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Grenmarie Agresar

Grenmarie Agresar
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
agresar@umich.edu

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation from the University of Michigan in 1996. After completing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (also from the University of Michigan), she switched majors to accommodate the courses that would best prepare her for her interdisciplinary thesis. Her professional path then took her from academia and research (with Post Doctoral appointments at the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany), to secondary education, where she taught engineering principles, physics, and computer science. This path included earning a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan in 2009. As a teacher, she most enjoyed exploring high-leverage instructional practices, and collaborating with peers to develop curricula that utilized such methods. Most recently, she led three-week workshops to train teachers in a project-based, computer science and engineering curriculum. She is excited to combine her engineering background with her passion for innovative teaching as an instructional consultant at CRLT-Engin.

Ronit Ajlen

Ronit Ajlen
Associate Director
(734) 763-2880
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ronitg@umich.edu

Dr. Ronit Ajlen earned her B.S. in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at U-M in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area. She has taught undergraduate psychology courses both as a graduate student instructor (GSI) and as a primary instructor, and her prior research focused on graph comprehension and its instruction. In her current role at CRLT, Ronit's work broadly includes GSI training and development, instructional technology, and assessment. For example, Ronit leads the center's GSI Team, including directing the Fall GSI Teaching Orientation, pioneering and directing the Graduate Student Instructional Consultant (GSIC) Workshop Development Program, co-leading the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate program, and managing the Graduate Student Mentor (GSM) Seminar Series. She regularly consults with faculty, graduate students, and administrators on a wide range of teaching and learning concerns and facilitates a variety of workshops and programs for instructors. Ronit also serves on multiple campus and national committees, including the U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative and the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network's Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar (GPPD) special interest group.

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

Dr. 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.

Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Dr. Sara Armstrong is the Director of the CRLT Theatre Program. A theatre artist with over twenty years of experience as a performer, playwright, director, arts administrator, and educator, Sara establishes strategic priorities for the theatre program that align with the needs of a range of higher education communities and the Players’ commitments to advancing equity in academic spaces. In her role, she also writes scripts, directs new pieces, and designs and facilitates sessions. In addition to her work with the theatre program, she is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team at CRLT. Sara earned a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University in 2013. She was also a postgraduate fellow in Dramaturgy/Playwriting at the University of Birmingham, England. Her dissertation focused on the role operating theories of embodiment play in privileging and marginalizing particular student bodies in performance learning spaces.

Audra Baleisis

Audra Baleisis
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
baleisis@umich.edu

Dr. Audra Baleisis earned a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Illinois in 1995, an M.Phil. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and an M.S. in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Arizona in 2000 and 2009, respectively. She spent 2009-2016 living in Zurich, Switzerland where she worked in the Physics Education group at ETH University and as Academic Platform Coordinator for the Swiss National Science Foundation PlanetS exoplanet research program. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2016 as the ETC Program Coordinator, helping experienced Engineering Teaching Consultants provide CoE GSIs with instructional support.

Christine Simonian Bean

Christine Simonian Bean
Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
csbean@umich.edu

Dr. Christine Simonian Bean earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation focused on theories of spectatorship, reality, and embodiment. She has taught classes in acting, theatre history, and critical race and gender theory, and has worked as both a dramaturg and a performer. Most recently, Christine was an Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services at Columbia University's Center for Teaching and Learning with a focus on initiatives related to inclusive teaching and learning. Previously, she worked at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University, where she assisted graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on course design, teaching practices, and professionalization. At CRLT, Christine works with her colleagues to provide strategic direction for the CRLT Theatre Program; integrate programming into college and campus initiatives; and design, facilitate, and assess sessions and curricula that promote a more equitable higher education community.

Blair Beuche

Blair Beuche
Associate Director
(734) 936-3839
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
bbeuche@umich.edu

Dr. Blair Beuche earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in education from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After completing her undergraduate degree, she taught high school, served as a Program Director for Teach For America, and also was a school administrator. Through this work, she gained experience in course design, class climate, assessment design and use, instructional coaching, and supporting instructional improvement efforts. She then attended the University of Michigan for her graduate studies where her research interests centered on large-scale and systemic approaches to instructional improvement. During this time, Blair trained K-12 teachers at the University of Michigan, supported educational innovation and access through work in the Center of Academic Innovation’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and mentored first-year undergraduate students.

Jacqui Blue

Jacqui Blue
Casting & Directing Practitioner
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
msjacqui@umich.edu

Jacqui Blue earned her Bachelors degree in Music Therapy with an emphasis on Voice (soprano) at the University of Louisville. She established herself as a beloved local singer-songwriter and performer and held a position as an Artistic Associate at the Commonwealth Theatre Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While there she worked with young actors pre-K - 12th with their Blue Apple Outreach program and the Walden Conservatory before joining the CRLT Players in 2022. Jacqui brings to the Players a wealth of experience in performing, directing, music, and advancing equity both in and through the arts. In her current, role she manages the recruitment and casting of performers and musicians, as well as rehearsal coordination, and directing plays for CRLT Players’ sessions.

Andy Burkhardt

Andy Burkhardt
Instructional Technology Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3613
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
andyburk@umich.edu

Andy Burkhardt’s focus is to bring a human-centered perspective to technology in the design of learning experiences as an Instructional Consultant for the Foundational Course Initiative. Before joining CRLT Andy consulted with, trained, and supported faculty and staff at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in the use of educational technologies. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy at the Champlain College Library in Burlington, VT where he managed library technologies and taught numerous inquiry based information literacy sessions as part of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and his B.A. in Philosophy at St, John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck
Website Coordinator and Graphic Designer
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
alhudeck@umich.edu

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck holds a bachelor of art degree, with a concentration in graphic design, from Saginaw Valley State University. Her previous work at the University of Michigan (U-M) includes positions in Information & Technology Services (ITS), the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) Center for Educational Outreach office, and The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. In her role at CRLT she supports and maintains the website and creates & implements graphic design projects.

Liz Caverly

Liz Caverly
Events Coordinator
(734) 647-4765
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
lizcav@umich.edu

Liz Caverly earned her B.A.A. in Recreation and Event Management from Central Michigan University. As a recreation enthusiast, an active community member, and avid sports fan, she started her career in the sports industry, supporting and coordinating community outreach programs and initiatives for the Detroit Red Wings. Liz plans and executes a variety of events for CRLT.  

