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CIRT Staff

Our Mission



The mission of the Center for Instruction & Research Technology (CIRT) is to offer expertise, resources, and training to assist faculty in ways that enable them to develop greater capacities for using technology for teaching and research. CIRT also disseminates ideas, frameworks, and materials that apply pedagogical knowledge to the teaching and learning process.

What We Do


provides teaching and research tech support through project consultation, media development, and technology help. Notable services include equipment lending, media production, in-studio video and audio recording, 3D printing, graphic design, online surveys, and web publishing support.


consults on instructional design best practices, assists in converting traditional course materials to the online learning format, and provides training and development related to practical and pedagogical skills necessary for developing and delivering interactive and engaging courses.


provides Canvas and instructional technology support to UNF faculty. The OLS Team includes professional staff and student assistants that are available to support faculty with their online learning needs.


provides support in the form of budget management, program assistance, and coordination of resources.

Who We Are

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Deb Miller | Assistant Vice-President for Digital Learning and Innovation

deb.miller@unf.edu, (904) 620-1416

Dr. Miller came to UNF in 2001 from the Duval County public school system, where she served as a classroom and resource teacher for several years. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership and a Master of Education in instructional technology from UNF and is an OLC certified online instructor. Her dissertation research focused on the influence of institutional and individual factors in faculty decisions to teach online. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Dave Wilson

David Wilson | Associate Director CIRT, Creative Team Lead

david.wilson@unf.edu, (904) 620-1415

Dave has been working in higher education to support faculty with their teaching, research, and service since 2000. During that time he has worked on a diverse set of projects using a wide set of skills. Dave currently concentrates on media, online survey support, data management, and data visualization.

Creative Team

Michael Boyles

Michael Boyles | Coordinator of Graphic Design

mboyles@unf.edu, (904) 620-1899

Michael received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University and has accumulated more than 35 years of eclectic experiences. His design credentials cover a multitude of disciplines that incorporate print, environmental design, signage, trade shows, product design, package design, illustration, photography and web design. Michael has been with UNF since 2004, working with the Fine Arts Center. He is a founding member and past president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts/Jacksonville Chapter. He has taught graphic design and concept for more than 20 years at the college level, as well as advertising, illustration and color theory at Florida State University and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Andy Rush

Andy Rush | Course Media Developer

andy.rush@unf.edu, (904) 620-5430

Andy has been working in the educational technology field for 25 years. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in science education at SUNY Cortland and went back to work there a couple years later. Next came work as an academic technologist at SUNY Oneonta, followed by a stint of 17 years at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where his son was born in 2002. Now officially retired from UMW, Andy will be working with UNF faculty to get their videos looking great, their audio sounding super, and maximizing the effectiveness of their online media. When not watching Netflix or YouTube videos, Andy spends his spare time cycling the roads and trails of North Florida.

Shelby Scanlon

Shelby Scanlon | Web Service Specialist

shelby.scanlon@unf.edu, (904) 620-4295

Shelby is a Jacksonville native who studied emerging media at Ithaca College. Prior to joining our team, she was out cruising the Caribbean for Carnival Cruise Lines serving as the on board media manager. When Shelby isn't typing away behind her computer, she likes to spend time with her family, travel, and scuba dive.

Wendy Poag

Wendy Poag | Coordinator of Accessibility Training

wendy.poag@unf.edu, (904) 620-3287

Wendy joined the CIRT team in January 2020. Her professional experience includes a 22-year career as a K-12 educator. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school as well as serving as an instructional specialist for Duval County Public Schools. She has trained teachers throughout her career on a multitude of topics from technology to ethics. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from UNF. Her free time consists of driving her 2 teenage daughters to all of their extracurricular activities and watching performances and games as proud parent.

Instructional Design Team

Rozy Parlette

Rozy Parlette | Assistant Director of Online Course Development

rozy.parlette@unf.edu, (904) 620-5275

Rozy joined CIRT as an instructional designer in 2015. She has worked as a teacher for Duval County Public Schools and as an administrator for a charter school in New York City. Rozy graduated with Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from UNF and has a Master of Education in eLearning instructional design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and watching classic movies.

Mitra Asgarinik

Mitra Asgarinik | Senior Instructional Designer

mitra.asgarinik@unf.edu, (904) 620-1998

Mitra holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and Master of Arts in communication—both from the University of Central Florida—with a professional background in instruction and curriculum development. This blend of experience enables her to consider the unique learning perspectives of instructors and students, which inspires her mindful approach to instructional design. In her free time, Mitra enjoys working out, practicing yoga, and exploring new places with her friends and pet pug.

Jamie Chaires

Jamie Chaires | Senior Instructional Designer

jamie.chaires@unf.edu, (904) 620-5347

Jamie joined CIRT in 2015 after working as a 6-12 science educator for 10 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education, a master’s degree in teaching in learning, and an education specialist in curriculum and instruction, all from Georgia Southern University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in instructional technology with a concentration in eLearning. Her graduate school research involved the conservation and rehabilitation of sea turtles on Jekyll and St.Catherine’s Island. Her interests include traveling, outdoor activities, and attending live events.

Jann Sutton

Jann Sutton | Senior Instructional Designer

j.sutton@unf.edu, (904) 620-1994

Jann is passionate about the best practices and applications of educational technologies for teaching and learning. She came to UNF from the University of Delaware where she held responsibilities for UDOnline distance learning development, research development, and academic technology services/faculty commons. In 2017 she earned her Doctor of Education in educational leadership focusing on curriculum & technology. Jann enjoys learning about the Jacksonville area and open water scuba.

