staff profile

Rhett McDaniel   MS

Director, Course Development and Instructional Technology


Rhett began his career at Vanderbilt in 2007 and has been working in the area of instructional technology for over 25 years.

He has been assisting faculty in the development of online course materials since 1998, playing a lead role in the design and development of "Jump Start into Online Course Development," an intensive faculty program designed to help instructors prepare to teach and offer the first online degree program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

At Vanderbilt, he co-developed the Blended and Online Course Design (BOLD) Fellows Program with Cynthia Brame at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching. This program created graduate student/faculty teams that learned to design, developing, and evaluate online instructional materials. In 2019, he developed the Digital Media Services unit within the Center for Teaching. This new faculty development resource resulted in the building of the One Button Studio and the Digital Media Lab, where faculty learn to produce high quality digital media elements for their courses.

As the School of Nursing's director of course development and instructional technology, Rhett provides leadership and supervision in the implementation and continuous improvement of online/blended courses and leads a team of instructional designers, course developers, and a media producer who provide the VUSN instructors with the assistance and resources required to design, develop, and deliver high quality instructional materials.


  • MS, Indiana University School of Music, Music Technology, 2000
  • BS, Ball State University, Telecommunications, 1989