Speakers & Presenters
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Keynote Speakers

James Lang

James Lang

Professor of English and director of Center for Reaching Excellence, Assumption College, Worchester, MA

James M. Lang is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than seventy-five colleges or universities in the US and abroad. In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
Valerie Barr

Valerie Barr

Professor of computer science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Valerie Barr received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S. in Computer Science from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Valerie has previously worked on industry applications such as automated blood analyzers, automated storage and retrieval machines, and banking back office operations. Valerie is also involved in curriculum development, chiefly through the creation of interdisciplinary programs between CS and the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with a goal of changing the demographics of and increasing enrollments in computer science. She has been the recipient of NSF POWRE and CPATH awards. Valerie is currently chair of ACM-W, the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing.
Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly

Professor of history, George Mason University

Dr. Mills Kelly is a national expert in the scholarship of teaching and learning in history and its intersections with digital humanities.   From 2001-2011 Kelly was an associate director of George Mason’s award-winning Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where he has been either co-director or principal investigator on three major website projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  His most recent book, Teaching History in the Digital Age, provides guidance for practitioners hoping to leverage powerful digital media tools in the research, writing, and teaching of history.   He is also the author of more than a dozen articles on the intersection of historical pedagogy and digital humanities.  Dr. Kelly has a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA from George Washington University, and PhD from George Washington University.

Presenters

Avron Abraham

Avron Abraham

Faculty Director of the Center for Academic Success and University Studies, professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences

Avon Abraham received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes University in South Africa  and his doctorate  from the University of Connecticut. His current responsibilities include overseeing the University Studies Program which serves approximately 1500 undeclared students, the Office of Academic Enrichment, The Student Support Services Program TRIO grant and the First Year Seminar Program. He has served on the faculty senate Undergraduate Studies Committee, Chaired the General Education Committee and been president of the University Faculty Senate.

Deborah Allen

Deborah Allen

Professor Biological Sciences, Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at UD

Deborah Allen joined a multidisciplinary team of educators to design, implement, and assess problem-based learning (PBL) curricula for introductory courses, including interdisciplinary ones for pre-service teachers in the mid-1990s. Allen is a founding member of the editorial board of CBE-Life Sciences Education and has authored feature articles for the journal since 2002. She is co-author/editor of several books on PBL and related instructional strategies, and is an advisor to a number of PBL-related federally funded projects. Allen is a recipient of UD’s Excellence in Teaching Award and of the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2013 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education, and has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Péru to co-develop a PBL program for middle school environmental science.

Ann Ardis

Ann Ardis

Professor Senior Vice Provost for Graduate & Professional Education Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center

Ann Ardis (B.A. University of Kansas, 1979; M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1988) has published extensively on turn-of-the-twentieth-century British literature and culture. The common thread running through all of her major research projects to date has been an interest in the relationship between recorded history and silence as well in what Raymond Williams has termed the “machinery of selective tradition.”

Dylan Audette

Dylan Audette

Preceptor in the integrated sciences program at UD

Dylan Audette works with Biology and Chemistry faculty to develop and facilitate Labs, Studio, and Group activities throughout the interdisciplinary Biology and Chemistry (iBC) curriculum. He has designed much of the quantitative reasoning component of the iBC curriculum and strives to reduce the fear’s associated with processing data. Dylan Audette earned his PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Delaware investigating transcription factors and regulatory networks that are crucial for the development of the lens of the eye. He currently researches how students learn in the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL).
Meghan Biery

Meghan Biery

First Year Seminar Program Manager

Meghan Biery is the First Year Seminar Program Manager at the University of Delaware. She has been with UD since 2002.

Jules Bruck

Jules Bruck

Associate Professor & Director of Landscape Architecture

Jules Bruck is a working landscape designer and is highly knowledgeable about the the field, with a particular emphasis on sustainable practices and the use of native plants in residential landscapes. Bruck has completed large scale public garden design projects, most notably the National Conifer Garden at Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. She recently oversaw a study abroad trip to Brazil, leading students on an exploration of the landscape and her teaching methods focus on developing students’ creative problem solving and “design thinking” skills, and the intersection of design and leadership.

