The Distance Education department at RCCD consists of a team of caring professionals
dedicated to the students and faculty of RCCD and to improving the distance education
experience of all colleges within the District.
District Distance Education published an end-of-year magazine!
Flip through the digital publication to meet the new Dean of Educational Services
and Distance Learning, read faculty spotlights from each College, and hear about exciting
work District DE completed in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Dr. Shawna BúShell, Dean of Educational Services and Distance Learning
Dr. Shawna BúShell returns to her native California after 20 years of academic research
and practice in Instructional Design and Curriculum leadership. Dr. BúShell holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The College of Notre Dame,
a Master of Education from Stanford University in Learning Design and Technology,
and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Instructional Technology
& Media. She holds a lifetime New York State K-12 Ed Tech Teaching Credential.
(951) 222-8561 CAADO Office
Her resume bridges business, public education, and higher education; as she began
her career working for Pacific Bell in digital technologies, she transitioned to teaching
at a Magnet Science and Technology elementary school in an urban school district in
Northern California. As she furthered her skill set with graduate degrees in New York,
she spent 10 years bridging educational technology with university resources to 53
New York City schools. After graduating began her faculty journey at Rowan University
as a Professor of Practice bringing preservice teacher programs to rural New Jersey
with an impact that she still is asked to present. She trudged forward in a leadership
capacity building the inaugural Instructional Design Program for Manhattan College,
which included building an expansive early college component for neighboring high
schools. She continued her leadership in developing community college curriculum and
African American Male initiatives as Dean of Instruction at Malcolm X College in Chicago,
Illinois. She leaves behind three new centers for Teaching and Learning, an expanded
hybrid curriculum, and vision and foresight on how to engage and run successful grant
Dr. BúShell lives the daily motto: "Each One Teach One.”
She returns to California with a wealth of nationwide distance learning experience. She
is excited to be a part of the RCCD team.
Cristina Miranda, Administrative Assistant III
Cristina began her college career at Riverside City College before transferring to
UCR to earn a BA in Business Administration. Cristina joined the RCCD Distance Education
team in 2022. She brings more than a decade of customer service and office administration
experience. She will be helping to support, facilitate, and collaborate to meet faculty
needs as part of her duties for the District Distance Education department.
(951) 328-3721 CAADO Office
(951) 203-2849 Work Cell
Derek Moore, Support Specialist
Derek has been serving the Distance Education needs of RCCD distance education faculty
for over 19 years! Derek's wealth of experience allows him to provide excellent technical
assistance to faculty in Canvas, including the use of native Canvas tools and the
integration of third-party applications into Canvas. If there's a problem with how
things are working in Canvas, Derek can help!
(951) 222-8694 CAADO Office
DJ Hawkins, Assistant Director, Instructional Design
DJ has taught English within RCCD for 12 years. Between 2016 and 2021, she earned
three @ONE certificates in Online Education Standards & Practices, Advanced Online
Teaching Principles, and Online Teaching & Design. Additionally, she has completed
four @ONE badges, including @ONE's POCR course and @ONE's Equity and Culturally Responsive
Online Teaching. She also earned seven badges from Instructure's Canvas in Canvas Studio
and Canvas Administration.
(951) 266-9315 Work Cell
AD Hawkins has facilitated @ONE courses, created a new @ONE course, and created and
hosted workshop presentations for CVC-OEI, @ONE, and TechConnect's Online Teaching
In 2019, she began working as a Professional Expert Instructional Designer for RCCD's
Distance Education Department. In January of 2021, she accepted the position of Interim
Assistant Director of Instructional Design in RCCD's Distance Education Department.
In July of 2021, she accepted the position of Assistant Director of Instructional
Design. In addition to supporting individual faculty, AD Hawkins also collaborates
with RCCD Committee members & Chairs on College and District DE projects, creates
and leads workshops, and facilitates District DE training courses.
Anish Bhatia, Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator
Anish has taught Computer Information Systems courses at Riverside City College and
Moreno Valley College as a member of the associate faculty. He conducted faculty
training seminars in online education technology for the district. He has also taught
at Norco College and U.C. Davis. He provided faculty support for Distance Education
at MVC in 2020. Anish started working as an Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator
at RCCD in 2021.
(951) 222-8696 CAADO Office
Diana Myers Hyatt, Professional Expert Course Developer
Diana has an MBA and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science. She has
20 years of experience as a Graphic Designer. Diana has taught online Information
Literacy courses for all three RCCD campuses. In 2019, she provided support to RCC
faculty in developing their online courses. In 2020, she earned the @ONE Certificate
for Online Teaching and Design. Additionally, she completed the RCCD Accessibility
Mentor training and spent Spring 2021 supporting faculty. She fell in love with developing
Canvas course and video content during the pandemic and looks forward to helping RCCD
instructors to better serve our students through course development. Diana is based
at Riverside City College.
(951) 251-5224 Work Cell