Center for Teaching and Learning

Professor in classroom

Dakota State University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is focused toward building on a tradition of teaching and learning excellence. The CTL offers opportunities for the academic community to strengthen teaching and assessment strategies and technology-enhanced learning. Various activities and events focus on the campus classroom and the online environment. Services are not limited to faculty, but all who have roles in enabling the learning process. Check out our growing array of resources, articles, and websites that highlight best practices in teaching and learning. Instructional design and instructional technology consultants are available for individual, group, or departmental consultations.


Mark Hawkes, Ph.D.
Director Center or Teaching and Learning
Kennedy Center 113
605-256-5274 (Office)

Nicky Khattapan, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer and Technology Specialist / Training Coordinator
Center for Teaching and Learning Associate
Kennedy Center 113C
605-256-5195 (Office)
nicky.khattapan (Skype)

CTL Consulting Associates

Center for Teaching and Learning Associates

CTL associates are among the university’s most accomplished instructors and have strengths in course development, learner engagement, and assessment. They are available for consultation with individual faculty as their time permits. Contact the CTL for access to their services. Our associates include:

Dr. Kevin SmithDr. Kevin Smith teaches math education, STEM, and educational technology courses in the College of Education. He also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) degree. 

Prior to being a faculty member at DSU, he was a Learning Technologist/Instructional Designer for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Council for Economic Education, and the University of Nebraska. Dr. Smith began his career as a high school math teacher in Columbus, Nebraska.

He has a doctorate in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of Memphis, a master's degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Nebraska, and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from Dakota State University.

Dr. Deb TechDr. Deb Tech is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Internship Coordinator for the College of Business and Information Systems and the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Her formal training includes an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education (Math and Spanish), an MBA (International Business) and a PhD (e-commerce).

Dr. Tech’s teaching philosophy is focused on providing each student with the life-long tools necessary to succeed in the technologically-changing business world. The use and evaluation of new technologies are incorporated in her classes, emphasizing the hands-on application when possible.

Her classroom environment fosters open dialogue, exploration of new ideas, mutual respect and expansion of concepts to the marketing field. Dr. Tech’s easy, open rapport with students - while maintaining a rigorous learning environment, has led to receiving the Teagarden Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. She was also nominated for the ACBSP teaching award in 2018.

Dr. Tom HalversonDr. Tom Halverson has been a Computer Science faculty member at Dakota State University since 1999. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota – Morris and MS/PhD from The University of Iowa. Dr. Halverson focuses on teaching, student engagement, and project-based, authentic learning. He is committed to all facets of student success and serves as the advisor to the DSU Computer Club (student chapter of the ACM). Through this group, he organized Help Night to encourage peer mentoring for all levels of computer courses.  He also organizes student volunteers for campus events, K-12 outreach, and campus service projects.

Dr. Kari Forbes-Boyte is a Professor of Geography at Dakota State University. She teaches Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Anthropology.  Currently, she teaches all her courses on-line.  Whether her classes are on-line or face-to-face, she employs interactive learning.  Using project-based, critical thinking exercises and lab experiments, she believes geography/anthropology are best learned by doing geography/anthropology.  

Dr. Forbes-Boyte research interest centers on the importance of sacred sites to the Dakota/Lakota peoples and the Foothill Konkow in Northern California.  She earned her BA in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento,  her MA in Geography from California State University, Chico, and her PhD in Geography from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 

Blending critical legal geography with indigenous perceptions of place, she analyzes the impact of settler state administrative, judicial, and legislative decisions on public land deemed sacred by Native Americans.  Her work investigates the impact of these decisions on unencumbered access for Native American people. Her primary focus area is Bear Butte in western South Dakota.  She believes in participatory research, thus works directly with Dakota/Lakota people through ethnographic methodologies as part of her research agenda.