Karishma Collette

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

Dr. 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
Associate Director
(734) 615-9266
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tazdan@umich.edu

Dr. 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.

Malini Dasgupta

Malini Dasgupta
Senior Events Coordinator
(734) 764-2960
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
malinidg@umich.edu

Malini Dasgupta earned her B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 2019. She has previously worked in event planning for the non-profit organization Books for a Benefit, where she was involved in the development of K-12 school and community outreach programs and enjoyed facilitating literacy workshops for students.

Mishelle DimitrovaMishelle Dimitrova
Administrative Assistant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3837
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mdimitro@umich.edu

Mishelle Dimitrova earned her B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies with a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Michigan- Dearborn. She has nearly eight years of work experience in event management, administration, and communications. During her college years, Mishelle worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Industrial Engineering department where she served as an executive assistant to the department chair, supported faculty and staff and managed events. In her most recent role, Mishelle was an Events Coordinator at CRLT where she took on an extensive role in various programs and demonstrated a hard work ethic and dependability. 

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda
Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
galarzad@umich.edu

Dr. Denise Galarza Sepúlveda was a member of the faculty at Lafayette College for twelve years in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures where she also chaired the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She received her Masters from Purdue and her Ph.D. from Emory University. Throughout her career she led various initiatives designed to promote transformative learning and has received awards for her teaching and course design. At Lafayette, she was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Education Award and the Woman of Distinction Award by the Association of Black Collegians “in recognition for the immeasurable hours dedicated to the continued success of marginalized groups on campus.” Her research focused on the forging of eighteenth-century proto-national identities during periods of economic and social instability and has appeared in the top journals in her field, including Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Revista Iberoamericana. Prior to joining CRLT, Denise was the inaugural director of the office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, where she built strong collaborations with faculty, students, and departments around high impact learning opportunities for LSA undergraduates. As Director of the Foundational Course Initiative she provides strategic leadership for this campus-wide presidential initiative, which aims to create a 21st century model for teaching at scale in ways that are inclusive and innovative. A native of Puerto Rico, she volunteers as a teacher in En Nuestra Lengua, a Saturday Spanish school dedicated to promoting Spanish literacy, cultural enrichment and the academic success of Latino children in Southeast Michigan.

Victoria Genetin

Victoria A. Genetin
Associate Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Interim Coordinator of DEI Initiatives
(734) 763-2878
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
vgenetin@umich.edu

Dr. Victoria A. Genetin completed her Ph.D. 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 Associate 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.

Michelle Getchell

Michelle Getchell
Chief of Staff and Director, Operations and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell is the Chief of Staff (COS) and the Director of Operations and Events (O&E) at CRLT. She also serves on the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). She joined CRLT in 2016. As COS, Michelle fosters communication and transparency across the Center, creates and organizes CRLT’s policy and procedures collection, oversees Center-wide project management, and leads facilities planning. As Director of O&E, Michelle manages the project staff and oversees communications, graphic design, website, event coordination, and administrative functions. Michelle holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), a bachelor's degree in Business Management (BSM), and an associate's degree in Human Services, all from Cornerstone University. She brings over twenty-five years of leadership and management, project management, and event planning experience to the Center. Alongside her work at CRLT, Michelle serves as Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Twinless Twins Support Group International.

Kellie GrasmanKellie Grasman
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-0018
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
ksd@umich.edu

Kellie Grasman earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, an M.Eng. in Manufacturing in 1998, and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and M.B.A. in 1999, all from the University of Michigan, where she was a student in the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. After several years in industry, she spent nearly 20 years in a faculty role teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering students. She has more than a decade of experience designing and implementing online and hybrid learning environments in her own courses and serves as co-author on an award-winning engineering textbook, e-text, and online course environment. She is passionate about engineering education and eager to support impactful pedagogical practices in the College.

Hayley HeatonHayley Heaton
Assessment Specialist
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
heheaton@umich.edu

Dr. Hayley Heaton earned a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University, an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a lecturer in the Linguistics department and assisted with multiple research projects at the university, including “Undergraduate Education in the Third Century” and the “Climate Survey of Linguists and Language Researchers.” She joined CRLT in 2019, where she uses her classroom experience and her skills as a sociolinguist to inform her work in assessment. In her current role, she works with faculty and staff to assess a wide range of questions at the program and course level. She has built and analyzed assessments of unit and university programming using quantitative and qualitative methods and has facilitated workshops on equitable assessment practices.

Kathryn HendricksonKathryn Hendrickson
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kathendr@umich.edu

Kathryn Hendrickson earned her B.A. in English at Calvin University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature at Marquette University where her research examined genres like detective fiction, as frameworks of meaning operating within and constructed by the cultures in which they exist. She has taught undergraduate courses in rhetoric, composition, and literature and was recognized with the McCabe Teaching award at Marquette. In her role as Assistant Director of Marquette's First Year English program, she worked on program-wide curricular change, secured the buy-in of the various stakeholders involved, and helped train and mentor incoming instructors. Most recently, Kathryn worked in the Launch program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, serving first-and-second-year students who face challenges transitioning into the academic environment.

Ryan HudsonRyan Hudson
Assistant to the Executive Director, Managing Director, and the Senior Leadership Team
(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, and she also supports the teaching award competitions.

Patricia Jaimes

Patricia Jaimes
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615- 0848
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
jaimespa@umich.edu

Dr. Patricia Jaimes earned a B.S. degree in 2015 in Earth Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and a dual Ph.D. in 2021 in Geological Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University (MSU). She is a STEM Education scholar and her research focuses on exploring the career trajectories of scientists from underrepresented groups using anti-deficit and critical race frameworks. Dr. Jaimes was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and a co-recipient of an NSF-INTERN grant which allowed her to intern for the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. In 2018, she was recognized by the Cafe Bustelo Scholarship committee as one of the nation's most driven Latinx students for her advocacy and scholarly work. In 2019, she received an Excellence in Diversity Award from MSU's Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Joining CRLT-Engin as an Instructional Consultant of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Dr. Jaimes supports the College in implementing the CoE’s DEI cultural shift goals and initiatives.

Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan
Executive Director
(734) 763-0159
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mlkaplan@umich.edu

Dr. 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.

Muneer KhalidMuneer Khalid
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
makhalid@umich.edu

Muneer Khalid earned his B.A. in English and Psychology and his M.A. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. He has 8 years of teaching and administration experience in Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools and has also taught abroad in the United Arab Emirates. In his role as a 7th grade teacher in Scarlett Middle School, he worked closely with district chairs, employees, and school administrators to establish an intervention course for at-risk students, developing a curriculum grounded in social emotional learning (SEL). Muneer brings deep experience in developing hybrid and remote learning and his areas of expertise include curriculum development, assessment redesign, and student-centered pedagogies.

Anthony King Headshot

Anthony King
Instructional Technology Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3616
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
arking@umich.edu

Anthony King earned his BS in Secondary Science and Math Education in 2003, and after spending time as science and math teacher, he earned his Masters in Digital Media and Education in 2012, both from the University of Michigan. His research during graduate studies included curriculum and game development for teaching about the climate system and climate change’s impact on biodiversity, with scaffolded support around critical thinking, argumentation, and complex systems for students. Prior to joining CRLT, he worked as a network consultant for Network Services Group, LLC, and in the UM College of LSA as a Senior Instructional Consultant and member of the UM Teaching and Technology Collaborative committee and the Enriching Scholarship planning and keynote committees, and chaired the LSA Technology Services Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as the DEI Advocate. Anthony’s past consultation has focussed on issues around the use of technology in large courses, including alternative assessment tools, in-class active learning assignments, and on and offline discussions, as well as evaluating and piloting scalable, equitable, and inclusive options for instructional tools, and general instructional technology training, support, and documentation. With the FCI team, Anthony consults and collaborates with large foundational course faculty and GSIs about their technology issues as part of the course redesign process.

Brian KonzBrian 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.

Stephanie Kusano

Stephanie Kusano
Assistant Director
(734) 763-2988
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skusano@umich.edu

Dr. 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.

Carol Lagemann

Carol Lagemann
Financial Specialist & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
caplag@umich.edu

Carol Lagemann earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music from Truman State University, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She also studied Music at the University of Michigan in 2011-2012. Carol previously worked for U-M in the Mechanical Engineering department in the College of Engineering. In her current role, Carol supports CRLT in Engineering programs, maintains the program’s social media, and supports the CRLT-Engin Director.

Kayla Lang

Kayla Lang
Senior Events Coordinator
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kmlang@umich.edu

Kayla Lang earned her B.A. in Business and Communication from Hope College in 2020. She held leadership roles within event planning organizations during her time at Hope and coordinated the incoming student orientation for the class of 2023. Her experiences led her to pursue event planning specifically within a higher education setting. Her role within CRLT includes planning and the implementation of events.

Elizabeth Mann Levesque

Elizabeth Mann Levesque
Assistant Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-1248
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
manneliz@umich.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Mann Levesque earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth taught middle school social studies in Miami, FL as a Teach for America corps member. She returned to Michigan for her graduate studies where she specialized in American politics and political institutions and engaged in research on early childhood education and K-12 education policy. Her dissertation on presidential policymaking at the state level was recognized with a Rackham ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, and as a Graduate Student Instructor Elizabeth received a John W. Kingdon Teaching Award from the Department of Political Science. Subsequently, as a fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, she studied a wide range of education policy issues, including civics education, employer and community college workforce development partnerships, and federal regulation related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. At CRLT, Elizabeth works on the Foundational Course Initiative as a student support and classroom climate consultant.

Deborah Lichti HeadshotDeborah Lichti
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
dalichti@umich.edu

Dr. Deborah Lichti earned her B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science at Purdue University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at East Carolina University in Biological Sciences specializing in coastal ecology. While completing her doctoral studies, she redesigned the second-semester introductory biology laboratory, integrating authentic research experiences using citizen science. After joining the University of Delaware in the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories she continued developing authentic learning experiences for students in her integrated biology and chemistry course. Debbie has also created pedagogical training programs for graduate assistants teaching lab courses and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching. Her areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative assessment, STEM curriculum development, and graduate student training.

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.

Kristin McSweeney

Kristin McSweeney
Administrative Assistant
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kmcswee@umich.edu

Kristin McSweeney earned her B.S. in Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. She has been with CRLT since 2015, when she began work as an actor for the CRLT Players, while also running her own pet care company throughout SE Michigan, Sittin’ in the Mitten. She now holds the Administrative Assistant position within CRLT where she manages front desk operations, assists with the Graduate Teacher Certificate Program, graphic design and supervises CRLT’s student assistants.

Deborah Meizlish

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

Dr. 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. 

Anna Mester

Anna Mester
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
amester@umich.edu

Dr. Anna Mester earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Her dissertation on carcerality and historical and political continuities into post-colonialism in the African-Iberian-Atlantic space was bolstered by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award. Alongside her research, she immersed herself in ethical community-based learning and facilitated workshops in prisons in Michigan and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Most recently, Anna was a faculty member at UMass-Boston, where she developed the Afro-Luso-Brazilian studies curriculum. She also created a community-engaged course on oral histories of immigration in the Greater Boston area, furthering her interest in open-access sharing of knowledge produced by immigrant communities. At CRLT, Anna works on the Foundational Course Initiative specializing in curricular design.

Gina Micheal

Gina Michael
Graphic Designer & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 764-1083
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
ginamich@umich.edu

Gina Michael earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from The Ohio State University in 2012. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2018 and co-leads the training for engineering graduate student instructors (GSIs) and instructional aides (IAs). She produces the promotional graphic materials for the various center-related events, updates CRLT-Engin publications and reports, maintains the CRLT-Engin website, and assists with the Engineering Teaching Consultant (ETC) program.

