Kimberly Benowski is an instructional designer/developer in the Center for Teaching Innovation, previously from eCornell. She creates innovative and accessible learning experiences with faculty and colleagues across the university. Prior to eCornell, Kim held progressively responsible positions in the corporate sector involving adult education, technologies, and project management. She holds a master’s degree in education from Penn State University, a bachelor’s degree in human development from Binghamton University, and an associate’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Broome. As a doctoral student, she explores conditions that impact learning and assists with research in the University at Buffalo’s neurocognitive science lab.
Ilknur Gonul is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She supports faculty with designing and developing active and engaging face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning experiences. She works with faculty to incorporate evidence-based teaching and learning approaches and strategies. Before Cornell, Ilknur worked at Yale School of Management and Carey Business School as an instructional technology and design director to manage pilots, services, and initiatives and worked with faculty and staff to identify, select, and implement instructional technology and design solutions. She also taught face-to-face, hybrid, and online instructional technology courses for pre-service teachers and managed a dual license program at the Indiana University Columbus campus. Ilknur has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Anadolu University in Turkey, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the Ohio State University.
Benjamin Moss is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation where he focuses on integrating media into classroom teaching. Prior to working at Cornell, Benjamin designed and created e-learning content for the California Digital Library and worked in educational technology at Yale University. In addition to these posts, he ran the library, designed curriculum, and taught for eight years at St. Luke’s School, an independent 5-12 school in Connecticut. He has also taught media studies at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire and film history at Menlo College in California. Benjamin has a bachelor’s from Trinity College, Connecticut and master’s degrees in library science, divinity, and media arts from the University of Pittsburgh, Yale University, and Hunter College, CUNY.
Julie Rummings is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She supports faculty from many disciplines and modalities with designing courses and other learning experiences. Research on instructional design, neuroscience, and evolving educational technologies informs her advice. Also, she keeps abreast of accessibility and copyright laws and guidelines, as well as Cornell policies and procedures. Before joining the team, she worked in the State University of New York system as an instructional designer and multimedia specialist. She worked with faculty of online undergraduate courses, MOOCs, and special projects. This work had many dimensions, but she most enjoyed designing and building instructional videos, activities and graphics. Julie's educational background is in instructional design and English literature.
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. In over 25 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 the 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 (currently Blackboard), the classroom polling service (currently iClicker) and the electronic portfolio service (currently Digication). Pat has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science.
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 and Learning Designer
Chloë DeShong is a project and learning designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She has a combined role of instructional design support for Cornell’s teaching community and management of program level activities and processes. Her focus is on facilitating the design, development, project management, and support of traditional and online courses and other digital learning projects. In addition, she is responsible for supporting the executive director around organizational initiatives, including managing activities and tasks for the Center, including project management and managing some of the day-to-day activities for the Center. 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.
Dina Banning is a video producer in the Center for Teaching Innovation, producing, directing, shooting, and editing videos, as well as writing scripts. Dina brings her vast experience of over 10 years in broadcast television and Cornell to the Center. Her current position requires creation of promotional and educational videos for Cornell, individual colleges, the library system, and instructors. In addition, she is part of the online learning team. The team creates fully online classes, and a hybrid of online learning and face-to-face classes. Dina studied television production at Washington State University (Go Cougs!), and worked at TV stations in many parts of the country.
Serge Petchenyi is a video producer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Serge works with faculty and instructors across Cornell to produce professional video content 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.
Natalie McElroy is the assistant to Executive Director Dr. Mathew Ouellett in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She independently coordinates and manages complex administrative activities in support of the executive director, and conducts preliminary research and gathers reports, studies, and other resource materials. She is skilled in research analytics, administrative support, and pragmatic application. Natalie earned her bachelor of science in psychology and anthropology from the University of Utah. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a research scholar and president of their Psychological Honor Society.