CETL Staff



Peter Diplock

Associate Vice Provost CETL


Peter provides unit-wide leadership for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), including thought leadership for the University’s online initiatives, teaching and learning initiatives, and online and blended programs.

Kathleen Carnelli

Kathleen Carnelli

Assistant to Associate Vice Provost CETL

(860) 486-0457

Kathleen provides direct administrative support to the Associate Vice Provost, CETL including calendar management, meeting coordination, and managing day to day inquiries and correspondence.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Director of Finance and Operations

(860) 486-5212

Michael supports the Associate Vice Provost for CETL by providing financial and operational guidance for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).  He serves as a business liaison with university administration and academic departments.

Educational Technologies

Daniel Facchinetti

Daniel Facchinetti

LMS Faculty Development Specialist

(860) 486-5799

Dan provides guidance to faculty on learning HuskyCT and using it as a complement to their teaching. He conducts workshops, demonstrations, and individual training sessions for faculty on the use of the learning management system and its application to pedagogy, as well as providing day-to-day LMS support.

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Jordan Vinikoor

Educational Technologist

(860) 486-1760

Jordan supports faculty in their use of a wide array of educational technologies, including HuskyCT, Webex, Kaltura, and VoiceThread.

Faculty and Teaching Assistant Development


Aynsley Diamond

Director of Faculty Outreach and Engagement

(860) 486-5938

Aynsley supports university-wide efforts to enhance student learning outcomes by partnering with faculty and schools to advance teaching, particularly at regional campuses and in adjuncts and in residence faculty.

Martina Rosenberg

Martina Rosenberg

Director, Teaching & Learning Assessment

(860) 486-8829

Martina provides academic units with guidance on instructional effectiveness and inclusive practices through assessment, including SET+ strategies. Through initiatives, workshops, and consultations she is promoting evidence-based pedagogy, scholarly teaching, scholarship in education and professional growth for faculty and graduate students.

Tina Huey

Tina Huey

Associate Director of Faculty Development

(860) 486-2686

In workshops and one-on-one consultations with faculty, graduate students, and staff, Tina facilitates reflective practice to support continuous development of teaching methods and course design. She is particularly interested in designing activities to enhance student engagement, meta-cognition, and classroom community.


Xiaochen Liu PhD

Xiaochen Liu, PhD

Faculty Development Specialist


Xiaochen works with faculty and teaching assistants at UConn and provides support remotely to faculty, students and staff at Schwarzman College--Tsinghua University. Her primary focus is on pedagogically aligned educational technologies for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning, and effective utilization of the Blackboard Learning Management System to enhance student learning outcomes.

Wayne Trembly

Wayne Trembly

Senior Faculty Development Specialist

(860) 486-2686

Wayne spent 50 years teaching everything from 4th grade through graduate courses, along with his career as an actor and community theater director. He assists faculty through observations, consults, and workshops, particularly on using actor's skills in the classroom.

Stacey Valliere

Stacey Valliere

Admin. Assistant for Faculty Development

(860) 486-2686

Stacey provides direct support to the directors of the Faculty Development Program, coordinates FDP meetings as well as teaching seminars, orientations, and receptions.

Faculty Affiliates


Xinnian Chen

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-6169

Xinnian is an Associate Professor in Residence in Physiology and Neurobiology. She teaches Enhanced Human Anatomy and Physiology and runs the HHMI-funded Summer Institute on STEM Teaching training program. As Associate Director, she works to advance evidence based approaches to learning and systematic assessment of pedagogical innovations.

Michael Finiguerra, PhD

Michael Finiguerra, PhD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 405-9082

Michael is an Assistant Professor in Residence in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Michael helps instructors, with a focus on graduate students, develop better assessment strategies and understand the current undergraduate population.

Jamie Kleinman, PhD

Jamie Kleinman, PhD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 405-9216

Jamie Kleinman is an assistant professor in residence in Psychology. Her interests include developing hands-on learning activities, multi-media tools, and specifications grading to create a learning environment that promotes curiosity, engagement, and analysis.

Milagros Castillo-Montoya

Milagros Castillo-Montoya, EdD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-3250

Milagros is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership.  Milagros' focus is on inclusive teaching in college classrooms, particularly in terms of enhancing the learning experience for racially minoritized students.


