Meet the Staff

Megan J. Hennessey, Ph.D, Director

Dr. Megan J. Hennessey, Ph.D. is the Director of the Air University Teaching and Learning Center. In this role, Dr. Hennessey works to enhance student-centered teaching, sound curriculum design, and engaged learning through the promotion and scholarship of evidence-based instructional strategies and learning technology, and the developmental support of both students and faculty. Before coming to Air University, she held faculty and instructional systems designer positions at the U.S. Army War College, FBI Academy, National Geospatial-Intelligence College, and Marine Corps University.

Dr. Hennessey completed her doctoral dissertation on The Lived Faculty Development Experience of Active Duty Military Instructors and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from George Mason University. She earned her master's degree in English from University College London, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in English and Religious Studies from Hollins University. She also holds a certificate in Leadership Studies from the Batten Leadership Institute. Her areas of expertise include the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty development, and English language and literature. Most recently, she has published on the leadership development of women in college, relational learning environments, problem-based learning interventions, and implications for diversity, equity, and inclusion in professional military education.

Dr. Hennessey earned a direct commission as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy in 2016.

Mr. Douglas McCarty, Instructional Systems Developer

Mr. Douglas McCarty, M.S., serves as an Instructional Systems Developer at the Air University Teaching and Learning Center with emphasis on Learning Technology research and adoption. In this role Mr. McCarty assists faculty, students, and staff to learn and integrate existing and emerging technologies into their teaching practices and learning environments. Mr. McCarty has served as a PME instructor, curriculum developer, instructional consultant, and institutional effectiveness representative at the Barnes Center for Enlisted Education. He also served as course director for a civilian professional development program and taught selected Officer Training School lessons at the Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development. He taught new instructor training courses at both Holm and Barnes Centers. Mr. McCarty holds a M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Corporate Training and Development from Wayland Baptist University. Mr. McCarty retired honorably from active duty in the United States Air Force after serving 21 years.

Mr. Michael Tate, Educational Support Specialist

Mr. Mike Tate, MBA, serves as an Educational Support Specialist at the Air University Teaching & Learning Center (TLC). He is responsible for the TLCs outreach and communications within Air University as well as externally to academia and the local community. This includes implementation of TLC events, courses, and seminars to strengthen and enhance learning experiences; as well as promote relationship building amongst academic colleagues. He is a retired Air Force Navigator and served as an instructor/evaluator in several operational flying squadrons to include the Replacement Training Unit for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). He served as Chief of Professional Journals at the Air Force Research Institute and Editor in Chief of the Air & Space Power Journal from 2011-2015.  Mr. Tate holds an MBA from Touro University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Ms. Meg Varney, Lead Writing Specialist

Ms. Meg Varney, M.A. is the Lead Writing Specialist in the Teaching and Learning Center, supporting student writing and writing instruction across Air University’s schools and centers. As part of this support, Ms. Varney oversees the writing tutoring team, conducts individual and group appointments, and plans programming for student learning and faculty development. Prior to AU, Ms. Varney taught composition and served as the Second Language Coordinator for the Writing & Speaking Center at Colgate University. She also spent four years in Japan at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University teaching English as a Foreign Language—including advanced writing courses—and training tutors in the Self-Access Learning Center. Ms. Varney holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Columbia International University and a B.A. in English – Writing (with Highest Distinction) from Purdue University, and she previously served in the Army National Guard.

The CAST Team

The Canvas Assistance and Support Team (CAST) are a small group of Canvas experts gathered to help teach AU faculty and staff how use and customize the Canvas LMS for online course delivery. The CAST members offer hands-on learning workshops and lead the monthly Canvas User Group Meeting. To learn more about the workshops and the monthly meetings, please visit the Welcome to Canvas link via the Help Tab in your Global Canvas Navigation Menu. The CAST members are also available to host or conduct in-house Canvas training, which is tailored to your group or school’s individual Canvas needs. To schedule a customized workshop, organize a meeting or just ask questions, please contact CAST by emailing Ken Burnham at AUCanvasAssist@us.af.mil. While the CAST members cannot assist with Canvas technical support issues, the team can answer most of your Canvas course build questions and/or help you find the resources you need.

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