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Grenmarie Agresar

Grenmarie Agresar
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
208 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
Assistant Director
(734) 763-2880
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ronitg@umich.edu

Ronit Ajlen completed her B.S. in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She then earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area. Dr. Ajlen has taught undergraduate psychology courses both as a GSI and as a primary instructor, and she has prior experience as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant and postdoc at CRLT. Her prior research focused on graph comprehension, including the effects of individual differences in skill (i.e., working memory, graph literacy) or disposition (e.g., open-mindedness, need for cognition) on graph comprehension and its instruction. In her current role at CRLT, Ronit is involved in a variety of assessment projects, consults with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning concerns, and facilitates professional development workshops and programs for students and faculty. She also directs the Fall GSI Teaching Orientation and the Graduate Student Instructional Consultants focused on Instructional Technology (IT-GSICs) group. Ronit is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI, Assessment, and Instructional Technology Teams.

Jeanne Andreoli

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

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

Sara Armstrong

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

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.

Kelsey Arras

Kelsey Arras
Communications Specialist
(734) 936-3465
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kkadams@umich.edu

Kelsey Arras earned her B.F.A. focusing in Illustration from Northern Michigan University and M.A. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University. Her experience includes graphic design, illustration, social media content development, and project management. Kelsey manages the website, annual report, social media, branding, and communications for CRLT.

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-2974
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory
baileyej@umich.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University in 2019. Previously, she earned a M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2015 and a B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2012. She joined CRTL-Engin in August 2019 to work with engineering faculty, especially to advance teaching excellence in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Audra Baleisis

Audra Baleisis
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
208 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

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
Student Support & Classroom Climate Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3839
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
bbeuche@umich.edu

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.

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke
Event Coordinator
(734)-936-1360
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hanburke@umich.edu

Hannah Burke earned her B.S. in Arts and Entertainment Management and Administration with a minor in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in technical theater for eight years, built on her creative skills working in a graphic design office, and interned with local festivals and university symposiums to learn about Marketing and volunteer coordination. Within CRLT, she leads in the planning and implementation of events ranging from meetings and seminars to orientations.

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.

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza
Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3615
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ccamerat@umich.edu

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza earned her B.Sc. at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) in Educational Psychology in 200. Following that she completed her M.Sc. in Cognitive Development at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). During the first years of her professional life, Claudia focused her work in teacher education and the creation of different resources to support the learning of teaching at different levels. In 2006 she became the associate director of faculty development at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Engineering, where she led initiative oriented to improve instructional practices in engineering education. In 2011, she went to complete a Ph.D. in teaching and teacher education at the University of Michigan School of Education. During her Ph.D., Claudia enjoyed teaching and instructional design at the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership (A2LP), as well participating in research groups exploring teacher learning and development. At CRLT, Claudia works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, create productive teaching and learning experiences, and improve equity across the institution.

Susan J. Cheng

Susan J. Cheng
Instructional Consultant for Analytics and Assessment, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-1314
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
chengs@umich.edu

Susan J. Cheng earned her B.A. in Environmental Science at Columbia University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, where she was also a graduate student mentor for the Program in Biology. Her research interests falls within two parallel, but related, themes: 1) Understanding how ecological interactions shape theoretical and computational models of Earth’s climate, and 2) identifying how classroom climate influences student interactions, constructs of course content, and learning outcomes. Prior to joining CRLT, Susan worked in environmental consulting, urban environmental education program development, and as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University. She has also served on the 500 Women Scientists leadership team, the Cornell University Graduate School Diversity Advisory Council, and the American Geophysical Union Publications Committee and Education Section Communication Working Group. At CRLT, Susan works with the Foundational Course Initiative as a data analytics and course assessment consultant to better understand student success in large, introductory courses.

