Academic Outreach

Faculty Focused

Academic Outreach Staff

April Thompson, Director
April came to the University of Mississippi in November 2011, and has been the Director of Academic Outreach since February 2015. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Master’s of Science in Sport Administration from Florida State University, she spent over a decade building learning communities and programs for student-athletes at Florida State University, University of Georgia, University of Tulsa, and Ole Miss. With a passion for instructional pedagogy, student engagement and student success, she began the Ph.D. program in Higher Education at Ole Miss, implementing these passions in both her research and work in the Division of Outreach and Continuing Studies.

athomps5@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-1616
Mary Lea Moore, Assistant Director
Mary Lea is a life-long resident of Oxford and a life-long Ole Miss Rebel. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 2002 and a Master of Arts (Higher Education) in 2010. Mary Lea joined the Division of Outreach at the University of Mississippi August 2005, and has been Assistant Director of Academic Outreach since April 2014. In her current position, she manages Academic Outreach faculty grants and oversees the Online Course Enrichment program for continued enhancement of online education at the university.

mlea@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-7089
Jake McNichols, Manager of Summer, Winter and Online Sessions
Jake joined the Division of Academic Outreach at the University of Mississippi in February of 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Jake was asked to join his alma mater and spent the last few years in many different roles where he gained a deeper passion for higher education. In his role at Ole Miss, Jake is able to use his experience in non-traditional, online learning and pursue his passion for increasing academic opportunities for the community.

jmmcnich@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-3118
Amy Saxton, Operations Supervisor
Amy is originally from Chicago, but moved to the south in 1999. She has been at the University of Mississippi as a staff member since 2001, and is currently working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Amy joined Academic Outreach in May of 2013 as the Operations Supervisor. Her primary function is managing Campus/Academic Department Support, which includes Summer, Intersession and Online Course Management. She previously worked in Student Housing as the Administrative Coordinator for Residence Life, and at the Student Media center as Administrative Assistant. Amy received the Thomas F. Frist Sr. Student Service Award in 2013.

amysax@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-7036

Austin Carter, Instructional Technology Designer
Austin joined the Division of Outreach as a student-worker for the Office of Technology and Interactive Video in 2013. He received his Bachelors of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Mississippi in 2017. During his tenure, Austin has served the University in a variety of non-traditional education settings, with a focus in Instructional Technology. In his current role as an Instructional Technology Designer, Austin assists University faculty and staff with development and training for online and interactive classrooms.

macarte4@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-1491
Wan Latartara, Instructional Design & Training Specialist
Wan joined the Division of Outreach at the University of Mississippi July 2003. She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Communications from Thammasat University in Bangkok, then moved to Boston where she found her passion in consulting and teaching people how to use technology while she studied technical writing and web design at Northeastern University. Wan spent her early years at the university as a system administrator managing student enrollment and system support, as well as training and working with faculty. In her current position as an Instructional Design and Training Specialist, she shares her passion for online education, multimedia design, and instructional technology with University of Mississippi faculty and colleagues.

wlatarta@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-1264
Mary McCall, Instructional Design & Training Specialist
A native Mississippian, Mary joined the Academic Outreach staff as an Instructional Design and Training Specialist in August 2019. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent over 20 years in manufacturing and supply-chain management followed by three years as a high school English teacher. A lifelong learner, Mary completed her Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama in 2016. She began developing and teaching online courses as an adjunct instructor in 2012, and worked in online learning at Mississippi College for three years prior to moving to Oxford. Throughout her career, Mary has had a special interest in quality management which she now applies to course design as a certified peer reviewer with the Quality Matters organization.

mmmccall@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-2206
Shara Minton, Instructional Technology Designer
Shara joined the Division of Outreach at the University of Mississippi in August of 2019. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and in 2007 with a Masters of Secondary Education degree. Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi, she was a high school and middle school teacher in the areas of mathematics, science, computer science, social studies, and gifted. In her current role as Instructional Technology Designer, Shara uses her knowledge of and passion for instructional technology to assist University faculty and staff with development and training for online and interactive classrooms.

smminton@olemiss.edu
(662) 915-2228