Technology and Learning Faculty Conference 2013

Program Speakers

Provost Rick Marrs

Keynote Address

Photo of Keynote Speaker Provost Rick MarrsThe Technology and Learning team is proud to announce Rick Marrs, Provost of Pepperdine University, has been named the keynote speaker at this year's conference.

A member of the Seaver College Religion Division faculty since 1987, Marrs was named dean of Seaver in 2008. He served as the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion from 2001 to 2006. Marrs is regarded as an exceptional scholar of the Old Testament and the literature of the ancient Near East with knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Phoenician, and Ugaritic, and in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was named Provost of Pepperdine in 2014.

 Jim DiLellio

Lecture Capture and Distribution in a Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environment

Jim DiLellioDr. DiLellio has over a decade of domestic and international experience in the aerospace and defense industry.   He most recently served as a department manager for Raytheon, where he was responsible for over 70 system engineers serving the engineering development needs of a diverse government and commercial customer base. He has also served as a senior manager at The Boeing Company, and previously held key engineering appointments at Raytheon Systems Company and The Aerospace Corporation. Dr. DiLellio's research interests are primarily in the area of nonlinear optimization, simulation, and Kalman filtering techniques for modeling investment problems. The application of this research covers portfolio management, retirement planning, commodity price modeling, and the analysis of investment strategies. This work has led to over a dozen published articles, including recently in the Journal of Economics and Finance, Financial Services Review, as well as two U.S. patents on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Dr. DiLellio has taught at the Northwestern University and the University of Akron. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern University and holds a M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University.

Stella Erbes

Faculty Professional Development Panel

Stella ErbesDr. Stella Erbes earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Masters Degrees in Education and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her 21 years of teaching experiences span both the elementary and secondary levels as well as the public, private, and homeschooling sectors.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Pepperdine University, where she teaches courses in Educational Psychology, Educational Research, and Educational Technology and supervises student teachers.  Although she enjoyed teaching in the K-12 classroom, Dr. Erbes decided to begin a career in teacher education in 2002 so that she could support beginning teachers as they entered the world of teaching by sharing practical knowledge gained from her wide array of experiences.  Her book, "What Teachers Should Know But Textbooks Don't Show" was published by Corwin Press in 2008. Dr. Erbes' research interests focus on beginning teacher support, teaching methodologies, and undergraduate research experiences.  Her research has been published in the Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, the Journal of Instructional Psychology, and the Kappa Delta Pi Record, and she has presented at internationally recognized conferences like the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Charla Griffy-Brown

Toward a Framework and Strategy for Academic and Learning Analytics to Enhance Enrollment and Student Success

Charla Griffy-Brown

Charla Griffy-Brown is currently Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.   She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Technology in Society, an International journal published by Elsevier.   Dr. Griffy-Brown has co-authored more than 100 articles, chapters and books in the area of technology and global innovation including digital technologies in education.   In 2011 She received the Howard A. White teaching award at Pepperdine University and her research has been recognized by internationally in 2004 and 2011.   She was the first faculty member to be awarded the professorial honor of the Denney Chair (2007-2009). Dr. Griffy-Brown also served as an associate professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She graduated from Harvard University, is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. She has worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center and served as a consultant for the United Nation's Global Environmental Facility and the European Commission. Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown has worked with organizations and executives throughout the US and the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Owen Hall, Jr.

Pepperdine Faculty Collaboration Network

Owen Hall

Dr. Owen P. Hall, Jr. holds the Julian Virtue Professorship and is a Full Professor of Decision Sciences at the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University. He is the recipient of both the Charles Luckman and Howard A. White teaching excellence award. Dr. Hall has over 35 years of academic and industry experience. He is a registered professional engineer, State of California. Dr. Hall is the author of several textbooks on computer based decision-making and has written extensively on financial modeling, data mining and Internet based learning. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Graziadio Business Report. Dr. Hall is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies. . He is also a member of the INFORMS IT and membership committees. Dr. Hall recently received a grant from GMAC to design a collaboration network for enhancing graduate management education.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and undertook post-doctoral studies at the Center for Futures Research.