Karishma Collette

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

Karishma Collette earned her B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the University of Mumbai (India) in 2001. In 2003, she completed her M.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology at Newcastle University (United Kingdom), and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 2011. Karishma's dissertation focused on the characterization of a novel Condensin protein complex (Condensin I) in C.elegans mitosis and meiosis. During her Ph.D., Karishma enjoyed teaching Introductory Biology and Genetics, and continued her pedagogical training as a postdoc at CRLT from August 2012 - April 2014. After her training at CRLT, she advised U-M undergraduate students interested in careers in the health professions at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, and managed the peer tutoring and peer mentorship programs at the Science Learning Center. In her current role at CRLT, Karishma consults with and facilitates workshops for faculty, GSIs, and undergraduates in instructional roles, on a variety of topics in teaching and learning. She also directs the Winter GSI teaching orientation, and is the CRLT lead for the CRLT-ELI 994 program. Karishma is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI team and DE&I team. 

Tazin Daniels

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

Tazin Daniels 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
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

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
(734) 763-2878
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
vgenetin@umich.edu

Victoria A. Genetin completed her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University in 2012.  She also holds her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, as well as a B.S.W. and M.S.W. in Social work from the University of Akron.  Victoria taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, served as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, and worked as a writing consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at The Ohio State before joining CRLT in 2014. She currently serves as the 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
Director, Conference and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell joined the CRLT team in 2016. In her role as the Director of Conferences and Events, she manages the project staff who coordinate a variety of events, including Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation, Provost Seminar on Teaching, and weekly Seminar Series. She also supervises the Communications Coordinator and front office operations. Along with her bachelor's degree in Business Management and associate's degree in Human Service (both from Cornerstone University), she brings over twenty-five years of experience to the team. She previously worked as Events Manager at U-M College of Engineering and continues to serve as Executive Director for the non-profit Twinless Twins Support Group International. Michelle is passionate about the way a well-crafted event can bring people together to accomplish great things, and she enjoys putting this passion to work at CRLT.

Kellie GrasmanKellie Grasman
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-0018
208 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
Research Associate
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
heheaton@umich.edu

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

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
208 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

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.

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

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
211 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
Events Coordinator
Phone:
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

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.

Kate Livingston

Kate Livingston
Assistant Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(734) 647-5676
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kliv@umich.edu

Dr. Kate Livingston is an Instructional Consultant specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Prior to joining CRLT in 2019, she was a faculty member in Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Kate's work at CRLT is informed by 11 years of classroom teaching experience in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at three major public universities in the Midwest. She has designed graduate, advanced undergraduate, introductory, service learning, and distance learning courses in WGSS including those on feminist theory, feminist pedagogy, reproductive justice, law and public policy, and gender, race, sexuality in pop culture. Kate specializes in the particular challenges for inclusion presented in introductory, general education, and large lecture courses. She earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in Government from Smith College.

Kairos Marquardt

Kairos Marquardt
Pedagogy & Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3848
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kairosm@umich.edu

Kairos Marquardt works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as one of the Pedagogy & Design Consultants. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, enrich student learning experiences, and improve equity across the institution.  Kairos' professional trajectory spans ethnographic research, teaching, and design consulting. At the University of Michigan, she taught in the Residential College and the Department of Anthropology (where she was recognized with an Innovative Teaching Award). Prior to joining the CRLT, she worked in applied research and design consulting for a wide range of organizations and industries. Kairos has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, with a graduate certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Her ethnographic research in post-civil war Peru focused on citizenship, inequality, and participatory governance, especially around the socio-political regulations of nightlife and urban order.

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.

Deborah Meizlish

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

Deborah Meizlish is Managing Director for Educational Development and Assessment Services. 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. She has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Gina Micheal

Gina Michael
Graphic Designer & Event Planner, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 764-1083
211 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

Bethany N. Morrison joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an instructional consultant. She has a PhD 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.

Kathryn Pamula

Kathryn Pamula
Company Manager, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. In her current role, Kathryn works with clients both on- and off-campus to coordinate performance and travel logistics. She manages the Players performance and rehearsal schedules and administers performance agreements and Actor's Equity Association contracts. She has previously worked at several professional theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club.

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.

