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Morris Thomas, Ph.D., PMP
Director of CETLA and Assistant Provost for Digital and Online Learning

Dr. Morris Thomas is responsible for providing visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA) by providing learning-centered professional development initiatives that ultimately foster dynamic learning environments and experiences. He also serves as the Assistant Provost for Digital and Online Learning. Dr. Thomas has an extensive background in facilitating learning across modalities (face-to-face, hybrid-blended, and online). He is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  Dr. Thomas employs Quality Matters, a global recognized, peer-review process used to ensure the quality of online and blended course design. He holds several Quality Matters certifications, including Master Reviewer, Peer-Reviewer and Quality Matters Coordinator. He is also certified to facilitate the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop face-to-face and online.  Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council (QMAAC), Echo360 Advisory Board, and McMillan Learning Micro-Credential Advisory Board. Dr. Thomas is an established scholar, his research focuses on instructional dynamics which encompass instructional domains, design, and delivery. He has developed a conceptual framework called the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model. This conceptual framework provides seven strategies to inform intentional course design and delivery. Dr. Thomas is also the creator of the framework, “The W.H.O.L.E. Experience,” a model to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in learning environments. Dr. Thomas also teaches in the School of Education’s Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program.  

Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University, a M.A. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in instructional technology management from LaSalle University, a M.M. in classical vocal performance from New Jersey City University and a B.A. in music from Fisk University. He has completed post graduate studies at Cornell University and Georgetown University in project management and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). He has also completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. 



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Cindy Philpot, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Programming and Assessment

Ms. Cindy Philpot serves as the Assistant Director for Programming and Assessment at CETLA. Her responsibilities include planning, designing, and the delivery of training that supports teaching, learning, and assessment activities. Ms. Philpot assists the Director in facilitating CETLA's instructional support, professional development, and assessment activity. Ms. Philpot will participate in instructional technology projects and respond to faculty requests for assistance in implementing technologies to support their learning environments. She actively engages faculty in identifying instructional best practices; providing support for instructional technology and responding to CETLA patron requests.

Ms. Philpot has a bachelor's in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University, a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology and a graduate eLearning Certificate from George Mason University. She comes to Howard with a background in learning theories, instructional design and expertise in multiple creative design applications and web 2.0 tools.








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Frederick Appiah, B.S.
Information Systems Manager

Mr. Fred Appiah serves as CETLA 's Information System Manager. He is a certified Microsoft Office Systems Engineer. Mr. Appiah maintains CETLA's network servers and serves as the liaison with the university's learner engagement and lecture capture tool, Echo 360. Mr. Appiah has a B.S. in Business Management and assists with CETLA’s information technology infrastructure. In addition, drawing upon his experience training new employees at Howard University's library (Mr. Appiah's pervious appointment prior to joining CETLA), Mr. Appiah provides hands-on assistance to faculty both face-to-face and virtually.












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​​Christopher Cooper, B.S.
Graphic Designer

Mr. Christopher Cooper is a Graphic Designer at CELTA. His responsibilities include, creating and editing graphics and utilizing existing schematic models and brand guidelines to influence design. Mr. Cooper also creates innovative designs and develops materials for print and digital resources. Mr. Cooper supports CETLA & the Office of Faculty Development to convey their missions as a brand, through visually compelling graphics and promotional materials. He also serves in a special assistant capacity for CETLA’s Director, assisting with various CETLA facility and logistical matters.

Mr. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts from Bowie State University. Prior to joining CETLA, he worked as a graphic designer for a fortune 500 company. He is pursuing graduate studies in Graphic Design.











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Jarvis P. Gause, Ed.D.
Instructional Technology Specialist and Coordinator of
Digital and Online Learning

Dr. Jarvis P. Gause serves CETLA as an Instructional Technology Specialist and Coordinator for the Office of Digital and Online Learning. Dr. Gause provides support for the Assistant Provost for Digital and Online learning in carrying out its mission and vision. He also provides support in implementing best practices for enhancing the online learning environment as well as instructional technology initiatives. Dr. Gause has previously served as an Instructional Consultant in a university teaching and learning center, assisting faculty with various instructional strategies as well as the adoption and implementation of various digital learning tools. Dr. Gause has also served as a K-12 classroom teacher and content leader, assessment and curriculum designer, instructional coach as well as a course builder and university adjunct professor. Dr. Gause holds an online teaching certification from Duke University. He is Quality Matters (QM) trained and holds the QM peer reviewer certification. His areas of expertise include course design, online teaching and learning, educational policy & planning and implementing professional development for faculty and staff. Dr. Gause is also passionate about supporting higher education diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Gause received his B.A. in English Education at Michigan State University, a M.A in Elementary Education at American University, a Ed.D. in Education Policy at American University and certification of Early Childhood Education at Georgetown University.






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Thandiwe Gibson-Hunter, B.A.
Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Thandiwe Gibson-Hunter serves as CETLA's Administrative Coordinator. Ms. Gibson-Hunter provides administrative support to the CETLA's Director in all matters pertaining to CETLA. She also oversees the registration processes for CETLA's professional development and training opportunities. Ms. Gibson-Hunter facilitates helpful resources regarding all matters pertaining to CETLA. Ms. Gibson-Hunter assists all Howard University's faculty with their general questions. In addition to her computing and administrative skills, she brings to CETLA experience in accounting and event-planning. Thandiwe received a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College.












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Brion Long, M.A.
Programmer Analyst/Webmaster

Mr. Brion Long serves as the Program Analyst and Webmaster for CETLA. Mr. Long’s major responsibilities at CETLA include developing and maintaining web applications by utilizing ASP.NET. Brion earned a B.S. & M.A. in Computer Science at Wayne State University. In addition to his programming duties, Mr. Long is responsible for the analysis, design and administration of the Registration and Syllabus Databases. Mr. Long is also responsible for testing and troubleshooting any technical problems that occur with the CETLA website.













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Robin Wilford, B.S.
Instructional Support Specialist

Ms. Robin Wilford serves as an Instructional Support Specialist at CETLA. Her responsibilities include providing instructional support and delivery of training that supports teaching, learning, and assessment activities. She assists faculty via CETLA's helpdesk. Ms. Wilford participates in instructional support and technology projects and responds to faculty requests for assistance in implementing technologies to support their learning environments. She actively engages faculty in identifying instructional best practices, providing support for instructional technology, and responds to CETLA patron requests. Ms. Wilford serves as the liaison with the university's learner engagement and lecture capture tool, Echo 360.

Ms. Wilford has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Computer Science. Ms. Wilford retired from the military as a System Analyst and brings to Howard University experience in technology, instructional strategies, and technical training.