Manager, Instructional Design & Technology
John Jones joined the MRC in 2014. Before that, he worked at NetApp as a Program Manager for Engineering Education. This is John's third position at WSU -- he has worked in the Alumni Association as the Director of Alumni Networks and in University Communications as the Managing Editor of the main university web site. In that position, John and his team developed the first iteration of the Department Tools.
John attended Wichita State University as a grad student, completing his MFA in Fiction in 1999. He also attended K-State, where he completed an MA in English and Creative Writing in 1996. He has ten years of teaching experience as a graduate assistant and adjunct for K-State, Butler County Community College, Newman University, and Wichita State University.
Mary's current role involves active involvement in Blackboard support with a focus on mentoring Adjunct Faculty, as well as continued direction of the WSU telecourse program. Her primary focus is on helping both students and faculty become more familiar and comfortable with learning in the online environment.
Carolyn joined the MRC as an instructional designer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online instructional designer and online political science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in political science from the University of Kansas and her MA in political science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in adult and continuing education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in history at Wichita State.
Carolyn brings over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience along with her personal dedication to lifelong learning. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, "what do the students need and want from this experience?"
Shayla Johnston joined the MRC as an instructional designer in 2014. Her previous experience includes fourteen years in corporate and government training as well as university-level instruction and curriculum design for courses in speech, philosophy, English, human resources and law.
Shayla holds a BA in philosophy (1996) and an MA in communication from Wichita State University (2013). She also holds a JD from Washburn University (1999). Her focus is increasing educational accessibility through the efficient, innovative and fun use of technology.
Digital Content Marketing Manager
Caleb joined the MRC as the Digital Content Marketing Manager in 2014. Before joining the team, he worked as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for KWCH-TV and Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. in Wichita. While there, Caleb managed social media accounts for the company's many brands, trained journalists and staff in digital best practices, and contributed on-air as the weekly "Tech Talk" segment digital expert.
Caleb is a passionate advocate for social media and sharing its potential with others, especially those just getting started or looking to learn more.