2019 INFD Resource Faculty

Resource Faculty are the heart of this event, as they facilitate workshops and presentations about the field, begin the mentoring process for new practitioners, and help create and carry out the mission and purpose of INFD. Check out the list of Resource Faculty scheduled to participate in the 2019 INFD.

Diana Ashe


Diana Ashe is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dorothe Bach

University of Virginia

Dorothe Bach is an Associate Director and Professor, General Faculty, at the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia. Born and raised in Germany, Dorothe received an M.A. from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Virginia.  She brings 16 years of experience in educational development and currently serves on POD’s CORE committee. At her home institution, Dorothe designs, directs, and co-facilitates a variety of educational development programs, including the Ignite Program, the Student-Faculty Partnership Initiative, and the Course Design Institute. In addition, she consults with faculty, graduate students, and departments on teaching and learning and she regularly presents workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include early and mid-career faculty retention and career satisfaction, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, using social media for learning, curriculum development and opening spaces for transformational learning. 

Amy Brown

*Planning Team Member

Amy Brown is the Assistant Director of Technology Enhanced Pedagogy in the Teaching Innovations Office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Amy works 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 a Graduate Certificate in Computer-Based Instruction (ECU). Her interests include collaborative learning, social constructivism, and learning analytics to find insight into student interactions in online environments.

Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe

Amherst College
*Co-Chair, POD Diversity Committee

Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe is the founding Director of the Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning and is co-chair of the POD Diversity Committee.  Her current educational development research focuses on student voice and course feedback. She is committed to reflective and inclusive practices. Riley supports individual faculty and departments through course design, curricular initiatives and programming. Previously Riley was a faculty member in the Boise State University theatre department and the Associate Director of the general education program, implementing and assessing a new curriculum. She served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and drew on this experience for her master’s and doctoral work which she completed at UC Santa Barbara with a Feminist Studies doctoral emphasis. Riley is dedicated to project-based work as evidenced by her disciplinary work at the NY Historical Society and Waterwell Theatre’s “Blueprint Specials” as well as her students’ production of the Idaho LGBTQ Oral History Archive.  She has taught a variety of courses over the last 15 years and is active in presenting as an invited speaker and at conferences on a variety of topics.

Eli Collins-Brown

Western Carolina University

Eli Collins-Brown has been working in higher education for 20+ years as a curriculum developer, instructional designer, technologist, instructor and leader. Her focus has been on web-based, blended and online education but over the years has branched into the improvement of teaching and learning environments in all modalities and educational/faculty development. Eli’s work centers on creating effective and meaningful learning environments, with or without technology. Through her research and practice, Eli has found that technology-supported instruction can create significant learning experiences in different modalities that enhance engagement, discussion, access to content and connectedness to students. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Illinois State University, a Master’s in Educational Research and Collaboration from TCU, and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Northwood University.  

Mika Davis

*Planning Team Member

Mika Davis is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Information Technology Services: Learning Technology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She facilitates learning opportunities that empower educators to integrate elements of instructional design, emerging technologies and digital pedagogies to support teaching and learning. Mika received her BS in Professional Writing from the University of Houston, her MLIS from North Caroling Central University, and her MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Full Sail University. Additionally, Mika serves as an adjunct instructor in Instructional Design at Guilford College and holds certifications in K12 education, librarianship, and Design Thinking. Mika is passionate about personalized learning, active learning environments, redesigning classroom spaces, blended, hybrid and online learning.

Martha Diede

Syracuse University

Martha A. K. Diede is the start-up director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Syracuse University. She has a wide variety of experiences in higher education, having navigated faculty ranks to become a full professor, created a campus nanny-share initiative, and developed partnerships across campuses for faculty and staff leadership development, Quality Matters adoption, and classroom space design for renovation and new builds. She earned her PhD in Shakespeare from Baylor University and is a certified Big-5 trainer. Before becoming a faculty developer, she taught face-to-face and hybrid courses. Her strengths in faculty development include program development and assessment, project intake and processes as they apply to faculty development, and redesigning learning environments for active learning. She is also a cancer survivor and interested in ways that the faculty role can be re-imagined to be more inclusive across the career span. 