Sarira Motaref, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-2731

Sarira is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering. As Assistant Director, she collaborates to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness in engineering courses and the School of Engineering Professional Education programs.

John Redden

John Redden, PhD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-4708

John is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the department of Physiology and Neurobiology. In his role as Assistant Director of Faculty Development, John works with faculty working to integrate technology into large course formats and those interested in service learning, 


Noga Shemer, PhD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-2137

Noga is an Assistant Professor in Residence in Anthropology.  Noga's focus is on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.

Thomas Van Hoof

Thomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD

Assistant Director, Faculty Development

(860) 486-0575

Tom Van Hoof is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine & Health Care in the School of Medicine. In his role as Assistant Director, Tom works with faculty to use learning science to develop effective habits of learning in STEM students to better prepare them for professional careers.

UConn Online (eCampus) Instructional Design and Development

Desmond McCaffrey

Desmond McCaffrey

Director, UConn Online

(860) 486-3121

Desmond oversees UConn initiatives related to the design, development, delivery, and ongoing support of quality online courses and programs. He leads the eCampus Instructional Design unit's faculty development and training initiatives and collaborates with University academic and administrative units to align UConn Online and eCampus efforts with UConn's mission, vision, and values.

Cheryl Sellers

Cheryl Sellers

Administrative Assistant

(860) 486-2364

Cheryl provides direct support to eCampus administrators and staff, and administrative support for faculty working with eCampus staff, including coordination of calendars and eCampus meetings. She also maintains online course databases.

David Des Armier

David Des Armier

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-1217

David works with faculty to design and develop online, blended, and flipped courses. He is currently finishing his PhD in adult and postsecondary education. He conducts research focusing on active learning, student connectedness, and online adult learners. He has extensive experience teaching both face-to-face and online in higher education.

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Betsy Guala

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-4497

Betsy works with UConn faculty to design and develop student-centered instruction for fully online and blended courses. Betsy has a special interest in accessibility, ADA compliance and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI).


Cathy Healy

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-2580

Cathy works with faculty to design and develop high-quality online and hybrid courses for students. In addition, she collaborates with her eCampus colleagues to develop and facilitate faculty development workshops on a variety of topics related to online teaching and learning.


David Morrow

Assistant Director, eLearning
eLearning Developer

(860) 486-5935

David works with faculty and instructional design staff to develop and implement online and blended courses. He recommends and implements instructional solutions through the use of technology grounded in educational theory and instructional design precepts.

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-5423

Jennifer provides faculty instructional design and technology support for the creation and implementation of online, hybrid, and flipped courses.

Tim Stubbs

Timothy Stubbs

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-4519

Tim collaborates with faculty members to design and develop online and blended courses.

UConn Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Eileen Stuyniski

Eileen Stuyniski

Assistant Director, Instructional Design
Instructional Designer

(860) 486-4873

Eileen uses her pedagogical and technological expertise to collaborate with UConn faculty as they transform their traditional face-to-face courses and programs into high quality online and blended learning experiences.

Zack Goldberg

Zack Goldberg

Instructional Designer

(860) 486-2580

As an instructional designer with over 15 years of classroom and online teaching and instructional design, Zack collaborates with faculty members to design and develop student-centered online and hybrid/blended courses.

UConn Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Simon Wang

Simon Wang

eLearning Developer


Simon analyzes, recommends, develops, and supports innovative instructional solutions using educational technology and instructional design principles and practices. He collaborates with Instructional Developers and faculty to create online courses, eLearning content, and other software-based solutions to identified educational needs.

Kelsey Keefe

Kelsey Keefe

eLearning Developer


Kelsey provides instructional development support by analyzing and creating innovative, technology-based, instructional solutions for various educational settings and needs using educational technology and instructional design methods.

Academic Program Development and Support


Donna Lee Campbell

Enrollment Service Specialist

(860) 486-0184

Donna works with program partners to implement Customer Relationship Management (CRM) plans for graduate certificate programs. She works to ensure consistency and transparency in the enrollment inquiry process and supports faculty and staff in promoting student retention and success.


