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Samantha Penney

Samanthan Penney, PhD
Distance Learning Director

Dr. Samantha Penney has over eighteen years of experience in higher education. Her expertise in learning management systems and instructional design has allowed her to hold administrative and teaching positions focusing on faculty professional development, development of distance education policy, and instructional technology. Her research interests include community of inquiry, the use of benchmarks with program evaluation, the development of program evaluation model, and the use of technologies in education. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Media Technology, a master’s in Mass Communication/Public Relations, and a master’s in Instructional Design.

Lisa Hughes, PhD

Lisa Hughes, PhD
Instructional Design Specialist

Dr. Lisa Hughes has a bachelor’s in secondary education, a master’s in English, and a master’s and PhD in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational technology. In addition to her instructional design work, she has taught undergraduate writing and graduate educational technology courses both online and face-to-face since 2012 and spent a decade teaching high school language arts.

Csilla Stewart, PhD

Csilla Stewart, PhD
Instructional Design Specialist

Dr. Csilla Stewart is originally from Hungary but has been living in Indiana for about 20 years. She has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Human Resource Development (HRD) and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana State University. She has been developing and teaching campus and online courses in higher education for over a decade.