Carla Fullwood


Carla Fullwood has diverse curricular and co-curricular experiences in higher education including over ten years in diversity and social justice education. Ms. Fullwood’s professional interests include designing and facilitating learning opportunities on anti-bias, racial equity, intercultural competency, & intergroup dialogues. She has also taught classes on topics including leadership development, cross-cultural engagement, and intergroup dialogues. Ms. Fullwood has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and media from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Arts degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the educational leadership and cultural foundations program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ericka Gonzalez-Smith

NC Agricultural and Technical State University
Erika Gonzalez-Smith is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University). Ericka, professional trainer and coach, possesses a strong understanding of leadership development, intercultural development, and faculty and staff development. She received her Masters of Education from Brock University in Integrated Studies as well as a combined honors’ Bachelor of Arts from King’s University. In addition, she is a designated Master Trainer from the American Association of Trainers and a certified coach through the International Coach Federation.  She brings expertize in program development and evaluation as well as a strong background in teaching and learning practices with experience as an educator and seminar instructor.  Ericka has been actively engaged in Higher Education for the past 13 years specializing in Leadership Development, Intercultural Development, Experiential Learning, and Personal/Group Coaching.  As facilitator and trainer, Ericka has facilitated training and development in various topics such as Strategic Leadership; Emotional Intelligence; Diversity and Cultural Competence; Conflict and Effective Communication; as well as Strength Based Performance.

Marisa Gonzalez

*Planning Team Member
Marisa Gonzalez is the University Program Associate in the University Teaching and Learning Commons at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her role, Marisa provides support to the three offices that make up the UTLC and is the coordinator of the university-wide Teaching Excellence Awards. Marisa received her BA in Spanish Education (K-12) at UNCG and her MA in Languages, Literature, and Cultures (UNCG), with a focus on the identity and inclusion of Heritage Language Learners in a K-12 environment. Marisa has a special interest in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in higher education classrooms as well as college access for  Latinos and has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Education.

Cassandra Volpe Horii

California Institute of Technology
*2019 POD Past-President

Cassandra Volpe Horii is Founding Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She also serves as the 2018-19 President of the POD Network, as a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, and as a regular presenter at the national Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty, organized by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Her work explores evidence-based teaching in STEM, along with current issues related to faculty and educational development at colleges and universities such as use of technology, novel consultation methods, inclusive teaching and mentoring, assessment and evaluation, and organizational change. Dr. Horii has a background in physics and environmental science and over 15 years of higher education leadership and advocacy, including past roles as Dean of the Faculty and Founding Director of the Faculty Center at Curry College, Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University, and teaching positions in engineering and applied sciences, expository writing, and first year seminars.

Min-Ken Liao

Furman University
Min-Ken Liao is a Professor in the Biology Department and the Executive Director of the Faculty Development Center at Furman University. She teaches undergraduate microbiology and genetics related courses and her research focuses on the anthropogenic impacts on bacterial communities in urban stream environment. For faculty development, she aims to provide opportunities and supports for faculty of different disciplines and interests across their career span and to create a space for faculty to be and become. She also teaches mindfulness class and yoga on campus.

Angela Linse

Pennsylvania State University
*2019 POD President
Angela Linse has been involved in faculty, instructional, and organizational development since the late 1990s. She has expertise in enhancing teaching and learning at research universities and an extensive record of faculty professional development in university teaching centers. She has written and presented widely on enhancing teaching and learning, diversity, and assessment. Her current areas of specialization are inclusive teaching and diversity in higher education (especially in the STEM disciplines), assessment of student learning for accreditation, strategic planning, academic leadership, and professional development for teaching and learning center directors. She is the former Director of Temple University’s Teaching and Learning Center in Philadelphia. She held a variety of faculty and TA development positions at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle including with the Center for Instructional Development and Research and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching. She has been successful obtaining funding from government organizations and private foundations to support faculty development and the integration of teaching and research. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