Courtney Riddle

Courtney Riddle
Recruitment Manager & Rehearsal Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-9265
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
myersco@umich.edu

Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She has been working with the CRLT Players since 2010. As the Recruitment Manager and Rehearsal Director for The Players, she is responsible for all actor recruitment, casting, and training, as well as directing all existing sketches in The Players repertoire. Courtney has been a performer in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 

Heather Rypkema

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

Heather Rypkema has been working with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as an Assessment & Analytics specialist since before the launch of its first Cohort in 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.

Kyra Shahid

Kyra Shahid
Assistant Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ktshahid@umich.edu

Dr. Kyra Shahid joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an Assistant Director with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Prior to joining the team, she served as Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Xavier University. There she led several racial healing and social change enterprises, including establishing the Stained Glass Initiative to further Xavier’s efforts to address its historical connections to slavery, and helping to design and execute the first non-traditional study abroad racial healing and leadership experience designed for students of African descent. Dr. Shahid has a wealth of knowledge on leadership for diverse communities and strategies for delivering culturally restorative education. In 2018, she published a book titled, Anti-Black Racism and Epistemic Violence, which captures healing modalities for addressing the outcry of Black college students for responsive education. She has served as a DEI consultant for various campuses and corporate entities and enjoys assisting instructors with the creation of culturally restorative learning environments. Dr. Shahid earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on the intersections of race, spirituality, and leadership in higher education and a M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio. She is also a proud first generation graduate of Central State University where she received her B.A. in Broadcast Communication.

Erping Zhu

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

Erping Zhu earned a Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Erping is an associate director for instructional technology initiatives at CRLT.  She coordinates CRLT consultation and midterm student feedback services.  She directs the CRLT Fellows Program for new faculty developers from top Chinese universities. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching and working with departments on faculty professional development in teaching with technology, including blended and online teaching and learning.  She also coordinates the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize and the Thurnau Professorships.  She has authored and co-authored chapters in books (e.g., McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching), encyclopedias, and academic journals. Her research focuses on technology and teaching, scholarship of teaching, and online learning and instruction.


Matthew Kaplan

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

Matthew Kaplan was appointed as CRLT's Executive Director in 2015. He joined CRLT in 1994 and was Managing Director from 2007-2014 and Interim Director from 2014-2015. Matt leads new initiatives on teaching and learning and represents both CRLT and the broader University community on those topics. He also runs professional development programs for University of Michigan department chairs and associate deans, as well as international higher education leaders. He collaborates with the Artistic Director of the CRLT Players on theatre projects and with CRLT’s professional staff on meeting the needs of the university’s instructional community. Matt received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked at UNC’s Center for Teaching and Learning for three years before joining CRLT. He has published articles on the academic hiring process, the use of interactive theatre as a faculty development tool, and the evaluation of teaching, and he co-authored a chapter of McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching. He has co-edited The Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2007), a volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and edited two volumes of To Improve the Academy (New Forums Press, 1998, 1999). With former Executive Director Connie Cook, Matt edited Advancing a Culture of Teaching on Campus: How a Teaching Center Can Make a Difference (Stylus Publishing, 2011), a book describing CRLT programs and strategies authored by them and their CRLT colleagues. He was a member of POD’s Core Committee from 1998 to 2001.

Sara Armstrong

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

Sara Armstrong 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

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
Director, Conference and Events
(734) 936-0641
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mgetch@umich.edu

Michelle Getchell joined the CRLT team in 2016. In her role as the Director of Conferences and Events, she manages the project staff who coordinate a variety of events, including Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation, Provost Seminar on Teaching, and weekly Seminar Series. She also supervises the Communications Coordinator and front office operations. Along with her bachelor's degree in Business Management and associate's degree in Human Service (both from Cornerstone University), she brings over twenty-five years of experience to the team. She previously worked as Events Manager at U-M College of Engineering and continues to serve as Executive Director for the non-profit Twinless Twins Support Group International. Michelle is passionate about the way a well-crafted event can bring people together to accomplish great things, and she enjoys putting this passion to work at CRLT.

