Presenter Bios

Eric Abraham
Eric Abraham is the L. J. Semrod Presidential Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma, where he has been a faculty member for 15 years. He received the OU Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching in 2004. From 1996-1998, he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1996.

Karen Antell
Since 2006, Karen Antell has been Head of Reference & Outreach Services at the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library. Prior to that, she was OU’s Engineering Librarian. Her scholarly work focuses on user experiences in academic libraries. She is a book review editor and column editor for Reference & User Services Quarterly, and she serves on the editorial board of College & Research Libraries.

From 2002 to 2005, Karen and her family served as a faculty-in-residence family in one of the OU residence halls, living in a high-rise building with a thousand college freshmen. This experience was formative in her devotion to patron service. She still prefers to spend as much of her work time as possible outside the library, providing library services in venues such as classrooms, residence halls, and the writing center.

Fred Bidwell
Fred Bidwell is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences Online Program. His faculty training focus over that last four years has been on developing online courses in D2L and multi-media instructional content. He also specializes in web design and multi-media production and brings over a decade of experience in audio and video production to the job.

George Bogaski
George Bogaski is an Academic Advisor in University College and has taught numerous courses in his service in higher education. A constant in his professional development is utilizing and evaluating different teaching methodologies/technologies to encourage student success.

The Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) was founded in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE) to support scholarship and research.

Matthew Cook
Matthew Cook is a circulation supervisor at the University of Oklahoma Libraries. He has given talks throughout the United States and abroad on topics ranging from philosophy of mind, to spatial perception, to tool-use. After recognizing the increasing ubiquity of digital tools in the academic library, Cook founded Telesterion Systems for the purpose of developing interactive mindfulness technology like the Sparq meditation labyrinth, which will make it’s debut at OU Libraries Nov. 17th (2013).

David Corbly
David Corbly has been Director of Repository Services at the University of Oklahoma Libraries since October 2013. Prior to that he served 15 years as Director of Library Service Platforms/Systems at the University of Oklahoma Libraries. He loves people (especially very little ones), dogs, and books and finds *everything* to be interesting. Except most TV shows and sports.

Logan Cox
Logan Cox has been Repository Developer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries since September 2013. Prior to that, he was an interactive developer for OU Web Communications. A self-described “word nerd,” Logan is trained in lexicography, interested in everything, and is not someone you’d want to go up against in Trivial Pursuit.

Janet Croft
Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services and Associate Professor of Bibliography at the University of Oklahoma libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in 1983. She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies) and several book chapters on the Peter Jackson films; has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, and other authors, and is editor or co-editor of four collections of literary essays. She has also written widely on library issues, and is the author of Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan (Haworth, 2004). She is the book review editor for Oklahoma Librarian and contributes a regular column on library copyright issues. She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press.

Adam Croom
Adam currently serves as the Director of Digital Courses for the Center for Teaching Excellence and is an adjunct professor for the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. His main function is to enhance student success through innovative, digital learning environments. Adam also curates TEDxOU, a TED event which has accumulated nearly 500,000 views worldwide. He maintains the Project Director role for, an online civic education platform, which hosts talks on freedom and an 18-lecture course, “The Story of Freedom is America” by Dr. J. Rufus Fears. The course has frequently been in the Top 10 Course on iTunesU and continues to serve more than 35,000 digital students. Most recently, he was honored as a 2013 Journal Record Innovator of the Year.

William “Biff” Farrell
William “Biff” Farrell is an Academic Multimedia Specialist and Director of Video Production at the Center for Teaching Excellence, housed within the University of Oklahoma. Working with OU faculty and staff he guides the training, implementation and production of video into learning environments while also researching new and perhaps disruptive media solutions for higher education.

Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Department Head of Video Production at Pellissippi State in Knoxville, TN. In this capacity he worked to guide curriculum, matching student production curriculum with broadcast networks and production facilities along the East Coast.

He has trained producers in both private and academic settings including, SCRIPPS Networks Interactive (HGTV, DIY, GAC, Food Network, Travel Channel) and was a freelance editor and shooter with the Visitors’ Information Channel, creating a travel show for the Southern Appalachians.

