Director: Staci Taylor

Direct line: (254) 299-8363

Office: Learning Technology Center (LTC) 218B

About: Dr. Staci Taylor works at McLennan Community College as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has been employed at MCC since 2005 and previously worked at Tarleton State University in their Distance Education department. Staci has been an adjunct instructor at MCC in both the Management and Computer departments and at Tarleton State University in their Management and Education departments. Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Systems and her Master of Science degree in Management from Tarleton State University. In addition, she completed her doctoral degree in Leadership in Higher Education Administration at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Her dissertation title was Community College Developmental Students: Their Success and Completion of Online Courses. Staci is a reviewer for the Journal of Social Media in Society and a member of the American Society for Training and Development.

Coordinator: Richard Leslie

Direct line: (254) 299-8382

Office: Learning Technology Center (LTC) 222E

About: Richard Leslie joined MCC in August 1989 and has had many roles that support excellence in the institution’s educational programs, currently as Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He has a BFA in Theatre Design from University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Directing from Baylor University as well as a Certificate in Distance Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His strengths and interests are multimedia production, social media, universal design, active learning, student engagement, faculty development and multiple learning strategies such as collaborative/cooperative learning.

Instructional Designer: John Ghazzagh

Direct line: (254) 299-8990

Office: Learning Technology Center (LTC) 222F

About: John brings a wealth of experience in K-12 education, both in and out of the classroom, to the Instructional Design and Innovation department. He received his undergraduate degree in Multimedia Applications from McMurry University and his Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Sam Houston State University. As an Instructional Designer, John is dedicated to helping instructors create engaging and accessible online courses. In his free time, John enjoys volunteering with his church, traveling to Colorado, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Instructional Designer: Claire Wilkison

Direct line: (254) 299-8393

Office: Learning Technology Center (LTC) 222

About: With almost seven years of experience in K-12 education, Claire brings a strong background to the Instructional Design and Innovation department. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Tarleton State University, with a focus in Interdisciplinary Studies and Curriculum & Instruction, respectively. As an Instructional Designer, Claire is dedicated to assisting instructors in adopting best practices and promoting good course design. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, engaging in hobbies such as baking and photography, and traveling to visit her parents at their ranch in East Texas.

Instructional Technologist: TJ Waldie

Direct line: (254) 299-8373

Office: Learning Technology Center (LTC) 222F

About: Timothy Waldie, also known as TJ, joined MCC in April 2021, where he served as an employee in the Testing Center. During his time there, he developed strong relationships with faculty from across the campus and gained a thorough understanding of the various technologies utilized in the classroom. TJ has a wealth of experience working with technology, having served as a computer repair technician, Microsoft Expert in the retail industry, and now as the Instructional Technologist for MCC. In this role, TJ is responsible for supporting faculty with all aspects of their online courses. This includes troubleshooting issues on an individual basis, ensuring smooth course creation and enrollment for both students and faculty, and being available to assist whenever needed. TJ is currently pursuing a degree in Information Systems and Applications through MCC in order to continue serving his community and faculty to the best of his ability.



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