Sherry Kull | Sr. Instructional Designer
Sherry Kull, MDiv, PhD, is the Senior Instructional Designer for Chalk & Table. Sherry also serves on the university's Faculty Development Committee.
Sherry’s interest in the possibilities of quality online education goes back to the ‘90s when she began searching for a doctoral program. Not wanting to leave her current place of employment to relocate, she investigated some of the earliest online programs. Regent University’s PhD in Organizational Leadership met once a year for residency while the rest was conducted online. This proved to be a top quality educational experience, and convinced her that online education, when done well, could be as substantive and effective as face-to-face programs.
Prior to joining Eastern in 2009, Sherry worked for many years at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. She designed their non-traditional, cohort-based MDiv program that was delivered in a blended format. She also led Biblical into its first fully online course offerings.
Sherry’s first position at Eastern was in the School of Management Studies, with one of her duties being to train SMS’s adjuncts how to teach blended or online courses. This was the genesis of the training that has been expanded university-wide and now includes implementation of Quality Matters throughout Eastern. Sherry continues to practice and sharpen her online skills with more than ten years’ experience teaching fully online courses.
Outside of Eastern, Sherry is part-owner of K9JYM, a dog-training facility in Colmar, PA. The JYM provides training classes in nearly all dog sports and hosts competitions of various sorts on the weekends. Sherry works on the management end of the business, and enjoys training with her Australian Shepherd mix Rudy in the sport of canine agility.
Alvin Wong | Brightspace Administrator
As the Brightspace Administrator at Eastern University, I love being able to work in education and technology. I enable faculty to implement online technologies through workshops that have featured a range of online tools: Brightspace, Adobe Connect, Google Docs, YouTube, Google Hangouts, and more. By collaborating with instructors, I have also learned of new technologies that we can use at Eastern. I am passionate about learning new technologies from others as well as demonstrating how to apply new technologies to different field of studies.
Other than technology, I enjoy bicycling and spending time with family and friends. I am very fortunate and blessed by God to have a wife who gives me support in many ways, enabling me to do Bike MS multiple years in a row. The Bike MS 75 mile bike ride is very challenging, yet fun. In some ways learning new technologies is like Bike MS; everyone moves at their own pace, but you will reach the finish line if you keep on going. If we continue to use new technologies and keep moving forward we will get to where we want to be. I look forward to watching the university grow together, learning and using technology in instruction for our students’ success.
Sue Yavor | Assistant Brightspace Administrator
Sue Yavor is a graduate of Eastern University. She has worked as a Computer Programmer, Business Analyst and as a Computer Programming Instructor for 15 years before coming to Eastern as the Assistant Brightspace Administrator. Her favorite part of her job is assisting faculty with their course technology needs. She enjoys leading training seminars and working one on one with faculty to help them learn new ways to incorporate technology into their courses.
When she is not at work she is involved with the activities of her three kids. She is a Cub Scout Den leader, Venture Crew Advisor and Robotics Coach. When the family can find some free time she enjoys camping and traveling with her husband and kids. During the summer of 2014 they completed a goal of visiting each of the 48 contiguous states.