The Committee for Excellence in Online Learning is comprised of faculty and staff who are experienced online educators, well-versed in best practices for online education, and active participants in the online course review process at UF. The committee advises the Center for Teaching Excellence, conducts peer reviews of online courses, and evaluates the UF Quality review process to ensure it is in sync with current standards. During their 2-year terms, members also serve as ambassadors for the online course review process and participate in the annual Online Educator of the Year and Exemplary Online Awards selection processes.

A photo of Alyson Adams.Alyson Adams, Ph.D.

Alyson Adams is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director for Teaching & Teacher Education in the School of Teaching and Learning in the University of Florida’s College of Education. She works with several online graduate programs for full-time working professionals focused on social-justice and advocacy in education.

A photo of Garrett Beatty.Dr. Garrett Beatty

Dr. Garrett Beatty is the Director of Academic Technology & Innovation in the College of Health & Human Performance where he facilitates instructional technology implementation, College supported instructional continuing education, and initiatives to imbed Artificial Intelligence within the curriculum. Garrett also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology where he coordinates the Department’s Master of Science program.

A photo of Rodney Gammons.Rodney H. Gammons II

Rodney manages the instructional design team within the Center for Instructional Technology and Training. He joined CITT in 2016 as an instructional designer, after spending eight years at Santa Fe College as an Upward Bound Counselor, ITE Academic Advisor, teacher supervisor, and Adjunct Professor. He has an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology. Outside of work, he enjoys having fun with his kids, eating lots of food, lifting weights, and reading.

Stefanie GazdaStefanie Gazda, Ph.D.

Stefanie Gazda is a Lecturer and the Biology Department Online Coordinator. Originally from New Hampshire, she earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She teaches courses in Introductory Biology, General Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Marine Mammal Biology.

A photo of Vivian GonsalvesVivian Gonsalves, Ph.D.

Dr. Gonsalves is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on early literacy development, teacher education, mentoring, and reading instruction and remediation. She is currently an instructor of special education and literacy development courses in various programs in the College of Education and provides professional development to in-service educators and other related service professionals in implementing assessments and designing instruction for struggling readers. Additionally, she is one of the assistant directors of the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) and the program coordinator for the Dyslexia Certificate program at UF.

Oliver GrundmannOliver Grundmann, Ph.D.

Over the past 14 years my primary engagement with academic students was in an online format. First as a teaching assistant, then gradually as an instructor, academic advisor, and over the past seven years as the program director of two graduate online programs in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology with a per semester enrollment of more than 400 graduate students located all over the US and in more than 50 international locations.

Harrison HoveHarrison Hove

Harrison Hove is a Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Florida. He was named the 2020 Teacher of the Year for the College of Journalism and Communications and teaches courses focused on television news. Harrison also produces special projects with student journalists for WUFT-TV.

A Photo of Marcia JohanssonMarcia Johansson, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP

Dr. Johansson is an acute care nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in graduate nursing education. She has been instrumental in course design and redesign that have helped to improve the nurse practitioner certification pass rates. She has had experience with quality matters for the past 5 years and is currently working on course evaluation in the College of Nursing.

A photo of Bojan Lazarevic.Bojan Lazarevic, Ph.D.

Bojan Lazarevic’s educational background is in instructional technology with an emphasis on online learning, media development, and emerging technologies. His work is strongly rooted in an interdisciplinary approach aspiring to bridge the science of learning and innovative online pedagogy with various academic fields such as medicine, language, and art.

Photo of Kellie McDonald.Kellie McDonald

Kellie McDonald is the Assistant Director for Learning Design at UF’s Center for Online Innovation and Production. She oversees a team of instructional designers responsible for developing fully online courses spanning a variety of departments across UF.


Kimberly MooreKimberly (Kim) Moore, Ph.D.

Kimberly Moore is a professor of Environmental Horticulture and the Associate Center Director for the University of Florida, IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education center. Her research focus is on nutritional management strategies for greenhouse crops to reduce fertilizer run-off and improve fertilization management.

A photo of Nico Rose. Nico Rose

Nico Rose serves as the Assistant Provost and Senior Director of Operations for the Office of Teaching and Technology within the Office of the Provost at the University of Florida. In his role as Assistant Provost, Nico provides leadership to the Center for Online Innovation and Production, Center for Teaching Excellence, UF High School Dual Enrollment & Flexible Learning, Self-Supporting Academic Programs, Office of Professional and Workforce Development, and Operational Services. Nico is also an Instructor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. Nico has 11 years of professional experience in higher education, with a focus on organizational management, leadership, operations, and emotional intelligence. Nico has led the development and delivery of coursework focused on management fundamentals, human relations, and leadership. Additionally, Nico has worked closely with industry partners to develop training products and workshops for external audiences. Nico also serves as the Vice Chair for the University Professional & Continuing Education Association Business and Operations Network.

A photo of Denise Simmons.Denise R. Simmons, PhD, PE, F. ASEE

Denise Rutledge Simmons, Ph.D., PE, F. ASEE, PMP, LEED-AP, is a civil engineer, civil engineering researcher, faculty member, and associate dean at the University of Florida. She has spent over a decade in industry and nearly two decades in academia. She is a trailblazer in the field of civil engineering education and workforce development, with an extensive record of scholarly contributions to academia and the industry. Simmons is a recipient of multiple awards and grants, including the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award, in support and recognition of her pioneering work in the field.

A photo of Jacquelyn SirmopoulosJackie Sirmopoulos

Jackie Sirmopoulos is an experienced Educator of 25 years. Former instructor, school, and county curriculum administrator. As a visiting instructor, she collaborated with the FLDOE on development of the state Civics curriculum and end of course assessment. Jackie has been working in higher education for the last 7 years as an instructional designer. She was the Recipient of Educational Technology Bronze Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals in recognition of outstanding educational materials. Jackie is an instructional designer who enjoys collaborating with various instructors to create innovative and engaging instructional materials that are highly effective for all students’ learning.