Meet the CETL Staff

Dr. Erin Bell is the Assistant Director for Educational Development at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University and has worked in higher education since 2008. She has held administrative and teaching roles including: program manager, mentor, full-time faculty, and writing center co-director. Erin has professional experience in conference planning, content creation, editing, design, and radio and television news. Erin is looking forward to using her expertise to develop programming, workshops, professional development and more with the University of Detroit Mercy’s community of scholars.
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Email: bellee@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1104

Nathan Balter Blume joined the Office of Digital Education in 2013. He was employed by the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry as Instructional Designer & Web Developer from 2005 to 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Detroit Mercy in Electronic Critique, the multi-disciplinary Liberal Arts program known later as Digital Media Studies. He also completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Detroit Mercy where he focused on Museum Education. Nathan has been part of the Detroit Mercy community for most of his life, first as a child visiting the Mercy College campus with his mother, Professor Emeritus Dr. Libby Balter Blume, then as an undergraduate student, work-study employee, graduate student, staff member, and most recently as an adjunct instructor.

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Email: blumena@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1126

Anthony Cressey is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning’s Office of Digital Education. Anthony provides instructional technology and pedagogical support for the University Community regarding their online course development needs. Anthony also serves as co-chair on the Detroit Mercy IT Team Committee. He has worked at the University consecutively since 2008.

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Email: cressean@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1127

Russell W. Davidson III is the Associate Director of Digital Education at the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning’s Office of Digital Education. He provides the University community with assistance using instructional technology in general and Blackboard in particular. He also provides support and assistance with online program development. He has served the University as an employee since 1997.

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Email: davidsor@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1129

Mia Hairston joins the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning as Program Coordinator. Mia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration + Master of Arts in Education. As a native Detroiter with 10+ years of experience in education, she is excited to serve CETL by way of planning, organizing, and managing unique endeavors.

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Email: hairstti@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1963

Abigail (Abbey) Youngerman  is a new Instructional Designer in the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning’s Office of Digital Education. She comes to Detroit Mercy from Mercy High School in Farmington Hills where she was a social studies and English teacher for almost 10 years. Her expertise is in pedagogy/best practices, curriculum development, DEIJ integration, and the thoughtful use of technology in education.  

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Email: youngeab@udmercy.edu
Direct line: 313-578-0578

Dr. L. Michael (Mike) Verdusco is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL). He received his Ph.D. from Eastern Michigan in 2016 and has held multiple academic support positions, served on various committees, and contributed to University wide projects at Detroit Mercy. Prior to joining the University in 2005, he held roles developing and supporting corporate training and communications efforts.

He has worked with faculty from all academic units, administrative personnel, and academic leadership in a variety of efforts and projects. This work has included actively participating in Shared Governance as an invited guest, a team member, and a team chair. Beyond committee work he has provided academic support though group and individual consultations.

Support efforts have included a number of initiatives and efforts to drive curriculum and teaching enhancements. This includes detailed course analysis consultations with individual faculty to analyze assessments, map objectives, and review outcomes. These support services are provided under the theme of encouraging and enhancing teaching innovations to maximize student learning outcomes.

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Email: mike.verdusco@udmercy.edu
Direct Line: 313-993-1299