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

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

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

Ronit Ajlen completed her B.S. in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She then earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area. Dr. Ajlen has taught undergraduate psychology courses both as a GSI and as a primary instructor, and she has prior experience as a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant and postdoc at CRLT. Her prior research focused on graph comprehension, including the effects of individual differences in skill (i.e., working memory, graph literacy) or disposition (e.g., open-mindedness, need for cognition) on graph comprehension and its instruction. In her current role at CRLT, Ronit is involved in a variety of assessment projects, consults with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning concerns, and facilitates professional development workshops and programs for students and faculty. She also directs the Fall GSI Teaching Orientation and the Graduate Student Instructional Consultants focused on Instructional Technology (IT-GSICs) group. Ronit is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI, Assessment, and Instructional Technology Teams.

Jeanne Andreoli

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

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

Karishma Collette

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

Karishma Collette earned her B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the University of Mumbai (India) in 2001. In 2003, she completed her M.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology at Newcastle University (United Kingdom), and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 2011. Karishma's dissertation focused on the characterization of a novel Condensin protein complex (Condensin I) in C.elegans mitosis and meiosis. During her Ph.D., Karishma enjoyed teaching Introductory Biology and Genetics, and continued her pedagogical training as a postdoc at CRLT from August 2012 - April 2014. After her training at CRLT, she advised U-M undergraduate students interested in careers in the health professions at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, and managed the peer tutoring and peer mentorship programs at the Science Learning Center. In her current role at CRLT, Karishma consults with and facilitates workshops for faculty, GSIs, and undergraduates in instructional roles, on a variety of topics in teaching and learning. She also directs the Winter GSI teaching orientation, and is the CRLT lead for the CRLT-ELI 994 program. Karishma is currently an active member of CRLT's GSI team and DE&I team. 

Tazin Daniels

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

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

Victoria A. Genetin

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

Victoria A. Genetin completed her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University in 2012.  She also holds her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, as well as a B.S.W. and M.S.W. in Social work from the University of Akron.  Victoria taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, served as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, and worked as a writing consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at The Ohio State before joining CRLT in 2014. She currently serves as the 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
Research Associate
(734) 615-9267
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
heheaton@umich.edu

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

Stephanie Kusano

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

Stephanie M. Kusano earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in the area of biomechanics, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Virginia Tech. Her prior research focused on co-curricular engineering design experiences, specifically the outcomes, affordances, and barriers of co-curricular experiences from engineering students’ perspectives. While completing her Ph.D., Stephanie was part of a team tasked with redesigning, piloting, and teaching a First-Year Engineering course. She has also taught special topics lectures around her dissertation research for graduate courses. Upon completing her graduate work, Stephanie was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University, facilitating assessment design and educational research on informal learning in Engineering. At CRLT, Stephanie consults with faculty and staff regarding assessment of educational programs and student learning.

Kate Livingston

Kate Livingston
Assistant Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(734) 647-5676
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kliv@umich.edu

Dr. Kate Livingston is an Instructional Consultant specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Prior to joining CRLT in 2019, she was a faculty member in Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Kate's work at CRLT is informed by 11 years of classroom teaching experience in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at three major public universities in the Midwest. She has designed graduate, advanced undergraduate, introductory, service learning, and distance learning courses in WGSS including those on feminist theory, feminist pedagogy, reproductive justice, law and public policy, and gender, race, sexuality in pop culture. Kate specializes in the particular challenges for inclusion presented in introductory, general education, and large lecture courses. She earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in Government from Smith College.