Bethany Morrison

Bethany Morrison
Instructional Consultant
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
morrisbe@umich.edu

Dr. Bethany N. Morrison joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an instructional consultant. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University. She has taught undergraduate courses on judicial politics, constitutional law, and comparative politics. Prior to joining the CRLT, she worked as a postdoc at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Wake Forest University. There she led the Center as it developed processes to evaluate the impact of its programming. She also supported faculty in the unprecedented shift to pandemic teaching. Dr. Morrison enjoys working with instructors on course design, active learning, adapting courses for new modalities, scholarly teaching and teaching scholarship. She also values opportunities to combine her passion for undergraduate education with the research experience and data analytic skills she developed as a social scientist. Bethany is an active member of the CRLT’s assessment team and instructional technology team.

Tershia Pinder–Grover

Tershia Pinder–Grover
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory

Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover earned a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She joined CRLT in August 2005 and became the director of CRLT-Engin in 2016. In this role, she leads a team focused on advancing engineering education in the College of Engineering (CoE) through innovative programming, strategic partnerships, and cultivating individual relationships. In collaboration with the Associate Deans in the CoE, she provides leadership on educational priorities, especially as it relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She also works closely with department chairs to create customized programming to meet the needs of their faculty. Her current research interests focus on the adoption of inclusive teaching practices for engineering instructors.  

Heather Rypkema

Heather Rypkema
Head of Learning Analytics and Assistant Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-7868
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hrypkema@umich.edu

Dr. Heather Rypkema is a founding member of the Foundational Course Initiative team, and has served as an Assessment & Analytics specialist since 2018. She 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 held faculty appointments at University of Louisville (Chemistry), Purdue University (Chemistry), and University of Michigan (CLASP). She has more than 20 years of experience as an instructor in higher education, having taught as an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, and faculty member. As part of her FCI portfolio, she has leveraged Learning Analytics to develop evaluative tools that inform course design and promote equitable teaching practices. Her analytics work incorporates course-specific surveys and data about student engagement with instructional technology platforms as well as Canvas data and the Learning Analytics Architecture database (LARC). In 2022, Heather took on the inaugural role of Head of Learning Analytics, in order to lead the Center’s growing efforts to provide analytics services to enhance teaching across the entire University.

Megan Stowe headshotMegan Stowe
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
megstowe@umich.edu

Dr. Megan Stowe received her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida in 2022. Her research focuses on empathy and kinship as models for climate solutions in Black American, Indigenous, and Post-Colonial literatures. She holds a graduate certificate in Technical and Professional Communication, with an M.A. (Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature) from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She brings over 15 years of experience in education from K-12 to higher ed. Her most recent work includes program management for honors living learning communities, academic advising for honors engineering and pre-health students, curricular design for English service courses, and teaching experiential learning courses on the intersections among literature and social justice. She is passionate about equity and justice in education and empowering students to thrive in their personal and professional goals.

Liesl Topy

Liesl Topy
Events Coordinator
(734) 936-1360
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ltopy@umich.edu

Liesl Topy joined the CRLT team as an events coordinator in 2022. She has previously worked in event planning roles for Conlin Travel, Michigan Municipal League and Marriott International, planning a variety of events from small trainings to multi-day conferences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University and has a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Event Industry Council.

Linjue (Jade) WangLinjue (Jade) Wang
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
734-763-2974
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
linjuew@umich.edu

Dr. Linjue (Jade) Wang recently received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education and M.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering from Ohio State University (2022). Her doctoral research focused on 1) how engineering students develop empathy during community-based learning (e.g., service-learning) and 2) how engineering educators can integrate empathy into their teaching. Before studying in the U.S., Linjue (Jade) earned her B.E. in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in China (2017). As the instructional consultant, she supports CRLT-Engin's initiatives focusing on faculty and lecturer development within the College of Engineering.

Liesl TopyEsther Grace Witte
Instructional Consultant: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
egwitte@umich.edu

Dr. Esther Grace Witte (they/them/theirs) joined CRLT full-time in 2022, after several years of involvement as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant, GSITO facilitator, and occasional research assistant. Dr. Witte specializes in anti-racist pedagogies, accessibility in teaching and learning, and the teaching of writing. Their current priorities include consultation and course development for LSA’s Race and Ethnicity Requirement (R&E), and building CRLT’s workshop and consultation offerings on Teaching for Accessibility. Having received their Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan in 2022, their dissertation presents a theory of anti-oppressive writing pedagogy, using concepts of metaphor (trope), access, and journal-keeping to develop tools for transformative classroom practice. They completed their B.A. (English and Theater) in 2010 at the University of Rochester (NY).

Erping Zhu

Erping Zhu
Associate Director and Director of CRLT China Programs
(734) 763-3757
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ezhu@umich.edu

Dr. 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.


Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan
Executive Director
(734) 763-0159
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mlkaplan@umich.edu

Dr. 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.

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

Dr. Sara Armstrong is the Director of the CRLT Theatre Program. A theatre artist with over twenty years of experience as a performer, playwright, director, arts administrator, and educator, Sara establishes strategic priorities for the theatre program that align with the needs of a range of higher education communities and the Players’ commitments to advancing equity in academic spaces. In her role, she also writes scripts, directs new pieces, and designs and facilitates sessions. In addition to her work with the theatre program, she is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team at CRLT. Sara earned a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University in 2013. She was also a postgraduate fellow in Dramaturgy/Playwriting at the University of Birmingham, England. Her dissertation focused on the role operating theories of embodiment play in privileging and marginalizing particular student bodies in performance learning spaces.

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda
Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
galarzad@umich.edu

Dr. Denise Galarza Sepúlveda was a member of the faculty at Lafayette College for twelve years in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures where she also chaired the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She received her Masters from Purdue and her Ph.D. from Emory University. Throughout her career she led various initiatives designed to promote transformative learning and has received awards for her teaching and course design. At Lafayette, she was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Education Award and the Woman of Distinction Award by the Association of Black Collegians “in recognition for the immeasurable hours dedicated to the continued success of marginalized groups on campus.” Her research focused on the forging of eighteenth-century proto-national identities during periods of economic and social instability and has appeared in the top journals in her field, including Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Revista Iberoamericana. Prior to joining CRLT, Denise was the inaugural director of the office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, where she built strong collaborations with faculty, students, and departments around high impact learning opportunities for LSA undergraduates. As Director of the Foundational Course Initiative she provides strategic leadership for this campus-wide presidential initiative, which aims to create a 21st century model for teaching at scale in ways that are inclusive and innovative. A native of Puerto Rico, she volunteers as a teacher in En Nuestra Lengua, a Saturday Spanish school dedicated to promoting Spanish literacy, cultural enrichment and the academic success of Latino children in Southeast Michigan.

