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Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology Faculty Bios

Ken Rovine
Jennifer Jensen
Paul Sanfrancesco
James Cummins
Mary Ann Davidson
Michael Brophy
John McGowan
Eileen Erwin
David Lees
Sherri Place 

Ken Rovine

Ken Rovine is the Director for the Education Unit Online Programs and an adjunct professor at SJU. Previously, he was a visiting instructor for Educational Leadership in the Instructional Technology Program within Graduate Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University. Courses taught include:

  • Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment
  • Technology Planning Across the Curriculum
  • Multimedia Productions
  • Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Interactive and Emerging Technologies
  • Design and Technologies for Differentiated Instruction

Rovine’s previous experience includes:

  • Adjunct Professor, Arcadia University
  • Online Instructional Design Specialist, Arcadia University
  • Interim Elementary Principal, Enfield Elementary, School District of Springfield Township
  • Elementary Technology Coordinator, Summer Staff Development Coordinator, School District of Springfield Township
  • Teaching and Learning Network Facilitator for Science and Technology, School District of Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion Cluster
  • Coordinator of the Adaptive Learning Environments Model, L.P. Hill School, School District of Philadelphia
  • Special Education Teacher, Special Ed. Liaison, L.P. Hill School, School District of Philadelphia

Education

  • M.Ed., 1996
    Educational Administration
    Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania
    Summa Cum Laude
  • Fellow, 1993
    Department of Research in Human Development, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science, 1982
    Elementary Education
    Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Certification, 1982
    Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped Education/li>

Professional Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Administrative I, Elementary Principal Certification
  • Project 2061 Resource Analysis Leader
  • Adaptive Learning Environments Model Trainer
  • Instructional Support Team Trainer
  • Pennsylvania Instructional II, Certification in Elementary and Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer

Jennifer Jensen

Jennifer Jensen is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s University, as well as an adviser of graduate education. Courses taught include Computers for Educators, Applying Theories of Learning to Interactive Technologies, and Instructional Design. Her previous experience includes:

  • Technology Teacher, Saint Kevin School
  • Technology Trainer, Total Training Solutions
  • Elementary School Teacher, Our Lady Perpetual Help School and Saint Matthias School
  • International Student Teacher, Uranga Public School (N.S.W. Australia)

Education

  • Master of Science in Education, 2004
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
    Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society
  • Bachelor of Science, 1989
    Elementary Education
    Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

Paul Sanfrancesco

Paul Sanfrancesco is an adjunct professor in the Master of Education program at Saint Joseph’s University. Courses taught throughout his career include:

  • Technology Planning Across the Curriculum
  • Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Research in Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Design (online)
  • Applying Theories of Learning to Interactive Technologies
  • Multimedia Productions
  • Introduction to Interactive Technologies (online)
  • Instructional Applications for Internet
  • Networks/Configurations
  • Distance Learning (online)

Sanfrancesco’s previous experience includes:

  • Director of Technology, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Consultant, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
  • Adjunct Professor, Immaculata University
  • Adjunct Professor, Delaware County Community College
  • Business/Technology Department Chair, Archbishop Prendergast High School

Education

  • Master of Education
    Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
    Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bachelor of Education
    Secondary Education
    Millersville University, Millersville, PA

Awards

  • 2009
    • Program Consultant, Sadlier Publishing “How to Write a Research Paper” - 2010 Edition
    • 3e Educator 500 award – West Chester University
  • 2008
    • 20 Educators to Watch – National School Boards Association
  • 2005
    • Tinfoil Award for Technology/Curriculum Staff Development - EdTech Magazine
  • 2003 to Present
    • Dell’s Education K-12 Platinum Council member - Dell

James Cummins

James currently serves as the Director of Technology for the School District of Jenkintown where he is responsible for all aspects of the district’s technology program. He is a founding partner of the web design and technology firm Coleraine Design, which he started with a fellow SJU graduate.  James has been an affiliate faculty member in the Instructional Technology Specialist program at Saint Joseph’s University since 2004. He possesses over 18 years of educational experience as both a teacher and technology leader. James earned his M.S. in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University and a BSED from West Chester University. Courses taught include:

  • Applying Theories of Learning to Interactive Technologies
  • Technology Planning Across the Curriculum
  • Research in Instructional Technology, Networks and Multimedia Productions

Cummins previous experience includes:

  • Instructional Technology Specialist, Network Administrator, Webmaster, Systems Manager and Social Studies Teacher Community Academy of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • Master of Science, 2004
    Instructional Technology
    Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
  • BSED, 1996
    History
    West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Mary Ann Davidson

Mary Ann Davidson is an adjunct professor in Instructional Technology Certificate and OATCERT programs at Saint Joseph’s University, as well as a consultant for the School District of Haverford Township. Courses taught include:

  • Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Research in Instructional Technology
  • Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment
  • Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment
  • Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Computers for Educators

Davidson’s previous experience includes:

  • District Instructional Technology Coordinator and Supervisor K-12 Librarians, Haverford Township School District
  • Facilitator – PENN Literacy Network Course, University of Pennsylvania
  • Middle School Coordinator of Technology Services, Consultant, Technology Assistant and Teacher, Haverford Township School District

