Stephen F. Austin State University

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The OIT Staff

Laura Osborne Faculty Training & Certification 936.468.5832
Janet Kamps Distance Education Coordinator 936.468.1818
Randy Watson Videoconferencing & Multimedia 936.468.2774
Megan Weatherly Instructional Designer
Andrew Ormsby Program Associate / High-Impact Practices 936.468.7689
Andra Floyd D2L Support 936.468.1919
Joan Taylor Administrative Assistant 936.468.1010
Randy McDonald, Ed.D. Director 936.468.1011
Mary Smith Assistant Director
Sahitya Neeli Database Specialist 936.468.1733

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Randy McDonald, Ed.D.

Dr. Randy McDonald has been the director of OIT since September of 2000. As director, he oversees all departmental functions and serves as the academic liaison in university-wide computing, telecommunications and networking initiatives. He is responsible for conducting strategic planning of instructional technology initiatives and for recommending and evaluating instructional technology priorities and policies for the University.

Randy completed a B.B.A. in Information Systems and Quantitative Studies from Abilene Christian University in 1986. In 1992, after serving two years as a missionary in Thailand and four years as a computer sales consultant, he came to SFA as the Technology Specialist for the Center for Professional Development and Technology. In this role, he worked with university faculty and staff and area K-12 teachers and administrators to integrate technology into SFA's field-based teacher certification program, providing faculty training and coordinating the implementation of SFA's first interactive video network. While working as the CPDT Technology Specialist he acquired his Texas teaching certificate and in 1995, completed an M.Ed. in Secondary Education at SFA.

Dr. McDonald served as a faculty member for five years in SFA's Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology, pedagogy and curriculum design, during which time he also was responsible for supervising the College of Education's Media Center. In 2000 he completed a doctorate degree in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. McDonald completed an additional master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2004.

Dr. McDonald has published articles regarding technology's impact on course development, teacher education, and library services and made numerous presentations. He is a member of the Texas Distance Learning Association and served two terms on the Distance Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Joan Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Joan Taylor joined the OIT Staff in January 2012. Joan is a graduate of SFA and has previously worked as the Secretary for the SFA Men's Basketball program.

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Janet Kamps
Distance Education Coordinator

Janet Kamps joined OIT in September 2010. As Coordinator, Janet oversees faculty development and course development for online courses and coordinates internal and external data regarding distance education programs.

Janet holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Human Resource Development - Distance Learning (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in Modern Languages - Spanish; both from Texas A&M University, College Station. She also holds Texas Teaching Certificates in both Spanish and History. Janet has broad experience as an educator including classroom teaching and department leadership. Janet worked four years as an Instructional Designer for Blinn College. Janet served two years as the Distance Learning Coordinator for the School of Rural Public Health, Health Science Center, Texas A&M University System. And in 2008 Janet worked as the Director of Instructional Technology in the Office of Information Technology, Health Science Center at Texas A&M Experience University System Director, Instructional Technology.

Janet brings to SFA her experience with a host of instructional technology products and years of assisting faculty in online education. She has made numerous professional presentations addressing quality in online education.

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Andra Floyd, A.A.
D2L Support

Andra has served as our Distance Education Student Support Specialist since October 1999, and is now responsible for supporting both students and faculty in online courses and programs. Andra oversees a team of students assistants that develop technical support materials for students and answer a wide variety of questions by phone, email and walk-in visitors. Andra works closely with the course design team and the faculty support team to provide effective overall support.

Prior to coming to OIT, Andra served as an administrative assistant in the SFA Admissions office for 5 years. She currently holds certifications as a WebCT Certified Online Instructor, an Instructional Designer/Developer from Langevin Learning Services, and is certified as a Distance Education Professional from The Center for Distance Learning Research and Texas A&M University. In 1998 she was selected to receive the President's Achievement Award in recognition for outstanding achievement and excellence in service. Andra graduated in 1977 with her associate degree in Secretarial Science from Hutchinson Community Junior College. Her career path has always included helping people as she has worked in the educational field since 1990.

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Randy Watson
Videoconferencing & Multimedia Support

Randy Watson joined the OIT team in February 2000 as Technology Program Coordinator. His role at SFA ranges from videoconference coordinator, to classroom and campus technology integration consulting, as well as various roles regarding grant administration/purchasing and management duties in the Faculty Development Center.

Prior to arriving at SFA, Randy was Media Technology Specialist for eleven years at Collin County Community College District in McKinney and Plano, Texas. His previous experience includes technology lab management, desktop video, web page authoring, videoconference, CCTV, cable television broadcast, classroom technology systems, as well as campus technology circulation and maintenance. Randy holds certifications in Instructional Design and Development and Computer Service. He holds both WebCT Trainer Certification and Interactive Video Trainer Certification.


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Laura Osborne
Faculty Training & Certification

Laura joined the OIT team in September 2010. As our Faculty Training & Certification Coordinator, she provides training and support to faculty and staff using Desire2Learn and related technologies in their courses. In addition to her full time role in OIT, she continues to teach online courses (Technical Writing and Introduction to Literature) as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English, a position she has held since Fall 2006. She has co-developed two fully online courses and taught numerous fully online sections over the years.

Laura is a Certified Online Instructor and a Certified Training Professional, and before joining the faculty at SFASU, she worked for seven years as a trainer and technical writer in the Texas A&M University Libraries, where she was part of a unit responsible for providing computer training and support to the TAMU Library employees.

In addition to her professional certifications, Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.


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Andrew Ormsby
Program Associate

Andrew joined the OIT team in 2014. As our Program Associate, he helps run the High Impact Practices program and also assists with faculty training & certification programs. He taught for the Department of English for 8 years, and he received both his B.A. and M.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Sahitya Neeli
Database Specialist

Sahitya has worked for OIT two years, as a full-time employee. She holds a masters degree in business administration and maintains several Oracle databases for the department.

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