CRLT Staff

Kelsey Adams

Kelsey Adams
Communications Coordinator
(734) 936-3465
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kkadams@umich.edu

Kelsey Adams earned her B.F.A. focusing in Illustration from Northern Michigan University and M.A. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University. Her experience includes graphic design, illustration, social media content development, and project management. Kelsey oversees the CRLT annual report, social media, and other communications/design work for CRLT.

Grenmarie Agresar

Grenmarie Agresar
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory
agresar@umich.edu

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation from the University of Michigan in 1996. After completing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (also from the University of Michigan), she switched majors to accommodate the courses that would best prepare her for her interdisciplinary thesis. Her professional path then took her from academia and research (with Post Doctoral appointments at the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany), to secondary education, where she taught engineering principles, physics, and computer science. This path included earning a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan in 2009. As a teacher, she most enjoyed exploring high-leverage instructional practices, and collaborating with peers to develop curricula that utilized such methods. Most recently, she led three-week workshops to train teachers in a project-based, computer science and engineering curriculum. She is excited to combine her engineering background with her passion for innovative teaching as an instructional consultant at CRLT-Engin.

Ronit Ajlen

Ronit Ajlen
Assistant Director
(734) 763-2880
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ronitg@umich.edu

Ronit Ajlen completed her B.S. in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She then earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area. Dr. Ajlen has taught undergraduate psychology courses both as a GSI and as a primary instructor, and she has prior experience as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant and postdoc at CRLT. Her prior research focused on graph comprehension, including the effects of individual differences in skill (i.e., working memory, graph literacy) or disposition (e.g., open-mindedness, need for cognition) on graph comprehension and its instruction. In her current role at CRLT, Ronit is involved in a variety of assessment projects, consults with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning concerns, and facilitates professional development workshops and programs for students and faculty. She also directs the Fall GSI Teaching Orientation and the Graduate Student Instructional Consultants focused on Instructional Technology (IT-GSICs) group. Ronit is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI, Assessment, and Instructional Technology Teams.

Jeanne Andreoli

Jeanne Andreoli
Assistant Director, Focus on Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences
(734) 764-8181
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
andreojm@umich.edu

Jeanne Andreoli joined the CRLT team in 2018 to focus on biological, physical, and health sciences teaching and learning initiatives at the University of Michigan. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University's School of Medicine, and a B.S. in Biology and Communications from the University of Michigan. She brings over 20 years of experience in higher education, in both faculty and administrative roles. Her research interests are grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, including learning theory, pedagogy, and assessment. She has worked closely with the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) to scale-up and institutionalize efforts to transform undergraduate STEM learning environments, primarily through facilities planning, faculty development, leadership development, and curricular design and development. She has been involved in several major cross-institutional initiatives, including ReBUILDetroit, an NIH- funded initiative aimed at improving opportunities for underrepresented students in biomedical research.

Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Sara Armstrong has been the Director of the CRLT Theatre Program since 2012. She has over twenty years of experience as an actor, director, dramaturg, arts administrator, and educator across professional, university, and community contexts. In her role at CRLT, she maintains the company’s repertoire of existing productions, develops original scripts, facilitates Players sessions, and works with academic units to incorporate theatre into their professional development programming. She also consults with faculty and graduate student instructors on vocal presentation skills and arts integrated instructional practices. Sara received her PhD from the interdisciplinary theatre and drama program at Northwestern University where her research focused on the framing and reception of rhythm-centric performance pedagogies.

Meg Bakewell

Meg Bakewell
Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mbakewel@umich.edu

Meg Bakewell is the director of the Foundational Course Initiative. In this role, she works with a growing team of instructional consultants to support Michigan's foundational courses - those large courses that introduce students to a major or discipline. She engages with leaders and instructors at U-M and nationally to promote equity and inclusion, evidence-based teacing, and transformative experiences in residential teaching at scale. Meg first joined CRLT as a graduate student instructional consultant in 2009, and moved into a role helping faculty to make effective use of instructional technology with a focus on STEM disciplines in 2011. Over the years at CRLT, Meg led numerous programs, including the Health Sciences Teaching Academy, the Graduate Teacher Certificate and GTC+ programs, and the evaluation of the Canvas LMS and the assessment of other instructional technologies. She helped develop the Foundational Course Initiative prior to its launch in 2017, when she became its founding director. Meg holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University, and earned her both M.S in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.

