At CELT, we have staff that can assist you with designing your online course, administering
OpScan or accommodation exams, getting started with active learning technologies and
strategies, and much, much more.
Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Teaching and Learning in STEM
Kimberly is a Postdoctoral Associate with over 10 years experience in college teaching.
She leads our initiatives for graduate teaching assistants (TAs) and Postdocs as well
as help faculty incorporate active learning, formative assessment, and inclusive teaching
practices in both online and in person courses. Kim is an instructor in Undergraduate
College, Science and Society as well as Undergraduate Biology. Her postdoctoral research
is focused on developing and evaluating the effectiveness of online vs. face-to-face
graduate teaching assistant pedagogy training. She earned her PhD in Genetics from
Stony Brook University, MS in Neuroscience and Behavior from University of Massachusetts
Amherst, and BS in Psychology/Biology from Stony Brook University. Connect with Kim
LinkedIn or Twitter @K1mberlyBell.
Neill has worked for Stony Brook University for over 25 years, primarily at the Health
Sciences Center. Prior to this he was Assistant Registrar at Farmingdale State College.
He has supported various information technologies including videoconferencing, server management,
and online exam systems. He is currently the Administrator for the ExamSoft system
supporting online exams for the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine.
Neill holds a BA in Social Sciences from Excelsior College.
Testing Center Coordinator
Marla Gorman is Stony Brook's Testing Center Coordinator and has been a member of
the SBU Community since 2007. Her responsibilities include supervising staff, coordinating testing
services, and assisting in the development of and implementation of procedures, goals
and objectives. Prior to her work on campus, she attended Albany State then worked
twenty years in the marketing field. She has been an active member of the Three Village
area since 1988.
Kristin has over 10 years experience in higher education and is currently an Instructional
Designer at Stony Brook University. She has held other roles at Stony Brook including
Lead Academic Advisor and Library Assessment Specialist. She is currently studying
for her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning at the University
of Buffalo and is expected to graduate in 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science
in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz, Master of Science in Academic Advising at Kansas
State University and Graduate Certificate in College Teaching at the University of
Buffalo. She also holds a Teaching Online Certificate through Quality Matters. Her
main research interests are in online education/quality course design, cognitive load
theory/working memory, multimedia learning, evidence-based learning strategies, self-regulation,
and academic motivation. You can connect with her on
Twitter @ kristinlearn27.
Senior Instructional Designer
Carol has taught and designed both in person and fully online courses for 10 years.
From 2014 to 2019 Carol served as an instructional designer at Long Island University.
While there, she also taught a fully online graduate course, Introduction to Teaching
Online. Carol returned to SBU in August 2019. She is currently teaching research and
assessment in the HEA Master’s program and a seminar on global news for Global Studies
102. In her prior career, Carol was a reporter and editor at Newsday before coming
to SBU in 2009 to teach in the School of Journalism. Her reporting has also appeared
in the Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and
the Dayton Daily News. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting
at the Dayton Daily News and a Pulitzer winner at Newsday for team coverage in Spot
News. She holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s
in higher education administration from SBU. She is currently a doctor of education
candidate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. Her research looks
at race, gender, and identity in educational development. She is a native Spanish
speaker and first-generation college graduate. For fun she likes running, reading,
and writing. Find her on Twitter @Carol_Ed_Dev or on
Instructional Designer and Senior Instructional Technologist
Jennifer Jaiswal has over 15 years of experience in instructional design and learning
technologies. She joined Stony Brook in 2011 and is currently an Instructional Designer
and Technologist for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. She is a
faculty member for the Online Learning Consortium’s Instructional Design Certificate
program. She has been working in the field of instructional technology and design
since 2005 at Hunter College. She completed her Masters Degree in Instructional Technology
and Media at Columbia University: Teachers College. Jennifer consults with faculty
about instructional design considerations for their class, transitioning classes to
online or blended formats, Quality Matters and OSCQR (Open SUNY Course Quality Review)
course review processes and has experience with a wide range of disciplines including
STEM, Humanities, and Clinical. Jennifer has a commitment to lifelong learning and
facilitating better learning through design.
Joseph C. Lodato
Instructional Support, Video & Media Specialist
Joe started his career at Stony Brook University in 2007 as an Academic Advisor in
Academic & Transfer Advising Services. Joe's position has evolved to include the
management of the campus-wide student support system, Navigate. In addition, he manages
the design and development of several university websites and enjoys creating educational
video content for students, faculty, and staff throughout campus.
Assistant Director for Faculty Development - Testing, Assessment & Evaluation
Catherine has over 10 years of experience in higher education and is currently the
Assistant Director for Faculty Development - Testing, Assessment & Evaluation. Catherine
provides oversight and administration of the campus system for evaluating student
ratings of instruction, test scanning and test proctoring services. She leads several
evaluation efforts for grant proposals and awarded projects through national organizations.
Catherine consults with faculty and staff about survey, test and rubric development,
as well as conducts focus groups and prepares statistical reports supporting assessment
activities. Catherine holds an M.A. in Public Policy, as well as an M.A. in Higher
Rose Tirotta-Esposito, Ed.D.
Associate Director for Teaching Excellence
Rose has over 20 years of experience in teaching, instructional design, and management,
both in K-12 and higher education. She is currently the Director of CELT, leading
the team that supports educators with traditional, blended, and online curriculum
design and integrating student-centered learning into their curriculum. Rose has an
Ed.D. in Learning and Teaching, Teacher Education with a concentration in English
Education from Hofstra University and an MS in Education, Secondary English Education/Technology
from St. John's University. Her research interests include active learning and learning
space design, online and blended learning, gamification, transmedia, and how electronic
communication modalities affect teaching and learning.
You can connect with her via email:
, on Twitter @rtirotta, or on
Dini started her career at ABC News in Washington as their News Radio Director for
a 4-format news rotation during the exciting Judiciary Hearings and Watergate. She
then moved to television at ABC in Washington as Associate Director for the ABC Evening
News and later, America Held Hostage which became Nightline. Following her time at
ABC, she then moved to Atlanta to direct for the upstart CNN. Dini directed their
very first news show and a daily 3-hour news block for 5 years. Returning to her hometown
on Long Island, she worked as a political director and designer of the booking system
at the News 12 Long Island start-up. From there she worked as a director at the Book
Channel and the Court Channel, and finally at The Food Network as their lead director.
In 1999, Dini came to Stony Brook University to start-up two defunct television studios
which are now active daily in support of the School of Communications and Journalism
for daily classes and the other for support of the entire campus community. She also
teaches, produces videos, and supports the efforts of faculty to fulfill their video
needs in the areas of teaching, learning, and research.