Teaching Innovations Office

Office of the Director Residential Colleges Office Teaching Innovations Office Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creativity Office


Laura Pipe

Coordinator of the Teaching Innovations Office

Laura Pipe is the coordinator of the Teaching Innovations Office implementing 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, New Faculty Mentoring, New Faculty, Debra Turner Bailey Global Citizenship Lectures

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

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.
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Support Staff

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