Facilitators | User Experience Workshops | Kent State University


Our UX Workshop facilitators are seasoned UX professionals who teach in Kent State University's popular User Experience Design program.

Additionally, our workshops have been developed by a team of higher education professionals who all have a history as industry practitioners, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date and relevant content available. 

Workshop Facilitators

Felesia McDonaldFelesia McDonald

Facilitator: User Experience Fundamentals

I'm a tech geek and I've been told that I overthink things. That's what UX Designers do right and that's why I love what I do. I've been a UX Designer for OEConnection, a technology company in Richfield, Ohio for three and a half years. I'm also an adjunct instructor for Kent State University's UXD department. My previous UX experience also includes working as a UX Researcher for the Eaton Corporation, a freelance web designer and an Interactive Graphic Artist for the Plain Dealer. I also serve on the board of UXPA Cleveland.


Monica Ralston

Facilitator: User Experience Fundamentals

As a self-proclaimed UX tech nerd, Monica Ralston teaches user experience design classes at the undergraduate and graduate level at Kent State University. She has worked domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from boutique consulting firms to Fortune 100 companies. Much of her career has been spent in the financial sector doing user research and UI design/testing with banks, brokerages and accounting software. Monica is a co-founder of Cleveland’s UXPA chapter (User Experience Professionals Association) and serves on its board as a student liaison.

Workshop Organizers

Paul ShermanPaul Sherman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & User Experience Design Concentration Coordinator

Paul Sherman, Ph.D., joined the iSchool faculty in fall 2014. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1997 from the University of Texas in Austin. His research focused on how pilots’ use of computers and automated systems on the flight deck affects their individual and team performance. He holds a master of education (M.Ed.) in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in English both from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Sherman served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer for Kent State and other organizations for five years prior to assuming this full-time role. Prior to coming to Kent State, Sherman held a variety of positions in the user experience design field. He has worked as manager of User-Centered Design at Intuit in Plano, Texas, and as a Director of User Research for Andara Digital in Dallas. He then held a position as the senior director of User-Centered Design in Atlanta for Sage Software, where he led efforts to redesign the user interface and improve the overall customer experience of the Peachtree Accounting product family.   

Ben WoodsBen Woods, M.S., M.B.A.

Lecturer, User Experience Design Concentration

Ben Woods began his career in when in 1999 when the World Wide Web was just beginning to be recognized as a valuable tool for businesses. Prior to his appointment at Kent State, Woods held positions with a number of companies in Ohio where he was often hired as the first web/digital designer. As a designer at Ansley & Associates, Epstein Design Partners, WhiteSpace Creative, and as a freelancer, he delivered solutions for Cleveland Clinic, The City of Shaker Heights, Mazzella Lifting, Akron Public Schools, Dorel Industries and many other large and small businesses in a variety of sectors.

For nearly 12 years he held positions at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was Manager, User Experience. While at Eaton, Woods worked with global teams and a variety of consulting firms to deliver research and design that improved digital experiences for Eaton's customers, and developed the analytics discipline for tracking the performance of digital properties and identifying opportunities for improvement. He currently owns TheoremCX, an innovation firm providing customer-focused solutions for organizations. Companies like HEMA Imaging and Knoch Corporation are among TheoremCX’s clients.