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Missouri Learning Commons Scholars

Experienced course redesign faculty have been chosen as Missouri Learning Commons (MLC) Scholars to support course redesign on their own and other campuses. MLC Scholars will provide one-on-one support and hold mini workshops to help faculty with redesigning courses. MLC Scholars will also be available for consultation by phone.

If you would like to have one of our scholars present at a workshop or provide one-on-one assistance in redesigning a course, please contact him or her by phone or email.

An honorarium and travel expenses for MLC Scholars to present at Missouri’s public 4-year institutions will be covered. Other institutions may work directly with the MLC Scholars to make arrangements for their services.


Debbie Lee-DiStefano

Debbie Lee-DiStefano
Southeast Missouri State University
Course Redesign: Spanish 1
Email: dklee@semo.edu
Phone: (573) 651-2146

Debbie Lee-DiStefano is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages at Southeast Missouri State University. Her academic specialty is the study of Asians in Latin America and her current research has expanded to include the pedagogical aspect of foreign language teaching. Lee-DiStefano has published one book and several articles. She is very active in the university community, is chair-elect of the Faculty Senate and has chaired several university-level committees. Lee-DiStefano redesigned Spanish 1 as part of the statewide course redesign effort.


Shahla Peterman

Shahla Peterman
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Course Redesign: College Algebra
Email: petermans@umsl.edu
Phone: (314) 516-5826

Shahla Peterman is a teaching professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Since 1982 she has taught several levels of algebra, trigonometry, structure of mathematical systems and calculus. Peterman led the transformation of the college algebra course to a computer-assisted format and guided the design of the Mathematics Technology Learning Center, which resulted in significant increases in passing rates on standardized final exams in the course. For her expertise in mathematics learning design she has received grants for innovations in the uses of technology in mathematics teaching and for course design. She has delivered workshops and professional presentations on redesigning mathematics courses and has assisted schools--including schools in Kuwait and Oman--to evaluate and revise their calculus, trigonometry and algebra courses to enhance the effectiveness of mathematics learning. She frequently consults with authors and publishers on the preparation of mathematics teaching materials.


Shanna Slavings

Shanna Slavings
Missouri Southern State University
Course Redesign: Oral Communication
Email: Slavings-S@mssu.edu
Phone: (417) 625-9654

Shanna Slavings is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. She has a master's in communication from Missouri State University. Her teaching concentrations include: interpersonal, organizational, health and oral communication. She is the primary contact for the oral communication (COMM 100) course redesign at MSSU. Her primary role in the project has been the development of the learning assistant materials and course content to meet objectives. Slavings also provides communication consulting to organizations in the Joplin community and training for on-campus tutors in the MSSU Student Success Center.


Klaus Woelk

Klaus Woelk
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Course Redesign: Chemistry I
Email: Woelk@mst.edu
Phone: (573) 341-4420

Klaus Woelk, interim chair of chemistry at Missouri S&T, received a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Bonn, Germany. His current research focuses on nuclear magnetic resonance techniques for materials analysis and investigations of hydrothermal conversion of cellulosic biomass to fuel. Woelk is a member of S&T’s Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation and served as director of S&T’s New Faculty Teaching Scholarship program and Freshman Faculty Forum. He teaches general chemistry to major and non-major students as well as upper-level physical-chemistry courses in thermodynamics, spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. He won numerous teaching awards including the coveted “We Love Your Class” award, the Wilbur Tappmeyer Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduates, the Missouri S&T Teaching Excellence Award, and the University of Missouri President’s Award for Innovative Teaching. For many years, he coordinated S&T’s freshman chemistry education and is currently leading the buffet-model redesign project in general chemistry as part of the state-wide redesign initiative.


