College of Education
My name is Vernon L. Czelusniak, Ph.D and I am a retired U. S. Coast Guard officer with 20-plus years of experience in training and development and instructional design. Additionally, I have been involved in ministry for more than 15 years.
While serving in the Coast Guard, I acquired my GED, Associates Degree and Bachelors in Human Resources Administration with a Minor in Computer Science from St. Leo University. In 1986, I developed and managed the first learning center in the U. S. Coast Guard. A year later, I represented the U. S. Coast Guard as the Chairman of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Advisory Panel (DESAP). Prior to my retirement in 1994, I graduated with distinction with a Master of Science in Human Resources Development and Adult Education from Florida International University.
After retirement from the U. S. Coast Guard, I acquired my Ph.D in Computing Technologies in Education from Nova Southeastern University. In 1998, I was hired as Dean of Information Technology, promoted to Campus Director and then President of the American InterContinental University Ft. Lauderdale Campus.
I have taught online in the Masters of Instructional Design for the University of Phoenix, American InterContinental University Online, in the School of Business for Florida International University, and I have been a Core Faculty in the Instructional Design for Online Learning Program in the School of Education at Capella University for the past eight years.
My goals have always been to help propel education further by maximizing on instructional strategies that enhance the online learning experience of today’s learners. I have a passion to see how media and technology are integrated to enhance the learning environments. Additionally, I would like to provide my academic expertise and experience in how technologies can further enhance learning for globally displaced learners.
I am interested in the following Christian Topic areas::
Instructional Design and Curriculum & Instruction
Biblical Church Planting and Leadership
Christian Education Administration
Technology and Media
Virtual Worlds (Second Life (Doc Adamley)
Collaboration Tools (Facebook, Wiki’s, Blogs)
Accelerated Learning Techniques; Mindmapping/Concept Mapping; Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping
On a personal note, I have been married to my beautiful wife, Nury, for 38 years. We have two children – John and Stacy, who are both married. I have an amazing son-in-law, Rudy, and daughter-in-law, Jessie. My daughter has one boy, Rudy, and a girl, Megan. My son has three boys: John Matthew, Gavin Lucas, Christian and a beautiful girl – Sophia Isabella, for a total of six grandchildren.
I have served in the following ministry positions:
Minister / Elder
Pastor Care – Hospital Visitations, Funerals (English/ Spanish), Weddings, Baptisms
Oversaw Volunteers (500+) Ministry
Oversaw all Biblical Education Courses / Programs Ministry
Oversaw New Believers Ministry
Lead Married Couples Small Groups (5 years)
Served as Human Resources Director
I enjoy serving in my church, playing various instruments, traveling, teaching online, playing with my six grandchildren, and riding motorcycles and road bicycles.