Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) Staff

Meg Bakewell Meg Bakewell
Foundational Course Initiative Director
(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave. 
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. 
Karishma Collette Karishma Collette
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-8181
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave. 
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.
Kairos Marquardt  Kairos Marquardt
Pedagogy & Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3848
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave. 
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.
LaVonne Maxwell  LaVonne Maxwell
Administrative Assistant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-8056
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave. 
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. 
Heather Rypkema  Heather Rypkema
Instructional Consultant for Analytics and Assessment, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-7868
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave. 
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.