoovestol is the office's receptionist and is most often the first voice you hear when calling the office. Hoovestol serves as the records coordinator and ImageNow liaison for Office of Teaching and Learning records initiative. She was instrumental in getting the office's paper filing system moved to the new electronic filing system. Hoovestol continues to keep the office's record system in compliance with the NDSU and NDUS records retention policies and trains staff to ensure documents are correctly added to the ImageNow software. She also takes detailed minutes for the University Assessment Committee and sub-committees.
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Connie Jadrny began her career at NDSU in 2005. Jadrny spends much of her time writing so people will read each page of this website in great depth. Her extensive collection of everyday writing samples includes email content for the Information Link emails, the office's strategic plan, social media posts that enlighten, an occasional blog post, and your run-of-the-mill email communication. Jadrny contributes to the Office of Teaching and Learning's (OTL) success by regularly promoting its programs and services and facilitating its Strategic Planning committee. She is currently an NDSU Staff Senator who serves on the Mary McCannell Gunkelman Award Committee and as co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Karen Murie retired from NDSU on December 31, 2018. She has worked at NDSU since 1992. Murie worked as the NDSU Great Plains IDEA campus coordinator since 2003. Throughout the years, she worked with 2,931 student enrollments and scheduled 1,522 courses for the Great Plains IDEA consortium. In 2018, Murie was awarded the 2018 Friends of Great Plains IDEA award. Murie coordinated the annual Expanding Your Horizons event that introduces young women in seventh through ninth grade to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Jerry Olson has worked at NDSU since 1995. He began his career at NDSU in the Distance and Continuing Education Office, now part of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL). He manages the Group Decision Center and is an expert facilitator for meetings using the MeetingSphere virtual meeting software. Olson is responsible for maintenance, repair, and replacement of technology used by OTL staff. Olson manages the disposal of the office's records in accordance with record retention policies and in cooperation with OTL staff.
K-12 Professional Development Coordinator
Barb Schumacher has worked at NDSU since 1988. She has worked exclusively in the Distance and Continuing Education Professional Development program throughout her time at NDSU. Schumacher works closely with K-12 administrators and other individuals to get their K-12 Professional Development classes approved at NDSU. Throughout the years, Schumacher has prepared thousands of courses for the approval process by collecting syllabi, curriculum vitae, and other supporting documentation. Once the approval information is complete, Schumacher ensures the appropriate NDSU administrators have reviewed each course for quality and content. Upon completion of each course, Schumacher ensures the course evaluation feedback is emailed to the instructors. Schumacher's favorite time of the year is when the office's K-12 Professional Development Catalog has officially been mailed.
Payables and Purchasing Coordinator
Jane VanDerMeer has worked at NDSU since 1998. Before working in the Office of Teaching and Learning, she worked in the Veterinary and Microbiology Department and was hired by the Office of Distance and Continuing Education in 2002, now a program of the Office of Teaching and Learning. VanDerMeer is responsible for accounts payables for the Office of Teaching and Learning as well as its associated grant-funded programs. She produces fund balance and expense reports that help the director and associate director in making budgetary decisions for the office. In addition, VanDerMeer purchases and tracks delivery of office supplies and equipment ensuring the office always has necessary supplies for efficient work.
Staff listed in this section are individuals from across the NDSU campus who are able to assist with a variety of instructional needs and questions.
Learning and Applied Innovation Assistant Manager // Information Technology Services
Steve Beckermann holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of North Dakota and works as the assistant manager for Learning and Applied Innovation within NDSU’s Information Technology Division. Beckermann's interests include instructional design, multimedia production, multimedia design for instruction, problem-based learning, interactive computer-based learning, and digital literacy. As a collaboration between the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Learning and Applied Innovation workgroup, Beckermann can assist with the following
- One-on-one instructional consultations,
- Help researching and/or identifying tools that meet instructional goals of faculty,
- Help researching and/or identifying tools that meet learning goals of students,
- Training, troubleshooting and helping to integrate existing technologies into teaching and learning practices,
- Group trainings and presentations (scheduled or by request), and
- Support technology-related student projects and/or assignments (videos, podcasts, websites & portfolios, infographics, etc.).
Individuals interested in receiving assistance with the design of their course may contact Beckermann directly.
Melissa Vosen Callens
Assistant Professor // Department of Communication
As an affiliate faculty member, Dr. Vosen Callens assists faculty in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and is involved in many pedagogical initiatives on campus. She teaches Communication 702: Introduction to College Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a foundational course for the college-level teaching certificate. In the spring 2019, Dr. Vosen Callens is facilitating a faculty learning community on emerging trends in teaching and learning online for the Office of Teaching and Learning. She also serves on the University Assessment Committee, her college curriculum committee, and as a Gateways-ND ally.
Her research interests include popular culture and best practices in online education. Her writing can be found in English Journal, Communication Teacher, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy, and Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History, among other publications.
Individuals in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who are interested in receiving assistance with the design of their course may contact Dr. Vosen Callens directly.