Faculty-to-Faculty Consulting Program

In the transition to remote instruction last spring, faculty reported that their colleagues offered critical support and guidance. We have been inspired by our faculty’s resilience, ingenuity, and creativity in addressing remote teaching challenges. We have also witnessed the many benefits that peer networks provide faculty in the midst of uncertainty and upheaval.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Associates program offers confidential, one-on-one consultations with colleagues regarding teaching. Faculty Associates represent a range of disciplines from colleges and departments across the university, and have experience teaching in online, remote, mixed, and in-person modalities. Reach out directly to one of the Faculty Associates below to schedule a Faculty Associate teaching consultation.

Elizabeth “Liz” Adams, AuD

Liz Adams

Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Modalities: In-person, online, hybrid, remote

Teaching Interests:

  • Faculty collaboration in curriculum development, both within a discipline and across disciplines
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Faculty-to-faculty support including review of syllabi, course materials and assignments, Blackboard organization, and peer observations
  • Community-building within a course

Areas of Expertise:

  • Online course design (new courses and transitioning in-person courses to online)
  • Hybrid, flipped classroom (new courses and transitioning in-person to hybrid)
  • “Small teaching” techniques in instruction and course design
  • Active learning and collaborative learning
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and inclusive teaching practices
  • Blackboard
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • Flipgrid
  • YellowDig
  • Clinical Simulation Lab

Please contact by email to request a consult: Elizabeth.Adams@med.uvm.edu

Laura Almstead, PhD

Laura Almstead

Department: Plant Biology; Nutrition & Food Science
Modalities: Remote, mixed

Teaching Interests:

  • Lab curriculum development
  • Integration of hands-on acitivites and problem-solving exercises in classes
  • Promoting student engagement in large (especially introductory) courses
  • Using food as a mechanism to teach basic scientific concepts

Areas of Expertise:

  • Large entrollment classes
  • Labs – curriculum development; transitioning in-person labs to online format
  • iClicker Cloud
  • Teams (basics)
  • BlackBoard – rubrics, assignments, tests and surveys, journals; basic organization and grade center management

Please contact by email to request a consult: Laura.Almstead@uvm.edu

Allison Anacker, PhD

Allison Anacker

Department: Psychological Science;, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program
Modalities: In-person, remote synchronous and asynchronous, mixed (in-person/remote), hybrid

Teaching Interests:

  • Major course reworks and backward design
  • Student engagement techniques
  • Effective use of TAs

Areas of Expertise:

  • Active learning
  • Peer interactions
  • Reading and discussion of primary research literature
  • Lab courses, first year courses, intro survey courses, upper level deep content courses
  • Teams
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • iClickers

Please contact by email to request a consult: allison.anacker@uvm.edu

Mary C. Burke, PhD

Mary Burke

Department: Sociology; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Modalities: Remote, online, in-person

Teaching Interests:

  • Critical and feminist pedagogies
  • Intersectionality
  • Decolonizing curriculum
  • Student engagement
  • Transformative learning
  • Active learning
  • Discussion-based learning
  • Writing to learn
  • Alternatives to traditional paper assignments

Areas of Expertise:

  • Large enrollment courses
  • Seminars and discussion-based courses
  • Small and large group discussions
  • In-class writing
  • Teams
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • Blackboard

Please contact by email to request a consult: mary.burke@uvm.edu

Eva Cosoroaba, PhD

Eva Cosoroaba

Department: Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Modalities: Online, Mixed (and pre-covid in- person)

Teaching Interests:

  • Active Learning
  • Specifications Grading
  • Increasing learning while reducing cheating
  • Teaching engineering with diversity in mind

Areas of Expertise:

  • Backwards Course Design
  • Labs
  • Lecture with Active Learning
  • Teams
  • Blackboard

Please contact by email to request a consult: ecosoroa@uvm.edu

Kelly Hamshaw, MS

Kelly Hamshaw

Department: Community Development & Applied Economics
Modalities: Online, Remote, Mixed, In-Person (pre-COVID)

Teaching Interests:

  • Service-learning and community engagement
  • Promoting student connection and wellbeing
  • Designing purposeful writing assignments
  • Resilient teaching and course design

Areas of Expertise:

  • Service-learning and community engagement
  • Active learning in range of class sizes
  • Undergraduate and Graduate TA development
  • Blackboard
  • MS Teams
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • YellowDig

Please contact by email to request a consult: Kelly.Hamshaw@uvm.edu

Laura Hill, PhD

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Department: Plant Biology and Integrated Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests:

  • Backwards design
  • Learning outcomes development and assessment
  • Assignments for critical thinking skills
  • Contemplative pedagogy
  • Strategies for engagement in large-enrollment classes (e.g., peer instruction and Just-in-Time teaching)
  • Sustainability (SU) general education course development

Dr. Hill’s main focus as a CTL faculty associate this year is to lead the first cohort of the interdisciplinary Contemplative Faculty Learning Community. This forum of scholars is engaged in a yearlong exploration of contemplative teaching and learning and pedagogical approaches to classroom practices. Contemplative pedagogies may be used to shift the focus of teaching and learning that connect students to their lived, embodied experience of their unique learning process. Learn more about the contemplative learning community.

Lizzy Pope, PhD

Lizzy Pope

Department: Nutrition and Food Sciences
Modalities: Remote (currently)

Teaching Interests:

  • Increasing student engagement and motivation
  • Varieties of assessment techniquess
  • How to integrate more creativity and humanity into teaching

Areas of Expertise:

  • Teaching large enrollment and mid-size courses
  • Active/creative learning
  • iClickers
  • Teams
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects
  • Specifications and choice-based grading
  • Transparent assignment design

Please contact by email to request a consult: efpope@uvm.edu

Koela Ray, M.Sc., MS

Koela Ray

Department: Biomedical and Health Sciences
Modalities: Fully Online, Remote (Synchronous and asynchronous), Mixed, In-person

Teaching Interests:

  • Active learning strategies like group discussions, application to laboratory techniques, case studies, debates and simulation games
  • Use of different platforms based on course design and objectives
  • Virtual laboratory development
  • Faculty collaboration and use of instructional frameworks as important tools for peer observations
  • Intellectually engage students and provide constructive feedback for improved outcomes
  • Provide meaningful rubrics for assignments

Areas of Expertise:

  • Keeping students engaged in remote instructions, both synchronous and asynchronous
  • Teaching online laboratory courses, with use of innovative ways of delivering laboratory modules
  • Mentoring Teaching Assistants for prepping laboratory modules
  • Teams
  • Blackboard
  • Top-Hat

Please contact by email to request a consult: kray1@uvm.edu

Alexander “Sandy” Wurthmann, PhD

Sandy Wurthmann

Department: Chemistry
Modalities: Remote lecture, online labs, in-person labs

Teaching Interests:

  • Encouraging resourcefulness
  • Participation
  • Consistent learning habits
  • Resilience

Areas of Expertise:

  • Teaching large lecture classes with Teams
  • Scripting exams (for organic chemistry on Blackboard)
  • Managing Teaching Assistants for lab classes and grading

Please contact by email to request a consult: awurthma@uvm.edu