Meet The Team

Mary Elizabeth Smith — Director

Mary Elizabeth was an early-adopter of online education, converting an on-campus Computer Science course for online delivery in 1999 and then switching to teaching online-only for over eleven years. Her career in higher education spans twenty years and includes working in administrative, faculty development, faculty, and e-learning roles for three doctorate-granting universities and several community colleges. She has also worked for two Educational Technology companies leading the documentation, online help and training efforts for client bases of over one million. She is a practitioner of Emotional Learning and believes that education should be attainable for anyone who seeks it and that education is the great equalizer.

  • Master Online Teacher certification from the University of Illinois Online Network.
  • M.Ed. from Arizona State University – Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Educational Media and Computers.
  • B.A. from Southern Illinois University – Communication; Minor in Journalism.

Sean Preuss — Faculty Development Associate

Sean arrived in education through a career in fitness. First, he was hired by a national personal training franchise to teach aspiring personal trainers to become effective trainers. Later, Sean served as a teaching assistant for exercise courses during a Master’s program at Arizona State University. In 2013, Sean joined the Bryan University faculty. He won Faculty Member of the Month in February of 2015. He has used a variety of teaching styles, including flipped and flipped mastery classrooms. Working with instructional design, Sean has also created or recreated five courses at Bryan University. Currently, he is studying online pedagogy, higher education program design, and learning research, among other topics, as a doctorate student in education at UNC Greensboro.

  • Ed.D. at University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Education and Kinesiology (in progress).
  • M.S. from Arizona State University – Exercise and Wellness.
  • B.A. from Long Island University, Southampton College – English.