Nico Carver

Nico Carver

Senior assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library

Nico Carver coordinates services at the Student Multimedia Design Center, and can consult on questions related to photography, video production, web design, and multimedia software. His background is in experimental filmmaking, which he studied at Hampshire College. He holds an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nancy Chase

Nancy Chase

Director of Student Wellness and Health Promotion

Nancy has been working at UD as a professional in Student Wellness since 1995. Before that she was both an undergrad and grad student at UD, and began her practice of wellness promotion on the UD campus with Sexual Offense Support (SOS) in 1988. Her skill areas cover the practice of health promotion in higher education settings; substance abuse prevention, screening, and intervention; sexual violence prevention and victim advocacy; human sexuality; healthy body image promotion and eating disorder prevention; and tobacco cessation. Her passion is in advocating for the student voice and in helping late adolescents emerge successfully into adulthood.

Jesse Erickson

Jesse Erickson

University of Delaware Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities

Jesse R. Erickson’s role at the University involves the development of digital scholarship projects and the active promotion of student engagement with archival and manuscript collections through a joint teaching appointment with the English Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Studies and his master of library and information science from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jacqueline Fajardo

Jacqueline Fajardo

Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at UD

Professor Fajardo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Washington State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Upon completion of her Ph.D, Dr. Fajardo began teaching courses in general chemistry, scientific writing, and principles of scientific inquiry. She also collaborated with high school teachers on implementation of active-learning pedagogies within their own classrooms. Since July 2013 she has been an Assistant Professor within the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. Within this capacity, she teaches honors-level integrated general chemistry and strives to bring interdisciplinary relevance to her classrooms.

Michael Fernbacher

Michael Fernbacher

Assistant Director in the Office of Student Conduct

Michael Fernbacher currently serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Conduct. His primary responsibility is managing all academic honesty cases, including consulting with faculty, meeting with students and updating policies and procedures. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, his Master’s degree from the University of Delaware and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware. His research focus is on student and faculty understanding of UD’s Academic Honesty Policy and methods of increasing knowledge and awareness of the policy.

Thomas Glieden

Thomas Glieden

Director of Education B2B for The New York Times

Thomas Glieden has been Director of Education B2B for The New York Times since 2016. However, he has been with The Times since October 1998.  He has worked in  various circulation roles primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions until he joined the Education Department in 2008.  Mr. Glieden is the fourth generation of his family to work for The New York Times, his great-grandfather joined The Times as a court reporter in 1920.

Meg Grotti

Meg Grotti

Associate librarian and Assistant Head of Instructional Services at the University of Delaware Library

Meg Grotti provides leadership and support for the cross-departmental team of librarians who provide instructional services.  Meg also serves as library liaison to the School of Education.  Meg holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and an M.Ed in Educational Technology from the University of Delaware.
Kevin R Guidry

Kevin R Guidry

Senior Research Analyst, CTAL

Kevin R. Guidry works with faculty on exploring new pedagogies and improving existing teaching practices to enhance student learning. Dr. Guidry specializes in assessment of student learning and survey methodology having worked on teaching, learning, and assessment research and practice at levels ranging from individual courses to projects spanning hundreds of colleges and universities.

Aviva Heyn

Aviva Heyn

Assistant Director of Digital Learning, Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Delaware

Aviva Heyn leads online course development and testing services at the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has experience applying educational technologies, including simulations and gaming, for second language learning, cross-cultural communication, and soft skills. She holds a BA in in Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology, and a MA in Social Anthropology, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Fred Hofstetter

Fred Hofstetter

Professor in the School of Education

Fred Hofstetter develops eLearning software and designs and publishes curricular materials used in UD’s graduate programs and undergraduate minor in educational technology. His research interests include educational technology, instructional design, multimedia, distance learning, advanced Web design, higher education, and music education. Recently Dr. Hofstetter has focused on the iPad, for which he has developed the iSeeNcode app for the School of Education’s IES literacy grant, and he has published the iPad Primer, which is an ePub available in the Apple iBookstore.