Audra Baleisis

Audra Baleisis
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory
baleisis@umich.edu

Dr. Audra Baleisis earned a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Illinois in 1995, an M.Phil. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and an M.S. in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Arizona in 2000 and 2009, respectively. She spent 2009-2016 living in Zurich, Switzerland where she worked in the Physics Education group at ETH University and as Academic Platform Coordinator for the Swiss National Science Foundation PlanetS exoplanet research program. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2016 as the ETC Program Coordinator, helping experienced Engineering Teaching Consultants provide CoE GSIs with instructional support.

Christine Simonian Bean

Christine Simonian Bean
Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
csbean@umich.edu

Christine Simonian Bean earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation focused on theories of spectatorship, reality, and embodiment. She has taught classes on acting, theatre history, and critical race and gender theory. Most recently, Christine was an Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services at Columbia University in the City of New York with a focus on initiatives related to inclusive teaching and learning. Previously, she worked at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University, where she assisted graduate students and postdocs on course design, teaching practices, and professionalization. At CRLT, she works with the theatre program to design, facilitate, and assess programming regarding institutional climate and inclusive teaching and learning.

Theresa Braunschneider

Theresa Braunschneider
Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
(734) 763-5988
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tbraun@umich.edu

Theresa Braunschneider came to CRLT in 2012 from her position as Associate Professor of English at Washington & Lee University. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies from U-M, where she received both the Outstanding GSI Award and the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching English Composition. She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Huntington Library, and in 2009 she was awarded an ACLS Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. Her scholarly publications include the monograph Our Coquettes: Capacious Desire in the Eighteenth Century (University of Virginia Press, 2009), winner of the Walker Cowen Prize for an outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. At CRLT, she leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team, coordinating relevant programming, consultations, and grant activities. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching, co-leading the LSA Teaching Academy for new faculty, and partnering with departments, schools, and colleges across campus to provide professional development in inclusive teaching for their faculty and GSIs.

Andy Burkhardt

Andy Burkhardt
Instructional Technology Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3613
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
andyburk@umich.edu

Andy Burkhardt’s focus is to bring a human-centered perspective to technology in the design of learning experiences as an Instructional Consultant for the Foundational Course Initiative. Before joining CRLT Andy consulted with, trained, and supported faculty and staff at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in the use of educational technologies. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy at the Champlain College Library in Burlington, VT where he managed library technologies and taught numerous inquiry based information literacy sessions as part of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and his B.A. in Philosophy at St, John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza
Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3615
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ccamerat@umich.edu

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza earned her B.Sc. at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) in Educational Psychology in 200. Following that she completed her M.Sc. in Cognitive Development at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). During the first years of her professional life, Claudia focused her work in teacher education and the creation of different resources to support the learning of teaching at different levels. In 2006 she became the associate director of faculty development at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Engineering, where she led initiative oriented to improve instructional practices in engineering education. In 2011, she went to complete a Ph.D. in teaching and teacher education at the University of Michigan School of Education. During her Ph.D., Claudia enjoyed teaching and instructional design at the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership (A2LP), as well participating in research groups exploring teacher learning and development. At CRLT, Claudia works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, create productive teaching and learning experiences, and improve equity across the institution.

