Center for Teaching Excellence

Meet the team behind the mission.

Portrait of Michael HarrisMichael Harris

Michael S. Harris is an associate professor of higher education and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His teaching and scholarly interests are in the organization and governance of higher education. He recently coauthored, Teaching for Learning:  101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Routledge, 2016).

His work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Innovative Higher Education, Planning for Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Trusteeship, and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

He has served as a Member-at-large of Division J (Postsecondary) within the American Educational Research Association. He also serves on the advisory board of the ASHE monograph series and reviews for the Journal of Higher Education, Routledge, Innovative Higher Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, International Journal of Management in Education, and other leading journals as well as the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina in American History, a M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in higher education administration.

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Addy Tolliver
Instructional Designer

As an Instructional Designer, Dr. Adeline "Addy" Tolliver assists faculty in course development, deployment, and evaluation. She is also responsible for assisting faculty with integration of technology and various pedagogical practices to effectively showcase subject matter content and promote student engagement in face-to-face and online courses. In addition to her role at the CTE, Addy is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership.

Prior to joining SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence, Addy worked at Texas Wesleyan University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning as an Instructional Technologist. Before her position at Texas Wesleyan, she was a graduate assistant for the Baylor University Online Teaching and Learning Services, a graduate fellow at the Baylor Academy for Teaching and Learning, and the instructor for TED 3380 (Social Issues in Education), TED 1112 (Technology) lab and the graduate level EDC5370 (Technology Fundamentals).

Additionally, Addy has served as the president of the Baylor Graduate Student Association (2010-2012), the Brazilian Student Association (2009-2011), was a member of the Baylor Teaching and Learning with Technology Committee (2009-2012), a Baylor University liason for the New Media Consortium Campus Leaders Advisory Board (C-LAB), a NMC Advisory Board Member and Research Assistant and more.

Addy is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. All of her degrees are from Baylor University in Waco, TX where she was also a volleyball letterwinner.

She has earned a B.F.A in Graphic Design, a M.S.Ed. in Sport Pedagogy and Coaching and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology (Dissertation Title - Rethinking the Dissertation: A Case Study on the State of Acceptance of New Media Projects as Ed.D. Capstone Experiences).

Addy has presented at numerous professional conferences (OLC, Educause, ELI, NMC, ATE, NAGPS, and others) and has multiple publications in the topic of education including Visions, Voices, and Virtual Journeys: The Future of Distance Education. In Huffman, S. et. al (Eds.), Cases on Building Quality Distance Delivery Programs: Strategies and Experiences (p.269-289). Hershey, PA: IGI and Global and Technology Outlook for Brazilian Primary and Secondary Education 2012-2017: An NMC Horizon Project Sector Analysis. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

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Douglas Wilson
Instructional Designer 

Douglas A. Wilson is an instructional designer whose research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, design thinking, instructional design, and learning technologies.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University, Doug joined Southern Methodist University as instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Excellence.  Doug has published several peer-reviewed research articles related to teaching and learning in journals such as Systemic Practice and Action Research, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, NACADA Journal, and NADE Digest. Doug also teaches online as Adjunct Professor in Higher Education and Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Doug has worked on large and small-scale instructional design projects in higher education. In his first career, Doug worked as a television news reporter and holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. As a former full-time faculty member at Richland College in Dallas, Doug taught community college journalism and developmental writing.

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Jordan Morrison is an instructional design strategist in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Jordan is a member of the instructional design team that builds, reviews, and deploys courses and programs in SMU's growing online education programs. Jordan joined CTE from the Department of Education Policy and Leadership where she served as the Senior Program Specialist working with doctoral and masters students. Before joining the SMU family, she served as an events coordinator at Rice University, planning academic seminars and colloquiums. Jordan earned a Master’s in Education with a focus in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. 


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Merielle Stamm is the program specialist in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University. Merielle helps to plan and design the center’s events, programs and workshops, and is responsible for the internal responsibilities of the Center. Additionally, she is responsible for marketing and creative design. Merielle moved to SMU from the Northeast, where she recently completed her Masters. As part of her graduate assistantship at The Pennsylvania State University, she created and designed programs and evaluations focused on retention of transfer students. Her thesis research and its focus on international agriculture and development has taken her to South Africa and Mexico. Prior to graduate school, she worked for several nonprofits, and as a 4-H educator in both Massachusetts and Texas.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Merielle likes to spend her time hiking, biking, rock climbing, and backpacking. 

Merielle received her Masters of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education and International Agriculture and Development from The Pennsylvania State University, and her Bachelors of Sciences in Agricultural Sciences from Cornell University.

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Laura Ohlson recently joined the Center for Teaching Excellence as a multimedia content producer. Prior to joining the team in January 2019, she worked at Portland State University in the Office of Academic Innovation as the Instructional Multimedia Coordinator, where she supported faculty with their multimedia needs. Laura has been working in video production for digital learning since 2014, and has produced award-winning videos. She holds an MFA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University. Her thesis film won multiple awards at several film festivals across the country. Laura has also earned a B.F.A. in Digital Filmmaking and a B.S. in Mass Media with a focus in Broadcast from Stephens College.

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Corey Moran is a multimedia content producer who supports instructors by helping them visually communicate their ideas and engage learners through lectures, documentary interviews, screen-capture videos, graphics, while implementing standards of visual quality and accessibility for students.

Corey came to us from the Bay Area where he produced online content for educational start-up Udacity & Google. Prior to Google, Corey worked 6 years in the professional sports industry for companies like Bleacher Report and the San Antonio Spurs.

Corey attended the Academy Art University in San Francisco where he earned a B.F.A. in Motion Picture & Television, as well as a Masters Recording Program II for sound engineering & Digital Recording from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona.

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Molly Ellis is a third year Education Ph.D. Student at Southern Methodist University, Annette Caldwell School of Education. She earned a Master’s in Education with a focus in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity University. She currently works as Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University.  Molly’s experience includes projects related to pedagogy, course evaluations, community development, organizational leadership, and educational policy initiatives. Her research interest includes assessment and evaluation, and the policies and infrastructures that surround such practices in higher education.

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