Advisory Committee

Approved by the Provost & Academics VP, the DDL Advisory Committee assists with the planning, development and evaluation of online and digital learning offerings and services at DSU.

Areas of advisement include:

  • Strategic & Prioritization Planning
  • Budget & Resource Review
  • Student Orientation & Support Services
  • Faculty Professional Development & Training
  • Policies, Procedures and Best Practices
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Regulatory Compliance & Accreditation

Online programs or credential pathways (certificates, degrees) planning and prioritization will be reviewed and approved in collaboration with the Office of Curriculum & Planning, Department Chairs, College Deans and the Provost.


The advisory committee includes the following members, representing key stakeholders and partners at the university.

  • Ryan Hobbs*, Director of Distance & Digital Learning
  • Emilie Namikawa, DSUSA Academics VP
  • Sam Tobler, Faculty Senate President-Elect
  • Darlene Dilley, Student Affairs – Enrollment Management
  • Tiffany Draper, Student Affairs – Orientation/Student Success
  • Eli Bermudez, Dean, College of Health Sciences
  • Cari Buckner, Department Chair, Family Studies & Human Development
  • Verl Anderson, Faculty at-large (College of Business)
  • Scott Allen, Faculty Development (CTL)
  • Jared Johnson, Information Technology

* Committee Chair


The Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at least eight times a year, aligned with the regular academic calendar. If you would like to participate in an upcoming meeting, please contact the Committee Chair. Visitors are always welcome.

  • Fall (Sep, Oct, Nov)
  • Spring (Feb, Mar, Apr)
  • Summer (Jun, Jul)