Neal Olderman

Director, State Authorization

(860) 486-0928

Neal is responsible for securing state authorization for UConn’s distance learning programs.  He works closely with eCampus staff, Academic Program Directors, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Provost, and various state regulatory and professional licensure boards.



William Page

Director of Marketing

(860) 486-0692

Bill provides consultation, planning and implementation for CETL and its partners concerning market research, marketing plans, search engine optimization (SEO), customer relationship management (CRM), digital advertising, website development, tracking and analysis.

Sue Schadt

Susan Schadt

Director of Web Design and Digital Strategy

(860) 486-5652

Sue drives the planning and execution of website site development and creative digital solutions using best practices in SEO, CRM, SEM, LPO, etc. And further, serves as a lead in the engineering and implementation of marketing strategy supporting the engagement and communication plans of CETL units and its partners.

CETL Data Analytics


William Wan

Data Systems Analyst, Office of Summer and Winter Programs

(860) 486-6179

William works closely with the Office of Summer and Winter programs, overseeing data analysis that informs decision making in relation to scheduling and enrollments, as well as supporting other CETL-wide needs in relation to data analysis, dashboard measures, and reporting.

UConn Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Jeff Winston

Jeff Winston

Director Nexus Student Success Platform

(860) 486-2801

Jeff is the architect of Nexus UConn’s student success platform. He provides operational support for Nexus, and works closely with the academic advising community at UConn to continually enhance the capabilities of Nexus for students and academic advisors. Jeff is responsible for the development and maintenance of applications related to data capturing, sharing, and analysis, in support of faculty and TA training programs (FINS) and university advising practice.

Office of Continuing and Professional Education

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Ruth Kustoff

Director, Office of Continuing and Professional Education

(860) 486-2681


Ruth oversees noncredit professional development of UConn’s closed enrollment and MOOC programs. She leads the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, providing centralized support to existing continuing education and professional development programs, as well as developing new noncredit programs that include online short courses, webinars, podcasts, and upskilling and reskilling offerings to meet business’ workforce development needs.

Media Production


Gordon Daigle

Director of Media Production 

(860) 486-2472

Gordon works with faculty and staff to produce custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction, and in support of eCampus supported academic programs.

Center for Excellence and Teaching and Learning, Michael Illuzzi

Michael Illuzzi

Media Producer

(860) 486-1759

Mike works with faculty and staff to produce custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction, and in support of eCampus supported academic programs.

Office of Early College Experience

Chris Todd

Christopher Todd

Executive Director, OECP

(860) 486-8828

Christopher provides leadership and support to the Office of Early College Programs staff, faculty and ECE instructors on behalf of Connecticut schools, districts and students. He is responsible for providing unit-wide vision and strategic direction, assuring academic oversight of high school partner programs and coordination with UConn academic departments regarding standards and course comparability.

Melanie Ochoa

Melanie Banks

Program Assistant, Academic Standards

(860) 486-3419
Email: melanie.ochoa@uconn.edu

Melanie Ochoa is the Program Assistant for Academic Standards at the Office of Early College Programs. Melanie is responsible for supporting accreditation standards by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships to improve course comparability of the UConn courses offered at the high schools.

Nella Quasnitschka

Nella Quasnitschka

Associate Director OECP

(860) 486-5581

Nella is responsible for developing and strengthening the Early College Experience Program's academic relationships with the more than 170 partner high schools throughout Connecticut.  In addition, she provides leadership for UConn's Pre-College Summer Program.

Todd Blodgett

Todd Blodgett

Program Asst, Registration Coord. OECP

(860) 486-0702

Todd is responsible for coordinating the registration process of ECE courses with partner high schools and facilitates course creation with the Registrar's Office.


Jessica Dunn

Registration Specialist, OECP

(860) 486-4650

Jessica is the Registration Specialist for the Early College Experience Program (ECE). Jessica is responsible for managing the student registration process, and providing program and administrative support to ECE students and faculty.


Stefanie Malinoski

Instructor Certification Coordinator

(860) 486-1045

Stefanie is responsible for maintaining program records and ECE professional development workshops. She also manages the instructor certification process.

