S. Raj Chaudhury



S. Raj Chaudhury - Executive Director

Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury joined USA in August 2016. As Executive Director, he provides strategic oversight and direction for the teaching, learning and support functions of the ILC and USAonline. He also holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Physics. His research has focused on faculty and graduate student professional development as well as designing and assessing new learning technologies and research based pedagogies. Past projects to improve the learning of science by future scientists and future educators have received funding from NASA, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Chaudhury served as a 2003-04 Carnegie Scholar through the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. An avid musician, he has founded and directed university based Indian Music ensembles that specialize in the classical and semi-classical traditions of North Indian vocal and instrumental music. A native of Kolkata, India, Dr. Chaudhury is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College and received the Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.




Sue Mattson – Assistant Director, Course Development

Dr. Sue Mattson supports course design and development at USA, including new and existing courses.  Sue received a B.A. in Biology from UC Berkeley, and an M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Science Education from Florida State University.  More recently, she earned professional certificates in Project Management (UCLA), Non-profit Management, and Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Cal State Northridge).  Previously, she worked in the Science Media Group at the Harvard -Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she designed multimedia professional development programs in science and math education.  At USA, Sue coordinates the launching of the ALISA project (Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama), Fall 2015.


Shelitha McKissick


Shelitha McKissick - Distance Learning Specialist II

Shelitha assists University of South Alabama faculty with online, blended, and web enhanced courses.   She designed, developed, and maintains the Virtual Training for USAonline 2017. 

Shelitha is a Ph.D. candidate in the Instructional Design and Development program at USA.  Her main focus in instructional design is on improving students’ online learning outcomes.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from USA.




Jason Smith - Learning Technologies Systems Analyst

Jason is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting a wide range of instructional technology initiatives. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from USA, and has over twelve years of related experience.




Dave Walker - Multimedia Learning Designer

Dave develops instructional video content for blended and online courses at USA.  He holds a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development.   Before coming to USA, he served as Director of Video Production at Habitat for Humanity International, and Communications Director for Habitat’s affiliate in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.  He has more than 25 year’s experience producing award-winning video programs for corporate, commercial, and non-profit clients.



David Williams


David Williams - Distance Learning & Assessment Analyst

Dr. David S. Williams provides support to faculty, staff, and students on matters pertaining to online, blended and web-enhanced courses for all colleges and departments at the University of South Alabama. He also provides assessment support for ILC program activities and assists faculty in designing evaluation of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and course improvement projects.  David received his PhD in Instructional Design and Development here at USA with research focusing on program evaluation theory. He received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his Bachelor of Arts in social science from the University of Mobile. He has nearly ten years experience in teaching, course design, and coordination of K-12 and higher education programs.


Jennifer Yates


Jennifer Yates - Assistant Director, Faculty Development

Dr. Jennifer Yates joined the ILC in July 2017 as the Assistant Director focused on Faculty Development. A neuroscientist by training, Dr. Yates spent 16 years as a faculty member teaching courses in Neuroscience and Psychology. She was funded by a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant to train undergraduate students. Dr. Yates will oversee the New Faculty Scholars Program launching in September 2017 and the Innovation in Learning Center Certificate in College and University Teaching which will start in January 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology at the University of Dayton and earned a Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



2017-2018 ILC Graduate Assistants

Lipika Arif, Sarah Canatsey, Hameed Mirza, Em Thongsawat, Phillip Ward, Ryan Keller