Roane State Community College

CTAT Staff

Dr. Susan Sutton
Director of the Center of Teaching Arts & Technology & Distance Education


Before coming to RSCC, Susan was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Media at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. While working on her Ph.D., she spent two years as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee teaching online graduate courses for the new online master’s degree program in Instructional Technology and three years teaching courses that prepared pre-service teachers how to integrate technology into the curriculum. Susan has three years of experience teaching in a K-12 special education setting and has an eLearning certification from The Internet eLearning Institute at the University of Tennessee. Susan enjoys teaching faculty how to use various technologies, but also enjoys working with K-12 teachers out in the field who want to learn more about technology integration.

Susan’s academic credentials include a B.S. in Education, with a concentration in Special Education – Hearing Impaired from Ball State University, an M.S. in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Tennessee.


Stephanie Shipley, M.S.
Instructional Design Specialist

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In 2015, Stephanie received her M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Additionally, she received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University. Upon graduation from TTU, she taught at a high needs school for eight years with Knox County Schools where she held various leadership positions within the district.

Currently, Stephanie is pursuing a doctoral degree in education from the University of Memphis. Her concentration reflects research in instructional design and technology.

As an Instructional Design Specialist at Roane State, Stephanie can provide instructional design expertise and support in the development of online, hybrid, and traditional courses.

Her passion for education, the instructional design process, and innovative technologies have led her to this position at Roane State.




Bruce Botts
Instructional Design Specialist


Bruce has worked at Roane State since 2012. During this time, he has provided technology support to faculty, staff, and students as well as taught courses in Computer Applications. Prior to working at Roane State he worked in Naples, FL at Hodges University where he earned his B.S. degree in Computer Information Technology. In his role at Hodges University Bruce conducted faculty training, provided LMS and technology support, and assisted in course development.

He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University.

In his role as an Instructional Design Specialist at Roane State, Bruce looks forward to working with faculty, drawing on his past experience to provide support in Momentum, and to assist them in creating innovative and engaging learning opportunities for their students.


Dr. Igor (Comlan) Akpovo
Instructional Design Specialist

Igor (Comlan) Akpovo is a Fulbright alumnus. He has been living in Knoxville for a year. Prior to moving to Knoxville, he had lived in Laramie, WY for six years where he attended and worked at the University of Wyoming. There, he was an instructional designer and taught graduate level courses in the College of Education and ESL classes in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. He has more than a decade of experience working in higher education. Igor’s academic credentials include a B.A. degree from the University of Benin (West Africa), – TEFL/TESL, an M.A. degree from the University of Benin (West Africa) – TEFL/TESL, an M.A. degree from Oklahoma City University – TESOL, and a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Wyoming.




Haley Paletta
Office Assistant

In 2016, Haley started attending Roane State Community College working towards an Associate of Science degree. She will be graduating this summer and starting at King University in August to continue her education in Healthcare Administration. Haley started working for CTAT in June of 2018.