Missouri State University
Course Redesign: Introductory Psychology

Danae Hudson

Danae Hudson
Email: DanaeHudson@missouristate.edu
Phone: (417) 836-5470

Dr. Hudson is an Associate Professor of psychology at Missouri State University and has taught Introductory Psychology since 2003. She led the redesign team to transform Introductory Psychology from a traditional lecture-based course to a blended course and is currently the coordinator for the redesigned course. Dr. Hudson has served as a Provost Fellow for Teaching and Learning at Missouri State University and is currently a Redesign Scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). Her research interests include eating disorders and body image, and most recently, the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Hudson has published papers and presented at national and international conferences on the process of course redesign.

Brooke Whisenhunt

Brooke Whisenhunt
Email: Bwhisenhunt@missouristate.edu
Phone: (417) 836-5877

Dr. Whisenhunt is an Associate Professor of psychology at Missouri State University. She has taught a variety of clinical psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in addition to teaching Introductory Psychology for the past 11 years at Missouri State University. She was a part of the redesign team and spent the past 2 years working on the redesign project. She taught the pilot section of the redesigned course as well as one section of the course during the full implementation in the fall of 2012. She also taught a new course developed by the redesigned team (Teaching of Psychology), for the Undergraduate Learning Assistants (ULAs) used in the redesigned course. Her research interests include eating disorders and body image, and most recently, her research has also focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has attended and presented at national and international conferences on the process of course redesign.


University of Missouri – St. Louis
Course Redesign: Information Systems

Mimi Duncan

Mimi Duncan
Email: duncan@umsl.edu
Phone: (314) 516-6282

Mimi Duncan is a lecturer in Information Systems in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri St. Louis. She earned her MS in Information Systems from UMSL in 1995 and since 1996 has taught the introductory Information Systems class, which meets a general education requirement and is required of all business majors. Duncan was the team leader for the Course Redesign of the information systems course, which is now offered in hybrid form to ~300 students per semester. She has also been active on campus sharing her expertise in different course delivery modes as well as serving on campus-wide committees, most recently on the Assessment of Educational Outcomes and the Assurance of Learning in the College of Business. Her research interests include comparisons of teaching delivery modes and impact on student performance. Mimi has made several presentations based on her research, both on campus and at other venues. She and a co-author published a text on HTML that is used in her classes. Duncan is also the faculty liaison for the College of Business in the Advanced Credit Program.

Kathleen Burns

Kathleen Burns
Email: burnska@umsl.edu
Phone: (314) 516-5027

Kathleen Burns is an Academic Director in the School of Professional and Continuing Education and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Division of Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her PhD in Teaching and Learning in 2003 with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Burns has been using online technologies to enhance learning in higher education since 2003 and has been offering courses completely online and hybrid since 2008. Burns’ area of research is in the field of educational technology. She has published and presented on the topic and developed courses in the area. For the past several years, she has taught a graduate level course for instructors, P-16, that focuses on using online technologies to enhance student learning. Burns has also assisted colleagues from many areas as they have developed their courses to incorporate online technologies and/or move to fully online formats. Her primary role in this project was as consultant during the course redesign of IS1800.


Phoebe McLaughlin

Phoebe McLaughlin
University of Central Missouri
Course Redesign: Intermediate Algebra
Email: pmclaughlin@ucmo.edu
Phone: (660) 543-8931

Phoebe McLaughlin is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Central Missouri. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa. Her recent teaching concentrates on actuarial science and statistics, linear algebra, and general education math courses. For years, she has been making efforts to incorporate technology tools into her classes. It is her belief that using appropriate technologies can enhance effective teaching and learning. She is currently coordinating the redesigned Intermediate Algebra as one of the Missouri Learning Commons projects.


Christina Holzhauser

Christina Holzhauser
Lincoln University
Course Redesign: Basic English
Email: holzhauserc@lincolnu.edu
Phone: (573) 681-5803

Christina Holzhauser is an instructor and the Coordinator of Developmental English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, but has been involved with developmental English at Lincoln University for five years. She is the primary contact and team leader for a redesign of Basic English, which transformed the course from a traditional lecture to a Supplemental Model. She is currently working to redesign College English, the next course in a two-course, pre-college English sequence.