LxD Faculty Development Team
San Marcos Office
Patrick A. Smith
Patrick A. Smith joined Texas State in 2006. He began his professional career as a K-8 music and technology teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, where his passion for instructional technology motivated him to earn his master’s degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University (go sun devils). He worked as an instructional designer in the fields of aviation and healthcare before finding his way back to higher education, where he’s found he feels most at home. An avid gamer, Patrick’s research interests include game-based learning, and the use of game-based elements in traditional instructional models.
Sr. Instructional Designer
Michelle Read joined Texas State in 2014 after working as a GRA and Lead Trainer in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her PhD in Learning Technologies. Her research interests include the design and development of online learning environments for all learners, including the professional and faculty development of educators, PK-20. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at St. Edward’s University teaching both hybrid and online courses. She also holds master’s degrees in Educational Technology and Literacy Studies, both completed entirely online and conferred by UT system schools. Finally, she has fourteen years of teaching experience in the K12 public school system, including one year of service as a technology integration specialist.
Prior to joining Texas State, Tamarin (Tammi) Butcher worked with the University of Cape Town in partnership with GetSmarter in her home country of South Africa to develop and deliver the first online Advanced Diploma ever launched in Africa. Tammi has a passion for enhancing the accessibility and quality of online education.
Online Course Developer
Drew became an Online Course Developer in 2014. He currently supports Advanced & Foundations courses for faculty as well as completing course development assignments. He especially enjoys assisting faculty with video production for mini lectures with emphasis on sound quality. Drew has an Educational Technology Master’s Degree from Texas State.
Online Course Developer
Brian Sutherland joined Texas State in 2015. He holds a B.A. in History from The University of Illinois at Springfield. While working as an Academic Coach, Brian discovered the importance of well-designed online courses. Having recently moved from Illinois, he enjoys devouring tasty BBQ and driving on beautiful Texas Hill Country roads.
Sean is a musician by training but a jack-of-all-trades professionally. He is a PhD candidate in Music Theory from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a Mallory Fellow and earned an M.A. in Music Theory. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance: Guitar and Composition from Oklahoma City University, in his hometown. He has worked as an audio engineer, classroom technology consultant, concert hall house manager, and web developer. Most recently, Sean worked for the School of Nursing at Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus, where he wrote new program proposals, such as the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program, and supported the graduate program as clinical coordinator. He is a technology enthusiast, especially when it comes to learning new software and automating workflows. In his spare time, Sean likes to spend time with his partner and son, play tabletop RPGs and video games, and volunteer for some local non-profit organizations.
Round Rock Office
Gwen Morel joined Texas State in 2015. She took an early interest in educational technology while working for Webex Communications in the late 1990’s, when the concept of being able to “gather together” anytime, anywhere through virtual meetings was first starting to emerge. Since then, Gwen has developed curriculum and delivered training to professionals around the world in diverse environments including aviation, private equity, software development, and higher education. Gwen received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She received both a Master’s and PhD in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.
Sr. Instructional Designer
Komal joined Texas State University in 2013 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s degree in Learning Technologies. Before entering the learning technologies field, Komal completed her first Master’s degree in Language Interpretation and Translation from the University of Pune, India. She taught beginner and intermediate level English, French and Hindi for two years before going back to school at the University of Texas. As an Instructional Designer at Texas State, she is currently concentrating on developing graduate online courses for the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock.