Our Staff

Meet the Staff

Our staff is dedicated to helping students succeed in online courses and enabling distance faculty to focus on teaching rather than technology. In addition to responsive helplines and personal assistance, our staff constantly seeks ways to improve our online programs and to develop innovative ways to promote quality in online teaching and research. The extended efforts of our staff, through the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration and an annual international conference devoted to distance learning administration, have brought widespread recognition to UWG's distance programs. The UWG DDEC staff work closely with the UWG's Extended Degree Unit in charge of the University System of Georgia eCore Administrative Services. Both groups fall under the leadership of Dr. Melanie Clay.

Melanie N. Clay Ph.D., Executive Director of Extended Learning and Dean of USG eCoreMelanie N. Clay

(Melanie's Vitae)
Melanie is responsible for leading the support staff, marketing and evaluating the distance learning program, and developing training for faculty and students involved in distance courses. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, and the administrator of the Distance Learning Certificate Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, a Specialist in Educational Leadership, a Master's in Public Administration from the State University of West Georgia, and a Bachelor's in Journalism from the Ohio State University. She lives in Carrollton with her husband Matthew and their two sons.

Email Melanie: Melaniec@westga.edu


Jason B. Huett Ph.D., Associate Dean of Online Development and USG eCoreJason B. Huett

(Jason's Vitae)
Jason is a member of the distance education leadership team responsible for furthering the development, growth, and scalability of online education at the University of West Georgia. His primary focus is working with UWG faculty, colleges, schools, and departments to address distance education matters. Jason is a tenured associate professor of Instructional Technology and Design in the Educational Innovation Department. He is also an internationally-recognized and award-winning presenter and author. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Computing from the University of North Texas. Jason is a self-professed science fiction junkie and tech geek who lives with his wife, three children, and an over-grown clown of a Boxer pup in Carrollton, GA.

Email Jason: jhuett@westga.edu


Janet P. Gubbins, Director of Distance and Distributed EducationJanet P. Gubbins

(Janet's Vitae)
A former student facilitator, Janet joined the full-time staff in January 1998. She serves as the GeorgiaVIEW Vista (WebCT) Administrator for University of West Georgia. Her responsibilities include assisting faculty with course development, overseeing services for distance students, and distance learning data management. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from the State University of West Georgia. She and her husband Craig have a son and a daughter.

Email Janet: jgubbins@westga.edu



David Lloyd, Faculty Development Coordinator & Emerging Technologies SpecialistDavid Lloyd

(David's Vitae)
David joined the University of West Georgia in May of 2011. His duties include faculty training, program planning, course development and assessment. His educational background is in Information Technology as well as Instructional Design. David worked at Utah Valley University for four years before chasing the sun to Georgia. After his move to the South, he spent 6 years working with the Board of Regents as a faculty trainer for the state's Online Course Management system. He also worked full time for Georgia Southern University before finally finding his real home here in Carrollton.

Email David: dlloyd@westga.edu



Michael D. Post, UWG|Online Help Desk Manager & Distributed Education MarketingMichael D. Post

(Michael's Vitae)
The Distance & Distributed Education’s Staff welcomed Michael in July of 2011. He is currently working on his Associate’s in History as an online student. He serves as the UWG|Online Help Desk Manager for Faculty and Student Services, providing faculty and student support for CourseDen and related technologies. Michael also assists the Distance & Distributed Education Department in its marketing efforts utilizing his twenty plus years in commercial print production & design.

Email Michael: mpost@westga.edu



Wendy Grisham, Instructional DesignerWendy Grisham

(Wendy's Vitae)
Wendy joined the University of West Georgia in October of 2013. Her responsibilities include consulting and assisting faculty with developing teaching strategies, activities, and materials in order to optimize online learning and assessment. Wendy worked at Georgia Northwestern Technical College for eight years as an English and Reading Instructor, teaching Web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses, and for two years as Assistant Dean of General and Learning Support Education. Wendy currently holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in English from UWG.

Email Wendy: wgrisham@westga.edu



Jessica A. Loiacono, Online Learning Innovation CoordinatorJessica Loiacono

(Jessica's Vitae)
Jessica joined the University of West Georgia in August of 2013. Her responsibilities include mentoring faculty and staff, promoting best practices in online and hybrid teaching, facilitating the development of cutting-edge delivery models that promote accessibility, scalability, and student success. Jessica currently holds a Master of Education degree in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia Southern University.

Email Jessica: jloiacon@westga.edu



Nakita Hogans, Online Student Success AdvisorNakita Hogans

(Nakita's Vitae)
Nakita joined the University of West Georgia in October 2013. She serves in the Distance and Distributed Education department as the Online Student Success Advisor. In this role, Nakita supports the UWG|Online community as the UWG eCore Advisor, is a part of the eCore Student Success Team and supports UWG|Online student success through retention activities that include both preemptive and reactionary success strategies. Nakita holds a Master of Science in Adult Education from Troy University and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing Education from James Madison University.

Email Nakita: nhogans@westga.edu



Chris Spruck, Web Applications DeveloperChris Spruck

(Chris' Vitae)
Chris joined the University of West Georgia in April 2006 and the Distance and Distributed Education staff in January 2012. His responsibilities include web application development and database-related tasks for multiple web sites within Distance Education and related units, as well as collaboration with ITS, Graduate Studies, and others. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Marine Biology from the University of Georgia and is currently working through data science courses via Coursera.

Email Chris: cspruck@westga.edu



Wesley Steverson, Academic Instructional Support SpecialistWesley Steverson

(Wesley's Vitae)
Wesley joined the University of West Georgia in February 2011. He serves as the UWG|Onine Academic Instructional Support Specialist, providing faculty and student support for CourseDen and related technologies. Wesley holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and is currently attending the online master program, Master of Science with a Major in Applied Computer Science, here at UWG. He has worked for 5 years in web development and 2 years teaching English in the Republic of Korea.

Email Wesley: wstevers@westga.edu