The Instructional Technology program at Duquesne University is proud to introduce a few current and graduated students who have come to us from all around the world. Please visit often to see new and updated profiles.
Jonathan Gunnell is a current student in the Instructional Technology Doctoral program. Before starting the program, Jonathan received both his bachelors and masters degrees from Duquesne University. In addition to being a full-time student, he currently works as an adjunct professor of music technology within Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music. As a student, he has developed and evaluated pedagogical multimedia materials for music and technology instruction. Jonathan has presented at the 2011 and 2012 Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) National Conference, as well as the 2011 Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Jonathan is pleased with the IT program at Duquesne, and enjoys working with the faculty and his follow cohort members. He explains that the cohort model has "greatly helped the experience by allowing us to work off of each other and share our knowledge and experiences with each other." Jonathan expects to graduate in 2013.
Jordan Mroziak is a current student enrolled in Duquesne's Instructional Technology Doctoral program, and expects to graduate by 2014. His research interests include music, technology, popular culture, informal pedagogies, Web 2.0 technologies, and arts education. He has presented twice at ISTE conferences, and twice at ATMI conferences. Jordan notes that he enjoys working with his follow cohort members, and appreciates their various perspectives of curriculum and technology. He explains that "the cohort style of learning has been invaluable in gaining unique and versatile perspectives on technology and curriculum developments." Jordan currently lives in the South Side of Pittsburgh and works as an adjunct professor of musicianship at Duquesne.
Ufuk Guven is currently enrolled as a full-time student in the Instructional Technology Doctoral program. As a student, Ufuk focuses on the use of tablets and e-books in educational settings. He truly enjoys the IT program at Duquesne, explaining that "the program is open-minded. Each faculty member comes from a different background, giving students a broad perspective of the field." Ufuk is an international student from Turkey, and enjoys the large international community here in Pittsburgh. He expects to graduate in 2015.
Havila C. Eubanks
Havila C. Eubanks is currently enrolled in Duquesne's Instructional Technology Doctoral program. While attending school full time, Havila also works as a Student Achievement Manager. She is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, as well as the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Havila's research interests include Learning Management Systems (LMS), Web portals, and online teacher evaluation programs. During her time at Duquesne, she has participated in many conferences, including the 2009, 2010, and 2011 iNACOL conferences, the 2011 ISTE conference, and the 2010 NAEYC conference. She enjoys living and working in Pittsburgh and appreciates Duquesne's quaint, friendly campus. One of her favorite aspects of the IT program is the cohort model, as well as the knowledgeable faculty and staff. Havila comments, "I have enjoyed being part of a small cohort of like-minded professionals in instructional design. The faculty has a diverse background in instructional design that allows for a well-rounded educational support system for professional educators at all levels." Havila expects to graduate in 2013.
Linda Morgan Echard
Linda Morgan Echard, Ed.D., graduated from the Instructional Technology Doctoral program in 2007. During her time at Duquesne, Linda studied the teacher preparation process to understand how well teachers are prepared when they enter the classroom. She has attended a variety of different conferences; most recently she attended a conference at the SAS Institute in Hershey, PA in 2011. Linda is very happy with the solid, research-based education she received at Duquesne, and notes that "the course requirements prepared me with the knowledge base and background necessary to conduct research that has been a contribution to the body of educational knowledge." Linda is the Principal of Dr. Cleveland Steward Elementary and lives in the Pittsburgh area.
James R. Beeghley
James R. Beeghley, Ed.D., is a 2008 graduate of the Instructional Technology Doctoral program at Duquesne. During his time at Duquesne, James studied as a distance learner as he researched how Pennsylvania teachers use technology to teach the American Civil War. He also attended a number of conferences, including the Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C) and ISTE. James currently works as an adjunct professor.
Jennifer Grab Milcarek
Jennifer Grab Milcarek, Ed.D., graduated from the IT Doctoral program in 2007. During her time at Duquesne, Jennifer researched the use of instructional technology within university business schools. She also attended the AACSB Curriculum Design Series, and adds that she received invaluable experience as a student at Duquesne. She states, "Duquesne offered me the flexibility of completing the IT program with a focus on corporate and adult learners, while still teaching/demonstrating in a K-12 environment." She adds that she "made several lasting personal and professional relationships that helped me stay involved in areas of IT." Jennifer currently works as the program director at the Investment Center at Duquesne University.
Donna Gates McElroy
Donna Gates McElroy is a 2012 graduate of the IT MS program at Duquesne. As a student, she was a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. Donna worked closely with faculty and staff during her research pursuits, and adds that "the faculty was great and made me feel that I was part of something wonderful." She also notes that "the IT program has prepared me with the skills and knowledge that I needed to succeed in the IT industry." Donna was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and recently accepted a position that allows her to create training packages for a major banking institution.