Meet the Staff
Mike Truong, Ph.D.Executive Director
Mike provides vision, strategy, and leadership for faculty development, instructional technology, and online education at Azusa Pacific. Prior to coming to APU, Mike was a founding faculty member at the University of California, Merced, where he helped establish its Center for Research on Teaching Excellence and the Merritt Writing Program. Mike attends Fellowship Monrovia Church.
Kari MorrisonOffice Coordinatorkmorrison@apu.edu
Kari serves as the primary point of contact for the office, performing many important duties that allow the office to operate efficiently and effectively. In addition, she provides administrative support to the executive director and other staff members. Kari lives in Glendora and enjoys running and helping others.
Ann Kwinn, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Instructional Designerakwinn@apu.edu
Ann consults with faculty on course design and digital pedagogy, including blended and online courses. Ann loves APU’s spirit and enjoys teaching, writing, research, and project management. Ann helped develop Bellevue University’s M.S. in Instructional Design and Development program; was vice president of interactive learning for CallSource; director of elearning for Clark Training & Consulting; and co-wrote the book The New Virtual Classroom with Ruth Clark.
Bruce Simmerok, Ph.D.Online Instructional Designerbsimmerok@apu.edu
Bruce works with subject-matter experts to develop programs and courses for online offering. In addition, he assists with many instructional technology projects that have campus-wide implications. Previously, he was the executive director of the Center for eLearning and Teaching, the director of the Office of Faculty Development, and the program director of pupil personnel services and special education.
Tom Wilson, M.S.Director, Online Learningtwilson@apu.edu
Tom leads the team that designs and builds fully online courses. Tom has an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) from California State University, Fullerton, and is in the Ph.D. program for IDT at Old Dominion University. Before entering education, Tom was a TV writer/producer in Hawaii who worked with ABC Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, and other networks.
Katie Price, M.A.Online Instructional Designerkprice@apu.edu
Katie works with subject-matter experts from various schools to develop courses and programs for online offering. Katie is an APU graduate (B.A. in Liberal Studies ’05, K–8 Teaching Credential ’06, M.A. in Educational Technology ’12), and hopes she can share her love for and experience in education and technology with the community that has given so much to her.
Mike VogtManager, Instructional Supportmvogt@apu.edu
Mike, who has worked at APU since 2007, works closely with faculty and departments to identify instructional needs and challenges and coordinate appropriate professional development and support services. Mike attends Foothill Church in Glendora and serves as a volunteer church service coordinator and small-group leader.
Andrew Jittu, MBAOperational Data Managerajittu@apu.edu
Andrew is responsible for processing and maintaining registration and enrollment data within APU’s learning management system. He works closely with the three registrar offices to establish terms and course schedules for online and face-to-face courses. He also provides support for faculty and students in course creation and access to the learning management system.
Steve McLeanLMS Administratorsmclean@apu.edu
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5120
Steve provides technical leadership for the campus learning management system (LMS), ensuring its efficient operation and ongoing maintenance and updates/upgrades. In addition, he serves as the liaison between ITT and Information and Media Technology (IMT) when technical issues need escalation.
Tim SchrefflerTechnology Coordinatortcschreffler@apu.edu
Tim supports various instructional technologies employed in traditional, blended, and online courses at APU, and assists faculty in their use of Sakai, Kaltura, Adobe Connect, Turnitin, and Google Apps. In addition, he spearheads multimedia projects and mobile learning initiatives. As a graduate of APU (B.A. in Youth Ministry ’11), Tim strives to serve the community and faculty who taught him.
Dan Bricker, Ph.D.Online Faculty Coordinatordbricker@apu.edu
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5241
Dan works with subject-matter experts to collect and prepare course materials that are needed to develop online courses. Dan has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, and also serves as the chaplain for the South Pasadena Police Department and as assistant coordinator for the Los Angeles County Area C Police Chaplains Association. Dan attends Lake Avenue Church.