MERIT Hires Instructional Designer

Please join MERIT in welcoming our newest staff member, Maria Widmer!  Maria joins MERIT’s Instructional Support team of Jim Jonas, Angie Schiappacasse, and Catherine Stephens as an Instructional Designer.  Maria’s focus will be working with faculty in the development of online courses. Maria comes to MERIT from Penn State University where she recently designed and taught a high-enrollment online course.

“I am driven by a mission to make technology-mediated higher education an engaging, accessible, and effective force for transformational learning.” Maria shared recently.

Ms. Widmer holds a Masters of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology; an Educational Technology Integration certificate;  e-Learning Design certificate; and Undergraduate Degree in French, all from Penn State University.

MERIT would like to thank the hiring committee: Jim Jonas (MERIT, chair), Margene Anderson (DoIT AT), Felipe Gacharná (MERIT), Andrea Mason (Kinesiology), and Angie Schiappacasse (MERIT) for all of their time and thoughtful review. 

We are excited to have Maria join our team!