Internationally, Farrell has taught documentary production, independent project, photography and media technologies in France, Belgium and Holland. He networked opportunities for students in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

He has worked in media production in both higher education and the private sector since 1995. At Appalachian State he was Media Director for ABSPD, training North Caroline community college instructors to use media. He worked in Manhattan for the Image Bank, selling film stock to global clients. He was recently an Instructional Designer, working for the Oklahoma State Board of Regents and continues to consult and freelance for production companies in the Southeast and Midwest.

Farrell is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is married to Lara Souza, an Ecologist with the Oklahoma Biological Survey and OU. They have a daughter – Mila Rose.

Kenneth Forehand
Kenneth Forehand is a national presenter and trainer in the art of presenting in the classroom. He has trained educators in the use of technology at many levels of education and currently trains others to train educators. He has a strong belief in the role educators play to their to their students and believes that by perfecting a few simple techniques educators can improve their classroom performance, raise grades and attendance, and make the classroom a more enjoyable place for student and instructor.

Kendall George
Kendall George has been a systems engineer at the University for five years, most recently serving as the Operations Manager for the OU IT Shared Services Cloud since October 2012. He has over 15 years of experience designing, running, and managing IT infrastructure in both private and public sectors, both in the US and abroad. A California native, Kendall enjoys spending time with his family and travel.

Kurt Gramoll
Kurt Gramoll has been at the University of Oklahoma for over 16 years. He has taught at Georgia Tech and University of Memphis. He obtained his doctorate in Mechanics from Virginia Tech. Dr. Gramoll is actively engaged in engineering education research and demilitarization of munitions.

Becky Grant
An east coast Yankee, Becky Grant moved from Washington DC to Oklahoma in November of 2010 and began working for OU IT shortly thereafter. Prior to working for OU, Becky worked for TIG Global, an interactive marketing agency, managing website builds and online marketing campaigns for hospitality clients. She was lucky enough to land a position in TIG Global’s London office and spent almost two years enjoying the London sunshine and traveling around Europe visiting clients. Now she spends most of her time communicating all the great things about OU IT, working on her Master of Education and hiding from tornadoes in her basement.

Carl Grant
Carl Grant is a consultant and the Associate Dean of Knowledge Services and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries. Previously he was Chief Librarian and President of Ex Libris North America and prior to that the President/Chief Operating Officer of VTLS. He’s active in ALA, ACRL, LITA and NISO. Mr. Grant holds an MLS from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Chelle’ Guttery
Chelle’ Guttery has been with the University of Oklahoma Disability Resource Center since 2012. Her responsibilities include disability compliance oversight for employees and students with disabilities for OU’s Norman, Health Sciences Center, and Tulsa Schusterman Center campuses. She also consults with OU Legal Counsel on disability compliance issues for Rogers State University and Cameron University. Dr. Guttery is also responsible for staff and faculty development on best practices for accommodating students and employees with disabilities. Dr. Guttery serves on a number of university committees including the Provost Advisory Committee on Classroom Renovation, and the Honorable Robert Dole Scholarship Committee. Prior to her role as Director of the Disability Resource Center, Dr. Guttery worked as a psychologist, specializing in providing developmental, cognitive, and psychological assessment as well as treatment to chronically and severely mentally ill children and adults. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

Seth Hartman
Seth Hartman is a User Interface and User Experience Designer for OU Information Technology. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from Illinois State University, he moved to sunny Orlando, FL before deciding to make Norman his home. Seth’s primary area of focus is mobile and web application interfaces, and he spends his days researching how to improve the user experience. If you would like to know if your design is off by a pixel, he’s your guy.

Corey Helms
Corey is the Technology Strategist for Enrollment and Student Financial Services and started his journey at OU in 2005! Corey has degrees in Sociology and Management Information Systems but am constantly learning something new. Corey is an Oklahoma native, die-hard Sooner fan, and life-long supporter of the Atlanta Braves. He loves to travel and am always up for trying something new. Corey is a board game junkie and really enjoy cooking for other people.