Karishma Collette

Karishma Collette
Assistant Director for DEI in Foundational Courses,  Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-8181
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
karishms@umich.edu

Karishma Collette earned her B.Sc. at the University of Mumbai (India) in Life Sciences in 2001. Following that, she completed her M.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology at Newcastle University (United Kingdom) in 2003. She went on to complete a Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 2011 with a dissertation focused on the characterization of a novel Condensin protein complex (Condensin I) in C.elegans mitosis and meiosis. During her Ph.D., Karishma enjoyed teaching Introductory Biology and Genetics, and continued her pedagogical training as a postdoctoral research associate at CRLT from August 2012 - April 2014. After her training at CRLT, she advised U-M undergraduate students interested in careers in the health professions at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, and she managed the peer tutoring and peer mentorship programs at the Science Learning Center. At CRLT, Karishma consults with faculty and GSIs about their teaching and leads workshops on pedagogy with a focus on the STEM disciplines.

Tazin Daniels

Tazin Daniels
Assistant Director
(734) 615-9266
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tazdan@umich.edu

Tazin Daniels received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2016. Her dissertation was an ethnographic exploration of prescription stimulant use among American college students and was supported by a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Tazin came to CRLT with experience in multiple areas of higher education including programatic assessment and research, online instruction and design, educational technology, interdisciplinary curriculum development, and international GSI training. During her time at MSU, she received three teaching awards and published several pieces on how to teach effectively in digital spaces. As an instructional consultant at CRLT, Tazin runs programs and consults with UM faculty and GSIs on how to improve student learning. Additionally, she is an instructor for the online postdoc short course “High Impact Principles and Practices for STEM education” and helps to run the Graduate Teaching Certification program, GTC+, which focuses on teaching with digital media. Tazin also works closely with faculty from the health sciences and the Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) through the fellows program, curriculum committee, and other IPE events. She currently serves on the CRLT blog team and runs the twitter account @UM_CRLT.

Mishelle DimitrovaMishelle Dimitrova
Events Coordinator
(734) 936-3837
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mdimitro@umich.edu

Mishelle Dimitrova earned her B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies with a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Michigan- Dearborn. She has nearly seven years of work experience with managing both large and small events. During her college years, Mishelle worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Industrial Engineering department where she planned department events, managed social media accounts, and supported faculty and staff. She was also a part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority where she was the Vice President of Programming and handled both academic and social events.

Victoria Genetin

Victoria A. Genetin
Assistant Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
(734) 763-2878
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
vgenetin@umich.edu

Victoria A. Genetin earned a B.S. W. and M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of Akron, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from The Ohio State University. While completing her Ph.D., Victoria taught several undergraduate courses, including Women and Addiction, Social Justice Issues in Women’s Health, Latina Women Writers, and a special topics course designed around her dissertation research titled, Holistic Theories of Social Transformation: Spiritual Activism and Engaged Buddhism. Additionally, she served as the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for WGSS, and worked as a writing consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at The Ohio State. Upon completing her graduate work, she taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses at Texas Woman’s University, including Gender and Social Change and Feminist/ Womanist Pedagogies. At CRLT, Victoria co-coordinates the FCIT program, consults with faculty and GSIs about their teaching, and facilitates workshops focused on issues of diversity and inclusivity in the classroom.

Michelle Getchell

Michelle Getchell
Director, Conference and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell joined the CRLT team in 2016 as Conference and Event Manager. In this role, she manages the project staff who oversee the coordination of a variety of events including Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation, Provost Seminar on Teaching, and weekly Seminar Series. Along with her bachelor's degree in Business Management and associate's degree in Human Service (both from Cornerstone University), she brings over twenty-two years of experience to the team, having previously worked as Events Manger at U-M College of Engineering as well as serving as the Executive Director of the non-profit Twinless Twins Support Group International. Michelle is passionate about the way that a well-crafted event can bring people together to accomplish great things and she enjoys putting this passion to work at CRLT.

Sierra Gillie Sierra Gillie
Events Coordinator
(734) 764-2960
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
sgillie@umich.edu

Sierra Gillie earned her B.A.A. in Recreation and Event Management with a minor in Advertising from Central Michigan University. She has experience in planning various events that range from fundraisers, corporate meetings, and weddings. Since joining CRLT, she provides support for the GSM Seminars, winter and fall GSITO, focus groups, and other CRLT events.

