Dr. Linda Bruenjes is the Director of the CTSE. Prior to joining Suffolk University, she was the Assistant Dean for Teaching & Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at MCPHS University. During her 16-year tenure at Lasell College, she taught a number of undergraduate and graduate accounting, computer technology, and management information science courses. She also served as department chair, center director, and developer and facilitator of the College’s online faculty certification program. As founding Director of Online Learning and Academic Technology, Linda assisted faculty in the development, delivery, and assessment of online and hybrid courses. She earned her doctoral degree at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her M. S. in Business Education at Suffolk University. Her research interests are strongly embedded in adult learning theory and are focused on faculty development, the use of technology as a teaching and learning tools, and the science of learning.
Dr. Heather Dwyer earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, she both coordinated and participated in the Teaching Assistant Consultant Program. Following graduate school, Heather worked as a teaching consultant at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, where she supported faculty and graduate students in their teaching. At the Eberly Center, she coordinated the Graduate Teaching Fellows program, the Future Faculty Program, and the Wimmer Faculty Fellows program. Heather has instructed or helped to instruct courses in introductory biology, ecology, evolution, animal diversity, plant systematics, and first-year seminars in the sciences. She is particularly interested in issues of diversity and equity in higher education. Heather joined the CTSE team at Suffolk University as Assistant Director in 2016, and has been involved in educational development since 2011.
Cassandra Scannella earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, concentrating in Adult Education and Training from Point Park University in December 2016. While at Point Park, Cassandra worked closely with the Instructional Designers as an Instructional Design Intern for Pitt Online, a division of the University Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. While interning at Pitt, Cassandra assisted faculty with improving course content for online courses and used Quality Matters to assist with evaluating course shells. Following graduate school, she worked with the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) as an Online Course Developer Consultant to create, develop, and maintain online courses. Cassandra joined the CTSE in the fall of 2017. Prior to working for the CTSE, she worked in Suffolk’s ITS department as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the CIO.