Center for eLearning Staff
Assistant Provost for eLearning
Dr. Victoria Brown is the Interim Assistant Provost for eLearning. She is responsible for the administration of the University's new Center for eLearning. In this capacity, Dr. Brown collaborates with FAU's 10 colleges, as well as its schools, departments and faculty to facilitate new eLearning courses and programs, and enhance existing courses. She also oversees instructional technology, including training, supporting, and assisting faculty and staff who utilize eLearning, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the new center. Dr. Brown also works directly with the Provost to implement FAU's academic and technological strategic vision.
Dr. Brown comes from the College of Education the department of Teaching and Learning here at FAU. She taught instructional technology for educators and business trainers for ten years. She has previously managed instructional design teams and possesses more than a decade of experience teaching through online delivery systems. Prior to coming to FAU in 2005, Dr. Brown held the position of Assistant Professor at Barry University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of West Florida.
Director, Digital Media
Willie Freeman joined FAU in 2011 as the Director of Digital Media. He spearheads the migration from Pearson’s eCollege system to Blackboard LMS, directing the training and support efforts while overseeing stipend eligibility. He is in charge of FAU’s Sloan Consortium membership, providing all faculty, adjuncts, and teaching assistants with online faculty development opportunities in the field of eLearning. Freeman designs and delivers the “Creating eLectures” series of faculty development workshops, providing instructors with hands-on experience with established technological solutions to their pedagogical needs.
He supervises the Center for eLearning’s website and new social media presences on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. He is involved with FAU’s state authorization process for distance education. Although based on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, he frequents the Davie and Jupiter campuses to consult with faculty and staff. He conducts round tables with distance learning faculty on the Jupiter, Davie, and Boca Raton campuses enabling them to ask questions, express needs, and discuss with one another the challenges and experiences related to distance learning.
Willie Freeman has been working with educational technology in Higher Education since 1994. He believes faculty development and support are essential to FAU’s mission of excellence and innovation in teaching.
Director, Instructional Design
James K. Fowlkes, Director of Instructional Design, joined FAU as an Assistant Director and Instructional Designer in 2010. He has been active in the instructional design community since 2000 at various institutions including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Ohio State University, Central Ohio Technical College, and, most recently, Seminole State College of Florida.
James trains and consults with faculty regarding instructional design and their use of educational technology in the learning environment. Additionally, he collaborates with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Technologies department to develop and present faculty workshops supporting quality academic practices.
He sees the greatest challenge for instructional design as maintaining the balance between teaching, learning and technology in today's rapidly changing educational environment.
Assistant Director, Instructional Design
Page Jerzak joined the Instructional Design staff in November 2010 as an Instructional Designer, Educational/Training Programs Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (UNC-Asheville) and a Master Degree in Academic / Experimental Psychology (East Carolina University). She completed a doctoral program at Syracuse University in Social Psychology and then began full-time teaching at the university level in Psychology with appointments at Trinity University, Indiana University-East, and Nova Southeastern University.
Having taught face-to-face and online courses, she developed her skills in instructional design, assessment, curriculum and program development, and using technology. She taught classes ranging from 5 to 179 people and across such subjects as statistics, motivation, attitude change, human sexuality, and a behavioral science capstone course. She has also served as a statistician and researcher for her own and others' work—producing two publications and twelve conference presentations.
She enjoys consulting with faculty and sharing her enthusiasm for creating and researching innovative instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
Kimberly Springfield joined the FAU Instructional Design team in June 2012 as an Instructional Designer, Educational/Training Programs Coordinator. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Speech Communication from Shippensburg University and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University. She plans to pursue a doctorate within the next year. Kimberly combines her work with online faculty at Montgomery County Community College with best instructional design practices to shape her instructional design influence.
Kimberly collaborates with faculty on their course design and encourages faculty to "think outside the box" and explore new, innovative ways to encourage student participation and success. She enjoys working with faculty as they explore this new arena and watching them make new discoveries about their teaching and themselves.
Julie Golden joined the Center for eLearning in July, 2012 as Instructional Designer, Education/Training Programs Coordinator. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education from the University of Central Florida. Before coming on board at FAU, Julie served as an instructional designer at the Institute for Excellence in Early Care and Education at Palm Beach State College where she was part of a design team working on an Agency for Workforce Innovation grant to create a state-wide professional development pathway for early childhood educators. As part of the AWI grant, Julie developed online courses, electronic tutorials, e-newsletters, videos, and other electronic training materials.
Julie also works as an online adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida teaching courses in Curriculum Design, General Methods of Instruction and Evaluation, and the Professional Role of Teachers. Prior to her career in education, Julie worked in the radio and television broadcasting industry and brings her knowledge and experience with digital media to her work in creating online learning materials and supporting distance learning faculty at FAU.
Jill Rosen joined the eLearning team in January, 2013 as the Budget Manager. She holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.
Jill coordinates all of the financial transactions for the Center for eLearning including close collaboration with each College to assure smooth and timely transfers of faculty funding.
Sarah Smetzer-Fox joined the FAU Instructional Design team in January 2013 as an Instructional Designer, Educational/Training Programs Coordinator. Sarah holds a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education from Kent State University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the team at FAU, Sarah has worked for Florida Virtual School and Broward County Schools. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry from Florida Atlantic University.
Sarah has had experience working in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting and the virtual setting as an instructor. These dual influences have helped to shape her instructional design practices and is looking forward to working with the faculty as they experience the e-learning environment.