Faculty Development Staff

Dr. Shawn Apostel
Instructional Technology Specialist

Dr. Shawn Apostel is an Assistant Professor of Communication and the Instructional Technology Specialist at Bellarmine University where he teaches courses involving multimedia production, data visualization, and technical communication. He also 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. 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, learning space design, digital ethos, e-waste reduction, and visual communication. He serves as webmaster for the National Association of Communication Centers, and as a reviewer for various journals and conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, Computers and Composition Online, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. He co-edited Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication, published by IGI Global, and co-authored Teaching Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century, published by New Forums Press.

You may contact Dr. Apostel at sapostel@bellarmine.edu.

Dr. Anne B. Bucalos
Director of Faculty Development

Dr. Anne Bucalos, professor of education, currently serves as the Director of the Faculty Development Center. She has been part of the Bellarmine community since 2000. Prior to her appointment as Faculty Development Director, she served as Undergraduate Chair and Associate Dean of the 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.

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 as a member of the AILACTE Journal editorial board. She was appointed previously to the Kentucky Professional Standards Board of Examiners for state accreditation/NCATE site visits. Dr. Bucalos was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award for 2012.

You may contact Dr. Bucalos at abucalos@bellarmine.edu.

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, administering the campus learning management system and academic honesty software, and providing training and support for faculty in the area of instructional technology.  In addition, Debi serves on the Faculty Development Committee. 

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.

You may contact Debi Griffin at dgriffin@bellarmine.edu.