Deborah Meizlish

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

Deborah Meizlish earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  In her role at CRLT, she consults with administrators, faculty, and GSIs on course and curricular issues, including assessment; plans university-wide programs on teaching, learning, and academic leadership; and conducts seminars on a wide variety of pedagogical topics. Deborah regularly works with faculty and administrators across U-M, with particular focus on LSA and professional school programs in the social sciences.  She was part of the inaugural team for the LSA Teaching Academy, co-directing it for nine years.  Her current college-level collaborations include the Ross Teaching Academy, a program that supports new faculty as they transition to teaching at Michigan. She also co-facilitates the LSA Large Course Initiative, a faculty learning community for large-course instructors in LSA.  She was co-Principal Investigator on “The Impact of Meta-Cognitive Strategies within Writing in the Disciplines: Experiments to Improve Writing and Critical Thinking,” funded by the Teagle and Spencer Foundations. Deborah’s research and writing focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, academic hiring, preparing future faculty developers, and academic integrity. 

Bethany Morrison

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

Bethany N. Morrison joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an instructional consultant. She has a PhD 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.

Kyra Shahid

Kyra Shahid
Assistant Director, Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ktshahid@umich.edu

Dr. Kyra Shahid joined the CRLT team in 2021 as an Assistant Director with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Prior to joining the team, she served as Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Xavier University. There she led several racial healing and social change enterprises, including establishing the Stained Glass Initiative to further Xavier’s efforts to address its historical connections to slavery, and helping to design and execute the first non-traditional study abroad racial healing and leadership experience designed for students of African descent. Dr. Shahid has a wealth of knowledge on leadership for diverse communities and strategies for delivering culturally restorative education. In 2018, she published a book titled, Anti-Black Racism and Epistemic Violence, which captures healing modalities for addressing the outcry of Black college students for responsive education. She has served as a DEI consultant for various campuses and corporate entities and enjoys assisting instructors with the creation of culturally restorative learning environments. Dr. Shahid earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on the intersections of race, spirituality, and leadership in higher education and a M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio. She is also a proud first generation graduate of Central State University where she received her B.A. in Broadcast Communication.

Erping Zhu

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

Erping Zhu earned a Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Erping is an associate director for instructional technology initiatives at CRLT.  She coordinates CRLT consultation and midterm student feedback services.  She directs the CRLT Fellows Program for new faculty developers from top Chinese universities. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching and working with departments on faculty professional development in teaching with technology, including blended and online teaching and learning.  She also coordinates the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize and the Thurnau Professorships.  She has authored and co-authored chapters in books (e.g., McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching), encyclopedias, and academic journals. Her research focuses on technology and teaching, scholarship of teaching, and online learning and instruction.


Michelle Getchell

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

Michelle Getchell joined the CRLT team in 2016. In her role as the Director of Conferences and Events, she manages the project staff who coordinate a variety of events, including Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation, Provost Seminar on Teaching, and weekly Seminar Series. She also supervises the Communications Coordinator and front office operations. Along with her bachelor's degree in Business Management and associate's degree in Human Service (both from Cornerstone University), she brings over twenty-five years of experience to the team. She previously worked as Events Manager at U-M College of Engineering and continues to serve as Executive Director for the non-profit Twinless Twins Support Group International. Michelle is passionate about the way a well-crafted event can bring people together to accomplish great things, and she enjoys putting this passion to work at CRLT.

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.

Kelsey Adams Kelsey Arras
Communications Specialist
734) 936-3465
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kkadams@umich.edu

Kelsey Arras earned her B.F.A. focusing in Illustration from Northern Michigan University and M.A. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University. Her experience includes graphic design, illustration, social media content development, and project management. Kelsey manages the website, annual report, social media, branding, and communications for CRLT.

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke
Events Coordinator
(734)-936-1360
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
hanburke@umich.edu

Hannah Burke earned her B.S. in Arts and Entertainment Management and Administration with a minor in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in technical theater for eight years, built on her creative skills working in a graphic design office, and interned with local festivals and university symposiums to learn about Marketing and volunteer coordination. Within CRLT, she leads in the planning and implementation of events ranging from meetings and seminars to orientations.

Malini Dasgupta

Malini Dasgupta
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
Events Coordinator
Phone:
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.


Sara Armstrong

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

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

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.

