About the TIO

TIO Vision:

The vision of the TIO in the UTLC is to engage faculty in reflective practice that fosters student leadership and authorship.

TIO Mission:

The Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) fosters opportunities for the exploration of quality teaching at UNCG by supporting a culture that is inclusive of UNCG’s teaching heritage, diverse faculty, and a dynamic faculty lifecycle.

 

Our Staff

Our shared teaching philosophy:

We seek to inspire the community in their pursuit of knowledge and innovation that honors creativity, inclusion, exploration, risk, and learning in its diverse forms and applications.

Laura Pipe

Associate Director, UTLC directing the Teaching Innovations Office

lmpipe@uncg.edu
336.334.3846
Laura Pipe is the directs the Teaching Innovations Office and the implementation of pan-university faculty development initiatives. Throughout her career, Laura has developed academically enriched programs that promote integrated learning, teaching innovations, and faculty collaboration. Her expertise is in integrated and applied learning, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Learning Communities Research and Practice. Laura completed her B.S. in Journalism (Texas Christian University), her M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education (Syracuse University), and is completing her PhD in Kinesiology (UNCG). Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on action sports (bicycle motocross, skateboarding, stock car racing), and center on the construction and regulation of public and private space. Laura’s research continues to have exciting resonance with her philosophies in interdisciplinary and application-based learning.

Areas of focus: Teaching Innovations/Faculty Development, Faculty Mentoring, New Faculty

Expertise: Integrated Learning, Applied/Problem-Based Learning, Collaborative Learning, Interdisciplinary Design, Curriculum Design


Ben Peterson

Dr. Ben C. Peterson

Coordinator of Faculty Programs and Services

bcpeters@uncg.edu
336.334.3524
Ben Peterson is the coordinator of faculty programs and services for the Teaching Innovations Office in the UTLC. He holds a B.A. in political science and economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. His research has focused on seriousness and playfulness as dispositions of citizens, and he is particularly interested in the recent phenomenon of “gamification” – the attempt to use game elements to enhance non-game activities. He is passionate about the interaction between curriculum design and the compelling form of engagement that is offered by games. His research and teaching interests are guided by a concern with student motivation and reflective learning, which he believes is central to the development of thoughtful citizens.

Expertise: Curriculum Design, Gamification, Student Motivation, Reflective Learning


Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Assistant Director, Technology Enhanced Pedagogy

albro25@uncg.edu
336.334.5885
Amy Brown is the Assistant Director of Technology Enhanced Pedagogy working directly with UNCG faculty members to assist them to use instructional technology in pedagogically-sound ways to move instruction forward. Amy completed her B.A. in Speech Communications (UNCG), her M.A. in Communication (University of Memphis) and Post-Master’s Certificate in Web-Based Learning (Appalachian State). She is working on her M.S. in Instructional Technology (ECU). Her interests include collaborative learning, social constructivism, and learning analytics to find insight into student interactions in online environments.
Area(s)of Focus: Instructional Technology, Curriculum Design, Online Learning

Expertise: Online Learning, Classroom Technology, Using Technology to Enhance Learning


Support Staff

Marisa Gonzalez, Graduate Assistant, Email: mggonzal@uncg.edu