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A full-time director and associate director lead the CTLE in collaboration with an advisory board consisting of faculty and staff who represent the broader University. CTLE staff, board members, and subcommittee members facilitate the implementation of all programs and services. Together, more than 30 UHD faculty and staff actively contribute to the operation of the Center. The programs and services offered by the CTLE align with recommendations of the UHD CTLE Task Force initiated by the Faculty Senate prior to the center’s launch.


Director: Gregory A. Dement, Ph.D
Director: Gregory A. Dement, Ph.D.

Greg collaborates with members of the CTLE Advisory Board and Subcommittees to plan and implement initiatives focused on fostering collaboration and innovation among UHD faculty. He has a particular interest in supporting collaborative course redesign and in motivational teaching strategies that can be implemented with minimal time and effort. Greg holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Washington State University and a B.S. in Biology from Northwest Nazarene University. Prior to joining UHD, he served as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) post-doctoral trainee and NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) teaching scholar at Baylor College of Medicine.

 Assistant Director: Georges Detiveaux, M.A.
Associate Director: Georges Detiveaux, M.A.

Georges supports our mission by leading online course and program development and improvement, facilitating sessions, and by providing instructional design support, consultations, and observation services to faculty who are seeking to innovate face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. His interests are in teaching techniques and technology tools that foster engagement and active learning. Georges holds an M.A. in French from the University of Houston and a B.A. in French from Nicholls State University. Previously, Georges managed the Teaching and Learning Center at Lone Star College-CyFair, where he was responsible for adjunct training, technology workshops, mobile device management, and LMS trainings and support. An award-winning teacher and trainer, Georges was knighted by the Republic of France as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Graphic Designer: Courtney Banks
Graphic Designer: Courtney Banks

Courtney obtained her undergraduate degree in Digital Media from the University of Houston. At the CTLE College Annex-MDCOB, Courtney is responsible for conceptualizing, creating, and incorporating imagery into instructional materials to enhance their communication and overall quality.

Instructional Designer: Yolany Lagos-Banks, Ph.D.

Yolany is our Temp Instructional Designer at the CTLE. She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama.  Before joining UHD, she worked in Higher Education with faculty on designing and redesigning courses in different modalities across various colleges. She was part of a team of Instructional Designers that led the Canvas transition and training for a Higher Education Institution. She also worked on research initiatives with Faculty members in the College of Education and College of Allied Health. Yolany provides consultations to our faculty at UHD. She is interested in bringing awareness to the importance of Quality Course Design through the lens of Quality Matters Standards to create courses that are accessible to all learners. She hopes to build relationships with faculty to improve the student experience at UHD.

Fabiola Vacatoledo
Instructional Designer: Fabiola Vacatoledo, MS

Fabiola provides consultation and guidance in designing and redesigning online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses to maximize student success. She also supports development and implementation of CTLE programs and services. She hopes to build partnerships in learning with faculty through consultations, course design support, pedagogy, and educational technology recommendations. She is interested in supporting faculty with creating accessible and equitable learning spaces for all students. Fabiola holds a M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Houston Clear Lake and double B.A. in English and Spanish. Fabiola was an educator of children and adults prior to Instructional Design.