C.A.L. Team

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Dr. Morris Thomas

Morris Thomas, Ph.D., PMP
Director, Center for the Advancement of Learning
Learning Resources Division
Phone: 202.274.5487
Email: morris.thomas@udc.edu



Ph.D. in Higher Education (Administration) – Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)
M.A. in Educational Policy & Leadership – The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
M.S. in Instructional Technology Management – LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA)
M.M. in Classical Voice Performance – New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
B.A. in Music (Vocal Performance) – Fisk University (Nashville, TN)
Post Graduate Study in Project Management – Cornell University & Georgetown University

Dr. Thomas serves as Director for the Center for the Advancement of Learning in the Learning Resources Division (LRD). He has a background in Instructional Technology Management, Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs, Accessibility & Disability Services, as well as Teaching & Learning. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). He has previously held positions in administration at several public, private, for-profit and non-profit institutions and organizations. He also served as a research associate, instructor and presenter. He is an adjunct professor for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences and has also taught for the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. He has taught at all educational levels, including elementary, secondary and higher education. In addition to teaching he has an active research agenda and has been published in several refereed journals and other scholarly publications. He is the author of the book Focus: The Missing Factor; A Practical Guide to Accomplishing Your Goals. In addition to publishing scholarship, Dr. Thomas has presented his research at academic conferences both nationally & internationally. Dr. Thomas’ interests include real estate, hiking, dining, the arts and travel.

Areas of expertise: educational policy and leadership, project management, instructional design, training & development, cognition, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)

Daphna Atias - Instructional Consultant

Daphna Atias, ABD
Instructional Consultant
Center for the Advancement of Learning


Ph.D. Candidate in English – University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
M.A in English – University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
B.A. in English and Political Science – University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Daphna Atias joined the Center for the Advancement of Learning as an Instructional Consultant in June 2017.  In this role, she consults with faculty and staff to help answer teaching and learning questions and improve student learning outcomes, facilitates professional development workshops, conducts peer reviews for online courses using the Quality Matters rubric, and researches and disseminates best practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Ms. Atias is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Michigan where her research focuses on historical precedents for embodied pedagogical techniques in use today.  She has taught tenth-grade English in independent schools, co-written a published article about teaching close reading techniques in large lecture courses, and collaborated on an interactive online module about engaging with and properly citing academic sources.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, and going on long walks exploring the city.

Areas of Expertise: course design, lesson-planning, teaching writing across the curriculum, active reading, active learning, embodied pedagogy, humanities instruction

Fatma Elshobokshy, M.A.

Fatma Elshobokshy, M.A.
Learning Management System Administrator
Center for the Advancement of Learning
Phone: 202.274.6086


M.A. in Intercultural Relations and Conflict Resolution – Lesley University (Boston, MA)
B.A. in Hebrew Literature – Shams University (Cairo, Egypt)

Fatma Elshobokshy is the Learning Management System Administrator at UDC’s Center for the Advancement of Learning. In this position, she provides resource planning for applications of emerging instructional technologies. As the Blackboard administrator, she collaborates with faculty and staff in drafting training programs, work plans, and instructional technology support including web-based and interactive video-based courses. She provides leadership and management for user support programs and resources including software applications, video conferencing, and learning management systems. Prior to joining the UDC team, she worked for Lesley University as Instructional Technologist, where she provided instructions, training, and resources to foster online education and the use of technology. In addition to her career in online and technology education, she has worked in other fields such as community development, filmmaking, conflict resolution, web design, and sales. She brings this diverse experience to her current position in learning and education technology. Fatma Elshobokshy is a vegan, and in her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, biking, tennis, and running.

Areas of Expertise: instructional technology, instructional resources, filmmaking and digital storytelling, conflict resolution, customer service, marketing, web design, training


Carol (Quing) Wang - Instructional Consultant

Carol (Qing) Wang, M.S.  
Instructional Consultant
Center for the Advancement of Learning


M.S. in Instructional Design – Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
B.A. in Linguistics – Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China)

Carol Wang is an Instructional Consultant at the UDC’s Center for the Advancement of Learning, which she joined in July 2017. In this role, Carol consults with faculty and staff to help them gain online teaching competencies and technology readiness. She answers course design questions, uses learning models to improve the instruction, suggests delivery modes and tools to enhance learning experiences, facilitates the Online Build Certificate (OBC) training, and conducts peer reviews for the proposed online courses using the Quality Matters rubric. Prior to this role, Carol worked for U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an instructional design research fellow. She assisted faculty in storyboarding their online training programs for the federal employees and developing the interactive online modules with multiple authoring tools.  In her spare time, she loves reading, music, oil painting, making videos on YouTube, and traveling to foreign countries.

Areas of Expertise: instructional design, course mapping, online course development, educational technology, adult learning theories, needs assessment

Jarvis P. Gause, MA

Jarvis P. Gause, M.A.
Instructional Consultant
Center for the Advancement of Learning


M.A in Education- American University (Washington, D.C)
B.A. in English  – Michigan State University  (East Lansing, MI)
Post Graduate Study –  Certificate in Education, Georgetown University

Jarvis Gause joined UDC’s Center for the Advancement of Learning as an Instructional Consultant in January 2019. In this role, Jarvis consults with faculty and staff to provide instructional support, training and resources in order to facilitate effective learning centered practices at UDC, and facilitate workshops and professional development to support teaching and learning. He conducts peer-reviews for online courses using the Quality Matters rubric. Prior to joining CAL, Jarvis worked in DC Public Schools as a classroom teacher, instructional coach/leader and curriculum and assessment developer. He has designed and developed professional developments for educators in DC’s public and charter schools. In his spare time, Jarvis enjoys watching old movies, traveling to different cities, trying new foods, visiting art museums, practicing yoga and listening to music.

