Directors and Managers
Cynthia GoldenDirector, Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education
As the director of CIDDE, Cynthia is responsible for leadership of Pitt’s online learning programs, teaching support, instructional technology, measurement and evaluation of teaching, classroom technologies, and other academic support services. She serves as a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, the Provost’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, the Task Force on Online Learning and the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, as well as other campus and professional working groups.
Prior to joining Pitt, Cynthia was Vice President of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit international association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. She has also held senior IT leadership positions at MIT, Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. Cynthia served as faculty for the Sloan-C Institute for Engaged Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) from 2011 through 2013. Currently, she is the director of the Senior Leadership Roundtable at EDUCAUSE, and serves as a faculty member in the association’s New IT Managers program.
She is a frequent presenter at conferences, and author of numerous articles as well as author and editor of the book Cultivating Careers: Professional Development for Campus IT. She served on the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the Seminars on Academic Computing, the Northeast Regional Computing Consortium and CAUSE; and served as a member of many professional association committees over a twenty-five-year period.
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Michael ArenthDirector, Classroom & Media Services
Michael Arenth is Director of Classroom and Media Services in the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE) at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael contributes to the Center’s efforts to investigate, acquire, develop and deliver effective technologies and services to support teaching and learning at Pitt. He directs a staff of technical, creative and administrative professionals who provide an array of services including lecture capture, webcasting, classroom engineering, video conferencing, classroom media and event support.
In addition to standard instructional support technologies, he and his team are currently experimenting with innovative solutions that may enhance teaching at Pitt in the future, including collaborative learning space design, 3D printing, wearable and mobile device integration, motion controllers, cloud based applications, and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).
He serves on the Provost’s Classroom Management Team charged with the design and support of learning spaces across campus.
Michael is an advocate for students to ensure easy and equal access to new learning technologies. He strongly supports accessibility standards for media to give every student an opportunity to learn and excel.
Michael has formally presented at campus and professional events including EDUCAUSE and the Consortium for College and University Media Centers, and has co-authored articles published in professional journals. He has worked in instructional technology management in higher education for more than 25 years.
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Lorna KearnsDirector, Online Programs
Lorna Kearns is Director of Online Programs at the Center for instructional Development and Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She oversees the Pitt Online portfolio of more than a dozen online graduate programs across several schools within the University. She is responsible for the design, development, and deployment of all Pitt Online courses as well as faculty development efforts for online teaching. She also acts as project manager for the University’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative. She holds a Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and PhD in Adult Education from the Pennsylvania State University.
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Nancy ReillyDirector, Office of Measurement & Evaluation of Teaching
Nancy earned a B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology in three and a half years from Slippery Rock University. She also has a M.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Educational Research Methodology with an equal emphasis in Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics. One of the cloze reading exercises that she designed for her Master’s Thesis, ”Use of the Cloze Procedure for Monitoring Elementary Students’ Reading Progress” can be found in the textbook, Educational Tests and Measurement: An Introduction by Dr. Anthony J. Nitko. She also completed the coursework and passed the Phase II exams for a Ph.D. in Educational Research Methodology with an emphasis on Program Evaluation. She started working in the Office for the Evaluation of Teaching a year after its inception and also worked in the Office of Measurement and Evaluation before the two offices merged into the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching. She is a member of the Association for Institutional Research and has programmed using SPSS, BMDP, R, and SAS.
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Joe HorneDirector, Instructional Services
Joe Horne holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design, and has presented his research throughout North America and Europe. He often examines how technology changes faculty-student interactions and how faculty experience technology in their teaching practice. He also holds a B.M. in Piano Pedagogy and has worked for IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LexisNexis, Georgia State University, and The Galloway School. Joe enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and yoga.
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Erik ArroyoManager, University of Pittsburgh Testing Center and Program Manager, Online Programs
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Joe CornibeManager, Educational Technology
Joe manages Educational Technology Services within CIDDE. He comes to Pitt from Deloitte Consulting, where he managed a team reporting analytics for a federal agency; and the Air Force, where he led analysts monitoring telecommunications. He earned a master’s degree at George Mason University. When not at work, Joe enjoys reading and building blocks, Legos, and Marbleworks with his sons, completing home restoration projects, and running.
