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UMKC Online is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Additional instructional design capabilities will help UMKC Online fulfill its mission of providing a digital learning campus of excellence.

Jennifer Sackhoff is dedicated to fostering supportive learning communities that engage learners to actively contribute to the educational environment. Prior to joining UMKC Online, Jennifer worked at Baker University’s Graduate School of Education as the assistant director of academics. In her role at Baker, she developed curriculum and conducted strategic planning for programs. Additionally, she facilitated instructor trainings in course design and ensured courses met accreditation standards. Jennifer has taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in composition, women’s literature, and African-American literature for Baker University, Park University, and Emporia State University. Jennifer earned a minor in ethnic and gender studies along with both her B.A. and M.A. in English from Emporia State University.

Julie Hartwell is the newest Instructional Technologist at UMKC. Julie has been supporting and implementing educational technologies in both K-12 and higher education since her move to Kansas City in 2012. With a Masters in library science, Julie is passionate about unfettered access to information and sharing educational and scholarly content. She has served on an open access committee and instructed online and face-to-face information literacy classes. She recently completed a year long term as a mobile app reviewer for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Julie is active in Colleague to Colleague, a local instructional technology organization and currently a co-editor for the C2C Digital Magazine. Julie holds a BA in Communication Studies and Political Science and a MLIS from the University of Iowa. Julie is Quality Matters certified.