Meet the speakers

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Conference speakers

Dr. Sarah Farrell (Apple Inc.)

Dr. Sarah Farrell joined Apple Inc. as a development executive in June 2012. She has taught at Yale University and in the University of Virginia School of Nursing and Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, where she was a tenured faculty member and associate dean for academic programs. She was the School of Nursing’s first chief technology officer, creating opportunities for technology adoption by faculty and students both in and out of the classroom.
In addition to her 30 years in the classroom, Farrell built a research program around using emerging technologies to improve health quality for vulnerable populations. One of her funded studies created and evaluated the eScreen tool, developed for early identification of mental health issues in primary care. Her eSupport tools provided technology connections to improve access to care. In 2009 she won a Jefferson Trust award to begin to put iPod Touch devices in the hands of every nursing student.

Brett Gross (Apple Inc.)

Brett Gross is a senior systems engineer with Apple Inc. Formerly a systems administrator at a local Big 10 university, he has been working with educational institutions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia since 2000. Gross understands the needs of IT departments, and with the rapid adoption of Mac OS X, he has been giving presentations on deploying and managing Mac OS X every spring for more than five years.

Dr. Jon Landis (Apple Inc.)

Dr. Jon Landis is a national development executive with Apple Inc. He is a former professor in the College of Education at Millersville University, where he was the graduate coordinator of the Leadership Program and coordinator of the CyberSafe Institute. Landis holds a Ph.D. in sociology, a master’s degree in education leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He has been a chemistry instructor, a school principal, a curriculum director and an IT director.

Landis speaks nationally on the risks and opportunities associated with mobile technologies. He recommends this starter set of Apple iPad apps

C.J. DeJuliis (California University)

C.J. DeJuliis is the instructional technology manager in the Teaching and Learning Center at Cal U, where he helps faculty members learn to use smart classroom technology. As a member of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, he has taught courses in Communicating Technical Design, Information Systems and Transportation Systems.

Meagan DeVries (California University)

Meagan DeVries is a graduate student at California University of Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in school psychology and currently is pursuing certification in the field. DeVries is a grant research assistant working with Dr. Katherine Mitchem to develop mobile apps using FileMaker Pro to support independent performance of children and adolescents with disabilities across a wide variety of tasks and settings. She intends to continue this research while interning as a school psychologist in the fall.   

Dr. Jodi Dusi (California University)

Dr. Jodi Dusi is a licensed physical therapist and an associate professor in the Department of Health Science. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy and Ph.D. in rehabilitation science at Duquesne University. Dusi was awarded the 2011 PASSHE Foundation Highmark Healthcare Academic Program Development Grant, which she used to investigate the use of the iPad FaceTime application in developing collaborative relationships between students in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs.

Dr. Marcia Hoover (California University)

Dr. Marcia Hoover teaches in the Department of Secondary Education and in the Master of Arts Teaching program at Cal U. With more than 12 years of experience in the development and delivery of distance education courses, she has served as a consultant to faculty in developing instructional uses of technology, developed technology training, conducted faculty workshops, assisted in the conversion of traditional courses to online formats, and served as the technical writer for an online courseware package. Hoover is devoted to the appropriate use of technology in education and in assisting P-12 teachers to achieve National Board Certification.

Dr. Todd E. Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District)

Dr. Todd E. Keruskin is assistant superintendent for the Elizabeth-Forward School District, which serves students in Elizabeth and Forward townships. His goals are to create safe and exciting learning environments, to enhance teaching practices and lessons with creativity and increased relevance, and to adjust the curriculum to align with new common core standards. To those ends, Keruskin says the most rewarding element of his current position is working with teachers and students to enhance lessons and ultimately improve teaching and learning. 

Michael Meyer (California University)

Michael Meyer teaches graduate and undergraduate health science courses and is an assistant athletic trainer at Cal U. His research focuses on leadership in education and assessment of productivity in the classroom.

Dr. Katherine Mitchem (California University)

Dr. Katherine Mitchem is a professor and Edith L. Trees Endowed Chair in the College of Education and Human Services at Cal U. She holds a Ph.D. in special education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral level. Her research interests include the use of electronic performance support tools to support inclusion and transition of students with disabilities, self-management interventions, and most recently, the development of mobile apps using Filemaker Pro to support independent performance of children and adolescents with disabilities across a wide variety of tasks and settings.   

Ryan Sittler (California University)

Ryan Sittler is an information literacy librarian who supports students in their research and helps them evaluate information. An assistant professor in the Department of Library Services at Cal U, he also acts as a technical resource for issues involving library instruction and instructional technology/design. His expertise is in pedagogy, instructional design, information literacy and the application of technology in instructional situations. He is also one of the lead designers for “A Planet in Peril: Plagiarism,” a Web-based educational game that won the 2010 Caspian Learning Serious Games Challenge.

Dr. Thomas West (California University)

A certified athletic trainer, Dr. Thomas West is director of the graduate athletic training education program at Cal U. Additionally, he teaches graduate-level courses in the exercise science and health promotion program and undergraduate courses in the wellness and fitness program. President of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, he presented research results at the International Olympic Committee World Congress on Sports Sciences in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Stephen Whitehead (California University)

Dr. Stephen Whitehead, interim associate provost in the Office of Academic Affairs, joined Cal U’s Department of Applied Engineering and Technology after almost 15 years in the print industry. His research has explored how the study of robotics affects middle school students' attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and students' motivation to learn STEM material.

Mary Beth Wiseman (Elizabeth Forward School District)

Mary Beth Wiseman has been a K-12 technology director at the Elizabeth Forward School District for 12 years. Her goals include designing creative learning spaces that utilize mobile technologies to enhance a student’s educational experience and his/her ability to contribute to a class or the community as a whole. Wiseman tries constantly to update the ways in which students share, access and present their ideas and projects. She says she enjoys being able to ignite a passion in students through technology and/or the opportunities that develop around technologies in our community. 

Dr. Joseph Zisk (California University)

Dr. Joseph Zisk is director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Cal U. A professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership, he is an experienced guide to the fast-changing world of instructional technology. He worked as technology supervisor in a suburban school district before teaching at Cal U, and as coordinator for the University’s online Master of Arts Teaching program, he has spent years helping educators find efficient, effective ways to incorporate emerging technology and software solutions into their courses.