Michelle Getchell

Michelle Getchell
Chief of Staff and Director, Operations and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell is the Chief of Staff (COS) and the Director of Operations and Events (O&E) at CRLT. She also serves on the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). She joined CRLT in 2016. As COS, Michelle fosters communication and transparency across the Center, creates and organizes CRLT’s policy and procedures collection, oversees Center-wide project management, and leads facilities planning. As Director of O&E, Michelle manages the project staff and oversees communications, graphic design, website, event coordination, and administrative functions. Michelle holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), a bachelor's degree in Business Management (BSM), and an associate's degree in Human Services, all from Cornerstone University. She brings over twenty-five years of leadership and management, project management, and event planning experience to the Center. Alongside her work at CRLT, Michelle serves as Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Twinless Twins Support Group International.

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.

Malinda Matney

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

Dr. 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.

Tershia Pinder–Grover

Tershia Pinder–Grover
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.

Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover earned a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She joined CRLT in August 2005 and became the director of CRLT-Engin in 2016. In this role, she leads a team focused on advancing engineering education in the College of Engineering (CoE) through innovative programming, strategic partnerships, and cultivating individual relationships. In collaboration with the Associate Deans in the CoE, she provides leadership on educational priorities, especially as it relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She also works closely with department chairs to create customized programming to meet the needs of their faculty. Her current research interests focus on the adoption of inclusive teaching practices for engineering instructors.


Malinda Matney

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

Dr. 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.

Ronit Ajlen

Ronit Ajlen
Associate Director
(734) 763-2880
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ronitg@umich.edu

Dr. Ronit Ajlen earned her B.S. in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at U-M in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area. She has taught undergraduate psychology courses both as a graduate student instructor (GSI) and as a primary instructor, and her prior research focused on graph comprehension and its instruction. In her current role at CRLT, Ronit's work broadly includes GSI training and development, instructional technology, and assessment. For example, Ronit leads the center's GSI Team, including directing the Fall GSI Teaching Orientation, pioneering and directing the Graduate Student Instructional Consultant (GSIC) Workshop Development Program, co-leading the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate program, and managing the Graduate Student Mentor (GSM) Seminar Series. She regularly consults with faculty, graduate students, and administrators on a wide range of teaching and learning concerns and facilitates a variety of workshops and programs for instructors. Ronit also serves on multiple campus and national committees, including the U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative and the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network's Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar (GPPD) special interest group.

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

Dr. 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

Dr. 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
Associate Director
(734) 615-9266
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tazdan@umich.edu

Dr. 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 A. Genetin

Victoria A. Genetin
Associate Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Interim Coordinator of DEI Initiatives
(734) 763-2878
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
vgenetin@umich.edu

Dr. Victoria A. Genetin completed her Ph.D. 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 Associate 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 Heaton

Hayley Heaton
Assessment Specialist
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
heheaton@umich.edu

Dr. Hayley Heaton earned a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University, an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a lecturer in the Linguistics department and assisted with multiple research projects at the university, including “Undergraduate Education in the Third Century” and the “Climate Survey of Linguists and Language Researchers.” She joined CRLT in 2019, where she uses her classroom experience and her skills as a sociolinguist to inform her work in assessment. In her current role, she works with faculty and staff to assess a wide range of questions at the program and course level. She has built and analyzed assessments of unit and university programming using quantitative and qualitative methods and has facilitated workshops on equitable assessment practices.

Stephanie Kusano

Stephanie Kusano
Assistant Director
(734) 763-2988
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skusano@umich.edu

Dr. 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 

Dr. 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. 

Bethany Morrison

Bethany Morrison
Instructional Consultant
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
morrisbe@umich.edu

Dr. Bethany N. Morrison joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an instructional consultant. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University. She has taught undergraduate courses on judicial politics, constitutional law, and comparative politics. Prior to joining the CRLT, she worked as a postdoc at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Wake Forest University. There she led the Center as it developed processes to evaluate the impact of its programming. She also supported faculty in the unprecedented shift to pandemic teaching. Dr. Morrison enjoys working with instructors on course design, active learning, adapting courses for new modalities, scholarly teaching and teaching scholarship. She also values opportunities to combine her passion for undergraduate education with the research experience and data analytic skills she developed as a social scientist. Bethany is an active member of the CRLT’s assessment team and instructional technology team.

Liesl TopyEsther Grace Witte
Instructional Consultant: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
egwitte@umich.edu

Dr. Esther Grace Witte (they/them/theirs) joined CRLT full-time in 2022, after several years of involvement as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant, GSITO facilitator, and occasional research assistant. Dr. Witte specializes in anti-racist pedagogies, accessibility in teaching and learning, and the teaching of writing. Their current priorities include consultation and course development for LSA’s Race and Ethnicity Requirement (R&E), and building CRLT’s workshop and consultation offerings on Teaching for Accessibility. Having received their Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan in 2022, their dissertation presents a theory of anti-oppressive writing pedagogy, using concepts of metaphor (trope), access, and journal-keeping to develop tools for transformative classroom practice. They completed their B.A. (English and Theater) in 2010 at the University of Rochester (NY).

Erping Zhu

Erping Zhu
Associate Director and Director of CRLT China Programs
(734) 763-3757
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ezhu@umich.edu

Dr. 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.


Michelle Getchell

Michelle Getchell
Cheif of Staff and Director, Operations and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell is the Chief of Staff (COS) and the Director of Operations and Events (O&E) at CRLT. She also serves on the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). She joined CRLT in 2016. As COS, Michelle fosters communication and transparency across the Center, creates and organizes CRLT’s policy and procedures collection, oversees Center-wide project management, and leads facilities planning. As Director of O&E, Michelle manages the project staff and oversees communications, graphic design, website, event coordination, and administrative functions. Michelle holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), a bachelor's degree in Business Management (BSM), and an associate's degree in Human Services, all from Cornerstone University. She brings over twenty-five years of leadership and management, project management, and event planning experience to the Center. Alongside her work at CRLT, Michelle serves as Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Twinless Twins Support Group International.

