Margaret Merrill is an Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist with Academic Technology Services. She works with faculty as they consider how to use technology in strategic and pedagogically sound ways in their teaching. Her dissertation research was on communities among foreign language teachers, and she enjoys helping all teachers recognize the resource that teachers are for each other. Previously, Margaret has taught junior high French, run faculty support programs, created technology-supported foreign language learning materials, and filmed a movie in Romania.
Mark Wilson is an Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist with Academic Technology Services. He works with faculty to assist with designing courses and integrating instructional technologies, particularly with blended, hybrid, and online learning. By helping faculty combine research-based pedagogical strategies with appropriate tools, he attempts to bridge the divide between emerging technologies and effective teaching. Previously, Mark has taught freshman writing courses, led faculty support programs, and advised on developing hybrid and online courses in higher education.
Alex Rockey is a Graduate Student Researcher with Academic Technology Services. She spends her time working towards her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture and a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies as well as Second Language Acquisition. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a high school English and Puente teacher.
Larissa Saco is a Graduate Student Researcher with Academic Technology Services. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology with scholarly interests in the sociology of education, cultural theory, and social stratification. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research assistant on K-12 education program evaluations for a social policy research organization.
Keith Sollers is a UC Davis graduate student in Applied Math specializing in machine learning with applications in veterinary medicine, financial risk management and sports performance. He has 6 years of experience teaching at all levels of introductory calculus. He is a certified Project Management Professional and is also certified in the UC Berkeley Entrepreneurship and Technology Methodology. Prior to UC Davis, Keith obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at Cornell University and worked as an information security consultant in the financial services and health care industries, with a focus in cryptography and identity and access management.
Meet the Instructional Designer Alumni
While earning her PhD in Education, with an emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies, Mary K. Stewart worked as a graduate student researcher for ATS. She served as the Associate Editor of The Wheel, coordinated DOLCE and Faculty Fridays, helped to organize SITT, and contributed to the development of EdTech Commons. Currently, Mary is an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.