Carissa Rutkauskas

Carissa Rutkauskas

Program Coordinator for Outreach and Evaluation, OECP

(860) 486-6055
carissa rutkauskas@uconn.edu

Carissa responsibilities include program assessment, evaluation, and research initiatives for OECP; program information and national trends; developing programs at the high school level; and OECP website and marketing coordination.

Office of Summer and Winter Programs

Mike Pigott, Office of Summer and Winter Programs

Mick Pigott

Executive Director, Office of Summer and Winter Programs

(860) 486-2721

Mick provides leadership, support, and strategic direction for the university’s summer and winter terms. He is responsible for managing a broad range of collaborative efforts between university leadership, faculty, staff, and public stakeholders, to ensure the efficient operation and success of all summer/winter programs.

Kelly Racine

Kelly O'Meara

Business Manager, Office of Summer
and Winter Programs

(860) 486-1967

Kelly serves as liaison for student and business services with Regional Campuses, Schools and Colleges, and University central offices.  She supports operational and financial areas, oversees faculty payroll, and assists departments in planning and scheduling offerings.

David Colberg

David Colberg

Faculty Contracts Coordinator, Office of Summer and Winter Programs

(860) 486-4842

Dave is the Faculty Contracts Coordinator for the Office of Summer and Winter Programs. His responsibilities include working with human resources, payroll, and labor relations to coordinate special payroll authorizations, instructor and teaching assistant offers, and associated onboarding procedures. Dave is also involved in the day-to-day operations of the program.

Jack Greenwood

Jack Greenwood Jr.

Program Assistant, Office of Summer and Winter Programs

(860) 486-3122

Jack assists with daily business and programmatic operations in the Office of Summer and Winter Programs.  His responsibilities include the coordination of Summer & Winter communications, assistance with marketing campaigns, maintenance of all Summer & Winter website content, as well as assisting the office with research and data analytic projects.

Office of Academic Program Assessment

Lauren Schlesselman, CETL

Lauren Schlesselman

Executive Director, Academic Program Assessment and Learning Initiatives

(860) 486-3402

Lauren provides support for the academic department's program-level assessment needs, including, but not limited to, the definition of program and learning objectives, curricular mapping, and data gathering. 

Quantitative Learning Center

Amit Savkar

Amit Savkar

Director, Q Center

(860) 486-3443

Amit is the director of the Quantitative Learning Center.  He supervises the educational operations of the Q Center - tutoring, workshops, review sessions, training programs - and provides feedback for academic departments across the university about their quantitative courses based on the visitor data gathered at the Q Center.

Diane Briody

Diane Briody

Program Coordinator, Q Center

(860) 486-1961

Diane coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Q Center. She handles the hiring, supervising and scheduling of the tutoring staff, manages the budget, organizes review sessions, and facilitates training workshops for tutors.

University Advising

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Erin Ciarimboli

Director, University Advising and Pre-Professional Advising

(860) 486-9500

Erin collaborates with faculty and staff across UConn’s campuses to enhance undergraduate advising efforts and support student success through partnerships, data and assessment, professional development, programming, and innovative problem-solving. She also serves as UConn’s Director of Pre-Professional Advising in Enrichment Programs, supporting students and alumni as they pursue medical, dental, and legal careers.


Kelly Gilbert

Coordinator, Advising Learning and Development

(860) 486-0463

Kelly provides advisor professional development, including planning and implementing all faculty and staff advisor onboarding and training, and coordinates University Advising communications. She also serves as a program representative for University Advising and as a central resource to faculty and staff advisors, current students, and other critical campus partners regarding university programs and academic policies, including our Scholastic Standing process.

Writing Center

Tom Deans

Tom Deans

Director, W Center

(860) 486-9728

Tom oversees all Writing Center operations and leads workshops for faculty and graduate instructors on how they might more effectively teach writing in the disciplines; he is also a professor in the English Department, where he teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and literature.


Kathleen Tonry

Associate Director, W Center

(860) 486-9104

Kathleen leads tutor staff development and training. She is also a professor in the English department, with research interests in medieval literature and Writing Center studies.



Program Assistant, W Center


Manages the daily operations and scheduling in the Writing Center. This position also coordinates and maintains the website, manages personnel, payroll, and budget records, and schedules tutor talks.