Rachel Gunderson is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Prior to joining the CTI, Rachel worked on the instructional design team at eCornell designing and developing online certificates with Cornell faculty and training them to launch courses for their executive master’s programs. As a faculty member herself for eight years at Wells and Ithaca Colleges, Rachel developed a passion for implementing several learner-centered teaching approaches and utilized various tools and strategies for her online, hybrid, and face-to-face teaching experiences. Rachel holds master and bachelor of science degrees in health education from Ithaca College and, more recently, her graduate certificate in instructional systems technology from Indiana University and a professional certificate from Cornell University in project management.
Ksenia Ionova is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation, providing support to Cornell faculty with a focus on learning technologies used to enhance and facilitate teaching and learning experiences. Ksenia brings a breadth of professional experience in teaching, international education, and community engagement. Over the past decade she facilitated online and face-to-face instruction, helping international students and professionals gain necessary language, communication, and academic skills to transition to new educational contexts in the U.S., Australia, U.K., Germany, Singapore, and Finland. Prior to joining the Center, Ksenia worked at The History Center in Tompkins County, serving as community engagement coordinator. Ksenia holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and publishing, and a master’s degree in ESL education, both from Ural State Pedagogical University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Julie Rummings is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She supports instructors of all modalities but has a strong background and interest in online/hybrid/blended teaching and learning. Pedagogy, instructional design research, accessibility guidelines, and evolving educational technologies inform her advice. Before joining the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell, she worked at a college in the State University of New York system as an online instructional designer and multimedia specialist, working with faculty of online undergraduate courses, MOOCs, and special projects. Julie has a master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University.
Josh Rumpff is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. He works to support faculty of all modalities with a personal interest in universal design for learning, online/hybrid/blended classrooms, and alignment/backwards design in courses. Prior to joining CTI, Josh worked as an instructional designer and technologist in southern Pennsylvania for the last decade, most recently at York College of Pennsylvania and at Harrisburg Area Community College prior to that. While at these institutes he worked to train faculty on emerging technologies, ran a course development program to help faculty take their face-to-face courses into the online environment, and helped faculty troubleshoot daily issues with their learning management systems. Josh holds a bachelor’s in Secondary Education - Citizenship and a master’s in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
James Whalley is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Prior to joining CTI, James was the director of online education in the International College of the University of Suwon. In that role, he oversaw training, as well as course development and implementation through the Blackboard learning management system. Including his time at USW, James taught in South Korean universities for more than six years, focusing on instruction in ESL and film. James holds a bachelor’s in theater arts with an emphasis in film and a master of business administration from Humboldt State University. He also holds a master of education in instructional design from Western Governors University.
Patrick Graham is an instructional technology specialist in the Center for Teaching Innovation, providing support for faculty, teaching support staff, and students using technology in their teaching. For nearly 30 years, he has worked in support of teaching and learning as well as with the computer labs. Pat’s skills include teaching, consulting, and advising instructors on various technologies to best match their teaching goals. He also brings strong communication skills and thorough documentation to the various technologies offered by the Center, with a concentration in the learning management system, classroom polling service, and electronic portfolio service. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Marina Tokman is an instructional technology specialist in the Center for Teaching Innovation assisting faculty in their use of technologies for teaching. Marina’s experience with academic technologies includes multimedia lesson development, online course development, and quality assurance, as well as supporting user experience in an online learning environment while at eCornell. She holds a degree in systems engineering from The Ohio State University.
Project Manager & Operations Analyst
Chloë DeShong is a project manager and operations analyst in the Center for Teaching Innovation. In her combined role, she manages projects that span the Center and Cornell more broadly. She is responsible for all stages of the project life cycle, communicating with project stakeholders, and conducting data analysis. In her role as operations analyst, she is responsible for reviewing and researching CTI operations to assist management in making decisions, formulating policies, creating and reviewing business procedures, and recommending changes to departmental operations. Her skills also include relationship management, facilitation, and building collaborative partnerships across teams. Prior to Cornell, Chloë worked in telecommunications, specifically using speech analytics to enhance training, and human resource development. She holds a master’s degree in adult learning, with a focus on faculty development and adult learning theories.
Multimedia Creative Lead
Serge Petchenyi is a multimedia creative lead in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Serge works with faculty and instructors across Cornell to produce professional video content and photography to support instruction and course work, including online and distance learning courses and projects. He works as part of a team to support the creative process on innovation projects, as well as blended and online courses requiring multimedia. He brings to this position extensive experience in broadcast, corporate, and event video production. Before joining the Center, Serge was a commercial and promotional producer at an ABC affiliate. He holds degrees in cinematography and communication.
Zach Butler is a Videographer/Editor at the Center for Teaching Innovation. He works with the CTI media team to document and promote innovation in teaching and learning projects, and to support faculty and instructional designers with media production for instruction and course work. Prior to joining Cornell, Zach was an editor for the digital production studios FBE and DEFY Media, and director of the documentary feature Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay. He holds a master's degree in film, TV, and new media studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.