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Learning Design

Meet the Team

Erin Kelley, PhD
Erin Kelley, PhD
Associate Dean of Assurance of Learning and Accreditation

Erin designs, develops, and implements strategies to assess and improve the quality and effectiveness of curricular learning at Bentley University. She is also responsible for ensuring strategic alignment and compliance with our New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accreditation and supports the Office of the Dean of Business in maintaining Bentley’s AACSB accreditation.  In her role, she supervises the learning design team, who support faculty in developing new courses and mapping curricula for new programs.  This team also supports faculty in implementing best practices in teaching across all modalities, with a strong emphasis on inclusive teaching practices.  Erin has been a member of Bentley University since 2008, previously working in the Residential Center and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.  Erin earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Erin is also a proud recipient of Bentley’s Rainbow Award. 

MJ Sanz, M.Ed
MJ Sanz, M.Ed.
Director of Learning Design

MJ has been at Bentley since 2007, and supervises the instructional designers. She collaborates with faculty on all aspects of instructional design and content development for asynchronous online programs as well as for traditional programs. She works directly with faculty to identify course learning outcomes and evaluates the most appropriate asynchronous or synchronous approaches and web-based tools to meet those objectives, and ensures the successful launch of all asynchronous courses developed. She also supports faculty in creating and managing their Faculty Profiles and Promotion & Tenures sites. Mary Jo has worked as an instructional designer at Northeastern University and University of Phoenix Online and as a course developer, trainer, and independent consultant in the speech-recognition software industry. She holds a Master of Education in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University. She teaches education courses on adult learning theory and curriculum development.

Debra Mascott, M.Ed.
Debra Mascott, M.Ed.
Senior Instructional Designer

Debra has been at Bentley since 2018, and has several years of experience in training and development where she has provided effective, efficient, and engaging training for a wide-ranging audience. She has worked in the health care field for over a decade as well as a marketing research training company. She has presented and participated at national User Conferences about eLearning features and concepts, written blog posts on eLearning, and has created workshops on visual design/infographics. Her role as Senior Instructional designer is to take on course content and turn it into visually engaging learning activities for classes, supervise our work-study student employee, and support other divisional design requests. She completed an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an MBA from Suffolk University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University.

Georgia Madway
Georgia Madway, Ed.M.
Instructional Designer, Inclusive Pedagogy

Georgia has been leading at the intersection of pedagogical excellence and inclusion for nearly three decades. She has worked in education as an expert teacher, curriculum developer, pedagogical coach, accreditation associate, and strategic development director for a non-profit. Georgia has designed in-person, hybrid, and asynchronous courses. She has led large-scale workshops for academic leaders nationally and internationally on topics such as inclusive pedagogy, Universal Design for learning, Restorative Justice practices, and cognitive flexibility. Georgia graduated with an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Educational Leadership with a particular focus on how diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice interact within the education sector. She also holds an Ed.M. from The College of New Rochelle in Curriculum and Design and a Bachelor of Science from Suffolk University in Clinical Psychology. 

Gabrielle Ruchames
Gabrielle Ruchames
Instructional Designer

Gaby has been designing, developing, and evaluating instruction for the past three years as an Instructional Designer, and has ten years’ experience as a classroom teacher in both higher education and K-12. After completing her M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology from Arizona State University in 2022, Gaby has created instructional materials on topics such as mentorship, immigration, health and safety, and other academic topics. She specializes in leveraging storytelling to engage learners in experiences that build abstract skills through simulations, and strives to empower faculty to use the tools at their disposal to help students engage with instructors and each other, regardless of physical distance.  

Previously, she earned a B.A. with a double major in Classics and French from John Carroll University, and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

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