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Faculty Development Staff

Dr. Shawn Apostel
Instructional Technology Specialist

Dr. Shawn Apostel is Assistant Professor of Communication and the Instructional Technology Specialist at Bellarmine University where he provides support to faculty and IT to facilitate online and classroom instruction that incorporates technology. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Communication Coordinator for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University, and the Information and Graphics Specialist for the City of Toccoa. A graphic designer by trade, Dr. Apostel has a B.A. in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College, an M.A. in Professional Communication from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Apostel's research interests include teaching with technology, applied creativity, digital ethos, e-waste reduction, and visual communication. He serves as a reviewer for various journals and frequently chairs sessions at conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online. He co-edited Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication and co-authored Teaching Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century.

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Dr. Anne B. Bucalos
Director of Faculty Development

Dr. Bucalos serves as the Director of the Faculty Development Center. Prior to her appointment as Faculty Development Director, she served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education from 2007-2012. As a Bellarmine faculty member since 2000, she also served as Undergraduate Chair for most of her tenure in the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education. Dr. Bucalos earned her M.Ed. and Ed.D from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Special Education. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University.‚Äč

Dr. Bucalos’ research interests include educator dispositions, adolescent behavior disorders, and generational differences. She has been published in journals such as Behavior Disorders, Teaching Exceptional Children, and AILACTE Journal, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Bucalos served as the south region representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) and continues to serve as a member of the AILACTE Journal editorial board. She has served as a Kentucky Professional Standards Board of Examiner for state accreditation/NCATE site visits. Dr. Bucalos was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award for 2012.

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Debi Griffin
Assistant Director, Faculty Development Center

Debi Griffin serves as Commencement Coordinator and the Assistant Director of the Faculty Development Center at Bellarmine University. As a training and development professional, she has more than 25 years of experience in planning and implementing both technical and soft skill training programs. Since the Faculty Development Center’s inception in 2001, Debi’s professional focus has been on promoting best practices in teaching and learning, organizing professional development opportunities such as Faculty Forums and Spotlight Sessions, and providing training and support for faculty in the area of instructional technology.

Debi earned her undergraduate degree in Training and Development and a graduate degree in Human Resource Education from the University of Louisville. She has taught as an adjunct in the IDC program and trained as a facilitator with the Center for Renewal and Wholeness in Higher Education.

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