Meet the CMU eQueens

Dr. Gillian McKnight-Tutein


Gillian McKnight-Tutein is the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs over the Distance Learning area (previously Extended Studies). She hails from Cleveland, Ohio where most recently she was the Director of Innovative Learning Design and Quality at Cuyahoga Community College. In this role, Gillian is responsible for leadership in course development, and quality assurance of technology-mediated and distance learning courses. In that capacity, she served on the Executive Committee for Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Consortium that represents 62 member schools. Gillian was awarded the 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course and Cuyahoga Community College’s 2011 Professional Excellence Award.

Dr. McKnight-Tutein is wholly committed to student success and faculty support. She has worked in the elearning, and training and development fields for over 20 years, given numerous presentations, and has been published. She is dedicated to mentoring, servant leadership, volunteering and working with diverse populations.   She earned her Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. Interesting factoid: Gillian once raised twelve snakes.

Kristyn Rose

KR Jedi

Kristyn Rose is an Instructional Designer in Distance Learning.  She has been working with Internet technologies since 1995.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences in Family Studies in 1992.  In 2004, she earned a Master’s of Education, with a specialty in Distance Education, from Texas Tech University, while working as a Curriculum Editor for the University’s Division of Outreach and Distance Education.  Kristyn made the leap to Colorado Mesa University to be their Coordinator of Distance Education in 2007.  Also in 2007, a research article that she co-authored, entitled “Perceptions of Online Course Communications and Collaboration,” appeared in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.  She continues to do research in the field of online learning.  She has been active in professional distance education organizations, such as the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA), the eLearning Consortium of Colorado (eLCC), and the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL).  Kristyn was elected to the ADEIL Board of Directors in 2007 and chaired the Research Committee from 2008-2014. She serves as ADEIL President for the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 term.

Xin Wang


Xin Wang is an Instructional Designer in Distance Learning.  She has been teaching in Higher Education since 1999, and conducted online course design and educational technologies integration since 2005.  Xin received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education in 1999 from QiqiHar University (China) and her Master of Arts in English Literature and Languages in 2005 from Heilongjiang University (China). From 2005 to 2011 she was an English Instructor and Instructional Designer for the Institute of Online Education at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. In 2011 she moved to Greeley, Colorado to pursue a Doctoral degree in Educational Technology at the University of Northern Colorado. Xin has been actively researching the use of technology to promote a student-centered learning environment for both blended and online courses. She has presented her research in several international conferences (e.g. SITE, E-Learn) and also taught several technology integration courses for teacher candidates at University of Northern Colorado.  Currently Xin is working on her dissertation, exploring factors that influence faculty’s mobile technology integration levels in higher education.

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