Brian KonzBrian 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.

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck
Website Coordinator and Graphic Designer
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
alhudeck@umich.edu

Amanda Carmichael Hudeck holds a bachelor of art degree, with a concentration in graphic design, from Saginaw Valley State University. Her previous work at the University of Michigan (U-M) includes positions in Information & Technology Services (ITS), the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) Center for Educational Outreach office, and The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. In her role at CRLT she supports and maintains the website and creates & implements graphic design projects.

Liz Caverly

Liz Caverly
Events Coordinator
(734) 647-4765
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
lizcav@umich.edu

Liz Caverly earned her B.A.A. in Recreation and Event Management from Central Michigan University. As a recreation enthusiast, an active community member, and avid sports fan, she started her career in the sports industry, supporting and coordinating community outreach programs and initiatives for the Detroit Red Wings. Liz plans and executes a variety of events for CRLT.  

Malini Dasgupta

Malini Dasgupta
Senior Events Coordinator
(734) 764-2960
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
malinidg@umich.edu

Malini Dasgupta earned her B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 2019. She has previously worked in event planning for the non-profit organization Books for a Benefit, where she was involved in the development of K-12 school and community outreach programs and enjoyed facilitating literacy workshops for students.

Ryan HudsonRyan Hudson
Assistant to the Executive Director, Managing Director, and the Senior Leadership Team
(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, and she also supports the teaching award competitions.

Kayla Lang

Kayla Lang
Senior Events Coordinator
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kmlang@umich.edu

Kayla Lang earned her B.A. in Business and Communication from Hope College in 2020. She held leadership roles within event planning organizations during her time at Hope and coordinated the incoming student orientation for the class of 2023. Her experiences led her to pursue event planning specifically within a higher education setting. Her role within CRLT includes planning and the implementation of events.

Kristin McSweeney

Kristin McSweeney
Administrative Assistant
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kmcswee@umich.edu

Kristin McSweeney earned her B.S. in Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. She has been with CRLT since 2015, when she began work as an actor for the CRLT Players, while also running her own pet care company throughout SE Michigan, Sittin’ in the Mitten. She now holds the Administrative Assistant position within CRLT where she manages front desk operations, assists with the Graduate Teacher Certificate Program, graphic design and supervises CRLT’s student assistants.

Liesl Topy

Liesl Topy
Events Coordinator
(734) 936-1360
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ltopy@umich.edu

Liesl Topy joined the CRLT team as an events coordinator in 2022. She has previously worked in event planning roles for Conlin Travel, Michigan Municipal League and Marriott International, planning a variety of events from small trainings to multi-day conferences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University and has a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Event Industry Council.


Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Director, CRLT Theatre Program
Senior Associate Director
(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Dr. Sara Armstrong is the Director of the CRLT Theatre Program. A theatre artist with over twenty years of experience as a performer, playwright, director, arts administrator, and educator, Sara establishes strategic priorities for the theatre program that align with the needs of a range of higher education communities and the Players’ commitments to advancing equity in academic spaces. In her role, she also writes scripts, directs new pieces, and designs and facilitates sessions. In addition to her work with the theatre program, she is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team at CRLT. Sara earned a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University in 2013. She was also a postgraduate fellow in Dramaturgy/Playwriting at the University of Birmingham, England. Her dissertation focused on the role operating theories of embodiment play in privileging and marginalizing particular student bodies in performance learning spaces.

Christine Simonian Bean

Christine Simonian Bean
Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
csbean@umich.edu

Dr. Christine Simonian Bean earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation focused on theories of spectatorship, reality, and embodiment. She has taught classes in acting, theatre history, and critical race and gender theory, and has worked as both a dramaturg and a performer. Most recently, Christine was an Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services at Columbia University's Center for Teaching and Learning with a focus on initiatives related to inclusive teaching and learning. Previously, she worked at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University, where she assisted graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on course design, teaching practices, and professionalization. At CRLT, Christine works with her colleagues to provide strategic direction for the CRLT Theatre Program; integrate programming into college and campus initiatives; and design, facilitate, and assess sessions and curricula that promote a more equitable higher education community.

Jacqui Blue

Jacqui Blue
Casting & Directing Practitioner
(734) 764-0505
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
msjacqui@umich.edu

Jacqui Blue earned her Bachelors degree in Music Therapy with an emphasis on Voice (soprano) at the University of Louisville. She established herself as a beloved local singer-songwriter and performer and held a position as an Artistic Associate at the Commonwealth Theatre Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While there she worked with young actors pre-K - 12th with their Blue Apple Outreach program and the Walden Conservatory before joining the CRLT Players in 2022. Jacqui brings to the Players a wealth of experience in performing, directing, music, and advancing equity both in and through the arts. In her current, role she manages the recruitment and casting of performers and musicians, as well as rehearsal coordination, and directing plays for CRLT Players’ sessions.


Tershia Pinder–Grover

Tershia Pinder–Grover
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory

Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover earned a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She joined CRLT in August 2005 and became the director of CRLT-Engin in 2016. In this role, she leads a team focused on advancing engineering education in the College of Engineering (CoE) through innovative programming, strategic partnerships, and cultivating individual relationships. In collaboration with the Associate Deans in the CoE, she provides leadership on educational priorities, especially as it relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She also works closely with department chairs to create customized programming to meet the needs of their faculty. Her current research interests focus on the adoption of inclusive teaching practices for engineering instructors.

Grenmarie Agresar

Grenmarie Agresar
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
agresar@umich.edu

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation from the University of Michigan in 1996. After completing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (also from the University of Michigan), she switched majors to accommodate the courses that would best prepare her for her interdisciplinary thesis. Her professional path then took her from academia and research (with Post Doctoral appointments at the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany), to secondary education, where she taught engineering principles, physics, and computer science. This path included earning a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan in 2009. As a teacher, she most enjoyed exploring high-leverage instructional practices, and collaborating with peers to develop curricula that utilized such methods. Most recently, she led three-week workshops to train teachers in a project-based, computer science and engineering curriculum. She is excited to combine her engineering background with her passion for innovative teaching as an instructional consultant at CRLT-engin.