Laura Gonzalez-Garcia Laura Gonzalez-Garcia
Grants Assistant
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
lgonza@umich.edu

Laura Gonzalez-Garcia earned her B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Michigan. In January 2013, she joined CRLT where she provides support for focus groups, workshops for Graduate Student Mentors, and other CRLT events.

Ryan Hudson Ryan Hudson
Assistant to the Executive Director, Managing Director, and the Senior Leadership Team
(734) 763-0159
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
rhudson@umich.edu

Ryan Hudson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Carleton College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language by the University of Liverpool, she did so in Prague from 1989 to 1991. As a GSI, she received teaching awards from Rackham and the department of political science. From 2006 to 2015, Ryan led CRLT's event planning team and provided general research and editing support. In 2016, she became Matt's assistant, and she also supports the teaching award competitions.

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson
Postdoctoral Consultant
(734) 764-8206
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
grantrj@umich.edu

Grant Jackson earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan in 2017. His dissertation focused on the relationship between students' developmental capacity and their experience in and response to social justice pedagogy. At CRLT, he works primarily on programming related to graduate student professional development with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also consults with U of M faculty on their teaching and facilitates workshops on teaching and consulting. Prior to joining CRLT on a full-time basis, he worked as one of CRLT's Graduate Student Instructional Consultants. He has also worked as an instructor of record, graduate student instructor, and undergraduate teacher assistant.

Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan
Executive Director
(734) 763-0159
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mlkaplan@umich.edu

Matthew Kaplan was appointed as CRLT's Executive Director in 2015. He joined CRLT in 1994 and was Managing Director from 2007-2014 and Interim Director from 2014-2015. Matt leads new initiatives on teaching and learning and represents both CRLT and the broader University community on those topics. He also runs professional development programs for University of Michigan department chairs and associate deans, as well as international higher education leaders. He collaborates with the Artistic Director of the CRLT Players on theatre projects and with CRLT’s professional staff on meeting the needs of the university’s instructional community. Matt received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked at UNC’s Center for Teaching and Learning for three years before joining CRLT. He has published articles on the academic hiring process, the use of interactive theatre as a faculty development tool, and the evaluation of teaching, and he co-authored a chapter of McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching. He has co-edited The Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2007), a volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and edited two volumes of To Improve the Academy (New Forums Press, 1998, 1999). With former Executive Director Connie Cook, Matt edited Advancing a Culture of Teaching on Campus: How a Teaching Center Can Make a Difference (Stylus Publishing, 2011), a book describing CRLT programs and strategies authored by them and their CRLT colleagues. He was a member of POD’s Core Committee from 1998 to 2001.

Hitomi Katsumi  Hitomi Katsumi
Senior Events Coordinator
(734) 647-4765
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hkat@umich.edu

Hitomi Katsumi earned her B.A. in Psychology and Music from the University of Michigan. She joined CRLT in June 2016 and provides support for various events as well as grant competitions. She also assists in strategizing team management for CRLT's project staff team and producing videos for center-related events.

Brian Konz  Brian Konz
Business Administrator
(734) 763-6939
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
bkonz@umich.edu

Brian Konz earned a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Cincinnati and MBA from Xavier University.  He joined CRLT as the Business Administrator in 2017.  He has over 10 years of experience working in the financial and administrative areas at the University of Michigan that includes working at Business and Finance, The Office of the Provost, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), and The Detroit Center.  He is responsible for the management of the budget, human resources, financial analyst and reporting, and procurement activities.

