Team Members

The team is deeply engaged with colleagues and organizations throughout the world,
working to explore new ideas and to provoke new conversations
here at University of Mary Washington.

Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of DTLT

Jesse Stommel, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Filmmaking, Digital Pedagogy,

Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and works in his research and teaching to emphasize new forms of collaboration. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about digital pedagogy, film, and new media. He is also co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, and two clever cats, Loki and Odin.

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Ph.D.

Instructional Technology Specialist
Faculty Consulting, Innovative Pedagogy, @readywriting,

Lee was born in Montreal, Canada, and has lived in two countries, two provinces, four states, and eight different cities. She has been teaching in Higher Education for almost twenty years, gaining notoriety on Twitter as @readywriting, and through her blog on She moved into faculty development because of her curiosity and dexterity with imagining ways to integrate technology with critical pedagogy. In her free time, she writes for a variety of outlets and coaches swimming.

Nigel Haarstad, Online Learning and LMS Specialist

Nigel Haarstad, Ph.D.

Online Learning Specialist
Online Learning, Data, @nigelhaarstad

Nigel brings experience as a social scientist, instructional designer, teacher, and coach to his role, working alongside faculty to develop their approach to teaching in online and hybrid environments. He is drawn to the intersection of new media and the concept of community in online course settings. Nigel is particularly interested in how we assess the impact of those new technologies and pedagogies at both the course and institutional level. Outside of work, you might spot Nigel at your local wildlife refuge or national park, practicing his wildlife photography, which you can find online at or at

Jess Reingold, Entry-Level Instructional Technology Specialist

Jess Reingold

Entry-Level Instructional Technology Specialist

WordPress, Digital Identity, @jessreingold,

Jess works extensively with WordPress, Domain of One’s Own, and the concept of digital identity.  She enjoys web authoring and design, and dabbling in media production. In addition to working in DTLT, Jess is pursuing a M.S. in User-Centered Design, and is the Instructional Technologist for the University’s COPLAC group.  When she’s not in the HCC, she is an aspiring photographer, dog mom, and Netflix binger.  Lastly, she is a UMW Class of 2015 alumna, a former DKC tutor, and was a student user during the Domain of One’s Own pilot program.

Kris Shaffer, Instructional Technology Specialist

Kris Shaffer, Ph.D.

Instructional Technology Specialist
Coding, Media, Music,

Kris is a computational musicologist, digital media specialist, and certified Zamboni driver. He is excited about helping faculty use new (and old) technologies critically to empower students to make new discoveries and creative contributions to the world. Kris enjoys hacking everything from fountain pens to websites to musical instruments, as well as hiking beyond the reaches of cell phone reception with his wife and three young boys.

Digital Knowledge Center

DTLT collaborates regularly with University of Mary Washington’s Digital Knowledge Center, which provides peer tutoring to all University students on digital projects and assignments.