International Institute for Innovative Instruction

About Us

Franklin University's International institute of Innovative Instruction unites the university's curriculum design capabilities with teaching and learning assessment, in order to develop and deliver educational solutions that work.

The Institute's doctorally qualified instructional design faculty members are experts in their field. They seek to advance instructional design across cultures, continents and contexts, to solve complex problems in education while also developing educators and learners. They are instructional design champions who transform learners through systemically developed, sophisticated, pedagogical methodologies, teaching excellence and advanced assessment.


The International Institute for Innovative Instruction is home to Franklin’s highly experienced and award-winning credentialed design professionals who employ innovative design as global leaders in the development of interactive and engaging learning-centered experiences for diverse learner populations and disciplines around the world, engage in collaborations that assure academic quality and instructional innovation, advance the practice and scholarship of instructional design, teaching excellence, and learning assessment, and support educators and thought leaders in adapting to the needs of changing society.


We aspire to be global thought leaders in instructional design, teaching excellence and learning assessment, while empowering educators, leaders and organizations around the world to anticipate and respond to emerging needs in higher education.

Martina Peng, MBA, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Dr. Martina Peng serves as the Department Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economics in the College of Business. Martina earned a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Consumer Finance from the Ohio State University.

Martina’s research interest focuses on individual and household financial decision-making, financial behavior analysis, and financial education policy. Martina serves as the program director on the Financial Planning Association Central Ohio Chapter (FPA), a member and education liaison of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP).

Featured Faculty

Tom Atkinson, Ph.D.
Matt Barclay, PhD
(614) 947-6172  |
Gail Baumlein, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF
Program Chair
Lewis Chongwony, PhD
Chunbo Chu, Ph.D.
Program Chair
(614) 947-6192  |
Ray Forbes Jr., Ph.D.
Program Chair
(614) 947-6144  |
Barbara Fennema
(614) 947-6125  |
Joel Gardner, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Instructional Designer
(614) 947-6101  |
Brian Gregory, Ph.D.
Program Chair Logistics Management
(614) 947-6156  |
Paul Henry , Ph.D.
Natalya Koehler
(614) 947-6868  |
Christi Cabungcal
Chief of Staff + SVP, Administration
Jessie Kong
Kody Kuehnl, PhD
Department Chair
(614) 947-6104  |
Christopher Mangan, Ed.D.
(610) 597-5830  |
Martina Peng, MBA, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(614) 947-6174  |
Karen Miner-Romanoff, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Academic Quality + Co-Education, I4
(614) 947-6241  |
David Ni
(614) 947-6230  |
Kenneth Tirpack
Adjunct Faculty Economics
David Smith
Adjunct Faculty Business Administration
Angela Smith
Adjunct Faculty
Isidoro Talavera
Lead Faculty
(614) 947-6115  |
Yuerong Sweetland
Director of Assessment
Jaron Terry
Adjunct Faculty
Sharon Taylor, PhD
Adjunct Faculty Instructional Design and Performance Technology, Adjunct Faculty Business Administration
Matt Barclay, PhD
(614) 947-6172  |
Christopher Washington
Provost + Sr. VP for Academic Affairs/ Chief Academic Officer
Fawn Winterwood, PhD
Director of Teaching Effectiveness
(614) 947-6235  |
Ross Wirth, PhD
Adjunct Faculty
(614) 282-3945  |
Rob Wood Jr., Ed.D.
Program Chair and Faculty
(614) 947-6158  |
Yi Yang
Department Chair & Instructional Designer & Chair, DPS
(614) 947-6171  |

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