Paul Hyde

Paul Hyde

Academic Support Manager, ATS

Paul works with faculty on a variety of Commons projects –including grants, events, and collaborations across campus.  Paul was an adjunct instructor for 11 years in the School of Education and Department of Art.

Tracy Jentzsch

Tracy Jentzsch

Regional Digital Humanities Coordinator, Interdisciplanary Humanities Research Center at University of Delaware

Tracy Jentzsch serves as the program coordinator for UD’s Museum Studies Program and a media specialist for UD’s History Media Center within the Department of History. Jentzsch earned her BA in Communication Arts at Notre Dame of Maryland University, her MA in Liberal Arts from the University of Delaware, certificates in Museum Studies from University of Delaware,  and Marketing Strategy and Planning from New York University School of Continuing Education.
Nancy Karibjanian

Nancy Karibjanian

Director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware

Nancy Karibjanian teaches broadcast journalism courses as an instructor in the Communication Department and for the Journalism Program. She brings thirty years experience in journalism to the classroom having worked as a reporter, producer, and news anchor. She is part of the core group of journalists who founded Delaware Public Media, Delaware’s only native NPR station. A 1980 graduate of the University of Delaware, Karibjanian earned her degree in communication and was inducted to the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2011.
David Kim

David Kim

Visiting Faculty of Digital Humanities in English

David Kim is the project manager of the Colored Conventions Project and visiting faculty of digital humanities in English. He is currently leading the campus-wide digital pedagogy initiative with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC).

Christopher A Knight

Christopher A Knight

Associate Professor in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Chris Knight specializes in how the nervous system controls movements and how control changes with aging, pathology or physical activity and exercise. He researches ways to improve older adults’ ability to move. His focus also includes similar improvements for patients with Parkinson’s disease and stroke victims. Knight works to develop a better understanding of the limitations to physical function in these special populations and whether or how they can be addressed with exercise or other interventions.

Tobias Lemke

Tobias Lemke

PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

Tobias Lemke is a PhD candidate in the University of Delaware’s Department of Political Science and International Relations. His work explores the role of party politics in the making of foreign policy with a focus on nineteenth century Britain, France, and Prussia. Specifically, he is interested in how politicians use methods of story-telling to shape the public’s perception of foreign affairs and international security. He also works for the University’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) which uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop future faculty members committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers.

Julie Lopez

Julie Lopez

Classroom instructor at the English Language Institute (ELI)

Julie Lopez has taken on the roles of Bridge Program Coordinator and videographer since 2012. Through the Bridge Program, she has connected with UD faculty teaching freshmen level classes to help ELI Bridge Students succeed in the UD classes they take part-time. She is the author of the Bridge Program Study Skills Course Book and trains and supervises Bridge Leaders who provide linguistic, academic and cultural support to Bridge Students. The films she has produced for the ELI include orientation videos, a series of bully awareness skits, promotional videos about ELI’s various programs and activities, and faculty training videos. In 2009, she created a new class and began teaching students how to produce their own films in ELI’s advanced-level course, English through Film: Viewing and Producing. She has presented multiple times at major conferences with colleague, Scott Duarte, on student-produced video techniques.

Adrian A McCleary

Adrian A McCleary

Assistant Director of Academic Advisement Services, University Studies Program

Adrian McCleary has served as the Assistant Director of the University Studies Program at the University of Delaware since 2009. He has 15 years’ experience in higher education and is responsible for coordinating the academic advisement process for undeclared students at UD. Through his efforts in University Studies, many of UD’s most talented students are provided opportunities to explore academic options prior to committing to a major. Adrian is well-versed in the University of Delaware’s academic policies and collaborates with Assistant Deans in all seven colleges to support students. Additionally, he is an instructor for UD’s First Year Seminars and has led a variety of workshops focusing on academic management strategies and deciphering UD’s complex curriculum. While at the University of Connecticut prior to coming to UD, Adrian received awards for advising and teaching, including Outstanding Advisor of the Year and the Outstanding First Year Experience Teaching award. Adrian holds a BA in Communication Sciences and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Julie McGee

Julie McGee

Associate Professor of Black American Studies and Art History, and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center

Julie L. McGee, an art historian with specialties in African American art and contemporary African art, has published widely on contemporary African American art and South African art, with particular focus on artist and museum praxis. She joined the University Museums of the University of Delaware as curator of African American art in 2008 after a dozen years on the faculty of Bowdoin College and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. McGee has written and lectured extensively on African American art and contemporary art in South Africa. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art.

