We are thrilled to expand our Learning Design Team to include TLi Faculty Mentors to support faculty through Spring 2021. Each Mentor has completed extensive professional development in virtual course design and facilitation and demonstrated excellence in their current virtual teaching practice. To support the unique needs of different disciplines, Mentors have been designated to specific Academic Programs that most closely relate to their own discipline and/or virtual teaching experience.  

If you are interested in connecting with your program’s Mentor please see their contact information. If your program is not  supported by a mentor TLi is ready to support!  For immediate support please visit the Get Support page or TLi’s Bookings Page to schedule an appointment.

School of Arts and Sciences

Tom Clobes

Lecturer / Health Science

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Tom spent over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, bringing relevant real-world experience to the classroom for CSUCI's Health Sciences students. He has taught in the online environment for over 10 years with both undergraduate and graduate students. He prides himself on fostering a strong sense of community in virtual classes whether synchronous or asynchronous. To refine his online teaching skills, Tom completed CSUCI's T.H.R.I.V.E. program and is currently completing the Association of College and University Educators Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Virtual Teaching & Learning Strengths

Course organization, Engaging students, Assessment and feedback through Canvas, Mini-lecture development and utilization, Teaching via Zoom, Fostering a sense of community

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Canvas Gradebook
    • Zoom through CI Learn
    • Google Docs
    • Video/Media Creation
    • Sharestream
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • Health Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • English

Best Way to Contact

805-665-3765
thomas.clobes@csuci.edu 

Book a Consultation with Tom


Robin Mitchell

Associate Professor, History

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Robin Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). She received her master’s degree in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her dissertation investigated the correlation between representations of black women in France and the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution. In addition to numerous published journal articles, Professor Mitchell’s first book, entitled VÉNUS NOIRE: Black Women & Colonial Fantasies in 19th-Century France was published with University of Georgia Press in January of 2020.

Virtual Teaching & Learning Strengths

Very good at organization of modules in Canvas; also good at course organization, figuring out ways to engage students remotely, zoom teaching and determining creative assignments for online teaching!

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Canvas Gradebook
    • Zoom through CI Learn
    • Video/Media Creation
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • History
    • Global Languages
    • Chicana/o Studies
    • Art & Performing Arts

Weekly Office Hour (Day and Time)

Monday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Book a Consultation with Robin


Benny Ng

Lecturer, Chemistry Department

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After getting his Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCLA, Benny began teaching Chemistry at CI  during 2010 - 2011. Then, he moved back to Hong Kong and continued his Lectureship at the University of Hong Kong teaching different general science courses of the Common Core Curriculum (i.e. G.E.) for the next five years. In the Fall 2016, he joined the chemistry department of Los Angeles Pierce College as an assistant professor and returned to the chemistry department at CI since 2017.

 He likes teaching because he wants to share his college experience as a 1st gen college graduate immigrant with his students.  He believes teaching and learning is a journey that instructors and students navigate together.  His goal is to motivate and inspire students to keep learning in a fun learning environment.      

"Remember: it's okay to make mistakes, Chem-is-try!"

Virtual Teaching & Learning Strengths

I enjoy discussing ways to engage students, teach via Zoom, and to create unique content.  I can also assist with assessment and course organization as an outsider to ensure the content is presented clearly.    

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Canvas Gradebook
    • Course Analytics
    • Zoom through CI Learn
    • Google Docs
    • Playposit
    • Video/Media Creation
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science & Information Technology
    • Environmental Sciences & Resource Management

Best Way to Contact

Microsoft Teams
Book a Consultation with Benny

Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

Maria Ballesteros-Sola

Assistant Professor of Management, MVS School of Business & Economics 

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Maria Ballesteros-Sola, DBA, MBA, LLB, Fulbright Scholar (1998-2000), Paul R. Lawrence Fellow (2016).

After a career in financial services and management consulting on both sides of the Atlantic, Dr. Ballesteros-Sola joined California State University Channel Islands as a lecturer in 2007 and later as an Assistant Professor of Management, where she teaches the Capstone, Marketing and Social Business among other classes. Apart from her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Ballesteros-Sola serves on the boards of the Case Research Foundation, B Academics, which she co-founded, and Start-Up Kids, a local non-profit that she also co-founded. Maria's research focuses on social enterprises, hybrid organizations, and B Corps. She has published in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Social Business, Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, Case Research Journal, and the Journal of Social Business. She serves on several editorial review boards, is the chair of the Social Impact track for North America Case Research Association (NACRA), co-chair of Social Entrepreneurship SIG at the US Association Small Business Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the co-editor of the SAGE Publishing Social Impact Case Collection. Dr. Ballesteros-Sola is also a strong advocate for the use of experiential and service-learning, international experiences, and humanizing technology in higher education.

