Meet the TLT Team
Dr. Lynda Murphy
Director of TLT
Lynda was hired by the TWU Graduate School in 1993. Before that, she worked for 10 years at Navarro College in student services and served as an adjunct instructor in their fine arts program. Currently, she coordinates TWU’s distance education activities.
Dr. Keith Restine
Associate Director of TLT
Keith has been at TWU since 2006. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Texas Center for Educational Technology at the University of North Texas. He also spent over twenty years in public education as a teacher and an administrator. Keith coordinates the instructional design and faculty development services for TLT. He likes to garden, fish and eat New Mexico food.
Associate Director Learning Systems
Heidi received a MS from Arizona State University in Decision Information Systems and a BA from The University of Texas in Management Information Systems. She authored “Corporate Portals” and “Enterprise Knowledge Portals,” and has published numerous articles. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at The University of North Texas.
Instructional Designer III, Dallas Center
Janet has been with TWU-Dallas over twenty years and joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology for the Institute of Health Sciences in Dallas in June 2013. Teaching for comprehension is her passion and professional goal. Initially, Ms. Bickel-Burton customized learning with one student per class as a private school teacher and in 1991 joined the TWU-IHSD Library where she taught research strategies and skills with students and faculty. Her Bachelor of Science in Education degree is from Miami University (Ohio). In her journey to graduating with a Master of Library Science degree in 2004 from TWU, she submitted a Fulbright Research application for Iceland. She also teaches business research via Southern Methodist University’s Cox Business Library. In her spare time, Janet enjoys the art of communicating ideas via storytelling, spicy foods, and helping rescue dogs.
Instructional Designer II, College of Arts & Sciences and School of Management
Before joining the Department of Teaching and Learning with Technology in 2016, Katie taught history and government at Texas Woman's University and North Central Texas College. She received her B.A. from the University of North Texas in 2008 and her M.A. degree from Texas Woman's University in 2012. In her free time, Katie enjoys doing Pilates and aerial arts, spending time with her husband, and curling up with a good book and a cuddly cat.
Dr. Stacy Greathouse
Instructional Designer II, College of Health Sciences
Stacy signed on with the TLT crew in 2014 and came aboard with a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University (2013) that focused on pedagogy and pirates in children’s literature. Her piratical pedagogy complements 15 years of navigating diverse instructional environments to chart courses in literature, composition, education, speech, career counseling, and computers. Owing to a strong tailwind, she hopes to guide new and developing instructors’ transitions from witnessing teaching to being the instructors they want to be regardless of the environment or subject. Unsurprisingly, Stacy searches tirelessly for treasures of new knowledge. These journeys include volunteering at a no-kill humane society and taking classes in ballroom dancing.
Instructional Designer II, College of Nursing and COPE
Before joining the Department of Teaching and Learning with Technology in 2016, Amanda taught in the Dental Hygiene Program and the Department of Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University as well as the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Texas in Dallas. She received her BS from the Texas Woman’s University in 2006 and her MPH degree from University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2009. She is currently pursuing her PhD.
Cindy has been at TWU since July of 1989 and with the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology since 2012. In her current position, she designs promotional materials for events, maintains several websites, and helps with student inquiries.
Instructional Designer III, Denton Campus
Diann joined the TLT team as an instructional designer in April 2010. Originally from Indiana, Diann moved to Denton in the fall of 2009 to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at TWU. Before becoming an instructional designer, she served as a graduate assistant for Distance Education. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees from Ball State University in Telecommunications (2007), Women’s Studies (2007) and Criminal Justice & Criminology (2009). Diann considers herself a lifelong student and maintains that what she has not learned in school or from family, she has learned by watching Star Trek.
Learning Management Systems Administrator
Alli has been working with online students, faculty and staff since June 2001. After receiving her Master of Library Science degree from TWU, she joined the Blagg-Huey Library working with the Distance Education librarian on electronic reserves. She joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology in December 2003 where she provided expertise in instructional design and faculty development for 12 years, before assuming responsibility for the university’s learning management systems in November of 2015. In her free time, Alli loves to read, watch hockey and football, and spend time with her husband and daughter.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Rhonda has worked at TWU since 2007 and she joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology in April of 2015. She conducts administrative duties such as coordinating meetings, assisting with events, travel and purchases. She also interacts with students to provide answers, resources and contact information. Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Learning Management Systems Support Analyst I
Amanda was a graduate student and assistant in the History and Government Department at TWU before joining the Department of Teaching and Learning with Technology. She received her B.A. in History from the University of North Texas in 2012 and is in the process of completing her thesis with the History & Government Department at TWU. With TLT she will provide support for the university’s learning management systems.
Coordinator, TLT Communications
Allison is the Coordinator of TLT Communications. She has worked here since October of 2004, and in her current position she sends university-wide communications related to our office and assists with department-related content for other TWU publications. She also coordinates events and assists with the University’s State Authorization efforts. She loves to spend time with her husband and their two sons, as well as cook, travel and watch movies.
Certified Virtual Instructor & Instructional Designer III, Houston Center
In August of 2008, Valerie Shapko joined the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology as the new senior instructional design specialist for the Institute of Health Sciences in Houston. For the past 15 years, she served as an instructional designer for institutions such as Sun Health, University of Phoenix and ECS. Valerie holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in web site administration from The Art Institute of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and communications from Brooklyn College, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Global Management degree from the University of Phoenix. She also has four years of teaching experience both in the classroom and online.