CRLT Consulting and Assessment Staff

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Malinda Matney

Malinda Matney
Managing Director for Educational Development and Assessment Services
(734) 936-1135
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mmatney@umich.edu

Malinda Matney is Managing Director, Educational Development and Assessment Services 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), and contributed a chapter to the 2018 book, Hazing: Destroying Young Lives. Outside CRLT, Malinda serves as a speaker on generational trends, risk management trends, and values-based leadership. 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.

Whitney Peoples

Whitney Peoples
Director, Educational Development & Assessment Services. Coordinator of DEI Initiatives & Critical Race Pedagogies
(734) 764-7605
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
wpeoples@umich.edu

Whitney Peoples serves as a Director in Educational Development & Assessment Services and Coordinator of DEI Initiatives & Critical Race Pedagogies at the Center. She 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, representations of women in African American film. Most recently she co-edited the volume Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations; Theory; Practice; Critique.

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.

Jeanne Andreoli

Jeanne Andreoli
Assistant Director, Focus on Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences
(734) 764-8181
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
andreojm@umich.edu

Jeanne Andreoli joined the CRLT team in 2018 to focus on biological, physical, and health sciences teaching and learning initiatives at the University of Michigan. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University's School of Medicine, and a B.S. in Biology and Communications from the University of Michigan. She brings over 20 years of experience in higher education, in both faculty and administrative roles. Her research interests are grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, including learning theory, pedagogy, and assessment. She has worked closely with the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) to scale-up and institutionalize efforts to transform undergraduate STEM learning environments, primarily through facilities planning, faculty development, leadership development, and curricular design and development. She has been involved in several major cross-institutional initiatives, including ReBUILDetroit, an NIH- funded initiative aimed at improving opportunities for underrepresented students in biomedical research.

Karishma Collette

Karishma Collette
Assistant Director 
(734) 764-8181
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
karishms@umich.edu

Karishma Collette earned her B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the University of Mumbai (India) in 2001. In 2003, she completed her M.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology at Newcastle University (United Kingdom), and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 2011. Karishma's 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 postdoc 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 managed the peer tutoring and peer mentorship programs at the Science Learning Center. In her current role at CRLT, Karishma consults with and facilitates workshops for faculty, GSIs, and undergraduates in instructional roles, on a variety of topics in teaching and learning. She also directs the Winter GSI teaching orientation, and is the CRLT lead for the CRLT-ELI 994 program. Karishma is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI team and DE&I team. 

Tazin Daniels

Tazin Daniels
Assistant Director
(734) 615-9266
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tazdan@umich.edu

Tazin Daniels holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from Michigan State University where she studied the use of performance enhancing drugs among undergraduate students in a highly competitive academic environment. Her dissertation research, funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation, deeply informs her teaching practice as well as her work as an instructional and educational developer specializing in active, inclusive and student-centered pedagogies. At CRLT, Tazin works with instructors from STEM, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities who teach in a variety of settings including lectures, discussions, laboratories, clinics, communities, online and hybrid spaces. She directs the "Preparing Future Faculty Seminar” and the “Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar” for graduate students, as well as the "Health Sciences Teaching Academy” and the “Interprofessional Leadership Fellows Program” for faculty. Currently, she is also working on a NSF-funded MOOC on "Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Education" in collaboration with a number of institutions. Tazin has published work on online teaching and inclusive instructional development, and also serves as the chair of the “Healthcare Educational Developers Special Interest Group” and is a founding member of the “People of Color Affinity Group” within the PODNetwork. She also has a background in athletic and executive coaching which deeply informs her facilitation, consultation and mentorship practices with students and faculty alike. 

Victoria Genetin

Victoria A. Genetin
Assistant Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
(734) 763-2878
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
vgenetin@umich.edu

Victoria A. Genetin completed her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University in 2012.  She also holds her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, as well as a B.S.W. and M.S.W. in Social work from the University of Akron.  Victoria taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, served as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, and worked as a writing consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at The Ohio State before joining CRLT in 2014. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion where she supports faculty and graduate student instructors in their teaching through one-on-one consultations, classroom observations, as well as collecting and synthesizing student feedback, particularly around questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She directs Inclusive Teaching at Michigan May Series (IT@M) and the Leo Lecturers Inclusive Teaching Program. Additionally, Victoria develops and facilitates customized programming focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university and the medical school.

Hayley HeatonHayley Heaton
Research Associate
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hheaton@umich.edu

Hayley Heaton earned her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She also completed an MA in English at North Carolina State University and a BA in Psychology at Emory University. Her research dealt primarily with representations of non-standard regional US dialects on television, particularly focusing on what actors do to imitate American Southern accents and how those representations affect viewers’ language attitudes towards Southern-accented speakers. Hayley has also worked extensively with linguistic-based public outreach and helped co-found University of Michigan Language Matters, an organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the role linguistic prejudice and discrimination play in the classroom and on campus as a whole. Between finishing her doctorate and starting at CRLT, she served as a lecturer for U of M’s Linguistics Department and worked on multiple research projects at the university, including “Undergraduate Education in the Third Century” and the “Climate Survey of Linguists and Language Researchers.” Hayley is excited to apply her background in research and higher education at CRLT with the assessment team.

Stephanie Kusano

Stephanie Kusano
Assistant Director
(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.

Deborah Meizlish

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

Deborah Meizlish earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  In her role at CRLT, 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 regularly works with faculty and administrators across U-M, with particular focus on LSA and professional school programs in the social sciences.  She was part of the inaugural team for the LSA Teaching Academy, co-directing it for nine years.  Her current college-level collaborations include the Ross Teaching Academy, a program that supports new 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 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. 

Erping Zhu

Erping Zhu
Associate Director and Director of CRLT China Programs
(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 Teaching 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.