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.
NOTE: If you need to share personal information with us (ex. student ID, social security number, birthdate, etc.) please send that information using the secure file transfer (SFT) url listed for each staff member. The message section of the secure file transfer system is not secure, only attached documents or files are considered secure.
We encourage you 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.
Dr. Stacy Duffield has been with NDSU since 2003. She began in the School of Education as a faculty member in the Teacher Education program, teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework, advising and mentoring students, conducting research, and serving on numerous university and external committees.
Dr. Duffield has a Ph.D. in secondary and higher education and a Master’s degree in reading education with a cognate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science degree in English and secondary education from the University of Mary. She began her career as a secondary English language arts and communications teacher.
Dr. Duffield has been part of teams awarded a range of grants including several large initiatives. She has been co-PI on NSF Noyce grants, Bush Foundation cross-institutional grants, and many state and project-focused grants. She currently serves as co-PI for two NSF funded Noyce grants to recruit and support secondary STEM teachers. She is also project manager for the Network for Excellence in Teaching, a cross-institutional collaborative made up of 14 teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota and numerous affiliate institutions around the nation.
Dr. Duffield’s professional interests focus on scholarship of teaching and learning with attention on effective teaching. She has collaborated with many colleagues and graduate students on research and practice publications related to improving teaching and learning. Duffield has also published in the area of collaboration and was awarded the prestigious 2018 Edward C. Pomeroy award for outstanding contributions to teacher education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Dr. Jill Motschenbacher
- Ph.D. – Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences (Soil Physics), University of Arkansas, 2012
- M.Ed. – Administration of Higher Education, Middle Tennessee State University, 2007
- B.S. – Agribusiness and Environmental Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 2006
Dr. Jill Motschenbacher has been with NDSU since 2014 and has been with the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) since 2016. Her professional efforts focus on improving teaching and learning experiences and eliminating educational barriers in postsecondary institutions. She provides NDSU faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students with opportunities to advance in scholarly teaching and discipline-based scholarship in teaching and learning that is tailored to individual goals. Her interests align with reforming collective social cultures in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and identifying systemic hurdles in academia. In doing so, she examines policies, existing social practices, historical contexts, and implications from shifting approaches within postsecondary education.
Dr. Motschenbacher (a.k.a., “Dr. M”) is also an Assistant Professor of Practice of Soil Science within the School of Natural Resources Sciences. She teaches the Introduction to Soil Science (SOIL 210) course during the Fall and Spring semesters, and feels rewarded daily by engaging with students and aiding in their process of developing into young scientists and change-makers. In efforts to find solutions to barriers in educational achievement, all stakeholders need a platform to be heard. Interacting with students, faculty, and administrators, in a neutral position, opens up opportunities to navigate barriers and develop lasting solutions.
Select professional involvements include: Organizing and working with faculty cohorts on scholarly teaching at NDSU (NSF IUSE Gateways-ND, 2015-2021); Developing engineering-based study abroad opportunities for Tribal students in Beijing, China (NSF IRES, 2018-2022); Conducting fieldwork for agricultural development in Wang’uru, Kenya and Iganga, Uganda (USAID, 2013-2015); and Serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) as an Interior Communications Electrician (IC3; 1996-2000).
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
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.
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 General Education committees and sub-committees.
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 2016-2021 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. She has served as an NDSU Staff Senator on two different occasions and also serves on the Environmental Sustainability Committee.
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.
Michael Russell has worked for NDSU since 2020. He started at the university with the Information Technology Division, and moved to the Office of Teaching and Learning in May of 2022. Michael serves as a Marketing Coordinator and Campus Coordinator for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP IDEA). Through the GP IDEA, Michael contributes to recruiting, admitting, enrolling and graduating students from various online programs offered through the consortium.
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.
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 in making budgetary decisions for the office. In addition, VanDerMeer purchases and tracks delivery of grant-related supplies and equipment.
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.
Dr. Melissa Vosen Callens
Dr. Melissa Vosen Callens received her Ph.D. in rhetoric, writing, and culture in 2010 (comprehensive exams: literacy, collaborative writing, and online education). She completed her M.A. in English (2006) and her B.S. in English education (2003). Because of her background in education, Vosen Callens is involved in many pedagogical initiatives on campus, including Teaching Assistant (TA) Training, the Peer Teaching Partnership Program, and her department and college curriculum committees.
She is currently an associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication where she teaches courses in popular culture, media literacy, public relations writing, and pedagogy.
Her research interests are twofold. She studies the representation of gender and the representation of Generation X in popular culture; she is also interested in researching and disseminating best practices in the classroom. Her writing can be found in English Journal, Communication Teacher, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, and Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History, among other publications. She is currently writing a book that examines the representation of Generation X, and their widely noted institutional cynicism, in the series Stranger Things.
For the Office of Teaching and Learning, Vosen Callens coordinates the college teaching certificate and offers an Online Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community. Individuals interested in the program are welcome to contact her directly.
Dr. Cheryl Wachenheim
Dr. Cheryl Wachenheim is an OTL Faculty Fellow for the 2021-2022 school year. In this role Dr. Wachenheim will offer instructional mentoring and will assist faculty in implementing a variety of pedogogical practices into their teaching. Dr. Wachenheim will also be a contributing writer for our We Learn Together Blog.
Dr. Rebekah Oliver
Dr. Rebekah Oliver is an OTL Faculty Fellow for the 2021-2022 school year. In this role Dr. Oliver will lead a book study centered around the book Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra McQuire. These professional development opportunities will focus on how you can help your students learn your course content rather than simply memorizing the course content.