Speakers & Presenters
Assistant Vice President, Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices | Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Through active and engaging learning opportunities, Dr. Foote 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
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.
Nicole Eversley Bradwell
Director of Admissions | Ithaca College
Nicole Eversley Bradwell is the Director of Admissions at Ithaca College. She holds a masters in organizational communication and learning and design. She has extensive experience in international admissions, and has worked in over 27 nations with students from more than 70 different countries. Nicole, along with Sean Eversley Bradwell, has faciliated numerous workshops such as: Campus Climate and Classroom Pedagogy Implications , Gen Z and Inclusion, Microaggressions, Intersectionality and Cultural Competency, and Changing Landscape of US Higher Education.
Reference and Instructional Librarian
Grace Adeneye is the Pauline A. Young Resident at the University of Delaware, where she works as a Reference and Instructional Librarian. She has interests in assessment, library instruction for undergraduate students and teaching with primary sources. She received an MLS and a PGCert in Museum and Gallery Practice at University College London, and previously worked at the New York Public Library and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
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.
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
Dr. Jack Baroudi is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and a Professor in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Professor Baroudi joined the university in April of 2002 from Deutsche Bank’s Global Equities Division in New York, where he was a director and the global head of the division’s Learning and Development initiatives. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in behavioral science and management information systems. Dr. Baroudi currently serves as the faculty director for the Lerner College’s online MBA program where he also teaches a required course and provides general oversight for all graduate online programs in the college.
Assistant Professor of MIS, Department of Accounting & MIS, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
Kathryn Berkow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting & Management Information Systems at the University of Delaware. In addition to undergraduate degrees from the University of Delaware, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University. Kathryn returned to UD three years ago from a career in financial services analytics. Since then, her focus has been on developing engaging courses in business analytics—on campus and online—and continuing research in global equity and fixed income markets.
Associate librarian and Assistant Head of Instructional Services at the University of Delaware LibraryMeg 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
Associate Director of Educational Assessment, 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.
Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences
Dr. Harvey implements research-based teaching practices for CS at UD. He has been involved with broadening participation and CS for HS and MS since 2009. He addresses classroom issues for under-represented groups at the University of Delaware through his adoption of teaching strategies to minimize group performance differences (e.g. Problem-Based Learning, clickers, and group projects). His Software Engineering classes work with real clients, developing projects to make the world a better place. He has worked with the graduate women’s student group (CISters) and was instrumental in the group’s development of outreach programs for undergraduates. He was awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He was co-PI on the NSF BPC grant, which created a CS service learning model, and a co-PI on the NSF Partner4CS grant.
LMS Administrator, ATS
Mu He currently works at IT-ATS as an LMS administrator. He has a master degree in Instructional Design and a doctoral degree in Educational Technologies. He am interested in data science – data mining and visualization, in particular. Mu also considers himself as a programmer and enjoys developing mobile apps and LTI tools for educational purposes.
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.
Assistant Director for Graduate Education and Outreach, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (CBCB)
Dr. Hoober is the primary resource for all students and faculty about matters concerning degree requirements, curriculum options and academic policies in all stages of student progression through the Bioinformatics graduate programs. She manages CBCB graduate programs, including cross-campus coordination and program assessment, and leads development projects to expand the PhD, Master’s (MS/PSM) and Graduate Certificate programs. Karen has over 15 years’ experience teaching biochemistry, mentoring students, and developing course curriculum. She teaches CHEM214 Elementary Biochemistry and CHEM106 Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry.
Assistant Professor and Co-coordinator of the Social Studies Education Program, Department of History
Hannah Kim studies U.S. and Korean relations in the early to mid-twentieth century. Her dissertation examined how a transnational community of people such as missionaries, mission board members, academics, journalists, expatriates, adoptive parents, and government officials helped shape American perceptions of Korea and Koreans. Hannah received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.
Jennifer L. Lambe
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Senior Fellow at the Center for Political Communication
Jenny Lambe is an associate professor in the Communication Department at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests lie at the intersection between media ethics, freedom of expression, and media effects. She is particularly interested in exploring non-governmental sources of media accountability, and understanding public opinion about these issues.
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.
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.
Instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
Shannon Miller focuses her time and attention on the teaching of undergraduate mathematics. As an undergraduate herself, she completed her degree in both mathematics and in music with an emphasis in piano performance. She went on to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Delaware. She has experience teaching a wide variety of mathematics courses in a number of different formats and continues to work toward strengthening and improving her teaching ability to enhance student learning. She has worked this year to infuse computational thinking in her Contemporary Mathematics course.