Sandy McVey

Sandy McVey

IT Educational Technology Consultant II, ATS

With certifications in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, Sandy can ensure that you’re in good hands if you want to revamp your teaching materials. Vested with a Google I.Q. you’ve found an ideal partner to help develop activities using the Google Apps at UD product line. Cheekily known as “Clicker Girl,” Sandy leads discussion around in-class student engagement utilizing polling tools. Clients comment that her strong technical knowledge wrapped in her personable approach help them re-imagine classroom activities. When not talking tech you’ll find Sandy in the garden or creating unique floral designs.

Chanele Moore

Chanele Moore

Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington

Eileen Moscoso

Eileen Moscoso

Master's student in the University of Delaware's Department of English

Eileen Moscoso is a second year Master’s student in the University of Delaware’s Department of English. Her work has focused on 19th century American and African American literature with a particular focus on print and material culture with regard to the construction of racialized identities. As a member of the Colored Conventions Project, Eileen has worked in the grants committee and as co-chair of the digital archives committee.

Chrystalla Mouza

Chrystalla Mouza

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the School of Education

Chrystalla Mouza earned an Ed.D., M.Ed, and M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed post-doctoral work at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). She has expertise in the learning sciences including teacher learning,  applications of technology in K-12 classrooms, and teaching and learning outcomes in ubiquitous and mobile computing environments. She is a principal investigator on several projects funded by the Delaware Department of Education to improve teacher quality in high-need schools, a co- PI on a National Science Foundation 21st century computing grant that will provide teacher professional development in the area of computational thinking, and the learning scientist on two National Science Foundation funded projects that seek to improve climate change education by providing effective professional development to teachers.

Rose Muravchick

Rose Muravchick

Assistant Director, CTAL

Rose Muravchick consults with faculty across the arts and humanities broadly, and provides targeted support for encouraging student discussions that are civil, professional, and highly engaged. Muravchick is also focusing on supporting UD’s graduate teaching assistants, through individual consultations and UNIV 600, CTAL’s formal class for course-design. In addition, she works closely with the Vice Provost for Diversity on campus-wide initiatives that support the University’s vision for inclusive excellence. She has teaching experience both in a liberal arts setting, as well as a large research university. Her doctoral training is in comparative religions and her areas of research include Islamic material culture and Islam and gender.

Nancy O'Laughlin

Nancy O'Laughlin

Educational Technology Consultant IV, ATS

Nancy works with faculty to promote effective uses of technology in education. Some areas of interest include: instructional design, hybrid or blended learning, online learning, e-portfolios, learning management systems (Sakai, Canvas) and learning analytics. Nancy, along with her three sons are all graduates of UD!

Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson

PhD candidate in English

Sarah Patterson specializes in 19th century African American literature, American women’s literature, and feminist thought. Her dissertation explores the rise of Black American intellectual cultures and ideals, particularly through the ways Black women’s literature addresses political movements between 1856 and 1910. With Black educational thought and public activism as points of entry, this narrative describes how communal and heavily gendered practices in intellectual decorum among Black writer-activists developed over time and the ways genre influenced the framing and reception of Black intellectual expression in public and textual spaces, including political conventions, newspapers, sketches, serial literature, census reports and contemporary digital mediums. Sarah is a co-founder of The Colored Conventions Project and former Co-coordinator. She will co-edit the forthcoming volume, Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age.

