CRLT Staff Directory

CRLT's Leadership Team

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.

 

Deborah Meizlish

Deborah Meizlish
Senior Associate Director

(734) 763-2396
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
debmeiz@umich.edu

Deborah Meizlish is senior associate director at CRLT and coordinator of CRLT's grant programs. 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's current college-level collaborations include the LSA Teaching Academy and the Ross Teaching Academy, programs that support 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 recently 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.

 

Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Artistic Director of the CRLT Theatre Program
Senior Associate Director

(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Sara Armstrong has been the Artistic 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.

 

Tershia Pinder–Grover

Tershia Pinder–Grover
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering

(734) 615-9263
Central Campus: 1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
North Campus: 201 Gorguze Family Laboratory
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.

CRLT Consultants

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.

 

Meg Bakewell

Meg Bakewell
Associate Director

(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mbakewel@umich.edu

Meg Bakewell received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University, and went on to earn her M.S in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both at the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, Meg worked for CRLT as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant, with a special interest in helping faculty and GSIs make effective use of instructional technology. As an associate director, Meg continues to consult with faculty and graduate students about instructional technology and evaluates the pedagogical value of emerging technologies at U-M. She also facilitates workshops related to teaching and learning, conducts midterm student feedback sessions, and coordinates a teaching academy for new faculty in the health sciences.

 

Theresa Braunschneider

Theresa Braunschneider
Associate Director and
Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives

(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 helps lead the Diversity Team, coordinating programming focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching, working with departments, schools, and colleges on professional development in inclusive teaching for their faculty and GSIs, and working with the CRLT Players on sketch development and facilitation.

 

Karishma ColletteKarishma Collette
Instructional Consultant

(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
Instructional Consultant

(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.

 

Victoria Genetin

Victoria A. Genetin
Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusivity

(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.

 

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.

 

Motoko L. MaegawaMotoko L. Maegawa
Facilitator and Program Associate, CRLT Theatre Program

(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mmaegawa@umich.edu

Motoko L. Maegawa joined the CRLT Players in 2017 as a facilitator after a career as a senior administrator in K-12 schools in which her support of teaching and curriculum development focused on supporting equitable and inclusive practices. In addition to her work with the Players, she is the Associate Director of the National SEED (Seeking Education Equity and Diversity) Project, which supports educators and administrators in K-Higher Ed and community organizations to facilitate peer-led conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. Having participated in the performing arts as an actor, manager, and producer throughout her own education and professional career, she appreciates the unique approach of the CRLT Players to support social justice and improve climate for engaged learning. Motoko holds a BS in Education and a BLS in Communications and Design Studies from Iowa State University.

 

Malinda Matney

Malinda Matney
Director of 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). Outside CRLT, Malinda has served as a speaker on generational trends, and on risk management trends. 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.

 

Stephanie Moody

Stephanie Moody
Instructional Consultant

(734) 647-5676
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
slmoody@umich.edu

Stephanie Moody earned a B.A. in English with a 6-12 Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Education from Webster University. After teaching high school English for five years, Stephanie went on to obtain her PhD in the Joint Program in English and Education and a Women's Studies Certificate from the University of Michigan, where she also received the Outstanding GSI Award and the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on literacy, rhetoric and writing, composition pedagogy, English Language Arts pedagogy, and popular romance fiction. At CRLT, Stephanie consults with faculty and GSIs about their teaching, co-facilitates the Graduate Student Instructional Consultant group, co-teaches ELI 994, and directs the winter GSI Teaching Orientation.

 

Whitney PeoplesWhitney Peoples
Instructional Consultant, 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.

 

Nicole Tuttle

Nicole Tuttle
Instructional Consultant

(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 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 faculty and GSIs about their teaching and leads workshops on pedagogy with a focus on the STEM disciplines. She is involved in the development and delivery of face-to-face and online courses for postdocs about teaching college science and contributes to the efforts of CRLT’s assessment team.

 

Erping Zhu

Erping Zhu
Associate Director

(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 eaching 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. 

Postdoctoral and Research Associates 

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Diversity and Inclusive Teaching

(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
grantrj@umich.edu

Grant Jackson earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. At CRLT, he works on programming related to diversity and inclusive teaching, which aligns with his research on the relationship between students' developmental capacities and teaching and learning. Prior to joining CRLT on a full-time basis, he worked as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant, facilitated a variety of CRLT training sessions on campus, and was a Graduate Student Instructor for multiple intergroup dialogue courses associated with the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR). Prior to coming to the U of M, he earned a B.A. in German from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University, and worked as an Academic Advisor and Adjunct Faculty at Utah Valley University.

Administrative Staff

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.  

 

Ryan HudsonRyan Hudson
Assistant to the Director & Publications Specialist

(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; she also supports the teaching award competitions and coordinates CRLT's annual report and blog.  

 

Michelle Getchell

Michelle Getchell
Conference and Event Manager

(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

 

 

Project Staff

Laura Gonzalez-Garcia

Laura Gonzalez-Garcia
Senior Events Coordinator and Grants Assistant

(734) 615-4617
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.

 

Amy Beth Hamermesh

Amy Beth Hamermesh
Technology Support

CRLT Unit IT Support, (734) 936-2596 and
Desktop Support Specialist Intermediate (UHS)

(734) 763-4176
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
amybeth@umich.edu

Amy Hamermesh is primarily responsible for technology support at CRLT. She joined the ITS MiWorkspace Neighborhood IT team as CRLT adopted MiWorkspace in 2013. A Help Desk Support Specialist, Amy came to the university in 1990 to study linguistics and joined the staff in 1994 as an administrator for the Department of Judaic Studies.  She joined CRLT in a technology role in 1999.  Amy holds a BA in German, Spanish, Hebrew, and Russian from the University of Delaware. She holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.

 

Jeri HollisterJeri Hollister
Events Coordinator and Graphic Designer

(734) 764-2462
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
jerih@umich.edu

Jeri Hollister earned a B.A. in art history, and B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the Stamps School of Art and Design, at the University of Michigan. She supports CRLT events, including the Health Sciences Teaching Academy, and reviews submissions for the Graduate Teacher Certificate program. She also helps to maintain the CRLT website, creates promotional graphic materials, and updates CRLT publications, including the Graduate Student Instructor Guidebook and the CRLT Annual Report.

 

Hitomi KatsumiHitomi Katsumi
Events Coordinator and Graphic Designer

(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 the CRLT Seminar Series, New Faculty Orientation, and other CRLT events. She also assists in producing promotional graphic materials for various center-related events. 

 

Kathryn PamulaKathryn Pamula
Performance Coordinator, CRLT Theatre Program

(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a B.B.A. in Business Administration and a B.T.A. in Theatre Arts-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. She has previously worked for several professional theatre companies including Manhattan Theatre Club. Kathryn oversees performance and travel logistics for the CRLT Players and manages the the Players' website.  

 

Courtney RiddleCourtney Riddle
Company Manager, 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 became Company Manager of the CRLT Players in 2010 where she recruits, casts, supervises, and coordinates the work of the actors. She also coordinates rehearsal and performance schedules, travels with the company, and collaborates with the Artistic Director on program development. Courtney has been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1998 and has been performing in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 

 

Melinda Thompson

Melinda 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

(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 & communications experience. Since joining CRLT, she provides event photography and graphic design support. 

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