Audra Baleisis

Audra Baleisis
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
baleisis@umich.edu

Dr. Audra Baleisis earned a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Illinois in 1995, an M.Phil. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and an M.S. in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Arizona in 2000 and 2009, respectively. She spent 2009-2016 living in Zurich, Switzerland where she worked in the Physics Education group at ETH University and as Academic Platform Coordinator for the Swiss National Science Foundation PlanetS exoplanet research program. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2016 as the ETC Program Coordinator, helping experienced Engineering Teaching Consultants provide CoE GSIs with instructional support.

Kellie GrasmanKellie Grasman
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-0018
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
ksd@umich.edu

Kellie Grasman earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, an M.Eng. in Manufacturing in 1998, and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and M.B.A. in 1999, all from the University of Michigan, where she was a student in the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. After several years in industry, she spent nearly 20 years in a faculty role teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering students. She has more than a decade of experience designing and implementing online and hybrid learning environments in her own courses and serves as co-author on an award-winning engineering textbook, e-text, and online course environment. She is passionate about engineering education and eager to support impactful pedagogical practices in the College.

Patricia Jaimes

Patricia Jaimes
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615- 0848
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory 
jaimespa@umich.edu

Dr. Patricia Jaimes earned a B.S. degree in 2015 in Earth Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and a dual Ph.D. in 2021 in Geological Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University (MSU). She is a STEM Education scholar and her research focuses on exploring the career trajectories of scientists from underrepresented groups using anti-deficit and critical race frameworks. Dr. Jaimes was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and a co-recipient of an NSF-INTERN grant which allowed her to intern for the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. In 2018, she was recognized by the Cafe Bustelo Scholarship committee as one of the nation's most driven Latinx students for her advocacy and scholarly work. In 2019, she received an Excellence in Diversity Award from MSU's Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Joining CRLT-Engin as an Instructional Consultant of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Dr. Jaimes supports the College in implementing the CoE’s DEI cultural shift goals and initiatives.

Carol Lagemann

Carol Lagemann
Financial Specialist & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
caplag@umich.edu

Carol Lagemann earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music from Truman State University, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She also studied Music at the University of Michigan in 2011-2012. Carol previously worked for U-M in the Mechanical Engineering department in the College of Engineering. In her current role, Carol supports CRLT in Engineering programs, maintains the program’s social media, and supports the CRLT-Engin Director.

Gina Micheal

Gina Michael
Graphic Designer & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 764-1083
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
ginamich@umich.edu

Gina Michael earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from The Ohio State University in 2012. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2018 and co-leads the training for engineering graduate student instructors (GSIs) and instructional aides (IAs). She produces the promotional graphic materials for the various center-related events, updates CRLT-Engin publications and reports, maintains the CRLT-Engin website, and assists with the Engineering Teaching Consultant (ETC) program.

Linjue (Jade) WangLinjue (Jade) Wang
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
734-763-2974
216 Gorguze Family Laboratory
linjuew@umich.edu

Dr. Linjue (Jade) Wang recently received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education and M.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering from Ohio State University (2022). Her doctoral research focused on 1) how engineering students develop empathy during community-based learning (e.g., service-learning) and 2) how engineering educators can integrate empathy into their teaching. Before studying in the U.S., Linjue (Jade) earned her B.E. in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in China (2017). As the instructional consultant, she supports CRLT-Engin's initiatives focusing on faculty and lecturer development within the College of Engineering.


Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda
Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 615-9281
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
galarzad@umich.edu

Dr. Denise Galarza Sepúlveda was a member of the faculty at Lafayette College for twelve years in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures where she also chaired the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She received her Masters from Purdue and her Ph.D. from Emory University. Throughout her career she led various initiatives designed to promote transformative learning and has received awards for her teaching and course design. At Lafayette, she was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Education Award and the Woman of Distinction Award by the Association of Black Collegians “in recognition for the immeasurable hours dedicated to the continued success of marginalized groups on campus.” Her research focused on the forging of eighteenth-century proto-national identities during periods of economic and social instability and has appeared in the top journals in her field, including Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Revista Iberoamericana. Prior to joining CRLT, Denise was the inaugural director of the office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, where she built strong collaborations with faculty, students, and departments around high impact learning opportunities for LSA undergraduates. As Director of the Foundational Course Initiative she provides strategic leadership for this campus-wide presidential initiative, which aims to create a 21st century model for teaching at scale in ways that are inclusive and innovative. A native of Puerto Rico, she volunteers as a teacher in En Nuestra Lengua, a Saturday Spanish school dedicated to promoting Spanish literacy, cultural enrichment and the academic success of Latino children in Southeast Michigan.

Blair Beuche

Blair Beuche
Assistant Director
(734) 936-3839
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
bbeuche@umich.edu

Dr. Blair Beuche earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in education from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After completing her undergraduate degree, she taught high school, served as a Program Director for Teach For America, and also was a school administrator. Through this work, she gained experience in course design, class climate, assessment design and use, instructional coaching, and supporting instructional improvement efforts. She then attended the University of Michigan for her graduate studies where her research interests centered on large-scale and systemic approaches to instructional improvement. During this time, Blair trained K-12 teachers at the University of Michigan, supported educational innovation and access through work in the Center of Academic Innovation’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and mentored first-year undergraduate students.

Andy Burkhardt

Andy Burkhardt
Instructional Technology Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3613
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
andyburk@umich.edu

Andy Burkhardt’s focus is to bring a human-centered perspective to technology in the design of learning experiences as an Instructional Consultant for the Foundational Course Initiative. Before joining CRLT Andy consulted with, trained, and supported faculty and staff at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in the use of educational technologies. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy at the Champlain College Library in Burlington, VT where he managed library technologies and taught numerous inquiry-based information literacy sessions as part of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and his B.A. in Philosophy at St, John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

Mishelle DimitrovaMishelle Dimitrova
Administrative Assistant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3837
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mdimitro@umich.edu

Mishelle Dimitrova earned her B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies with a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Michigan- Dearborn. She has nearly seven years of work experience with managing both large and small events. During her college years, Mishelle worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Industrial Engineering department where she planned department events, managed social media accounts, and supported faculty and staff. She was also a part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority where she was the Vice President of Programming and handled both academic and social events.

