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Dr. Bruce Kelley

Director, CTL

Dr. Bruce Kelley is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota.  He also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Music.

Dr. Kelley's research has been centered on pedagogy in higher education, as well as on music of the American Civil War, and he has presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences.  He is currently on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the College Music Society, The Symposium, and his most recent book (co-edited with Dr. Mark Snell), Bugle Resounding (University of Missouri Press, 2004), is currently available at all fine book retailers.

Dr. Kelley received a Bachelor of Music degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Trombone Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from Ohio State University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory in 1997 from Ohio State University where he studied with Burdette Green, David Butler, Ann Blomach, Laura Dobos, and Gregory Proctor.

Dr. Kelley received the Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award and the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award from the Division of Music Theory at Ohio State University.  Dr. Kelley also received an Ohio State University Fellowship, The PEW Teaching Leadership Award, and a PEW Foundation Fellowship from the University of Illinois.  He remains active in the music theory profession, and is a member of national and local chapters of The College Music Society, The Society for Music theory, and the Society for American Music.

Eric James Mosterd

Assistant Director, CTL
Tech Fellows Program Manager
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Music, CFA

Mr. Mosterd is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and also serves as the Tech Fellows Program Manager for the University of South Dakota.  In addition to those duties, he is also an adjunct instructor for the Department of Music at USD, where he teaches Western music history and jazz history.

Mr. Mosterd has a Master of Music degree in Musicology, Saxophone & Jazz Studies (2004), a Master of Arts degree in Computer Science (2001), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science & German (1999) from USD.  He is an active researcher in these fields, specializing in the use of technology in pedagogical settings, especially in music.

Dr. Weichao (Vera) Chen

Educational Technology Integrationist

Dr. Weichao (Vera) Chen is an Educational Technology Integrationist in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota. 

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri in 2012.  Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her Master of Education in Educational Technology from Peking University in China in 2008, and she received both a B.S. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in English from Beijing Normal University in China in 2005. Dr. Chen is also an alumna of the 2007 Stanford University's Program in Beijing and the 2005 Complex Systems Summer School, organized by the American Santa Fe Institute and the Chinese Academy of Science.  During her teaching and research, Dr. Chen has engaged in the introduction of technologies to facilitate students' social knowledge construction and meta-cognitive development and to support their learning assessment.  She is also interested in enhancing intercultural academic communication and the application of complexity theory in social science.

Faye Haggar

Educational Technology Integrationist

Faye Haggar is an Educational Technology Integrationist in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota.

Mrs. Haggar received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Computer Science, and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology Facilitation from Black Hills State University. 

Prior to joining the CTL, Mrs. Haggar was the Technology Integrationist for USD's School of Education.  She also taught at the Elementary level for 5 years and facilitated several professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers in Technology, Math, and Formative Assessment.  

Dr. Justin Smith

Project Director, Fides Grant

Dr. Smith is the project director for the Fides Grant.  The Fides grant is a congressionally directed through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  The aim of this grant is to improves student veteran success through faculty and staff development opportunities.  Fides is Latin for promise.  The promise of Fides works both ways - as we work to provide our veterans with an extraordinary education, we also recognize that they add immeasurably to the educational experiences of us all. 

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus on teaching and learning in higher education, and a M.S. in Leadership Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  His academic interests include faculty development, scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership development. He has experience both building and teaching courses that integrate leadership and service learning.

Darin Jerke

Program Manager, CTL

Darin Jerke is Program Manager for The Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition to this, Darin has also been an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of English where he enjoys teaching Composition, Literature, and ESL.

Darin earned his Bachelor of Science in English and Criminal Justice and his Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in T.E.S.O.L. at the University of South Dakota. Darin enjoys teaching English in an online environment as well as teaching face-to-face. Prior to joining the University of South Dakota, Darin worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Northeast Community College in South Sioux City, NE, and Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA.