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Center for Academic Technology

About CAT

Mission

The Center for Academic Technology (CAT) promotes teaching and learning through the effective use of academic technology and learning design. In particular, we support student learning by working with faculty and academic staff to promote thoughtful and effective use of academic technology and instructional approaches. CAT is housed on the third floor of Irwin Library and is a division of Academic Affairs.

Kristen Allen, Heather Hazelwood, Maleigha Fuentes, Megan Grady Rutledge, Nick Wilson, Tom Janke
Core Values

The four core values of CAT are:

  • The Facilitation of Effective Integration of Technology
  • The Balance of Sustainability and Innovation
  • The Strength of Collaboration and Partnerships
  • The Appreciation of Inquiry and Reflective Practice

​See the CAT Core Values document that expands on these four ideas.

Staff

CAT consists of the Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) and Instructional Designer teams.  Academic Technology Specialists have the ability to consult on the major Butler University academic systems, each ATS has an area of specialty.  Instructional Designers have expertise in all matters of course design, assessment, and online learning.  Learn more about our staff by visiting the biography pages linked below.

Partners

See the CAT Partners page for more detailed information about CAT's strategic partners. Partners include:

Space
CAT Learning Lounge photo

Located on the third floor of Irwin Library, CAT has several spaces to meet individual and group consultation needs. The CAT Learning Lounge (pictured), our large group meeting and consultation space, contains an AirDawg monitor ideal for collaboration. The Exploration Station is ideal for one-on-one consultations to explore new technologies or refresh old skills. The CAT Huddle Space is a semi-private conference room ideal for small groups and video conferencing. Finally, CAT recently designed and opened the Lightboard Studio, located in the basement of Irwin Library, and actively supports faculty in the use of this innovative technology.

Thomas Janke
Director
Center for Academic Technology

Thomas Janke serves as Director for the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University in Indianapolis. Formerly, he served as Assistant Director for the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Teaching and Learning. He was raised in Houston, Texas and completed undergraduate studies in Marketing and Music at Texas Tech University (1993). He earned his Master's of Science degree in Music Technology from IUPUI (1999).  He also maintains an adjunct instructor position with the Music and Arts Technology department at IUPUI focusing primarily on teaching Music business related courses, online. Lastly, he frequently performs as a bassist in a variety of music groups (e.g. big band, jazz, pop-rock, etc)  around the Indianapolis area.

Kristen Allen
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Kristen Allen serves as an Administrative Specialist for the Center for Academic Technology and Academic Program Development and Innovation at Butler University. Prior to Butler, she worked for 3 years in client service at a local wealth management firm. She completed her undergraduate degree at Butler University (2012) in Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education with minors in Business Administration and Business Law.

Allison Chatterjee
Instructional Designer
Center for Academic Technology

Allison received her PhD in Anatomy Education from Purdue University with a large portion of her training focused on curriculum development, instructional design, psychometrics, and adult learning theories. She is a complete assessment geek and truly enjoy rubrics, item analysis, and mapping to student learning outcomes.   

In her prior position as Assessment and Data Coordinator in the Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University, she advised and assisted faculty members in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to create and administer a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses. And before that, she was a founding faculty member of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), where she helped build the integrated systems-based curriculum, designed and developed the virtual microscopy component of the curriculum, and taught both gross anatomy and histology to the medical students.  

In her spare time, she spends time with her cats; she is an avid reader of sci-fi/fantasy novels; and she makes costume fairy wings.

Maleigha Fuentes
Administrative Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Maleigha Fuentes serves as the Administrative Specialist for the Center for Academic Technology and Academic Program Development and Innovation at Butler University. She joined Butler in 2016 with University Advancement, Advancement Services. Prior to Butler, Maleigha was the Front Office Coordinator for the Center for Advising and Student Achievement at the University of Indianapolis. 

Maleigha enjoys writing creatively and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies.

Megan Grady
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Megan's background includes an AS in Broadcast Production from Vincennes University, a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from IU Bloomington, and an MA in English from Butler University. She has worked in higher education for the last fifteen years—first as an English instructor, later as an administrator in advising and registration, and now as an academic technology specialist and co-supervisor of the Information Commons program. Prior to commencing work at Butler, she spent five years focused on delivery of quality academic programs delivered in face-to-face, online, and blended modalities, with responsibilities in faculty development.

Mary Hinds
Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Academic Technology

Mary received her graduate degree in Instructional Systems Technology with a cognate in Gerontology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Since then she continues to enjoy  working in academic, corporate and not-for-profit environments.

She has designed and conducted public and corporate seminars in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific Rim including topics such as Front End Analysis, Instructor Skills, Task Analysis, Curriculum Design, Conducting Productive Meetings, Conflict Management, and Facilitation Skills. She’s taught graduate courses in Instructional Writing, Introduction to Instructional Design, and Graphic Design. She has designed and developed courses for classroom, online, web-enhanced, and blended delivery formats for multiple degree programs and schools, including Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Advanced Composition, and US History.

Mary created and grew a performance improvement and training company to 13 employees with vendor-supplemented relationships serving customers for twenty years within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, restaurant, and publishing industries, as well as museums, arts organizations, and government agencies.

Some of her favorite projects included managing, co-designing, and developing the first Indiana corporate-based certification training and testing program for hazardous waste incinerator operators, meeting EPA and IDEM regulatory requirements; and managing, co-designing and co-facilitating a five-day global leadership/management program, taught quarterly for a Fortune 500 client.

Mary loves assessment of all types. In higher education she enjoys working with faculty to map learning outcomes from the course through curriculum and program/college alignment. With not-for–profits, she likes conducting capacity planning assessments to examine processes and improve outcomes for marketing, personnel, volunteer development and retention, financial planning, fundraising, program development, public relations, and facilities planning.

In her previous life she was also a newspaper reporter and a graphic artist, and currently serves as board officer for two not-for-profit organizations. To relax she enjoys working around her family's farm.

Nick Wilson
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Nick Wilson primarily serves as the learning management system (Canvas) specialist with secondary responsibilities of supporting Faculty180 and other academic technologies. Nick formerly served as the Computing Services Coordinator in Washington Township Schools where he was one of the Canvas administrators as well as the Google Domain Administrator. He holds a BA in Electronic Media from Butler and a MS in Curriculum and Educational Technology from Ball State.