CDL Executive Team

Thomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D.

Tom-webAssociate Vice President
Center for Distributed Learning

Thomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation's second-largest university, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. Blended learning is a frequent presentation topic and he has spoken both domestically and internationally on its design and implementation. In 2014 he was named an Online Learning Consortium Fellow. Some of his service highlights include: the 2015 EDUCAUSE Annual Meeting program committee, 2012 EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference program committee, chair of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board, Instructure Canvas Advisory Board, WCET Steering Committee, Florida Distance Learning Association Advisory Board, Chair of the Distance Learning and Student Services Members' Council of the Florida Virtual Campus, and as a track chair for the Sloan-C Conference on Blended Learning. Tom's research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.

Robert G.S. Reed, M.S.

Bob-webAssociate Director
Center for Distributed Learning

Robert Reed has a BA from Indiana University and an MS in Information Studies from Florida State.   He has worked for the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) since its founding in 1997.   As Associate Director, his current responsibilities include oversight of the infrastructure needs of the Center, state authorization compliance of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) online teaching throughout the US, CDL’s IDL6543 coordination and recruitment for faculty development, and institutional research as it relates to UCF’s online teaching and learning activities.

Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D.

Kelvin-webDirector, Online Design & Development Strategy
Center for Distributed Learning

A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Director of Online Design & Development Strategy for the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar within UCF's College of Education & Human Performance, and he has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past eighteen years. Dr. Thompson oversees CDL's strategic initiatives, including accessibility activities, and he developed the BlendKit Course open courseware as part of UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at His personal research interests center on how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online: Kelvin holds an Ed.D in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University.

Anita Gabbard, M.A.

Anita-webCoordinator Administrative Services
Center for Distributed Learning

Anita Gabbard is the Coordinator of Administrative Services at the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  Her current responsibilities include fiscal management, human resources, and facilities operation of CDL.  She oversees the Administrative team of an Office Manager, Room Scheduler, and Administrative Assistant.  She earned her bachelors of science from Indiana State University in Human Resources Development and her MA from St-Mary-of-the-Wood College in Leadership Development. Prior to the University of Central Florida, Anita worked in Student Affairs at Indiana State University as the Assistant Director of the Student Union.

Chuck Dziuban, Ph.D.

Chuck Dziuban, Ph.D.Director
Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
Center for Distributed Learning

Chuck Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where has been a faculty member since 1970. Since 1996, he has directed the impact evaluation of UCF’s distributed learning initiative gauging the impact of online, blended and lecture capture courses on the university. In 2000, Chuck was named UCF’s first ever Pegasus Professor for extraordinary research, teaching, and service and in 2005 received the honor of Professor Emeritus. He received the Sloan Consortium award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual in 2005.In 2010, Chuck was named an inaugural Sloan-C Fellow. In 2012 the University of Central Florida initiated the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching for UCF faculty members in honor of Chuck’s impact on the field of online teaching. Chuck is a prolific presenter and publisher of online and blended learning research.

Patsy Moskal, Ph.D.

Patsy-web Associate Director of Research
Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
Center for Distributed Learning

Associate Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE) Patsy Moskal is the Associate Director for RITE the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she has been a faculty member since 1989, serving as a graduate faculty scholar within UCF's College of Education & Human Performance. Since 1996, she has served as the liaison for faculty research of distributed learning and teaching effectiveness at UCF. Patsy specializes in statistics, graphics, program evaluation, and applied data analysis. She has extensive experience in research methods including survey development, interviewing, and conducting focus groups and frequently serves as an evaluation consultant to school districts, and industry and government organizations. She has received funding from several government and industrial agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and others, and has served as a proposal reviewer for the Department of Education and National Science Foundation. In 2011 she was named an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow in recognition of her groundbreaking work in the assessment of the impact and efficacy of online and blended learning. Patsy has co-authored numerous articles and chapters on blended and online learning and frequently presents on these topics.

Linda Futch, Ed.D.

Linda-webDepartment Head
Center for Distributed Learning

Dr. Linda S. Futch is the Department Head for the Center of Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her duties cover instructional design, technical support for online courses and management of the course management system. Linda has been instrumental in guiding faculty development for online courses and developing systems to support faculty and students. She has developed curriculum and delivered instruction in business, high school, community college, and higher education. For her doctoral dissertation, Linda studied blended learning at a large metropolitan university and is currently studying the design of successful blended courses

Francisca Yonekura, Ph.D.

FranciscaYonekuraAssociate Department Head

Center for Distributed Learning

As Associate Department Head at the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL), Francisca’s responsibilities encompass the areas of course and application development, instructional systems integrations, and R&D of emerging technologies to support online learning. She brings eighteen years of experience in instructional technology in higher education, military, and hospitality industry. Her research interests are immersive learning environments, game based learning, and emerging technologies for learning and innovation. Francisca holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and an M.A. in  instructional systems and technology. She has facilitated the procurement of patents, trademarks, and service marks for instructional web applications. Francisca is an awardee of the Innovator award for the Inaugural Excellence in Research & Innovation Cohort by UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. Francisca and her talented team of software and web developers have received many recognitions including the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies Outstanding Work award 2013, Davis Productivity Awards (2011, 2006, 2005) for their learning and business operations applications, and the Virtual Campus Tour Award October 2001.