Doug Leigh

Making Sense of Turnitin Originality Reports

Photo of Doug LeighDr. Doug Leigh earned his Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University, where he served as a technical director of projects with various local, state, and federal agencies. His current research, publication, and lecture interests concern cause analysis, organizational trust, leadership visions, and alternative dispute resolution. He is co-editor of The Handbook of Selecting and Implementing Performance Interventions (Wiley, 2010) and coauthor of Assessment Book: Applied Strategic Thinking and Performance Improvement Through Self-Assessments (HRD Press, 2008), Strategic Planning for Success: Aligning People, Performance and Payoffs (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and Useful Educational Results: Defining, Prioritizing, and Accomplishing (Proactive Publishing, 2001). Leigh is the recipient of an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment to lead instructional technology project for the National Science Foundation. He is two time chair of the American Evaluation Association's Needs Assessment Topic Interest Group, and past editor-in-chief the International Society for Performance Improvement's (ISPI) monthly professional journal, Performance Improvement.

Bob McQuaid

Lecture Capture and Distribution in a Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environment

Bob McQuaidBob McQuaid, Ph.D., is an associate professor of information systems for the Graziadio School of Business. McQuaid's academic interests lie in the development and application of practical analytical tools to solve complex operations problems. McQuaid has been implementing different technologies into his classrooms since 1999. After years of using technology in his curriculum, McQuaid believes that there are an equal number of good and bad choices for faculty to consider with regard to selection and implementation of technology solutions. McQuaid received his doctorate degree from the University of North Texas and is currently completing a second doctorate degree in information systems focusing on virtual collaboration technologies.



Margaret Riel

Video Conferencing and Real-Time Note Taking

Margaret RielDr. Margaret Riel is co-chair of the online master of arts in learning technologies at GSEP. Her early work involved the design of a model of cross-classroom communication -- Online Learning Circles -- in the K-12 context. She designed the program for thousands of teachers from schools around the world to engage their students in the work of learning circles. The Learning Circle model has become the structural design of her online teaching of Action Research at Pepperdine for which she received an award from the prestigious United Stated Distance Learning Association. She has designed and participated in workshops to provide professional development with technology to teachers at universities, at national conferences, and as a consultant for professional education organizations. Over her career, she has written research reports and articles, designed computer programs, authored curriculum books and software documentation and developed websites, and consulted on television broadcasts. She serves as a fellow for the George Lucas Education Foundation and as the director of Center for Collaborative Action Research.

Milt Shatzer

Faculty Professional Development Panel

Milt ShatzerDr. Milt Shatzer is currently a Professor in the Communication Division of Seaver College. He received his Ph.D. in communication (with a focus on intercultural communication) from Michigan State University, his Master of Missiology degree from Abilene Christian University (Texas), and his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Toledo (Ohio). Milt served as chairperson of the Communication Division at Seaver from 1997-2003. In 2003-4, he was the Interim Assistant Dean for Teaching and Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Seaver. Currently, he is a member of both the Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. Milt teaches courses in the areas of intercultural communication, international communication and negotiation (with a special focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), global media, and U.S. co-cultures in conflict. His research interests include the effects of study abroad programs on U.S. undergraduates. Milt has published a number of book chapters and scholarly articles regarding the social effects of the media and new media technologies.

Robert Williams

Faculty Professional Development Panel

Photo of Robert WilliamsDr. Williams is associate professor of political science at Pepperdine University. Before joining the Seaver College faculty, he taught at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and Abilene Christian University. He is the author (with Dan Caldwell) of Seeking Security in an Insecure World and editor (with Paul R. Viotti) of the two-volume Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy. Dr. Williams teaches International Organizations and Law, Ethics and International Politics, and International Relations. He also teaches in the Social Action and Justice Program. He has served as the visiting faculty member in Pepperdine's Florence Program on three occasions and will fill the same role in Shanghai next fall. Since 2004, Dr. Williams has blogged on international politics with some regularity at Swords into Plowshares (

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