Chris Kobza
Chris Kobza came to OU in 2000 to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. He tried for years to land a student job with IT, and once he finally did, liked it enough to stick around after graduation. While pursuing an MBA, Chris worked in several different areas of the organization, and even married a former colleague! He is now responsible for ensuring that the technologies in our campus learning spaces contribute to the best possible learning environment for our students. If you can’t find Chris on campus, it’s safe to assume he’s somewhere that is either full of water, blanketed in manicured grass, or covered by rocky mountains.

Mark Laufersweiler
Dr. Mark Laufersweiler recently joined the staff of the OU Libraries as the Research Data Specialist. His role is to help contribute to the development of a long-term data management infrastructure, assist faculty in the discovery of relevant existing data sets and other information, serve on grant teams for externally funded projects and engage in research and professional activity at the national and international level.

Mark comes to University Libraries from the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his work there, he served in a wide variety of positions related to technology, research and research data at several universities.

Hong Lin
Hong Lin is currently Associate Director in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She joined OU in 2013. She has been a faculty member, instructional designer, and director with extensive experience in faculty development, instructional design, and educational technology in higher education. Hong chairs and serves on committees to enhance instructional innovation and educational technology. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, and publishes in leading academic journals, conference proceedings, and edited books, and has co-authored one textbook. She earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Learning and Performance Systems at Penn State.

Bruce Mason
Bruce Mason is an Associate Professor in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been involved in finding effectives uses for technology is his classroom for many years, as well has trying to help other faculty do the same.

Fred Reiss
Fred Reiss is, according to OU HR, an IT Analyst II for the University of Oklahoma Libraries. Fred has served in this position for over 12 years. A more position-specific title has never been assigned to Fred, as “technology firefighter” doesn’t sound professional enough, and “facilitator of all that is possible, with other duties as assigned” is too wordy for a business card.

Karen Rupp-Serrano
Karen Rupp-Serrano has been with the University of Oklahoma Libraries for 23 years and has been the Director of Collection Development and Scholarly Communication for the last 13 years. She collects buttons, believes a day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine, and wishes there were more Horatio Hornblower books to be read.

Krishnan (Ravi) Shankar
Ravi Shankar is a Professor of Mathematics at OU. He joined the faculty in 2002, was tenured in 2006 and promoted to full professor in 2011. His area of research is differential geometry but he maintains a healthy interest in many areas including undergraduate education. He is the recipient of several National Science Foundation grants for research, the Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor award, the OU “Faculty member of the game” award and several other awards for travel or research from OU. Besides mathematics he loves to cook and spend time with his 2 year old daughter.

Sepideh Stewart
Sepideh Stewart is a mathematics educator at the department of mathematics. Her primary research interest is teaching and learning linear algebra in the three worlds of embodied, symbolic and formal thinking.

Wayne Stewart
Wayne Stewart was born and raised in New Zealand, gained a PHD in statistics from the university of Auckland in 2007 and has been lecturing and researching statistics since then. In 2012 he moved to Oklahoma and now lectures statistics for the mathematics department.

Janea Triplett
Janea Triplett holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from Iowa State University.  She has published in peer-reviewed journals, refereed conferences and has a patent pending for an algorithm that discovers online social networks.  Her research interests include social media and technology & social change.  Janea also holds masters in international development and an M.B.A. in information systems.  She has done IT consulting for local clients as well as NGOs in SE Asia and Africa.

Felix Wao
Dr. Felix Wao joined the CTE in July 2013 as the Director of Academic Assessment for Learning Outcomes. Previously, he was the Director of Assessment at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Wao is primarily charged with assessment of student learning outcomes at the course level, and is currently a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on General Education (PACGEO). He has taught graduate courses in Curriculum Development and Evaluation as well as an undergraduate course in Social Science Statistics. He is passionate about assessment of student learning and enjoys working with faculty.

Kathy Wullstein
Kathy Wullstein is the Director of the College of Arts & Sciences Online Program at the University of Oklahoma. For the last 15 years she has been working in the field of academic technology with an emphasis in developing programs that include training in instructional design, online/blended course pedagogy, and multi-media development.

Stacy Zemke
Stacy Zemke is the Open Educational Resources Coordinator for the University Libraries.  She has taught in the School of Library and Information Sciences, predominantly online, since 2007.

[button color=”blue” size=”medium” link=””]Full Schedule[/button]

Leave a Reply