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J. P. Bayard

Jean-Pierre Bayard Ph.D. is currently the Director of Systemwide Learning Technologies and Services under the Academic Technology Services for the Chancellor’s Office. His responsibilities include managing system-wide contracts for learning management systems and services, working with vendors to improve their responsiveness, overall service level and communication with campus stakeholders, and developing RFP’s for system-wide academic technologies. He is also the program director for the Laboratory Innovations with Technology program and is actively developing a CSU MATLAB strategy in STEM. Prior to July 1, 2014 and for ten years, he was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Technology Initiatives, and the Director of Academic Technology & Creative Service (ATCS) at Sacramento State. In that role, his responsibilities included faculty support for learning management system, media development, eLearning, as well as supervision of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Between 1990 and 2004, he was a faculty member in electrical and electronic engineering also at Sacramento State. He remains a faculty on leave in the E&EE department at Sac State, and uses that to remain connected with teaching and learning issues that impact faculty and student success.


Kathy Fernandes

Kathy Fernandes is the Senior Director for Learning Design and Technologies in Academic Technology Services. She manages a variety of CSU system-wide projects including Reducing Bottlenecks and Improving Student Success Initiatives, Course Redesign with Technology, Learning Management Systems Services and other multi-campus learning technology projects which seek to scale exemplary practices across the CSU, create economies of scale to reduce costs, develop shared services to increase shared expertise, and/or incubate innovations to enable campus technology adoption in a successful manner. Kathy works closely with the CSU campus Directors of Academic Technologies managing, communicating and negotiating with vendors who provide technology services to many of our campuses. Previously Kathy worked for 25 years at Chico State. Her last position as Director of Academic Technologies included management, budget and project responsibility for the campus learning management system, the faculty technology and learning program, classroom technology services, web services, online and distance education delivery, media production services, print and computer graphics, photography, grants and state contracts. Kathy has an MA in Instructional Technology, BS in Computer Science and BA in Mathematics. She attended the Frye Leadership Institute in June 2007.


Brett Christie

Brett Christie, Ph.D. serves as Director of Quality Learning and Teaching for Academic Technology Service. Prior to this position, he worked as Director of Faculty Development at Sonoma State University for 7 years, bringing over 20 years of teaching experience in Educational Technology, Teacher Education and Kinesiology. Brett also provided leadership for multiple state and national projects (USDoE, NSF) focused on faculty development opportunities, effective and innovative uses of instructional technology, and supporting the greatest number and diversity of students. A cornerstone of many of these efforts has been leading faculty and staff development in Universal Design for Learning and the development of the UDL-Universe resource portal. Most recently, Brett has led the development and implementation of the CSU Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) program, enabling more effective blended-online teaching and learning in the CSU.


Leslie Kennedy

Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D. is the Director of Affordable Learning Solutions initiative in Academic Technology Services at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. She provides strategic planning and project and vendor management in support of the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative and leads a number of campus and system-wide collaborations. Previously, Leslie served for seven years as the director of instructional technology support services at CSU Long Beach. She has an MA in Linguistics and a second Masters in Online Learning and Teaching. Her doctorate is in educational leadership in higher education. Finally, her work background includes a unique combination of relevant vendor experience, project management of diverse academic technology projects and teams, and first-hand experience as a faculty member which enables her to provide vision and guidance to the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative.