Dr. Keith Thompson
Dr. Keith Thompson teaches our History of Music, History of Rock, and Humanities Capstone courses. A life-long educator, Dr. Thompson served as Co-ordinator of Music Education at The Pennsylvania State University until his retirement in 2004. He is currently a resident of Amelia Island, Florida and also teaches music appreciation courses for Florida State College at Jacksonville. He has widely published in music education and has presented his work in state, national, and international conferences. He performs with the Amelia Island Chamber Singers, spends considerable time walking the beach, gardening and visiting grandchildren that are scattered across the country.
Dr. Victoria Schmidt
Dr. Victoria Schmidt received her BA in film from UCLA, where she was awarded a full regents scholarship and several creative honors. She also received her MFA in Writing from Loyola Marymount University and her Doctorate in Psychology. Victoria has also published several creative writing books with Writers Digest Books that can be found in bookstores across the country, Her other interests include - dogs, martial arts, self-help, quantum physics, meditation, and film (comedies and classics). Her most interesting film related job was working for the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Errol Craig Sull
Errol Craig Sull has been teaching English for Excelsior since 2004; during this time he was featured as the first "Spotlight" instructor for Excelsior, has developed two courses (Composition for Nurses and Mark Twain), and has contributed several pieces to the OWL website. Nationally, Errol has published four texts (including one on distance learning), with three more in the works for 2012 and 2013, including another text on distance learning, and a cookbook. He writes several national columns on distance learning, was recently selected as one of 25 members nationwide of the CCCC Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction, and has presented national webinars on distance learning. Previously, Errol was a speechwriter for President Carter (as governor of Georgia), Cultural Editor for Southern Living Magazine, and Assistant Editor for The National Enquirer. Je is the founder of The Annual Mark Twain Birthday Party & Symposium. His B.A. studies were at State University oif New York at Buffalo, M.A. studies at Niagara University, and Ph.D. studies at Emory University. Errol lives near Buffalo, NY.
Claire Bradin Siskin
Claire Bradin Siskin directs the ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) Project at Excelsior College in Albany, New York. She has been a member of TESOL for more than 30 years and was recently elected to its Board of Directors. She taught ESL for 17 years, and she has been an enthusiastic practitioner of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) since 1983. She serves on the editorial boards of both Computer Assisted Language Learning Journal and CALICO Journal. Her principal interests are faculty development and research in CALL. See http://www.edvista.com/claire for more information.
In 2007, Karen White retired from her position as Assistant. Dean of Mercy College Online Learning in order to teach full-time online. She was instrumental in jumpstarting the Online Learning Program and saw it through two successful accreditation processes. She has taught three online capstone courses per semester for Mercy since 2004 to present and two online courses for Excelsior College since early 2011. With over eight years of online teaching and assessment experience, she remains immersed within the continually growing network that continues to guide best practices in the field.
Laura Eklund teaches and paints in Olive Hill, Ky. She is an artist and writer. She's represented by three galleries in the US and one in Lisbon, Portugal. She's published one book, and has two forthcoming in the Spring of 2012, by Ara Pacis Press, and Wind Press. Her new writings are being published in Trajectory, ABZ, and The Rockhurst Review. She attended the Florence Biennale in 2009. Her most recent exhibition was at Pyro Gallery in September of 2011. The title of the show is: The Face of Abstraction. She enjoys teaching for Excelsior College and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Beth Davies-Stofka received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Toronto. She is currently Department Chair of Literature, Journalism, and Developmental Studies at Colorado Community Colleges Online, and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Excelsior College. She has taught exclusively online since 2004, and is a founding member of the Center for EduPunx (http://center4edupunx.org/).
Dr. Constance Cramer
Constance teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College. She has an extensive background in higher education administration and has spent over twenty years advancing the teaching, research, and service missions of public and private American universities in both domestic and international contexts. Constance is a strong advocate for interdisciplinary study and the value of the liberal arts to individual, societal, and economic health and resilience. A scholar of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, she holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley, a master of liberal arts from Stanford University, and a PhD in literature and religion from Boston University. Her husband, John Ebersole, currently serves as president of Excelsior College.
Mary Firestone has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She has written several works of non-fiction for the library and education market and has just completed her first Young Adult novel. She lives in Minnesota and has been teaching writing and literature courses online and in the classroom for four years.
Dr. David Seelow
Dr. David Seelow is Excelsior College's Director of Writing Programs and the Online Writing Lab, School of Liberal Arts. Dr. Seelow received his Ph.D in English and Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has expertise in classroom instruction, course development, curriculum review, and supervision of online instruction. Dr. Seelow has extensive experience in synchronous online training, having designed 7 training courses and delivered approximately 120 training classes. He also has extensive experience in asynchronous teaching and course development and expertise in both instructional design and instructional technology as evidenced by two certificates in online teaching and one advanced certificate in educational computing. He created a course entitled The Graphic Novel for Renesssaler Polytechnic Institute's(RPI) literature minor. He is founder of the Excelsior College Online Writing lab. Additionally, Dr. Seelow directs the college's annual symposium on Games and Education and related professional development workshops. Finally, Dr. Seelow is author of the book Radical Modernism and Sexuality: Freud/Reich/DH Lawrence & Beyond and the author of numerous articles on literary and cultural studies. He has taught writing and literature in higher education for over twenty years.
David Sherman has been a professional composer, arranger and producer for twenty-‐five years. His music is heard in feature films, documentaries, recordings, television, advertising, and occasionally in the concert hall. He is presently an adjunct professor at Excelsior College where he teaches Music History and History of Rock and Roll. He was named Distinguished Professor of the Year in Humanities in 2010. Previously, he was on the faculty at Purchase College where he taught Composition, Studio Composition, Survey of Music History and Ear Training. He also lectures in Studio Composition and Film Scoring at NYU, Mannes College of Music, and Berklee College.