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Office of the Director

Dr. David Teachout

Dr. David Teachout

Director of the UTLC

Professor of Music Education

David Teachout is the director of the University Teaching and Learning Commons and a professor of music education.  He co-authored The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach (Routledge, 2014) and was co-principle investigator for a $374,000 National Science Foundation grant funded to develop interdisciplinary teaching modules for grades 2-5 that explore natural intersections between science and music.  He serves on the editorial review board for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Issues in Music Education and on the national advisory board for Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education.  He is a past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) and served as symposium chair for SMTE from 2006 until 2015.

Expertise: Effective Course Design, Team-Based Learning


Dr. Jennifer Stephens

Dr. Jennifer Stephens

Coordinator of the Residential Colleges Office

Director, Teacher Education Fellows

 Jennifer Stephens is the Coordinator of the Residential Colleges Office and the Director of the Teacher Education Fellows Program in the UTLC. She is also an Education Policy Fellow and serves on several editorial boards for international journals. She holds a B.A. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Counseling from NCSU, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from UNCG. Her research interests include school-university-community collaborations, culturally-responsive and critical place-based pedagogies, curriculum development and design, and innovative practices in teaching. Influencing her work with educators and students is a teaching philosophy that involves learning as a holistic endeavor that is reciprocal and extends beyond the classroom.

Area(s) of focus: Residential Colleges, Teaching Education Fellows,

Debra Turner Bailey Global Citizenship Lectures

Expertise: Curriculum Mapping, Culturally-Responsive Pedagogies, Critical Pedagogies, Community Collaborations


Ms. 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), her M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education (Syracuse), 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.

Area(s) of focus: Teaching Innovations/Faculty Development, New Faculty Mentoring, New Faculty

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


Laura Pipe, M.S.

Dr. Lee Phillips

Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creativity Office

Lee Phillips joined UNCG in August 2013 as Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office.  He has a strong commitment to student learning through faculty engagement, especially as it involves undergraduates in research and/or creative inquiry.  Lee earned the B.S. and M.S. in Geology from UNC Wilmington.  After a brief teaching interlude at Western State Colorado University, he attended the University of Iowa to earn the Ph.D. in Geoscience.  Lee helped develop the undergraduate research program at UNC Pembroke, where he was also an Associate Professor of Geology prior to joining UNCG.  He serves as an Executive Board member and Chair of the Geosciences Division for the Council on Undergraduate Research, an international faculty development organization.  He also chairs of the UNC System Undergraduate Research Program Directors Consortium.

Area(s) of focus: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity

Expertise: Research Skills and Competencies


Support Staff

Kristi Crowther, Executive Assistant to the Director, Email: klcrowth@uncg.edu, Phone: 336.334.5980
Allison Meridin, Business Officer, Email: asmeridi@uncg.edu, Phone: 336.334.5068
Damon Roberts, Technology Support Technician, Email: drrobert@uncg.edu