Manager, Instructional Design & Technology
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?"
Learning Management Systems Specialist
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.
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.
Torie joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2015. Before joining the team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Wichita State’s Department of English. There she taught various Composition and Literature courses both face-to-face and online. Torie has received her BA and MA in English Language and Literature from Wichita State University.
Taylor joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in June 2015 after completing her BS and MA in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University. Before joining the IDT team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the School of Community Affairs at WSU. There she assisted in the development and implementation of online course documents and assessments for many online Criminal Justice Courses.
Jay has been working in higher education for 24 years, having been affiliated with 20 different institutions in Missouri, Kansas, and California, in either a staff, consulting, or instructional capacity.
Jay holds a BA and MA in English, an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and completed doctoral coursework in educational technology at KU.
Jay taught hybrid / online English and technology courses for 10 years at MU & KU and various community colleges in MO, KS, and CA.
Though not a Shocker himself, Jay's extended family is full of former and future Shockers.
Michael joined the MRC as a part-time contractor Instructional Designer in January 2016 and recently became a full-time staff member. He obtained his BA and MA in English Language and Literature at Wichita State University and plans to begin his MFA in Creative Writing in the fall.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant and adjunct instructor for the university, Michael has taught both online and face-to-face courses, including English Composition 011, 013, 101, and 102. He has also taught English 210: Business Writing and English 230: Exploring Literature.