Lori Pollock

Lori Pollock

Alumni Distinguished Professor in Computer and Information Sciences and ACM Distinguished Scientist

Lori Pollock’s research focuses on software artifact analyses for easing software maintenance, testing, and developing energy-efficient software, code optimization, and computer science education. She co-leads the Partner4CS team in Delaware to integrate CS into K-12 through teacher professional development and undergraduate service to teachers in the CS10K national efforts.  She is also co-leading the WeC4Communities NSF INCLUDES launch pilot partnering higher ed, libraries and Boys and Girls Clubs to encourage middle school underrepresented students in computing to create computing artifacts to help address local community problems. She serves on the Executive Board of the Computing Research of Women in Computing (CRA-W), which was honored with the National Science Board’s 2005 Public Service Award to an organization for increasing the public understanding of science or engineering. She was awarded the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator award 2016 and University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award, E.A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity in 2004.

Kathleen L. Pusecker

Kathleen L. Pusecker

Director & Director of Educational Assessment

Kathy Langan Pusecker establishes and maintains relationships with faculty members, Chairs, Deans, and other senior internal constituencies and external agencies, to include national accreditation bodies. She also serves on the Faculty Senate General Education Committee and works with this committee to provide formative feedback about the newly implemented General Education objectives. Her responsibilities include providing professional development support for the New Faculty Orientation and supporting all who teach at the UD through consultations, observations, training, and feedback. She assists UD in addressing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation standards related to the assessment of general education and student learning. She helps to select and develop tools and oversees their implementation and the analysis and reporting of data. Pusecker establishes critical communications and coordination with internal constituencies and University senior decision-makers to address issues that may affect execution/implementation of University strategic plans, policies and programs.

Edna Ross

Edna Ross

Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville

Edna Ross specializes in learning and cognitive psychology.  She co-teaches and is co- Course Director for one of the largest and most popular undergraduate courses at University of Louisville. Ross has received several awards for teaching and student involvement from the U of L including the College of Arts and Sciences’ peer conferred Distinguished Teaching Award, and the student nominated Faculty Favorite Award. Ross was nominated in 2014 for the CASE and The Carnegie Foundation’s United States Professors of the Year Award. In addition to her faculty role at the University of Louisville, Ross has a joint appointment with the Delphi Center for Teaching and learning as the Specialist for Critical Thinking. In this capacity, she serves on the university’s re- accreditation team and is responsible for providing faculty development programming and training to university faculty on incorporating critical thinking activities into their courses.

Sue Serra

Sue Serra

Assistant Director in the Office of Service Learning

Erin Sicuranza

Erin Sicuranza

Educational Technology Consultant, ATS

Erin serves as a dedicated instructional designer for the Lerner College of Business & Economics – Graduate and MBA Programs, with an emphasis on supporting online and hybrid Canvas course design. Consults with faculty to enhance teaching and learning, analyzes learning needs and develops effective technology-based solutions. In her free time, she can be found playing with her three kids, listening to live music, reading a novel, or playing basketball.

Olena Smith

Olena Smith

GIS Consultant at the University of Delaware

Olena Smith supports the UD Geospatial Research community as a technological leader and consultant to campus GIS projects in research and administrative realms. She has an M.A. in Geography from Western Michigan University with GIS specialization and has been working with GIS for over 13 years. Over the years, Olena has worked in developing and managing servers and databases, and she has extensive experience in creating, managing, and editing ArcGIS data. She is also teaching a GIS course at the University.
Daniel Stevens

Daniel Stevens

Associate Professor of Music

Daniel Stevens is a music theorist and pianist whose research explores the relationship between musicians’ gestures and expressive timing in performance. Daniel has published numerous articles on music theory pedagogy and assessment, and he currently serves as an Assessment Fellow at the University of Delaware.

Lillian Wang

Lillian Wang

GIS Specialist and Cartographer at the Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware

Lillian Wang is a GIS professional that creates, acquires, analyzes, and manages GIS data in order to produce publication-quality map products, illustrations and data reports for the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS).  Recently she has been working with GIS web applications (ESRI Collector, Story Maps) to streamline geologic field mapping techniques and to present scientific information online that is mobile-friendly.  Lillian has a BA and MS in Geography, both from UD, and has worked at the DGS for 18 years.