Areas of Expertise: Course Design, Curriculum and Assessment, Instructional Strategies, & Teaching literacy across the curriculum.

Izolda Fotiyeva, Ph.D.
Center for the Advancement of Learning

Ebony Shockley, Ph.D.
Center for the Advancement of Learning

Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellows

Angela N. Bullock, Ph.D., LGSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Learning
Email: angela.bullock@udc.edu



Ph.D. in Social Work – Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)
M.S.W. – Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
B.A. in Social Work – Grambling State University (Grambling, LA)

Dr. Angela Bullock joined the University of the District of Columbia as an Assistant Professor of Social Work in 2014. She primarily teaches macro-level social work practice courses and provides leadership in the development of the online curriculum for the social work program. Her direct practice experience includes providing counseling to women with substance use disorders, providing affordable housing services to low-income families, and work with children in foster care in a family service agency in Georgia. Through her matriculation at Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University, she conducted research that examines teaching effectiveness in higher education, gained knowledge on strategies that strengthen community-based partnerships, and developed proficiency as an instructor who promotes lifelong professional growth. Her current research includes a focus on technology acceptance in social work education and practice. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending cultural events.

Areas of expertise: social welfare policy, technology integration in social work education and practice, community partnerships

Dr. Arlene King-Berry






Arlene King-Berry, J.D., M.Ed.
Professor, Special Education
Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Learning
Phone: 202.274.5973
Email: akberry@udc.edu



J.D. in Disability Law – Antioch School of Law, (Silver Springs, Ohio)
M.Ed. in Special Education – Howard University (Washington, DC)
B.S. in Special Education – Cheyney University (Cheyney, PA)
A.A. in Mortuary Science – University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
Post Graduate Study – Harvard University, George Washington University, Trinity University, Washington School of Psychiatry

Arlene King-Berry currently serves as Professor of Special Education at the University of the District of Columbia and Chair of the Faculty Senate. She is a dynamic educator, lawyer, publisher, and funeral director with over 20 years of experience in organizational, instructional, and business management in corporations and educational institutions. She has held a variety of positions in the District of Columbia Public and Charter Schools: special education teacher, supervisor, attorney, and hearing officer. She is actively involved in grant writing and scholarly publications. Prior to UDC, she served as the Director of Special Education for the Friendship Edison Charter Schools. She enjoys singing, traveling, and herb gardening.

Areas of expertise: special education, disability law, disproportionality, teacher education and preparation, testing and assessment, curriculum and instruction, universal design for learning, online learner engagement, educational technology, organizational management

Dr. Mizelle Johnson






Dr. Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Rehabilitation Counseling Program Director
Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Learning
Phone: 202.274.5797
Email: nathalie.mizellejohn@udc.edu



Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology – University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation – East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
B.A. in Psychology – North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

Dr. Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson currently serves as the Director and Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Mizelle-Johnson has 25 years of experience working as a therapist and clinical supervisor in the mental health field with adolescent and adult populations with physical, mental and academic disabilities. She has 16 years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate counseling (CACREP/CORE) programs. In addition to teaching, she has an active research agenda and has published articles, book chapters, and in two edited books. In addition to scholarship, Dr. Mizelle-Johnson has presented at academic conferences both nationally and internationally. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, music, and watching Netflix.

Areas of expertise: race, equity, diversity, faculty development, student success

Olive Vassal






Olive Vassell, M.A.
Associate Professor, Digital Media
Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Learning
Phone: 202.274.7371
Email: ovassell@udc.edu



M.A. in International Journalism – City University (London, UK)
B.A. in French/Arabic Translation – Westminster University (London, UK)

Olive Vassell is program coordinator of the Digital Media program in the Department of Arts & Humanities (College of Arts & Sciences), where she teaches journalism and mass media courses. As coordinator, she oversees the development and running of the cutting-edge program. Launched in fall 2017, it allows students to combine various areas of study in journalism and production to best serve the fast-changing pace of 21st-century media practices. Professor Vassell joined the university’s permanent faculty in 2006. She has also been an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, working in both her native UK and in the US. This has included stints at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the UK’s Channel 4, as well as the historic Afro-American newspaper in the US where she was editor. In 2009, she founded Euromight.com (www.euromight.com), the first Black European news site, which was selected to be archived by the British Library. The acclaimed publication focuses on reporting Europe’s underserved Black communities. Professor Vassell’s scholarship centers on the media as it relates to Black Europe, especially the UK. In 2017, she completed a chapter on the Black British and Irish Press for the pioneering, three-volume, The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, 1641-2017 (Edinburgh University Press), which is scheduled for release in 2019. Professor Vassell is a keen traveler who has also lived in France, Egypt, and the Caribbean. A vegan, she enjoys cooking, reading, and interior design.

Areas of expertise: multimedia and print journalism, editing, translation

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