Students at Full Sail University have always benefited from the extensive industry experience that our instructors offer. Here's a small sampling of the instructors teaching this degree program.
Dr. Deason received his bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Sociology from San Angelo State University in 1996. After completing his baccalaureate work, he returned to his hometown of Lubbock, TX in search of a high school to teach United States and World History. Upon receiving his first position in a rural alternative school in 1996, he witnessed his Social Studies’ students using computers to create diverse self-directed projects. This observation compelled him to enroll in graduate school in 1998 majoring in Educational Instructional Technology (EDIT) at Texas Tech University; he graduated from Texas Tech University with a master's degree in EDIT in 2001 and doctorate in EDIT in 2008. Dr. Deason’s primary academic research explores rap and hip-hop culture (i.e., rap, graffiti, breakdancing, and DJing) with minority students in combination with digital audio workstation technology to motivate learners’ academic success; as of 2012, he has founded six hip-hop laboratories throughout Texas. Dr. Deason is member of the Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE), and has presented his writings and research at SITE’s annual meetings since 2005. His research projects include action research for transforming classroom, teachers’ attitudes towards technology in the classroom, and the effects of hip-hop culture on learning and academic motivation.
Rena Hanaway graduated with honors from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Secondary Education/English. After two years as an English teacher she was asked to design a TV/Video Production program for high school students. Twelve years later, she found a home at Full Sail University, and graduated from the Education Media Design and Technology Master's degree program with a 4.0 and earned the Advanced Achiever Award. She joined the faculty shortly after graduation and was promoted to Course Director for Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture. Her current project is collaborating to build an educational community of practice called Educator Studio.
Michelle's career began in the military, where she taught courses in leadership and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. After 20 years in the Army, Michelle continued her education at Miami University of Ohio, where, in addition to completing a Master's degree program in Human Resource Management, she also built and directed the university's Staff Training Program. After completing her Master's, Michellewas recruited by Danka Office Imaging to design and manage its Staff Training Program.
Roxanne attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree and received her Master's in Edication Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University. She has experience in both corporate and educational environments. As an educator, her focus turned to using technology and the integration of real-life applications based on curriculum standards. She has ten years experience teaching technology to grades K-8. Roxanne is passionate about technology integration in the classroom, and she is deeply interested in researching the latest instructional technologies as well as pedagogical approaches to benefit the education of differentiated learners.
Dr. Reo McBride has worked as an Instructional Designer for Central Michigan University’s Center for Instructional Designer, as a Curriculum Manager/Production Specialist for Herzing College Online (now Herzing University Online), and as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology/Distance Learning at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC). Dr. McBride received his Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology & Technology from Brigham Young University. While serving as a USAF Personnel Officer, he received his Masters in Education Administration from East Carolina University. He has had diverse teaching experience ranging from teacher trainees, foreign students in the Middle East, and middle-school students in Roanoke, VA.
Kathy Craven is a University of Florida Documentary Institute graduate who has produced a wide range of films chronicling subjects ranging from an obsessive hitchhiker to a Central Park performer whose “prayformances” saved his life. Her current project takes viewers across Guinea, following Sidiki, an African dancer who transcends disability by dancing on his hands. In 2010 she was director and co-editor for a music video that promotes reading and involved over 1600 middle school students.
Dr. Repp holds a Ph.D. in Technology-Based Music Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music in Performance (Voice) with an emphasis in Arts Technology from Illinois State University, a BS in Music and Mathematics (Dual Degree) from Illinois State, and an AA and AS from William Rainey Harper College. He studied recording at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH, completing the Recording Engineering and Music Production Program, the Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting Program, the Advanced Recording Engineering and Music Production Program, and the NewTech Computer-Based Audio Production Program. He is a certified TI-ME instructor, and is also a certified McClosky Voice Technician (CMVT).
Dr. Daniel Siegel has a passion for teaching all types of students in all walks of life. He has taught in a variety of environments from elementary students to top-level executives at Fortune 500 companies. As an instructional designer, Dr. Siegel has developed courseware for a variety of industries and government organizations such as the U.S. Navy, Stanford University, Disney, Home Depot, and the Department of Education.
Sharon Wyly was born in Key West, a fourth-generation Floridian. She studied at the University of Central Florida where she got her bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She then became interested in filmmaking and attended the University of Texas – Austin where she received a degree in film and video production. Her thesis project involved co-producing three half-hour documentaries shot in Mexico as well as directing one of the documentaries. After that, she lived in Los Angeles for several years before returning to Orlando. She has worked as a line producer and a pre-production consultant for independent feature films and has taught film and digital media classes at Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida. Most recently, she received her doctorate degree in educational leadership. When she’s not working, Sharon spends her time in Nirm or the planes of Oblivion.
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