Stephanie Kusano

Stephanie Kusano
Assessment Specialist
(734) 763-2988
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skusano@umich.edu

Stephanie M. Kusano earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in the area of biomechanics, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Virginia Tech. Her prior research focused on co-curricular engineering design experiences, specifically the outcomes, affordances, and barriers of co-curricular experiences from engineering students’ perspectives. While completing her Ph.D., Stephanie was part of a team tasked with redesigning, piloting, and teaching a First-Year Engineering course. She has also taught special topics lectures around her dissertation research for graduate courses. Upon completing her graduate work, Stephanie was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University, facilitating assessment design and educational research on informal learning in Engineering. At CRLT, Stephanie consults with faculty and staff regarding assessment of educational programs and student learning.

Carol Lagemann

Carol Lagemann
Financial Specialist & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
211 Gorguze Family Laboratory
caplag@umich.edu

Carol Lagemann earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music from Truman State University, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She also studied Music at the University of Michigan in 2011-2012. Carol previously worked for U-M in the Mechanical Engineering department in the College of Engineering. In her current role, Carol supports CRLT in Engineering programs, maintains the program’s social media, and supports the CRLT-Engin Director.

Elizabeth Mann Levesque

Elizabeth Mann Levesque
Student Support & Classroom Climate Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-1248
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
manneliz@umich.edu

Elizabeth Mann Levesque earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth taught middle school social studies in Miami, FL as a Teach for America corps member. She returned to Michigan for her graduate studies where she specialized in American politics and political institutions and engaged in research on early childhood education and K-12 education policy. Her dissertation on presidential policymaking at the state level was recognized with a Rackham ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, and as a Graduate Student Instructor Elizabeth received a John W. Kingdon Teaching Award from the Department of Political Science. Subsequently, as a fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, she studied a wide range of education policy issues, including civics education, employer and community college workforce development partnerships, and federal regulation related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. At CRLT, Elizabeth works on the Foundational Course Initiative as a student support and classroom climate consultant.

Kairos Marquardt

Kairos Marquardt
Pedagogy & Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3848
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kairosm@umich.edu

Kairos Marquardt works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as the Pedagogy & Design Consultant. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, enrich student learning experiences, and improve equity across the institution.  Kairos' professional trajectory spans ethnographic research, teaching, and design consulting. At the University of Michigan, she taught in the Residential College and the Department of Anthropology (where she was recognized with an Innovative Teaching Award). Prior to joining the CRLT, she worked in applied research and design consulting for a wide range of organizations and industries. Kairos has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, with a graduate certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Her ethnographic research in post-civil war Peru focused on citizenship, inequality, and participatory governance, especially around the socio-political regulations of nightlife and urban order.

Malinda Matney

Malinda Matney
Director, Assessment
(734) 936-1135
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mmatney@umich.edu

Malinda Matney is Director of Assessment at CRLT. In this capacity, she works with U-M's faculty and academic units on assessment of student learning, evaluation of educational initiatives, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Her research and teaching interests include assessment of program outcomes and analysis of trends in student behaviors and expectations. Her recent studies have included examinations of undergraduate first year experience, Millennial and Global Generations, social networking for faculty and students, first generation student issues, and climate for students, faculty, and staff. She coauthored the 2014 book, The influence of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement: A Critical Analysis of Research (1996-2013), and contributed a chapter to the 2018 book, Hazing: Destroying Young Lives. Outside CRLT, Malinda serves as a speaker on generational trends, risk management trends, and values-based leadership. She has served as National President of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the first female to do so, and was a foundational member of the Board of Directors of HazingPrevention.Org. Malinda earned her bachelors degree in music from Wichita State University, her M.Mus. in music literature from the University of Colorado, her Ed.S. in higher education administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and her Ph.D. in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Michigan.

LaVonne Maxwell

LaVonne Maxwell
Administrative Assistant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-8056
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
yuillel@umich.edu

LaVonne Maxwell is excited to be providing support for the Foundational Course Initiative. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Cleary University. Her addition to the CRLT staff brings more than 17 years of administrative support and event planning experience. She is thrilled to be a member of a groundbreaking team that is finding ways to revolutionize foundational courses to positively impact the educational goals of each student.