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Gabrielle DeanManager, Classroom Services
Gabrielle Dean has a Bachelor's Degree from Westminster College in Broadcast Communications. Gabrielle worked briefly for the Clarion Healthcare system at Indiana State hospitals as an Audio Visual & Special Event Technician for patients and hospital staff before she came to the University of Pittsburgh. She joined University of Pittsburgh as a Special Events Technician with CIDDE in 2006. Gabrielle is currently the manager of CIDDE's Classroom Services unit and also serves on the Classroom Management Team.
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Barbara FreyInstructional Design Manager
Barbara A. Frey, DEd is the Instructional Design Manager for Pitt Online where she provides support to instructional designers and faculty on a variety of teaching and learning topics. As a mentor and project manager, Barbara has collaborated with faculty, instructional technologists, graphic designers, and videographers to develop dozens of online and massive open online courses (MOOCs) for the University.
Barbara earned her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is co-author of the book Distinctive Distance Education Design: Models for Differentiated Instruction (IGI Global, 2011). In addition, Barbara is a Facilitator and Master Reviewer for the non-profit organization Quality Matters™. Her research interests include online learning, program evaluation, instructional design and technology, and human resource development.
Edward GyurisinManager, Engineering and Systems Integration
A graduate of the Allegheny Technology Institute with a focus on electronic technology, Ed has worked many years as a video production Engineer. Ed enjoys not only working with technology, but collaborating with other creative people. Working with talented and dedicated professionals, Ed’s team designs and builds classrooms and conference rooms at the University – referred to as “Learning Spaces”. Ed is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Classroom Renovation and currently serves in the successor committee - the Classroom Management Team. Ed feels fortunate to be a part of CIDDE - a diverse and innovative organization.
Some of current projects are: David Lawrence Renovation, Classroom Technology Upgrade, Video Learning Initiative and the AV Credenza Project for the Nationality Rooms.
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John GuinaneMedia Coordinator for CIDDE Media Production
John Guinane leads the Media Production department for CIDDE. His team produces high end videos for the University, including videos for online courses, instructional videos, promotional videos, documentary style videos, audio recordings, and motion graphics. John is dedicated to keeping up with the latest video trends. He continues to develop his team and pushes for new technology in order to provide the highest quality video productions.
John is also part of the growing independent film community in Pittsburgh. His titles on local productions include Director of Photography, Sound Mixer, and Editor. John has also produced videos for Levin Furniture.
Before living in Pittsburgh, John worked for WGRZ; a NBC affiliate in Buffalo, New York. There, he worked as an Emmy Nominated photojournalist for the news, shooting and editing videos daily on a tight deadline.
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Jonathan GunnellInstructional Technology Manager
Jonathan received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne University in Music Technology and Digital Music Pedagogy, respectively. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Technology and Leadership program at Duquesne and his research focus is on the impact of music on cognitive performance. Jonathan joined CIDDE in 2014 after working as the Computer Lab Manager and faculty member in the Mary Pappert School of Music where he has taught courses in audio, web design, and music technology since 2008. He is also an accomplished musician and performs frequently in the Pittsburgh area.
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Sandra ShearerBusiness Manager, Administration & Budget
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Blaine WalkerManager, University Event Support
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Carol WashburnManager, Teaching Support
Carol has a doctoral degree in Instructional Design and Technology, and has been involved as a project manager, instructional designer and media designer for over 30 years. She frequently consults with departments on instructional design methodologies, and on program assessment and evaluation. Carol also works with faculty regarding course development including the design of appropriate evaluation measures. Often, course development is followed by observations or consultations to improve teaching.
Carol has a passion for innovative, evidence based course development and teaching. She is a frequent participant of DbSERC, and serves on curriculum committees throughout the university. Carol, along with a co-instructor, received one of the first Blackboard course development awards for course design. In addition to consulting with departments, Carol has also developed university grant funded instructional projects for the American Diabetes Association, The Susan Komen Foundation, and the International Peritoneal Dialysis Association.
In conjunction with faculty from the Schools of Nursing and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Carol designed a successful and innovative MOOC for the Coursera platform, teaching Clinical Terminology to international health workers.
Carol is currently the Manager of Teaching & Learning at CIDDE, and oversees a staff of consultants who are charged with traditional, hybrid, and online course development and faculty development efforts. She also oversees Teaching Assistant Services, and has worked for the past 16 years on the preparation of future faculty.
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Mike WorkManager, Technology Services
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