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Hello! I'm Thomas.


Welcome to my website. I am a part-time instructional designer for the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Instructional Design consultant for NJ Edge.

Here I am showcasing my work in instructional design. As you browse, I will provide samples of my work throughout my time at IUP for Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), in addition to materials designed for teaching at IUPACA.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my portfolio

Chef Thomas Barnes

Thomas E. Barnes

Chef Instructor and Instructional Designer



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1154 S Main St Ext.

Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Date of Birth:

May 4th, 1987

Professional Goals

A few things I wish to accomplish with my career are to further advance my skills in instructional design, continue to grow my knowledge in LMS and learning management tools, and present at conferences over the next few years.

Work History

Part-time Instructional Designer

University of Pittsburgh

  • Designed and updated online curriculum for Office of Online Learning.

  • Worked with varying online instructional programs and LMS.


Instructional Design Consult

NJ Edge

  • Designed and updated online curriculum for members of NJEdge.

  • Worked with varying online instructional programs and LMS.


Chef Instructor

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Full-time culinary instructor.

  • Created curriculum related to culinary arts, product identification, and supervisory roles.

  • Create learning objects, prepare LMS' for specific courses on D2L.

  • Supervise and run the Ice Carving Club.

  • Certified Executive Chef

  • Certified Culinary Educator

2008 - 2016

Sous Chef

Nap's Cucina Mia/Josephine's Pizzeria

  • Designed and implemented new desserts and entrée specials weekly

  • Trained and supervised new and existing employees

  • Helped with menu design and planning

  • Planned and executed high-end catering events

  • Assisted owner with planning and development in opening a sister restaurant, Josephine’s Pizzeria and Enoteca

  • Nightly covers have increased by 65% in the last 7 years

  • Assisted in the purchasing and receiving​


Master's Degree

Instructional Technology and Design

Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Master's Degree

Employment and Labor Relations

Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Bachelor's Degree

Hotel and Restaurant Management

Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Culinary Certificate

Culinary & Baking and Pastry Arts

Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Microsoft Office Suite - Advanced

Adobe Premiere Pro - Skilled

Power Point - Advanced

Padlet - Proficient 

Articulate - Basic

Canva - Proficient

D2L/Canvas LMS - Advanced

Prezi - Proficient

Piktochart - Advanced

Kahoot - Basic

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