Professor of Instructional Technology and Interim Director of 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.
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!
Adjunct Professor & Academic Advisor, Geological Sciences
Claire seeks to engage and excite students by incorporating emerging digital resources and small-group projects in her large-lecture, non-major geoscience courses. Claire synthesized an e-workbook for Geohazards lab (GEOL115) that merged old department tried-and-trues with accessible apps, online geoscience tools, and open educational curricula (project supported by a CTAL-IIG grant). This year, Claire and colleague Dr. Ron Martin will use similar strategies to re-engineer GEOL110: Earth’s Evolving Systems (supported by a CTAL-ReLIC grant). Claire holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington. She is also a published children’s author of over 30 original, nationally distributed titles of children’s nonfiction.
Victor W. Perez
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Victor Perez is an assistant professor of sociology with specializations in environmental justice, health & illness, and the sociology of risk. He is trained in quantitative survey research and has developed skills in mixed-methods research approaches in recent years, including field observations and focus groups. A unifying theme throughout his career is the entwined configuration of health, risk, and society, with a focus on environmental and health issues through social constructionist and social justice lenses. Currently, his research projects include a mixed-methods approach to examining perceptions of historic contaminants and sea-level rise in an impoverished area in South Wilmington, DE, working with an interdisciplinary team that is evaluating levels of historic contaminants and hypothesizing their mobility through water inundation. Other projects involve issues such as self-migration/relocation from climate change impacts and environmental burdens, and equitable brownfield revitalization.
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
Director, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning
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.
Kristen D. Ritchey
Professor, Special Education, School of Education, College of Education and Human Development
Dr. Kristen D. Ritchey is a professor in the School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development. Her specialty is in special education, and she teaches courses in instructional methods and assessment for students with mild to moderate disabilities. She coordinates the online track of the Masters in Education in Exceptional Children and Youth.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing Pedagogy, English
Andy Ross is a postdoctoral fellow in writing pedagogy at the University of Delaware. He teaches place-based, publicly-oriented writing and literature courses there, including research and composition courses in the Department of English, environmental literature courses in UD’s expanding Environmental Humanities program, and multidisciplinary communication courses in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering.
Associate Professor of MIS, Lerner
Mark Serva in an associate professor of Management Information Systems and a department advisor in the Lerner College of Business. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, his MBA from Syracus University and his bachelor of science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel B. Stevens
Associate Professor of Music Theory
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.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Writing Pedagogy, English
Allison Tharp is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Writing Pedagogy in the English department. Allison teaches freshman composition and second-writing courses through the English department. In addition, she worked closely with Lauren Wallis, the First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian, to develop a workshop series entitled Teaching Research in Undergraduate Education (T.R.U.E.) wherein instructors of varying levels and disciplines met to discuss how we can better teach research to our undergraduate students. When not teaching or talking about research with colleagues, you’ll find Alli hanging out with her dog Hank and listening to true crime podcasts.
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Theopold is a native of Germany. He was born in Berlin and grew up in Hamburg, where he received his Vordiplom in Chemistry in 1977. He then moved to California for graduate work, receiving a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Dr. Theopold began his academic career at Cornell University. In 1990, he moved his laboratory to the University of Delaware, where he is now a Professor of Chemistry. From 2007 to 2017 Dr. Theopold served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and he is a member of the University’s Center for Catalytic Science andTechnology. Research in the Theopold laboratory focusses on the organometallic and coordination chemistry of the transition metals. Prof. Theopold teaches graduate courses in inorganic chemistry as well as General Chemistry. He tweets @KHTheopold.
First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian
Lauren Wallis is the First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian at the University of Delaware Library. Lauren supports students’ information literacy learning inside and outside the classroom, reaching first-year students through collaborations with the Composition Program, First Year Experience, New Student Orientation, and other departments on campus. Her research interests include metaliteracy and feminist pedagogy for library instruction. She holds a MA in English and a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Preceptor in the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories
Christina Wesolek is a Preceptor in the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories; focusing an integrated Physical Science course for non-science majors, primarily pre-service teachers. “Our objective is to encourage students to delve into the Physical Sciences individually and in a group setting. They have the opportunity to explore their work and present it by using conceptual drawings, descriptive explanations, and computation. Finally, we foster the connection to real-life applications as students’ link physical science concepts to other fields, historical data, every day usages, and more.
Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of Composition
Délice Williams is Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of Composition here at UD. She teaches literature and first year writing. Her research interests include South Asian fiction, 19th-century British literature, postcolonial fiction, and the environmental humanities.