Our Mission

The Office of Teaching & Learning Strategies is dedicated to the professional development of faculty in the National University System. Our department provides relevant andragogical and technological consultation to support the advancement of faculty in their facilitation of learning.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Kara Kuvakas, Ed.D.

Manager, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kuvakas joined National University in December 2018.

Kara has worked as an educational consultant in the areas of student success and faculty professional development for almost a decade. Kara has over 14 years of experience as an adjunct professor at many California colleges and universities across various scientific disciplines (geology, chemistry, geography, and environmental science) in on-site, hybrid, and online classrooms. She received her B.S. in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz, her Master's in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, and her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University in 2018 where her research focused on adjunct faculty retention at private nonprofit universities.


Anthony DiTomaso, MSHE

Teaching and Learning Strategist

Anthony joined the Office of Teaching and Learning Strategies in November 2019.

Along with a Masters Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin Stout, Anthony has earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in college teaching and learning, and a Bachelors of Sience in Nutrition Science both from Kaplan University. He has been working in the field of higher education since 2005. Prior to coming to National University he worked for Ashford University, Kaplan Collge, Maric College, and Brightwood College successfully holding roles as an associate dean, program chair, curriculum and instructional designer, training manager, classroom and online faculty member, and assessment specialist. Anthony has excelled in this industry by using his skills and knowledge of adult education theory to create dynamic work and learning environments at multiple levels.


Candice Arrieta, M.A.C.P.

Learning and Development Specialist

Candice joined the Office of Teaching and Learning Strategies in November 2018.

Candice Arrieta holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University. Candice has gained professional experience working in higher education since 2011. In her previous employment, she successfully held positions as a faculty support representative, office administrator, tutor, writing assistant, and intern counselor. In her current role as the learning and developmental specialist, Candice actively facilitates professional development by leading virtual tutorials, webinars, and teaching consultations for full-time and adjunct faculty. She consistently strives to model best practices as she builds effective working relationships. Candice plans to continue serving within higher education assisting faculty and staff toward building autonomy and success in their facilitation of online learning.