Staff

Meet the TLT Team

Dr. Lynda Murphy

Lynda Murphy, EdD

Director of TLT

lmurphy@twu.edu | 940-898-3405

Lynda was hired by the TWU Graduate School in 1993. Before that, she worked for 10 years at Navarro College in student services and served as an adjunct instructor in their fine arts program. Currently, she coordinates TWU’s distance education activities.

Dr. Heidi Collins

Heidi Collins, PhD

Associate Director of TLT

hcollins@twu.edu | 940-898-3200

Heidi Collins is an author who speaks worldwide on knowledge management and learning systems about how instructors can bring an indispensable contribution to the mission of the institution where they teach. The University of North Texas awarded her a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Learning Technologies. She is the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology at Texas Woman's University, a researcher, a leader, and a mom.

Denise Lott Arellano

Denise Lott Arellano, PhD

Instructional Designer

darellano1@twu.edu | 940-898-2263

Denise embarked upon instructional design as a career in 2015 after many years as a psychology professor, and joined the TWU Teaching and Learning with Technology team in the fall of 2019. She received a BS in Psychology and an MS and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. As a designer, her goal is to provide faculty with all the tools they need to deliver the best possible learning experience to their students - and she seeks to make the process as painless as possible for everyone involved. Denise has been using Quality Matters in online course design since 2015 and has reviewed a wide variety of online courses for colleges and universities across the nation. In her spare time, she is always reading, usually in the company of her dogs – a pair of Great Pyrenees. She also enjoys hiking and kayaking, and can often be found searching for treasure in thrift stores and antique shops.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Instructional Designer - Dallas

LBrown48@twu.edu | 214-689-6751

Laura joined the TLT department in 2018 to assist faculty with the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. She is a third year doc student at the University of Kentucky working towards the PhD in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. She holds Master’s degrees in Communication Studies and Curriculum & Instruction, and has fifteen years of teaching experience from PK-16. At UK she taught Education in American Culture, Survey Research Methods in Education, and Composition & Communication. She has four children: two girls in college in Texas, and two boys in Middle and High School in Kentucky.

Cindy Howell

Cindy Howell

Senior Design Specialist

chowell@twu.edu | 940-898-3445

Cindy has been at TWU since July of 1989 and with the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology since 2012. In her current position, she designs promotional materials for events, maintains several websites, works on special projects with Canvas, and helps with student inquiries. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Terisa ODowd

Terisa ODowd

Instructional Accessibility Designer

todowd1@twu.edu | 940-898-2257

Prior to joining the Department of Teaching and Learning with Technology in 2019, Terisa worked as a teaching and learning consultant for several educational technology firms. With a background in professional development, instructional design, and online learning, Terisa’s experience includes assisting organizations with 21st century learning and instruction, digital content creation, implementation planning, classroom instruction, virtual and online training, web design, webinar presentations, social media development, instructional design, and project management. She received her BS in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas in 1986 and her M.Ed. in Educational Technology Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2016.  She is currently pursuing her EdD in Learning and Organizational Change.

Alli Peterson

Alli Peterson

Manager, Learning Management Systems

apeterson@twu.edu | 940-898-3486

Alli has been working with online students, faculty and staff since June 2001. After receiving her Master of Library Science degree from TWU, she joined the Blagg-Huey Library working with the Distance Education librarian on electronic reserves. She joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology in December 2003 where she provided expertise in instructional design and faculty development for 12 years, before assuming responsibility for the university’s learning management systems in November of 2015. In her free time, Alli loves to read, watch hockey and football, and spend time with her husband and daughter.

Rhonda Reed

Rhonda Reed

Senior Administrative Assistant

rreed3@twu.edu | 940-898-3409

Rhonda has worked at TWU since 2007 and she joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology in April of 2015. She conducts administrative duties such as coordinating meetings, assisting with events, travel and purchases. She also interacts with students to provide answers, resources and contact information. Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Richmond Reyes

TLT Coordinator for Compliance & Professional Development

rreyes10@twu.edu | 940-898-3411

As the Coordinator for Compliance and Professional Development at TLT, Richmond is the primary TWU liaison to all the Secretaries of State across the country. Upon being hired in 2019, he began dealing in-depth with matters related to State Authorization and Professional Licensure in distance learning programs. Prior to joining the team, Richmond spent over ten years as a Business and Marketing Consultant across several industries including biotech, finance, and defense. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside earning his B.S. in Business Administration in 2010 and his MBA in 2011. Outside of work Richmond enjoys staying physically active through rock climbing and playing ice hockey.

Joy Robbins

Joy Robbins

Instructional Designer

jrobb773@twu.edu | 940-898-4015

Joy Robbins has worked in the instructional design and online learning field since 2008, and her focus is on incremental improvements and practical solutions that have a powerful effect on learning. She received her Bachelor of General Studies from Texas Woman's University in 2008 and her M.S. Education from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2016. She also holds a Professional Development Certificate in Instructional Design from UW-Stout. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time on her family's 5-acre permaculture farm and volunteering with mental health and suicide prevention programs for at-risk youth.

Amanda Roberts

Amanda Roberts

Learning Management Systems Support Analyst

aroberts9@twu.edu | 940-898-2784

Amanda was a graduate student and assistant in the History and Government Department at TWU before joining the Department of Teaching and Learning with Technology. She received her B.A. in History from the University of North Texas in 2012 and is in the process of completing her thesis with the History & Government Department at TWU. With TLT she will provide support for the university’s learning management systems.

Valerie Shapko

Valerie Shapko

Instructional Designer - Houston

vshapko@twu.edu | 713-794-2042

In August of 2008, Valerie Shapko joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology as an Instructional Designer III for the Houston Campus. She is the main contact for the faculty in Houston who have questions about Canvas and creating courses. She can help faculty set up a new courses, edit images and other files, provide Canvas Overview and answer all design related questions. For the past 25 years, she served as an instructional designer for institutions such as Sun Health, University of Phoenix and ECS. Valerie holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in web site administration from The Art Institute of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and instructional design from Brooklyn College, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Global Management degree from the University of Phoenix. She also has 16 years of teaching experience both in the classroom and online. Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband, twin-sons and friends.

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