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Teresa Valais Instructional Designer School of Communication

M. A. Learning and Performance Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

M. A. Teaching, English as a Second Language, Notre Dame of Maryland University

B. A. Liberal Arts, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Instructional Systems Development, Post Graduate Certificate, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, (UMBC)


Majeski, R., Stover, M., and Valais, T. (2018). The Community of Inquiry and Emotional Presence. Adult Learning. SAGE Publishing.

Majeski, R., Stover, M., Ronch, J., Valais, T. (2017). Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Online Higher Education Courses. Adult Learning. SAGE Publishing.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, English Language Specialist

Teresa Valais designs learning blueprints for asynchronous and hybrid learning. She brings expertise in learning theory, instructional design, online facilitation, and faculty development to her work for the School of Communication. In her role, she applies expert knowledge of universal design, adult learning, and the instructional design life cycle to lead and manage new course design projects and course revisions. Teresa partners with vendors, faculty, and industry subject matter experts to develop online interactive learning content.

She oversees quality processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality course design and development using Quality Matters standards.

Teresa's background includes designing and facilitating leadership development workshops, train-the-trainer online courses, training webinars, and one-on-one coaching. She has worked in U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education grant funded educational and cultural programs and other agency professional development training programs for foreign nationals.