Deborah Meizlish

Deborah Meizlish
Managing Director for Educational Development and Assessment Services
(734) 763-2396
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
debmeiz@umich.edu 

Deborah Meizlish is Managing Director for Educational Development and Assessment Services. She consults with administrators, faculty, and GSIs on course and curricular issues, including assessment; plans university-wide programs on teaching, learning, and academic leadership; and conducts seminars on a wide variety of pedagogical topics. Deborah regularly works with faculty and administrators across U-M, with particular focus on LSA and professional school programs in the social sciences.  She was part of the inaugural team for the LSA Teaching Academy, co-directing it for nine years.  Her current college-level collaborations include the Ross Teaching Academy, a program that supports new faculty as they transition to teaching at Michigan. She also co-facilitates the LSA Large Course Initiative, a faculty learning community for large-course instructors in LSA.  She was co-Principal Investigator on “The Impact of Meta-Cognitive Strategies within Writing in the Disciplines: Experiments to Improve Writing and Critical Thinking,” funded by the Teagle and Spencer Foundations. Deborah’s research and writing focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, academic hiring, preparing future faculty developers, and academic integrity. She has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Gina Micheal

Gina Michael
Graphic Designer & Event Planner
(734) 764-1083
211 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
ginamich@umich.edu

Gina Michael earned a B.A. in Art and Graphic Design from The Ohio State University in 2012. She joined CRLT-Engin in August of 2018 and assists with CRLT-Engin events and programs. She produces the promotional graphic materials for the various center-related events, updates CRLT-Engin publications and reports, and assists in maintaining the CRLT-Engin website.

Fernando Mora

Fernando Mora
Research Associate 
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
fjmora@umich.edu

Fernando Mora studied Creative Writing in Santiago, Chile at Universidad Diego Portales. After graduating, he taught English as a Foreign Language for eight years before coming to Michigan to learn about how policy affects the classroom and society at large. He earned dual Master’s degrees in Educational Studies and Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan Schools of Education and Social Work. Fernando has been involved in a number of research and evaluation efforts in higher education at UM, studying topics ranging from the LSA Race & Ethnicity Requirement, Latina/o student climate studies, and faculty diversity at the UM ADVANCE Program. His primary interests at CRLT are in assessment, educational reform, curriculum development, and student learning.

Kathryn Pamula

Kathryn Pamula
Company Manager, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. In her current role, Kathryn works with clients both on- and off-campus to coordinate performance and travel logistics. She manages the Players performance and rehearsal schedules and administers performance agreements and Actor's Equity Association contracts. She has previously worked at several professional theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club.

Whitney Peoples

Whitney Peoples
Assistant Director, Focus on Race & Ethnicity Courses
(734) 764-7605
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
wpeoples@umich.edu

Whitney Peoples earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Emory University, an M.A in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Political Science from Agnes Scott College. With fifteen years experience in feminist and critical race research, activism, and teaching, Whitney has spoken and written on the intersections of race, gender, health, and popular culture. She has taught introductory, core, and special topics courses in Women's and Gender Studies and African American Studies, including courses on feminist media studies; African-American gender ideologies; race, sexuality, & identity; reproductive justice; feminist research methods; and feminist pedagogies. Whitney has also published critical essays on topics including hip-hop feminism, advertising for oral contraceptives, and representations of women in African American film. Whitney joined CRLT in 2017 and serves as the designated Instructional Consultant with a focus on Race and Ethnicity and is a member of the Center's Diversity Leadership Committee.

Tershia Pinder–Grover

Tershia Pinder–Grover
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tpinder@umich.edu

Tershia Pinder-Grover received a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, and went on to earn her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She joined CRLT in August 2005 and now serves as the Director of CRLT in Engineering, where she coordinates initiatives for engineering faculty, develops workshops and seminars, and consults with faculty and graduate students on a variety of pedagogical topics. Her current research interests include examining the effect of instructional technology on student learning and performance and assessing the impact of peer mentoring programs for GSIs.

