The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will provide opportunities for WesternU employees to develop as excellent educators and University community members who facilitate learning in innovative ways. We anticipate an increased demand by external stakeholders to document evidence of student learning, and toward this goal, we will collaborate with employees in facilitating, conducting and disseminating educational research.
Tim Wood, DHSc, PA-C
Tim Wood DHSc, PA-C is the Associate Vice President of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at WesternU. Tim is an alumnus of the WesternU MSPA Class of 2002 and completed his Doctorate of Health Science degree at A.T. Still University with a concentration in the Foundations of Education/Teaching & Learning. His doctoral research involved student learning styles in Physician Assistant education.
His many duties at CETL include running the annual Academic Boot Camp for new faculty, programming the monthly calendar of presentations/webinars/seminars, consulting individually with faculty regarding teaching, as well as creating and delivering presentations on faculty development and best practices in teaching & learning. Technology in learning is an avid interest of his and has led him to create eLearning modules that are used internationally (the Netherlands) as well as create mobile apps for student learning.
Tim has presented on eLearning and faculty development topics at national and international conferences. In addition, Tim continues to teach two courses in the Department of Physician Assistant Education in the College of Health Sciences at WesternU where he is able to walk the talk on best practices in teaching and learning.
Associate Vice President
John Tegzes, MA, VMD, Dipl. ABVT
Dr. John Tegzes is a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Toxicology, and Professor of Toxicology at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed residency training in Toxicology at the University of California, Davis. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology since 2003. His research interests include the investigation and development of treatments for venomous snake bites and investigating food-borne toxins and food safety. In addition to his professional activities he also serves as the Director of Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) for the university. He is passionate about bringing learners together from across the health professions to improve patient safety and to improve the quality of health care. Together with a team of educators from across the university he has developed and delivered an IPE curriculum focusing on team-based health care. His research interests include assessment of interprofessional learning and using narrative medicine techniques within the curriculum.
Director of Interprofessional Practice & Education
Sunami Chun is the manager of the 3D educational technologies team at WesternU. He has been designing, developing and selling innovative educational products, projects and platforms for multimillion dollar brands and academia for the last 10+ years where he has been directly involved in 100+ projects either as consultant, concept designer, project manager, UX designer or/and as art director. Expert in educational strategies such as E-learning, Simulations, Serious Games, Learning maps, Gamification, Virtual and augmented reality and 3D Visualization technologies he is passionate about problem solving and obsessed with delivering products that work and are effective in enhancing learning outcomes.
Sunami gave several presentations on gamification in major HR events and was featured thru his own company in several articles about Serious Games and Gamification.
Sunami attended Social Sciences in University of São Paulo and Marketing at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing.
Manager of 3D Educational Technologies
Josh Matacotta, MA, PsyD
Dr. Josh Matacotta is a behavioral scientist and conducts research that is broadly focused on the intersection of psychological processes, culture, and context in relation to health outcomes and psychosocial adjustment to chronic disease. He is also passionate about helping health science students and professionals learn how to best serve and deliver care to LGBTQ patients. He trained as a clinical psychologist with an emphasis on health psychology and earned his doctoral degree at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
In addition to his professional activities, he is a senior research analyst for Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) at the university. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
Dr. Matacotta is actively involved in other areas of research, including replication in psychological science, use of health information technology, and best practices for teaching psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), and the Center for Open Science.
Sr. Research Analyst
Tracy A. Mendolia-Moore, MA Ed
Tracy A. Mendolia-Moore, M.A. Ed. is an Instructional Designer with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the Western University of Health Sciences. As an Instructional Designer, Tracy works with the faculty and staff of the university to assist them with the development of innovative teaching methods by utilizing technology and good pedagogy practices.
Tracy is passionate about technology and instructional design, and currently represents WesternU as the EDUCAUSE Ambassador for the university. Additionally, she leads numerous presentations designed to educate the EdTech industry and campus-community on e-learning and innovative technology efforts in teaching.
Tracy is a member of the Google Women Techmakers, Golden Key International Honor Society, Girl Scouts of America, and is an alumnus of the Delta Zeta Sorority. Tracy has been awarded a Letter of Appreciation from the United States Coast Guard, one of the highest honors a Civilian can receive, for widespread fundraising efforts benefitting the Chief Petty Officer’s Association in Kodiak, Alaska.
Tracy has received a certificate in Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising from California State University, Fullerton, and has graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Multimedia.
Eric Lugo, MA
Eric Lugo, M.A. is a Program Coordinator who works for the department in Interprofessional Practice and Education. As a program coordinator, Eric works with faculty and students to assist in the IPE curriculum. He also helps develop course work and activities for both IPE and CETL. Eric is devoted to constantly learning and developing his skills in technology. Eric also has a strong interest in eLearning and is currently working on several projects for CETL.
To further his knowledge, Eric is currently working on an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters with the University of Maryland, University College. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising from California State University, Fullerton, and has graduated from the Florence Design Academy in Florence, Italy with a Master of Arts in Graphic Design.
IPE Program Coordinator
Garrett Reuscher is an Educational Applications Developer in the Center for Academic Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Western University of Health Sciences. His primary goal is to improve the student experience by using technology to augment learning and teaching. 3D simulations, mobile apps, e-learning modules, virtual reality, and augmented reality are all ways that Garrett helps WesternU students learn health sciences more efficiently. He, along with other members of his department, work alongside faculty to understand what concepts students are struggling to learn and how 3D technology or gamification might be able to help them.
Garrett’s role at the university is his first professional position, though prior to WesternU he had over 5 years of experience in freelance game development. He is responsible for a number of apps in use here at the university including the Eye Movement Simulator, the Augmented Reality Cranium app, the Virtual Reality Surgery Room, and others. No matter which project Garrett is working on, he is dedicated to fully understanding both faculty/student needs and the medical content. He strives to apply innovative technical solutions that can be used to explain even the most advanced of medical concepts.
Garrett holds two B.A.Sc degrees, Game Programming and Computer Science, from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, and is an Eagle Scout in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America).
Educational Applications Developer
Colleen Gonzalez, AA
Colleen Gonzalez is a Secretary III who works with the new CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) team to support the department’s programming and activities while assuring that the office runs smoothly. Colleen enjoys the excitement and ever-changing daily tasks that come with the job. What Colleen enjoys most about her role is the networking opportunities, and the relationships she has built across the campus community. Colleen believes in CETL’s mission in supporting WesternU’s employees with their professional development and further enhancements of innovative learning. Before joining WesternU, Colleen had previously worked within the government sector and enjoyed working with the city members within her local community. Colleen holds a degree of Associate Arts in Business from Pasadena City College.