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Dr. Poonam Kumar
Director, Center for Academic Innovation & Online Learning

Dr. Kumar is the Director for Center for Academic Innovation and Online Learning. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic vision for the center and for online education. Under the direction of the Provost and in collaboration with colleges and departments, she plans and implements various strategic initiatives to promote teaching and faculty development innovations including technology integration and online learning initiatives. Dr. Kumar is also a professor of Educational Technology. 

Office: Z 228
Phone: (989) 964-4189
Email: pkumar@svsu.edu

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Dr. Robert W. Lane
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Lane is a professor in the department of Political Science. He teaches introductory political science courses, as well as advanced courses on the American Constitutional and legal system. He collaborates with faculty and departments to support various student retention and teaching projects. He coordinates the annual Teaching Symposium and Teaching Innovation Grants initiatives for the center.

Office: Gilbertson Hall 211 & Z228
Phone: (989) 964-4366
Email: rwlane@svsu.edu

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Dr. Erik K. Trump
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Trump is a professor in the department of Political Science. He teaches such classes as Writing and Politics; Introduction to Political Science; The American Political System; Art and Politics; Native American Politics Native American Politics; and American Political Thought. He directs the Faculty Summer Institute, a three-day program for new faculty that emphasizes the centrality of effective and innovative teaching at SVSU. During the academic year he coordinates monthly workshops that build upon the summer experience, offering faculty the opportunity to develop their teaching skills in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Office: Gilbertson Hall 218
Phone: (989) 964-6087
Email: ekt@svsu.edu

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Dr. Josh Ode
Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Integrated Learning.

Dr. Ode is the Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Integrated Learning. He is responsible for working with all service learning opportunities on campus as well as many special programs for students at SVSU.

Office: Wickes Hall
Phone: (989) 964-4145
Email: jjode@svsu.edu

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Ann Coburn-Collins
Director of Academic Programs Support

Ann Coburn-Collins is the Director of Adjunct Faculty Support Programs Support and serves as the Liaison for the Center for Academic Innovation. Ann is also an adjunct instructor of Sociology and Gender Studies. 

Office: Science East 201
Phone: (989) 964-2130
Email: acoburn@svsu.edu

Part Time Staff

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Gail Schultz
Instructional Design Specialist

Gail provides pedagogical and instructional design support to faculty for their online and hybrid course development.  

Office: Z 228
Email: gaschult@svsu.edu

Student Workers

Dillon Call
Graphic Designer

Dillon Call is a senior pursuing a degree in graphic design and computer applications. He creates video tutorials, handouts, tip sheets and other materials to support faculty who are teaching online and hybrid courses. 

Office: Z 228
Email: dtcall@svsu.edu

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Karly Salesky
Graphic Designer

Karly Salesky is a junior pursuing a degree in graphic design. She designs and creates digital and print materials, and maintains the website for the Center.

Office: Z 228
Email: kmsales1@svsu.edu