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Steven Nagel

Instructional Designer, ODEE


I’m an Instructional Designer on the Distance Education team in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at The Ohio State University. I work one-on-one with faculty at Ohio State to develop three online courses per semester (typically two full developments and one revision). Additionally, I contribute to the Distance Education team’s Multimedia Advancement Initiative to investigate and assess innovative, interactive ways to engage students in online courses.

Prior to joining ODEE, I split my time teaching face to face courses for The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and The Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) at Ohio State. Starting with my graduate work, I have sought to understand best practices for technology integration into courses with a particular interest in biology and general science content areas.

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Robert J. Weber

Chief Pharmacy Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Pharmacy


I am currently an administrator for pharmacy services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and assistant dean for Medical Center Affairs at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. My lifelong interest is changing pharmacy practice through programs that establish patient-centered roles for pharmacists to improve the safety and efficiency of medication use. I have three degrees from The Ohio State University and have held various clinical and leadership positions. I have a specific interest in the cause and prevention of medication errors. I’ve been recognized for my professional organization contributions by my selection to participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) practice model summit, the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP) practice model summit, ASHP Commission on Goals, the ASHP MS/HSPA Residency Objectives Review Group and an ASHP advisory panel on reducing medication errors from insulin.

I serve as co-editor of Hospital Pharmacy’s “Director’s Forum” publishing articles of practical importance for pharmacy directors and managers. I’ve published nearly 120 peer-reviewed papers, 12 book chapters, one book and other publications related to medication safety and hospital pharmacy practice. I am a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, an ASHP fellow and a fellow of the National Academies of Practice. I actively participated in writing the initial Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) certifying exam for critical care (BCCCP) from 2013 – 2016. I received two Cheers! Awards from the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) in 2003 and 2006, the Clifton J. Latiolais and the Jack L. Beal Postbaccalaureate Awards from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, an Honorable Mention Healthcare Heroes Award by Columbus Business First in 2013 and an ASHP Best Practice Award in 2016.

Jen Plahovinsak

Lecturer, College of Pharmacy


I’m Jen Plahovinsak, and I’m an Instructor within the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University. I received my BS in Animal Sciences in 2002 from The Ohio State University, College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and my Master’s of Science in 2006 from Wright State University in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  In 2015, I became a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) while working as a Principal Research Scientist at Battelle. In 2016, I left my position at Battelle to spend more quality time with my young children while furthering my education within the MACPR program with a Regulatory Affairs Specialization. Upon completion of the program in summer 2017, I accepted a part-time teaching appointment within the College of Pharmacy to develop the Master of Science in Pharmacology’s Toxicology curriculum.

I consider myself a lifelong Buckeye having moved to Ohio as a young child. My husband and I live outside of central Ohio in the community of Plain City where I nurture my agriculture background through a love of gardening, crop farming, and when time allows I serve as the marketing lead for my family’s micro dairy The Dugan Road Creamery. At home, I have two small children that keep me on my toes, Eve who is 7 and Annie who is 5. I look forward to getting to know each of you and helping you grow professionally and in your educational endeavors.

Ross Tamburro

Educational Technologist, ODEE


I’m an Associate Educational Technologist on the Distance Education team in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at The Ohio State University. I work primarily with our team’s instructional designers to help bring multimedia innovation to the courses within our fully online degree programs. This includes establishing foundational processes and strategies to promote interactivity as a core component of our course design process and producing interactive multimedia/video projects to drive forward our Multimedia Advancement Initiative.

I joined the Distance Education team as a student in the fall of 2016 and stayed on full time after graduating with a BA in Journalism from OSU in the spring of 2017. My background in Journalism has enhanced my ability to understand and design with the end-user in mind, both critical components of a quality student experience.

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