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Dr. Susan Sutton

Director of the Center of Teaching Arts & Technology & Distance Education

Before coming to RSCC, Susan was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Media at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. While working on her Ph.D., she spent two years as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee teaching online graduate courses for the new online master’s degree program in Instructional Technology and three years teaching courses that prepared pre-service teachers how to integrate technology into the curriculum. Susan has three years of experience teaching in a K-12 special education setting and has an eLearning certification from The Internet eLearning Institute at the University of Tennessee. Susan enjoys teaching faculty how to use various technologies, but also enjoys working with K-12 teachers out in the field who want to learn more about technology integration.

Susan’s academic credentials include a B.S. in Education, with a concentration in Special Education – Hearing Impaired from Ball State University, an M.S. in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Tennessee.

Igor Akpovo

Instructional Design Specialist

Igor (Comlan) Akpovo is the newest member of the CTAT staff. He recently moved to Knoxville and began working at RSCC in July 2018. Prior to moving to the area, he lived in Laramie, WY for six years. In Laramie, Igor attended and worked at the University of Wyoming. He was an instructional designer and taught graduate level courses in the College of Education and ESL classes in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Igor is a Fulbright alumnus. His academic credentials include a B.A. degree from the University of Benin (West Africa), – TEFL/TESL, an M.A. degree from the University of Benin (West Africa) – TEFL/TESL, an M.A. degree from Oklahoma City University – TESOL, and a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Wyoming. He has more than a decade of experience working in higher education.

Stephanie Shipley, M.S.

Instructional Design Specialist

In 2015, Stephanie received her M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Additionally, she received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University. Upon graduation from TTU, she taught at a high needs school for eight years with Knox County Schools where she held various leadership positions within the district.

As an Instructional Design Specialist at Roane State, Stephanie can provide instructional design expertise and support in the development of online, hybrid, and traditional courses.

Her passion for education, the instructional design process, and innovative technologies have led her to this position at Roane State.

Matthew Ward

TN eCampus Student Liaison
Administrative Support Staff

Matthew holds an A.S. degree from Roane State and a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As the TN eCampus Student Liaison, Matthew assists with student issues including textbooks, complaints and grade disputes. He communicates with all TN eCampus enrolled students at various times during the semester to help them stay on track and succeed. His involvement with TN eCampus dates back over 15 years and he has helped students solve problems from how to log-in to assistance with disability services. Matthew works with the Distance Education staff as a student advocate.

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