GIST is governed by a set of officers elected by the members. A faculty advisor, appointed by the IST department chairperson, provides guidance and continuity of leadership from year to year. Officers are elected in the Spring; they serve a one-year term from May 1 to April 30.  An Executive Committee, made up of the elected officers, meets monthly during the academic year.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Gamze Ozogul


B.S. in Curriculum and Instruction (Hacettepe University, Turkey), M.S. in Computer Education and Instructional Technology (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), Ph.D. in Educational Technology (Arizona State University), Post doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Arizona State University). Previously Assistant Research Professor in Electrical Engineering (ASU), Associate Director of Measurement and Evaluation (ASU), Research Manager (University of Phoenix), and Evaluation Consultant for Microsoft. Have experience both in academia and industry in evaluation, instructional design, research methods, multimedia design, feedback, problem solving, and teacher education, and expects to continue research in these areas.

2017-2018 Officers

Candace Buggs | President


Degree program:
Ph.D – 3rd Year


B.S., Nonprofit Management –
M.S., Informatics –

Candace is passionate about innovation, collaboration, and “together” progress. As a designer, she sees a responsibility to consider the collective which is why she willingly took the opportunity to be the president of GIST. Her main area of interest within IST is designing impactful instruction as an agency.

Her work experience includes working as a children’s pastor for eight years, where she designed spaces and curriculum while managing learners and volunteers. She has consulted businesses and churches in web and space design. She currently teaches at a faculty member for Ivy Tech Community College in the Informatics Department as well as an instructor for Indiana University. She is currently working on a project on Human Trafficking Instructional Intuitive. She also has a strong interest in movies and creative writing.

Victoria Abramenka | Vice-President of Social Activities

Victoria _Abramenka


Ahmed Lachheb | Vice-President of Conference Planning

Ahmed_LachhebDegree program:
Ph.D – 3rd year

Hometown: Sfax, Tunisia

B.A., English – University of Sfax, Tunisia;
M.S., Educational Technology – Grand Valley State University

In addition to being a Ph.D student, Ahmed is also a graduate assistant at the Office of Teacher Education (OTE) where he works on designing OTE web and print materials. Prior to coming to IU, Ahmed worked as an Instructional Technologist and a Designer at Fort Hays State University, KS. Ahmed’s academic journey started in the year of 2010 when he first came to the US a Fulbright NESA student. Ahmed has been serving at GIST for the last three years. He is now serving as the IST Conference Chair. Upon graduation, Ahmed would like to continue working in higher education in the area of instructional design research, teaching and practice.


Manal Alsaif | Vice-President of Professional Development

Manal Alsaif

Degree program:
Ph.D – 3rd year

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

B.S., Computer Science
M.S. Educational Technology

Manal has taught as a lecturer in three Saudi universities for eight years. After graduation, she plans to return to Saudi Arabia and serve as an assistant professor at King Saud University. She likes Bloomington and traveling, as her hobby is exploring other cities in the US.

Sean Winningham | Vice-President of Communication and Distance Coordinator


Degree program:
Master’s – 3rd year

Indianapolis, IN

B.A., Catholic Studies – Marian University

Prior to joining the IST degree program, Sean has had a myriad of experiences in education, ranging from teaching high school to college admissions and academic advising. Currently, he works as an Associate Online Instructional Designer for eLearning Design & Services at Indiana University. After graduation, Sean plans to continue working as an online instructional designer.

Meize Guo | Treasurer 

Meize GuoDegree program:
Ph.D – 4th year

Harbin, China

B.S. & M.S., Educational Technologies – Harbin Normal University, China

Meize taught high school Chinese at Susung High School, Suwon, South Korea from 2011 to 2012, then at Wheatmore High School, Trinity, NC from 2012 to 2013. Her research focus is on Instructional Design and Technology Integration, especially the use of design thinking in technology integration, in terms of teacher education and teacher professional development. She is very excited to be a part of the IST department and hopes to help with preparing both in-service and pre-service teachers to integrate technology in K-12 classrooms through professional development in the future.


Haesol Bae | Past-President Representative




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