Speakers & Presenters

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Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote

Director of the Master of Science in First-Year Studies | Professor of Education | Faculty Fellow for High-Impact Practices | Kennesaw State University

Through active and engaging learning opportunities, Jennifer strives to create an environment where students will think more deeply, and ultimately, more critically. In her experience, active learning does not always produce critical thinking or learning, but coupled with intentionality and opportunities for reflection, students are more likely to get to those “a-ha” learning experiences.

Sean Eversley Bradwell

Sean Eversley Bradwell

Director of Programs & Outreach, Student Affairs | Ithaca College

Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell currently serves as the director of outreach and programs at Ithaca College. Prior to this role, Dr. Bradwell taught in Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity (CSCRE) as well as the Department of Education. Dr. Bradwell also serves as a faculty-in-residence for the Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Scholars Program and has research / teaching interests in educational policy, race theory, and hip hop culture.

Presenters

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.

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.

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis

Associate Professor of Literacy Education, School of Education | University of Delaware

Bill works with in-service teachers and pre-service teacher candidates in the School of Education. Bill teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy methods, young adult literature, and courses in standards and curriculum. Before he came to the University of Delaware, he spent 20 years teaching high school English in Pennsylvania public schools. These varied instructional experiences have helped Bill to understand the crucial role that background knowledge plays in students’ ability to engage with complex disciplinary texts, and in students’ overall academic performance. Providing students with explicit purposes for reading, engaging them in activities that build relevant background knowledge, and supporting them as they construct understanding leads to more successful students and to a more engaging educational experience for both students and their instructors.

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.

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!

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.

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.
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