Faculty Development Staff

Dr. Anne B. Bucalos
Vice Provost for Faculty Development

As Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Dr. Bucalos works to enhance the culture of professional growth and development at Bellarmine University. She oversees distance learning initiatives, assessment and faculty credentialing, honors and awards, and student external awards.

Before joining the Office of Academic Affairs, she served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education from 2007-2012. As a Bellarmine faculty member she also served as Undergraduate Chair in Education from 2000-2006. 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 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.

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

Adam Elias
Director of Innovative Learning Systems

Adam Elias serves as Director of Innovative Learning Systems, a role in which he is charged with developing Bellarmine’s distance education initiatives.  Prior to joining the Bellarmine community, Adam served as Director of eLearning Initiatives at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and in the Office of Student Life at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Adam earned a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky.   

Adam’s research interests include distance education perceptions and policy, as well as the management of institutional change resulting from shifts in instructional modality.  

You may contact Adam Elias at aelias2@bellarmine.edu.

Dr. Janice Poston
Instructional Developer


Janice Poston serves as Instructional Developer, a role in which she is charged with assisting faculty with learning the course management system, Moodle, as well as other tools they can use in the design of courses. Janice will assist faculty in developing online courses. Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Janice spent 25 years as Reference/Instructional Librarian and Assistant Moodle Administrator at Spalding University. She has also been adjunct faculty at Spalding since 2007.

Janice earned a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville, a BS in Accounting and an MA in School Media Librarianship from Spalding University, an MS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and most recently a doctorate in educational leadership from Spalding University.

Janice’s research interests include teaching presence, which was the subject of her dissertation “Has the Teacher Left the Classroom? An Examination of Teaching Presence in Online and Hybrid Learning Environments," and the flipped classroom model. She also had an article on teaching presence published in 2015 in “Quick Hits for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Teachers.”

You may contact Dr. Poston at jposton@bellarmine.edu.

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.