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Claire Major, PhD

Faculty Director

cmajor@ua.edu
Learn more about Claire Major, PhD

Dr. Claire Major is a professor of Higher Education at The University of Alabama. Her teaching and research interests center on instructional approaches and instructional technology. She has authored and co-authored 11 books, including five with Elizabeth Barkley: Engaged Teaching, Interactive LecturingLearning Assessment Techniques, Collaborative Learning Techniques and Student Engagement Techniques. In addition to these, she has published Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Instructional Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success, with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek, and Online Learning: A Guide to Theory, Research and Practice. Her research has appeared in top-tier journals. Major has presented at national and international conferences and conducted faculty workshops, as well as online workshops and webinars, for dozens of colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
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Tyler Roberts, EdD

Director of Operations

Tyler.roberts@ua.edu

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Douglas Klutz

Instructional Consultant

Douglas.klutz@ua.edu
Learn more about Douglas Klutz

Doug Klutz is a senior instructor in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He teaches a variety of courses each semester, including 400-seat lectures of CJ 100. He also serves as the internship and advising director for the department; he has helped to create hundreds of internship opportunities for students in his decade-plus tenure at UA. Klutz has been recognized on multiple occasions for his teaching excellence. He was named the top professor in America by CEOWorld and Best Value Schools in 2020 after earning the same honor from Forbes in 2017. Klutz is also the author of two books: Career Guide in Criminal Justice (2018) and From the Crime to the Courts: An Overview of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2012).
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Laura McNeill, PhD

Instructional Consultant

jlmcneill@ua.edu
Learn more about Laura McNeill, PhD

Dr. Laura McNeill is an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in the College of Education Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology. She also serves as the Instructional Technology master's degree program coordinator.

Previously, Dr. McNeill served as a senior instructional designer at Regions Bank, Ascension, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Texas A&M's School of Law, and The University of Alabama. She is an instructional design consultant for the Jefferson County Department of Health and IDLance. Her research involves distance learning and technology enhanced learning environments with a specific focus on instructor presence, student engagement and curriculum design in online environments. In addition, Dr. McNeill explores online learning and instructional design through ChatGPT and generative AI, microlearning and gamification. She also serves as an instructional and curriculum methodologist. She holds a PhD in Instructional Leadership (concentration in Instructional Technology) from The University of Alabama. Dr. McNeill is the author of ten books, including HarperCollins suspense novels Center of Gravity and Sister Dear. She also writes under the pen name Lauren Clark.
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Kimberly Tomeny, PhD

Instructional Consultant

krtomeny@ua.edu
Learn more about Kimberly Tomeny, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Tomeny serves as the director of EI@UA, an early intervention program servicing infants and toddlers with special needs and their families, under contract from the state of Alabama. Dr. Tomeny received her PhD in Special Education from The University of Alabama, with an emphasis in Early Childhood. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Virginia, and she also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education at Yale University. Kimberly's clinical and research experience involves coaching early interventionists, using telehealth in the Part C system (birth to 3 years old), and supporting families of infants and toddlers with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder. She partners with Alabama's Early Intervention System on professional development initiatives related to using the Routines-Based Model via telepractice and creating a sustainable system of care for families of young children with ASD.
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Amy Matthews

Program Assistant

Ammatthews5@ua.edu