Courtney Riddle

Courtney Riddle
Recruitment Manager & Rehearsal Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-9265
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
myersco@umich.edu

Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She has been working with the CRLT Players since 2010. As the Recruitment Manager and Rehearsal Director for The Players, she is responsible for all actor recruitment, casting, and training, as well as directing all existing sketches in The Players repertoire. Courtney has been a performer in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 

Heather Rypkema

Heather Rypkema
Instructional Consultant for Analytics and Assessment, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-7868
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hrypkema@umich.edu

Heather Rypkema earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics, M.A. in Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, all from Harvard University. After her postdoc at Stanford University, Heather went on to hold a tenure track faculty position in Chemistry at University of Louisville as well as research faculty positions at Purdue University (Chemistry) and University of Michigan (Dept. of Climate and Space Science and Engineering), with areas of research focus including the physics of radical-molecule interactions, ultrafast spectroscopy, laser photochemistry with applications to renewable energy, quantum chemical analysis of atmospheric reactions, and the development of new spectroscopic methods for the analysis of archaeological soil samples in the field. She has more than 20 years’ experience as an instructor in higher education, having taught as an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, and faculty member. At CRLT and as a member of the FCI team, Heather specializes in analytics and assessment.

Melinda ThompsonMelinda Thompson
Administrative Assistant
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
guillory@umich.edu

Melinda Thompson earned her associate’s degree in administrative assistant technology from Washtenaw Community College. She has over 10 years of combined clerical and customer service experience and has worked in several different departments at the University of Michigan, including the Housing Information Office and the Facilities Information Center. Since January 2004, Melinda has been with CRLT, where she oversees the undergraduate student assistants and keeps the office well supplied and running smoothly.

Lisa TuneLisa Tune
Events Coordinator, Graphic Designer, and Photographer
(734) 763-4418
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ltune@umich.edu

Lisa Tune earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism with a minor in Graphic Communication from Eastern Michigan University. She has a wide range of event and communications experience. Within CRLT, she provides travel and graphic design support to various programs. She also delivers event photography for numerous events including the CRLT Players performances, Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation, New Faculty Orientation, and many other CRLT events.

Nicole Tuttle

Nicole Tuttle
Assistant Director
(734) 936-0648
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ntuttle@umich.edu

Nicole Tuttle earned her B.S.Chem at the University of Michigan in 2003 in chemistry, biochemistry, and plant biology. Following that, she taught sixth-grade science in Atlanta Public Schools through Teach For America. She went on to complete a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 2013 with a dissertation focused on the catalytic properties of yeast spliceosomal RNA. She received further pedagogical training there while working as a Graduate Teaching Consultant with the Chicago Center for Teaching. After that, she conducted research and managed the research efforts of an NSF-funded professional development program (NURTURES) from the University of Toledo centered on implementing science inquiry in Toledo-area K-3 classrooms. She has taught courses in the sciences and education at the University of Toledo and Lourdes University. At CRLT, Nicole consults with instructors and leads workshops on pedagogy with a focus on the STEM disciplines. She co-directs the Graduate Student Instructional Consultant program, the LSA Teaching Academy, the Postdoctoral Short Course on College Science Teaching, and contributes to the efforts of CRLT’s assessment team.

Erping Zhu

Erping Zhu
Associate Director and Director of CRLT China Programs
(734) 763-3757
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ezhu@umich.edu

Erping Zhu earned a Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Erping is an associate director for instructional technology initiatives at CRLT.  She coordinates CRLT consultation and midterm student feedback services.  She directs the CRLT Fellows Program for new faculty developers from top Chinese universities. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching and working with departments on faculty professional development in teaching with technology, including blended and online teaching and learning.  She also coordinates the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize and the Thurnau Professorships.  She has authored and co-authored chapters in books (e.g., McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching), encyclopedias, and academic journals. Her research focuses on technology and teaching, scholarship of teaching, and online learning and instruction.

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