Kathryn Pamula 

Kathryn Pamula
Company Manager, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. In her current role, Kathryn works with clients both on- and off-campus to coordinate performance and travel logistics. She manages the Players performance and rehearsal schedules and administers performance agreements and Actor's Equity Association contracts. She has previously worked at several professional theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club.

Courtney Riddle 

Courtney Riddle
Recruitment Manager & Rehearsal Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-9265
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
myersco@umich.edu

Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She has been working with the CRLT Players since 2010. As the Recruitment Manager and Rehearsal Director for The Players, she is responsible for all actor recruitment, casting, and training, as well as directing all existing sketches in The Players repertoire. Courtney has been a performer in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 


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.

Grenmarie Agresar

Grenmarie Agresar
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 615-9263
208 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
208 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.

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey
Instructional Consultant, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-2974
208 Gorguze Family Laboratory
baileyej@umich.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University in 2019. Previously, she earned a M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2015 and a B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2012. She joined CRTL-Engin in August 2019 to work with engineering faculty, especially to advance teaching excellence in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kellie GrasmanKellie Grasman
Assistant Director, CRLT in Engineering
(734) 763-0018
208 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
208 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
211 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
211 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.


Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

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

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
Student Support & Classroom Climate Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3839
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
bbeuche@umich.edu

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.

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza
Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-3615
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
ccamerat@umich.edu

Claudia Cameratti-Baeza earned her B.Sc. at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) in Educational Psychology in 200. Following that she completed her M.Sc. in Cognitive Development at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). During the first years of her professional life, Claudia focused her work in teacher education and the creation of different resources to support the learning of teaching at different levels. In 2006 she became the associate director of faculty development at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Engineering, where she led initiative oriented to improve instructional practices in engineering education. In 2011, she went to complete a Ph.D. in teaching and teacher education at the University of Michigan School of Education. During her Ph.D., Claudia enjoyed teaching and instructional design at the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership (A2LP), as well as participating in research groups exploring teacher learning and development. At CRLT, Claudia works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as Pedagogy & Instructional Design Consultant. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, create productive teaching and learning experiences, and improve equity across the institution.

Susan J. Cheng

Susan J. Cheng
Instructional Consultant for Analytics and Assessment, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 764-1314
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
chengs@umich.edu

Susan J. Cheng earned her B.A. in Environmental Science at Columbia University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, where she was also a graduate student mentor for the Program in Biology. Her research interests falls within two parallel, but related, themes: 1) Understanding how ecological interactions shape theoretical and computational models of Earth’s climate, and 2) identifying how classroom climate influences student interactions, constructs of course content, and learning outcomes. Prior to joining CRLT, Susan worked in environmental consulting, urban environmental education program development, and as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University. She has also served on the 500 Women Scientists leadership team, the Cornell University Graduate School Diversity Advisory Council, and the American Geophysical Union Publications Committee and Education Section Communication Working Group. At CRLT, Susan works with the Foundational Course Initiative as a data analytics and course assessment consultant to better understand student success in large, introductory courses.

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.

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

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.

Kairos Marquardt

Kairos Marquardt
Pedagogy & Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
(734) 936-3848
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kairosm@umich.edu

Kairos Marquardt works with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as one of the Pedagogy & Design Consultants. In this role, she partners with departmental instructional teams and fellow FCI consultants to support the University’s large introductory courses, enrich student learning experiences and improve equity across the institution.  Kairos' professional trajectory spans ethnographic research, teaching, and design consulting. At the University of Michigan, she taught in the Residential College and the Department of Anthropology (where she was recognized with an Innovative Teaching Award). Prior to joining the CRLT, she worked in applied research and design consulting for a wide range of organizations and industries. Kairos has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, with a graduate certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Her ethnographic research in post-civil war Peru focused on citizenship, inequality, and participatory governance, especially around the socio-political regulations of nightlife and urban order.

Heather Rypkema

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

Heather Rypkema has been working with the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) as an Assessment & Analytics specialist since before the launch of its first Cohort in 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.