Education

  • Master of Science, 1998
    Instructional Technology
    Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science
  • Bachelor of Science, 1969
    Secondary Education
    West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Professional Certifications

  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate, 2002
    Widener University
  • Mathematics Certification, 1993
    Eastern College, Devon PA
  • Permanent certification, Secondary Education, 1972
    West Chester State College, Villanova University, Penn State University

Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is an adjunct professor for the Graduate Program in Instructional Technology at Saint Joseph’s University, as well as a technology teacher at Jenkintown Middle/High School. His previous experience includes:

  • Teacher, Writing Specialist, Technology Committee Member, Colonial School District
  • Upper School Technology Coordinator, William Penn Charter School
  • Substitute Teacher, Lower Merion School District
  • Online Teacher, Keystone National High School
  • Technology Manager, NSM, Inc.
  • Software Development Project Manager and Programmer/Analyst Citibank

Education

  • Master of Education
    Instructional Technology Certification
    Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bachelor of Education
    English – Secondary Teaching Certification
    Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Certifications

  • PA Instructional II - English 7-12
  • PA Instructional Technology Specialist
  • PA Business Computing – Information Technology K-12

John McGowan

John McGowan, Adjunct Professor, teaches Technology Applications for the Classroom and Technology Planning Across the Curriculum at Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a director of educational technology for the Wissahickon School District in Ambler, PA. His other experience includes:

  • Director of Educational Technology, The School District of Upper Dublin
  • Director of Technology, The School District of Jenkintown
  • Second/third-grade teacher, The School District of Jenkintown, Jenkintown Elementary School
  • Computer Instruction Coordinator - K-12, Futurekids Computer Classes for Children

Education

  • Master of Science Educational Technology
    Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • Bachelor of Science
    Elementary Education K-6
    Area of Concentration: Social Studies
    Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Professional Certifications

  • Educational Administration, Principal Certification
    Penn State University, Malvern, PA
  • Instructional Technology Specialist, Certification
    Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elementary Education K-6 Level II
    Instructional Technology Specialist K-12 Level II  Principal K-12

Eileen Erwin

Eileen Erwin is an online professor at Saint Joseph’s University, as well as an advanced writing teacher for grades 1-8 at the Gesu School in Philadelphia, PA. Her previous experience includes:

  • Adjunct Professor, Reading in Content Areas, Reading/Literature II, Writing in the Classroom, Creative Expressions, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Adjunct Professor, Teaching Assistant, Instructor, Temple University
  • Master Teacher, Project Forward Leap
  • Writing Tutor, Temple University Writing Center
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival

Education

  • Ph.D., 2002
    Urban Education
    Temple University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    • Dissertation: Teacher/student decision-making power over writing in two urban elementary schools
  • Graduate Certificate, 2002
    Temple University, Department of Women’s Studies
  • Master’s in Education, 1997
    Urban Education
    Temple University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1995
    English Literature, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
    Magna Cum Laude

Awards

  • The Jimmy Medal, 2011
  • Disney Creative Classroom Grant, 2001
  • Temple University Fellowship, 1995-1999
  • James G. Weber Poetry Scholarship, Fairfield University, 1995
  • Arts and Sciences Award for Creative Writing, Fairfield University, 1995
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Fairfield University, 1995

David Lees

David Lees is the executive director of Academic Technology and Distributed Learning, as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Instructional Technology Specialist Program within the Department of Education at Saint Joseph’s University. His other positions at SJU have included:

  • Executive Director, Instructional Technology and Distributed Learning
  • Director, Instructional Technology and Distributed Learning
  • Head, Instructional Media Services
  • Media Technician, Instructional Media Center

Lees has developed and taught several courses both online and on campus, including:

  • Multimedia Production
  • Introduction to Interactive Technologies
  • Distance Communications
  • Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Teaching and Learning at a Distance

Education

  • Ed. D., 2002
    Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
    Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Master of Science, 1999
    Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
    Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1986
    Radio, Television and Film
    Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Associations

  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Conference for Information Technology Managers and Technology, Teaching and Learning – Past President
  • Infocomm
  • Consortium College and University Media Centers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Educational Communications and Technology

Sherri Place

Sherri Place is a new instructor within the Instructional Technology Program at Saint Joseph’s University. His prior role at SJU was affiliate professor in Graduate Arts and Sciences.

Place’s previous experience includes:

  • Manager, Instructional Design, La Salle University
  • Instructional Designer, La Salle University
  • Librarian & Instructional Design Specialist, Talbot Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Reference Librarian, Crystal Lake Public Library
  • Reference & Interlibrary Load Services Librarian, Gutman Library, Philadelphia University
  • Media Specialist, GCMS High School
  • English Teacher, Marquette High School

Education

  • Master of Science, 2012
    Instructional Technology
    St. Joseph’s University
  • Master of Science, 1998
    Library and Information Science
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, 1995
    Teaching of English
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Continuing Education

  • Coaching SMEs to Facilitate Learning, ASTD Essentials Series
  • Essentials of Game Design, ASTD Essentials Series
  • Learning Transfer for Business Results, ASTD Essentials Series
  • Scenario-Based E-Learning, ASTD Essentials Series
  • E-Learning Instructional Design Online Certificate, ASTD Certificate Programs
  • Facilitator Training, Service Excellence: From Good to GREAT


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