Kathryn HendricksonKathryn Hendrickson
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kathendr@umich.edu

Dr. Kathryn Hendrickson earned her B.A. in English at Calvin University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature at Marquette University where her research examined genres like detective fiction, as frameworks of meaning operating within and constructed by the cultures in which they exist. She has taught undergraduate courses in rhetoric, composition, and literature and was recognized with the McCabe Teaching award at Marquette. In her role as Assistant Director of Marquette's First Year English program, she worked on program-wide curricular change, secured the buy-in of the various stakeholders involved, and helped train and mentor incoming instructors. Most recently, Kathryn worked in the Launch program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, serving first-and-second-year students who face challenges transitioning into the academic environment.

Muneer KhalidMuneer Khalid
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
makhalid@umich.edu

Muneer Khalid earned his B.A. in English and Psychology and his M.A. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. He has 8 years of teaching and administration experience in Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools and has also taught abroad in the United Arab Emirates. In his role as a 7th grade teacher in Scarlett Middle School, he worked closely with district chairs, employees, and school administrators to establish an intervention course for at-risk students, developing a curriculum grounded in social emotional learning (SEL). Muneer brings deep experience in developing hybrid and remote learning and his areas of expertise include curriculum development, assessment redesign, and student-centered pedagogies.

Anthony King Headshot

Anthony King
Instructional Technology Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3616
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
arking@umich.edu

Anthony King earned his BS in Secondary Science and Math Education in 2003, and after spending time as science and math teacher, he earned his Masters in Digital Media and Education in 2012, both from the University of Michigan. His research during graduate studies included curriculum and game development for teaching about the climate system and climate change’s impact on biodiversity, with scaffolded support around critical thinking, argumentation, and complex systems for students. Prior to joining CRLT, he worked as a network consultant for Network Services Group, LLC, and in the UM College of LSA as a Senior Instructional Consultant and member of the UM Teaching and Technology Collaborative committee and the Enriching Scholarship planning and keynote committees, and chaired the LSA Technology Services Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as the DEI Advocate. Anthony’s past consultation has focussed on issues around the use of technology in large courses, including alternative assessment tools, in-class active learning assignments, and on and offline discussions, as well as evaluating and piloting scalable, equitable, and inclusive options for instructional tools, and general instructional technology training, support, and documentation. With the FCI team, Anthony consults and collaborates with large foundational course faculty and GSIs about their technology issues as part of the course redesign process.

Elizabeth Mann Levesque

Elizabeth Mann Levesque
Assistant Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-1248
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
manneliz@umich.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Mann Levesque earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth taught middle school social studies in Miami, FL as a Teach for America corps member. She returned to Michigan for her graduate studies where she specialized in American politics and political institutions and engaged in research on early childhood education and K-12 education policy. Her dissertation on presidential policymaking at the state level was recognized with a Rackham ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, and as a Graduate Student Instructor Elizabeth received a John W. Kingdon Teaching Award from the Department of Political Science. Subsequently, as a fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, she studied a wide range of education policy issues, including civics education, employer and community college workforce development partnerships, and federal regulation related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. At CRLT, Elizabeth works on the Foundational Course Initiative as a student support and classroom climate consultant.

Deborah Lichti HeadshotDeborah Lichti
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
dalichti@umich.edu

Dr. Deborah Lichti earned her B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science at Purdue University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at East Carolina University in Biological Sciences specializing in coastal ecology. While completing her doctoral studies, she redesigned the second-semester introductory biology laboratory, integrating authentic research experiences using citizen science. After joining the University of Delaware in the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories she continued developing authentic learning experiences for students in her integrated biology and chemistry course. Debbie has also created pedagogical training programs for graduate assistants teaching lab courses and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching. Her areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative assessment, STEM curriculum development, and graduate student training. 

Anna MesterAnna Mester
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
amester@umich.edu

Dr. Anna Mester earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Her dissertation on carcerality and historical and political continuities into post-colonialism in the African-Iberian-Atlantic space was bolstered by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award. Alongside her research, she immersed herself in ethical community-based learning and facilitated workshops in prisons in Michigan and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Most recently, Anna was a faculty member at UMass-Boston, where she developed the Afro-Luso-Brazilian studies curriculum. She also created a community-engaged course on oral histories of immigration in the Greater Boston area, furthering her interest in open-access sharing of knowledge produced by immigrant communities. At CRLT, Anna works on the Foundational Course Initiative specializing in curricular design.

Heather Rypkema

Heather Rypkema
Head of Learning Analytics and Assistant Director, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-7868
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hrypkema@umich.edu

Dr. Heather Rypkema is a founding member of the Foundational Course Initiative team, and has served as an Assessment & Analytics specialist since 2018. She 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 held faculty appointments at University of Louisville (Chemistry), Purdue University (Chemistry), and University of Michigan (CLASP). She has more than 20 years of experience as an instructor in higher education, having taught as an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, and faculty member. As part of her FCI portfolio, she has leveraged Learning Analytics to develop evaluative tools that inform course design and promote equitable teaching practices. Her analytics work incorporates course-specific surveys and data about student engagement with instructional technology platforms as well as Canvas data and the Learning Analytics Architecture database (LARC). In 2022, Heather took on the inaugural role of Head of Learning Analytics, in order to lead the Center’s growing efforts to provide analytics services to enhance teaching across the entire University.

Megan Stowe headshotMegan Stowe
Instructional Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
megstowe@umich.edu

Dr. Megan Stowe received her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida in 2022. Her research focuses on empathy and kinship as models for climate solutions in Black American, Indigenous, and Post-Colonial literatures. She holds a graduate certificate in Technical and Professional Communication, with an M.A. (Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature) from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She brings over 15 years of experience in education from K-12 to higher ed. Her most recent work includes program management for honors living learning communities, academic advising for honors engineering and pre-health students, curricular design for English service courses, and teaching experiential learning courses on the intersections among literature and social justice. She is passionate about equity and justice in education and empowering students to thrive in their personal and professional goals.


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