Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 15 years combined experience in designing instruction and classroom teaching, including 5 years living in diverse cultural settings (Asia/Eastern Europe)
  • Lead innovator in instructionally-sound and authentic academic initiatives
  • Lead facilitator for faculty development topics in emerging technology in higher education
  • Frequent consultant on projects to design evidence-based assessments through eportfolios, student response systems, and digital stories
  • Proven ability to produce elearning courseware in a deadline-driven environment by managing virtual teams across international time zones and working with internal departments and external consultants

Below You’ll Find:


2009 – present        Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, New York
Senior Instructional Designer
Pioneer innovation in teaching, learning, and assessment through one-on-one faculty consultations, small group workshops, and expansive faculty learning communities. Collaborate across departments to champion pedagogy and research that acts as a concrete resource for the development and implementation of academic initiatives. Manage staff and resources for college wide initiatives including eportfolios, digital storytelling, and student response systems.
Sept. 2008 – 2009        Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
Instructional Designer
Consult with faculty on instructional projects that involve active student engagement and innovative uses of technology.  Examples include implementation of Web 2.0 collaboration projects (blogs and wikis).  Produce, film, and edit instructional videos to be delivered via streaming servers. Design and manage departmental website
Sept. 2007 – June 2008 RMIT University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lecturer – Business Computing
Combined technology-driven business theory (e.g., networks and globalization, knowledge management, system acceptability) with real-world computer-aided business solutions using database and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Excel and Access)Lecturer – Higher Education Diploma (HED)
Taught “HED Final Project”.  Introduced students to basic project management skills including selecting projects, writing objectives and reports, creating Gantt charts, and giving presentations.  Acted as a Project Adviser as students completed a semester-long group project culminating their experience in the HED with a significant, real-world professional project
Sept. 2006 – Aug 2007      Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
ESL Faculty Member

  • Taught freshmen academic English at all language levels from beginner to advanced
  • Focused coursework on academic skills: listening, speaking, writing, grammar
  • Prepared students for TOEFL exam and future success in an English medium university
Nov. 2004 – Aug 2006       Various eLearning Corporations
Freelance Instructional Designer

  • Managed a team consisting of subject matter experts, project managers, graphic designers, web programmers, language translators and quality assurance technicians
  • Project managed training initiatives reaching 6 countries and 5 languages
  • Wrote and designed training courses for corporate and US government clients
Jan. 2001 – June 2005       ESHconnect, Inc. San Jose, CA
Senior Instructional Designer

  • Applied instructional design theory and practice to create interactive, engaging, and instructionally sound online courses
  • Utilized best practices in the e-learning industry to design information architecture, page layout, interactive activities, and criterion-based testing for online courses
  • Created detailed storyboards to serve as blueprints for web production
June 2000- Dec. 2000 Highland Springs Lang. School Cherry Valley, CA
Program Coordinator

  • Lead an English language camp for young Korean students
  • Created curriculum and student workbook
  • Hired and trained ESL staff
Jan. 1999 – June 2000 English Language Institutes S. Korea & Vietnam
EFL Instructor

  • Taught English in a variety of settings including corporations and government agencies
  • Taught pronunciation, conversation, and reading to children ages 8-15
Sept. 1997 – June 1998 Westgate Corporation Yokohama, Japan
Senior English Instructor

  • Supervised 6 English teachers in extra curricular conversation classes
  • Taught international business conversation, formal business correspondence, reading, listening and TOEFL classes to all levels and ages of students
1995–1997                      EORM, Inc.            Sunnyvale, CA
EH&S Technician
Provided technical Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) support on projects including emergency response planning, evacuation monitor training, and safety inspections

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Master of Education (M.Ed.), Instructional Design
2003             University of Massachusetts        Boston, MA
Certificate, Web Design and Development
2003             New England Art Institute           Brookline, MA
Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language
1997              New World Teachers Institute    San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Environmental Studies
1995              San Jose State University             San Jose, CA
Graduate Certificate in Digital Storytelling
2013            University of Colorado Denver      Denver, CO

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Technology Skills

Operating Systems:
Advanced User / Used Daily:
Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Macintosh OS X, iOS 6 (iPhone/iPad)
Software Applications:
Advanced User / Used Daily:
MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Google Drive (Docs), TaskStream ePortfolio Management System, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, Apple iLife applications (iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes, Garage Band), Photo Story 3 for Windows, WordPress 3.4, Blackboard 9.1
Basic to Intermediate User / Used Frequently:
SMART Interactive White Boards, Sakai 3, Wiki Management Websites (PB Works, WikiSpaces), Articulate Presenter, TechSmith Camtasia (screencasting), Apple Final Cut 4.5, Audacity, Adobe Captivate 5.5, Sony Vegas
Familiar with Basic Functions / Used As Needed:
MS Access, MS Project, XML, Sonic Foundry, QuickTime Pro

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Selected Presentations Lewis, Matt, and Mustafa Sakarya. “Digital Storytelling: Implementation on a Small Campus.” Pace University. New York. 26 Mar. 2012. View slides at

Lewis, Matt, Virginia Coleman-Prisco, and Steven Witte. “Evolution of Digital Storytelling at Mer.” NERCOMP Special Interest Group. Amherst, MA. 6 Dec. 2011. View slides at

Brown-Paylyshyn, Nancy, Dr. Braddlee, Matt Lewis, Stephen Ward, and Eileen Brennan. ” Implementation to Sustainability of ePortfolio Practice: Transforming Institutional Culture.” AAEEBL ePortfolio World Summit. Boston. 25 July 2011. View slides at

Brown-Paylyshyn, Nancy, Matt Lewis, Ruth Diones, and Srivalli Rao. “Authentic Assessments in the Freshmen/Junior Seminar.” AAC&U General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices. Chicago. 5 Mar. 2011. Poster presentation, view images and

Brown-Paylyshyn, Nancy, Dr. Braddlee, Matt Lewis, and Laurette Olson. “Faculty Learning Communities a Model for Faculty Development.” Educause Learning Initiative. Washington D.C. 16 Feb. 2011. Breakout session co-presenter, view slides at:

Lewis, Matt. ” Plan for Digital Storytelling Faculty Learning Community at Mercy College.” Faculty Learning Community Institute. Pomona, CA. 26 June 2010. Final report presenter, view slides at

Professional References

Contact information provided upon request

Nancy Brown-Pawlyshyn, PhD
Chief Assessment Officer / Associate Provost (2007-2012) at Mercy College, and Faculty at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Graduate Education (current)

Braddlee, PhD
Dean of the Library, Academic Technology, Online Learning for Mercy College

Brian Sherin, CSP
Director of Training for SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)

Richard Hight
Director, English Learning Center, Koç University
Recommendation Letter (PDF Format)

Roberta Mahon
Course Manager, New World Teachers Institute
Recommendation Letter (PDF Format)

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