The United States Sports Academy recently honored Katie McCleary a Certificate of Merit for her outstanding work in Instructional Design, while the department lacked a director and two designers.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) presents a Certificate of Merit to Katie McCleary (center) in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the Department of Instructional Design as Dr. Stephen Butler, Director of Curriculum and Design, looks on.

McCleary, the Academy’s Interaction Information Designer, maintained the department by herself for nearly two months before it became fully staffed again. Instructional Design is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the Academy’s sports-related courses in its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs that are 100% online.

Dr. Stephen Butler joined the Academy Oct. 1 as the Director of Curriculum and Design. He has served as an administrator, faculty member, and curriculum developer in higher education at several universities. He was a highly decorated and honored member of the United States Air Force until his retirement in 2002, after nearly 24 years of service. Dr. Butler holds a doctorate degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University, and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Jennifer Ponder-Pepper also recently started at the Academy as an Instructional Designer. Previously, she worked the past two years in instructional design to help improve the online courses offered by Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala.