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William Pagán
William Pagán | Director of Instructional Design

Will Pagán is the Director of Instructional Design, and leads the Office of Instructional Design. Previously, Will served as an Instructional Designer within OIRT and has taught Project Management for IT at Rutgers. Will has a Masters of Business and Science degree with a concentration of User Experience Design and is currently an Ed.D candidate with a concentration of Design of Learning Environments.

Kate Bachmann
Kate Bachmann | Instructional Support Specialist
Kate is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Information Technology and Informatics. Prior to finding a niche in technical support, she worked with the Rutgers Recreation and Intramural Sports group as a social media marketer, using platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to increase student and alumni participation in Rutgers Recreation events. Kate joined TLT in 2015 and her experience provided a valuable asset in the planning, marketing, and execution of the Rutgers Online Learning Conference and Rutgers Day. Her organization and prompt attention to detail has led to her current position as a help desk agent where she assists faculty and students with the Learning Management Systems and Educational Technologies provided by our office, specifically Canvas and eCollege. Kate also contributes in data analysis and processing, compiling large reports for analytics and performance metrics.

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Karen Harris | Instructional Designer
Karen is an Instructional Designer with the Teaching & Learning with Technology (TLT) team. She has been working for over 15 years in the varied and evolving roles of instructional designer, curriculum specialist, and technology trainer, administrator and consultant. Her prior experience has been focused on supporting teaching, learning and development at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Kean University, Monmouth University and Columbia University. She enjoys participating in University life to the fullest by supporting interest groups such as Rutgers Group on Women in Medicine and Science and Kean University Be the Change NJ. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Russian Area Studies from Columbia College and a Masters Degree in Computing and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Hanna Kim
Hanna Kim | Instructional Designer

Natalia Kouraeva
Natalia Kouraeva | Instructional Designer

Natalia Kouraeva serves as Instructional Designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at Rutgers University. Dr. Kouraeva is supporting Rutgers faculty in creating effective learning environments by integrating pedagogy principles and technology tools to meet diverse learning needs of students. Dr. Kouraeva previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education in four-year college, a course instructor in community college, and as special education teacher in K-12. She has been preparing future educators and teaching students with special learning needs for many years. Dr. Kouraeva holds a B.S. and a M. Ed. from Moscow Pedagogical University in Russia and an Ed. D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Kouraeva values diversity and believes in the power of quality education for all. She is committed to pushing the limits and making positive change in lives of all people.

Mary Labrada
Mary Labrada | Senior Instructional Designer

Mary Labrada is a Senior Instructional Designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston Online. Before joining TLT, she spent 8 years supporting students and faculty in medical education at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Dena Novak
Dena Novak | Senior Instructional Designer

Dena Novak is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Teaching and Learning with Technology team at Rutgers University. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education from Rutgers University, and previously served as a high school English and Special Education teacher. Dena has also taught both online and face-to face courses at the University for the Writing and Information Technology programs. She loves working with faculty to develop great courses, and is passionate about pedagogy, student engagement in all types of learning environments, and the power of educational technology tools to improve learning and teaching experiences in higher education.

Ruth Ronan
Ruth Ronan | Senior Instructional Designer

Ruth Ronan is a Senior Instructional Designer in the Teaching and Learning with Technology team. She received her MEd in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining the Office of Instructional Design at Rutgers, she supported Higher Ed faculty in Boston and Worcester, MA, for eight years. Ruth has had a long career in professional development that began as a training manager in New York City’s corporate sector and continued in Massachusetts, supporting faculty in K12 schools with technology integration before finding her niche in Higher Ed. She has been involved in various curriculum development projects with a focus on curriculum alignment and outcomes-based assessment. She is committed to helping faculty apply best practices to achieve their pedagogical goals and values opportunities to facilitate faculty learning communities to promote the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

David Uibelhoer
David Uibelhoer | Instructional Designer

David is an Instructional Designer with the Teaching & Learning with Technology (TLT) team. Before joining the TLT department at Rutgers University, David spent close to a decade working for Seton Hall University's School of Law, where he filled a variety of roles in Academic Support. This included serving as the department lead for Faculty Support Services and online course development responsibilities within the Division of Online Learning. David is also currently completing his doctoral studies in Higher Education Leadership, Management & Policy at Seton Hall, where his research focus is in instructional design and emerging technologies in Higher Education.

Channell Walker
Channel Walker| Instructional Designer
Channell Walker is an Instructional Designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). She earned her B.S. in Telecommunications from Ohio University and her M.S. in Educational Technology from Central Connecticut State University. Before coming to Rutgers, she was an eLearning Support Specialist for Pepperdine University for 2 years.

Kyle Whitmus
Kyle Whitmus | Senior Instructional Designer

Kyle Whitmus joined TLT in August 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing – Fiction from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. At UMass—Amherst, Kyle taught College Writing in the Writing Program and supported faculty in digital pedagogy and the use of instructional technology as part of the Instructional Media Lab. His responsibilities as an Instructional Designer at TLT include collaborating and consulting with University faculty in the migration, conception, development, and refinement of their online and hybrid courses. Kyle lives in Red Bank and in his free time enjoys beachgoing, downtowning, creative writing, DIY furniture, mixed media visual art, plastic music, paper books, and Oxford commas.

Joseph Yankus
Joseph Yankus | Senior Instructional Designer

Joe Yankus is an Instructional Designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Joe spent eight years at Seton Hall University, where he earned his B.A. in Communication Studies & Sociology and his M.A. in Instructional Design & Technology. Joe’s professional experience includes five years at Seton Hall’s IT department, where he provided on-site and online technical support for the University community and led training workshops for new department hires. He then spent three years at the Seton Hall University Libraries, where his duties included web development, creation of training materials, resource acquisition, art gallery assistance and more.