Natalie Gray

Natalie Gray | Instructional Designer

natalie.gray@unf.edu, (904) 620-4274

Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in both anthropology and classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Natalie then completed her Master of Arts in history at Appalachian State University specializing in Roman history. After teaching history in higher education for several years, Natalie developed an interest in instructional design and online learning leading her to pursue a Master of Arts in educational technology leadership from the George Washington University. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, learning, and spending time with her pets.

Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson | Instructional Designer

laura.jackson@unf.edu, (904) 620-5387

Laura holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in deaf/elementary education from Flagler College and a Master of Arts in linguistics from Gallaudet University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in educational technology from the University of Florida. Laura began teaching online in 2008 and was faculty at UNF from 2010-2019. As an instructor, she completed extensive training in distance learning pedagogy and assisted faculty in designing and developing online courses. Laura’s dissertation research on evaluating self-assessment skills of online undergraduate sign language interpreting students combines her passion for online learning with her experience as a nationally certified American Sign Language/English interpreter. Her interests include spending time with her husband and daughter, watching Netflix, and taking naps.

Audrey (Murray) Williams

Audrey (Murray) Williams | Course Media Developer

audrey.murray@unf.edu, (904) 620-5327

Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Audrey moved to Florida in 2010 to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University. Following undergrad, she became a visual specialist working in photography, videography, graphic design, and web design. Audrey is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration after receiving her Master of Science in Management in 2019 from UNF. 21 years of formal ballet training have left her with an undying passion for dance and the arts. In addition, she enjoys working out, live music, photography, and traveling.

Daniel Feinberg

Daniel Feinberg | Online Learning Librarian

daniel.feinberg@unf.edu, (904) 620-5238

As the Online Learning Librarian, Dan works closely with the instructional design team and serves as an instructor in the Teaching Online (TOL) Foundation course. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Cleveland State University, obtained a Master of Library and Information Studies from Kent State University, and then a Master of Education in educational psychology from the University of Toledo. Dan has worked in academic libraries as faculty librarian since 2007. His career began as an associate information literacy lecturer, transitioned to being a liaison librarian, and has since worked as an online librarian in community colleges and universities in Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and now Florida.

Sarah Moukhliss

Sarah Moukhliss | STEM Online Learning Librarian

sarah.moukhliss@unf.edu, (904) 620-2034

Sarah obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University, a Master of Library Science from Kent State University, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (IDT and Online Learning concentration) from the University of West Florida. She is currently working toward completing her dissertation about librarians and their preferred pedagogical methods when teaching at-risk students to use library technologies independently. Sarah has worked her entire career in libraries including: K-12 libraries, public libraries, as a Visiting Instruction Librarian at UNF, and at an art college. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to her husband’s childhood home in Morocco, playing the flute, reading, and catching up with her twin sister, a nurse anesthetist who resides in Ohio.

Cameron Cosio

Cameron Cosio | Instructional Design Assistant

c.cosio@unf.edu

Cameron is an Instructional Design Assistant that focuses on ensuring Canvas content is accessible to students. Cameron is majoring in psychology with a minor in social services. In his free time, Cameron enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and watching anime. As a student and Instructional Design Assistant, Cameron is dedicated to learning the best ways to help others.

Online Learning Support Team

Michael Russo

Michael Russo | Assistant Director of Online Learning Support

m.russo@unf.edu, (904) 620-4798

Dr. Russo is a digital rhetorician, e-learning project manager, instructional designer, and educator who also teaches college English and technical writing. He has advanced degrees in digital rhetoric, communications, and information design. Dr. Russo has supported instructors, students, and staff at UNF, Clemson, and Rutgers University, employing agile methodologies to empower self-organizing teams in collaborative workspaces built on creativity and trust. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and taking his pet Chihuahua, Chupacabra, on hikes.

Katie Commissaris

Katie Commissaris | Coordinator of Training

k.commissaris@unf.edu, (904) 620-4011

Katie joined the CIRT team in December 2019. Her professional experience includes 11 years in the public school system, during which time she filled a variety of roles, such as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and school technologist. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Flagler College as well as a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University. She enjoys spending her free time taking whirlwind trips to Disney with her family.

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Emma Martins | Online Learning Assistant

emma.martins@unf.edu, (904) 620-3927

A lifetime lover of all things technology, Emma resides as an Online Learning Assistant at the University of North Florida. In between her office hours, she spends her time on her criminal justice bachelors degree, minoring in psychology. Outside of UNF, one can usually find Emma skating with friends, and going on runs with her dog Griffin.

Thinh Nguyen

Thinh Nguyen | Online Learning Assistant

thinh.nguyen@unf.edu, (904) 620-3927

Thinh is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in construction management and finance after receiving his Bachelor of Science in computer and information science from UNF in 2020. Prior to joining our team, Thinh worked as an event services assistant as well a building manager for UNF’s Student Union where he gained a lot of experience with customer and event services. In his free time, Thinh enjoys playing video games with his friends.

Sam Shaw

Sam Shaw | Online Learning Assistant

s.shaw@unf.edu, (904) 620-3927

Sam moved from the town of Fort Walton Beach to the big metropolitan city of Jacksonville to pursue a degree in the coastal biology program at UNF. Sam's passion for aquatic ecosystems steer many of their interests including exploring wetlands, camping, and hiking with their dog.

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Sierra Zapata | Online Learning Assistant

sierra.zapata@unf.edu, (904) 620-3927

Sierra is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice with a minor in computing. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, going on walks with her dog, meeting new people, and exploring new places with friends and family.

Admin Support Team

Michael Morris

Michael Morris | Budget Coordinator

m.d.morris@unf.edu, (904) 620-5391

Michael began his time at UNF earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2015. He comes to CIRT after working in the College of Education and Human Services after graduation. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.