Dr. Ballesteros-Sola started to teach online back in 2011 and immediately fell in love with this medium. Since then, she has completed different training such as the Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP), Blended Learning Preparation Program (BLPP), Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT), and Quality Matters (QM). "Online teaching and learning provide an invaluable opportunity for students and instructors to rethink how we approach learning. Online learning can be convenient given the flexibility and reach in time and space. It also encourages students to engage in learning that doesn't reward short-term learning and memorization." 

Currently, she is serving as the Academic Program Director for the Business Online program. 

Virtual Teaching & Learning Strengths

Course backward design, Scaffolded formative assessments design, Interactive Zoom synchronous session, Online case discussions.

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Hypothes.is
    • VoiceThread
    • Google Docs
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • Business
    • Economics

Best Way to Contact

maria.ballesteros-sola@csuci.edu

Weekly Office Hour (Day and Time)

Group Office Hours: every Tuesday 1 -2 pm (MVS Teaching Tuesdays)
Book a Consultation with Maria


Diana Lenko

Lecturer at Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, MBA Program

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I come from a diverse business culture with over ten years of international experience in supply chain management and operations. In my current job at a global, high-tech company, I develop procurement strategies for critical components and lead cross-functional teams.

After earning an MBA degree with distinction, I continue my Ph.D. research in organization behavior with concentration in Supervisor-Subordinate relations. My doctoral topic on leadership comes from my professional experience and I feel strongly and passionate about it. 

I am proud to be a naturalized American citizen. Having explored many destinations across Europe and Asia, I like to travel in the US and sight-see beautiful places this great country has to offer. Mesa Verde in Colorado, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and Grand Teton in Wyoming are places that captured both my imagination and my heart. My dream is to someday visit one of the America's hidden-gems - American Samoa National Park.

I give back to the community by mentoring business students and volunteering for initiatives that connect, educate and empower women.

Virtual Teaching & Learning Strengths

Student engagement, course organization, finding the right balance between synchronous and asynchronous sessions, staying connected with virtual office hours (advice on how to use tools – Calendly, etc.; set reminders, set up meeting rooms, use Zoom, use social media to spread the word, etc.), using Zoom to ensure active online learning, embracing diversity in virtual learning.

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Canvas Gradebook
    • Course Analytics
    • Hypothes.is
    • VoiceThread
    • Zoom through CI Learn
    • Google Docs
    • Calendly
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • Business
    • Economics

Best Way to Contact

diana.lenko@csuci.edu

Weekly Office Hour (Day and Time)

Group Office Hours: every Tuesday 1 -2 pm (MVS Teaching Tuesdays)

Winter 2020 Mentors

Leslie Abell

Lecturer, Sociology Program

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Dr. Abell joined the CI faculty in 2014 and regularly teaches core curriculum courses, such as Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Social Sciences, and Sociology Capstone as well as electives, such as Crime and Society. In the Sociology Capstone course, she often engages students in Community Based Research with local community partners or partners on campus.

She has participated in a variety of professional development programs, including ISLAS, several Faculty Inquiry Projects (FIPs), THRIVE, and is a current participant in ACUE’s Effective Online Teaching Practices. Her research interests include family relationships and desistance, true crime, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Melissa Miller

Liberal Studies/SOE

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I’ve taught for 14 years in K-8 Public Education and as a lecturer for 13 years at CSUCI (Liberal Studies/SOE). I am an Induction Mentor for Ventura Unified School District, CUE Presenter for Technology Uses in Education, and a Canvas Presenter.

  • Tools You Use and/or are Able to Support

    • Canvas in general
    • Canvas Gradebook
    • Zoom 
    • Google Tools
    • Online Tools of Engagement
  • Academic Programs I Support

    • Health Sciences
    • Kinesiology 

William H. Munroe

Lecturer, Chemistry Department

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I currently reside in Camarillo, California and teach in the Chemistry Department at California State University Channel Islands. The courses I have taught are Freshman (100-series) & Senior (400-series) level courses. Since Fall 2015, this has included a mixture of lecture courses (general chemistry & biochemistry) and laboratory courses (general chemistry labs, biochemistry labs, and independent research).

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