Deandra Little

Elon College
*Former POD President

Deandra Little directs the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is associate professor of English at Elon University in North Carolina. Deandra has been involved in educational development since 2000, first as a graduate student consultant at Vanderbilt University, while she was finishing her PhD in US Literature, then for a decade at the center for teaching and learning at the University of Virginia before moving to Elon University. To support faculty at a midsized liberal arts university, Elon’s center supports and fosters evidence-based, innovative and inclusive teaching and learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Deandra’s scholarship and interests include educational development practice, leadership, and identity, individual consultations, teaching in the humanities, and teaching with visual images. She has written and presented nationally and internationally on these topics and on effective course design. Deandra is currently a Vice President of the International Consortium of Educational Development (ICED, 2016-2018) and a former president of the POD Network (2014-2017) and member of the Core Committee.

Carl Moore

University of the District of Columbia

Carl Moore is Assistant Chief Academic Officer at University of the District of Columbia. He also serves as Certificate Faculty for Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching. He has a Doctorate of Education in Urban Education from Temple University and a Masters of Arts from The Ohio State University in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation investigated how exemplary college faculty employ Universal Design for Learning principles in their teaching practices. He has been teaching for over 12 years and has created and instructed a variety of courses in education at Temple, Cabrini College, and Arcadia University in both face-to-face and online formats. He also frequently an invited speaker and consultant on inclusion, leadership, and teaching and learning related topics. Prior to his current role, he was Dept Chair/Director of the CTL at UDC and served as the Assistant Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University. He also served in a number of student services roles that focused on providing individual and institutional support to retain and advance learner success. These roles include: at the Community College of Philadelphia, Director of Student Success Initiatives; at Temple, Associate Director of Fox Advising, Assistant Director of Multicultural Education; at Kutztown University, Upward Bound TRIO Program Director. As a self-described social justice advocate and “techie,” the sum of his passion lies in the development of programs on teaching with technology and inclusion in higher education.

Benjamin Peterson

*Planning Team Member

Ben Peterson is the coordinator of faculty programs and services for the Teaching Innovations Office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 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.

Laura Pipe


*Planning Team Member

Laura Pipe directs the Teaching Innovations Office implementing pan-university faculty development initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Throughout her career, Laura has developed academically enriched programs that promote integrated learning, teaching innovations and faculty collaboration. Her expertise is in inclusive teaching and integrated learning, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Learning Communities Research and Practice and is a Consulting Editor for the journal College Teaching. Laura completed her B.S. in Journalism (Texas Christian University), her M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education (Syracuse University), and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology (UNCG). Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on action sports (bicycle motocross, skateboarding, stock car racing) and Native health, and center on the construction and regulation of public and private space.

Chris Price

State University of New York
*2017 INFD Chair

Digital INFD Faculty

Chris Price is the Academic Programs Manager for the SUNY Center for Professional Development. Prior to this position, he was the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He started working at Brockport after receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University at Albany in 2004. He is an instructor for Brockport’s Department of Political Science and International Studies as well as the Master and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies programs. Teaching and learning workshops he has conducted include discussion-based teaching, communicating effectively with students, collaborative learning, academic integrity, teaching with technology, and using critical reflection to improve teaching and learning. In 2013, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. He served on the Teaching Professor Conference Advisory Board from 2013-2015. He lives in Rochester, New York with his spouse Jessica Marten and his children Lucy and Henry.

Theresa Ronquillo

Virginia Commonwealth University

Theresa Ronquillo, PhD, MSW is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and an Assistant Professor in Teaching in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as an Instructional Consultant at the University of Washington’s Center for Teaching and Learning and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Theater for Change UW, a faculty development program that uses interactive, social justice theater to promote inclusive and equitable educational environments. Dr. Ronquillo’s interests include curriculum transformation, innovative collaborations, community-engaged teaching and learning, evidence-based inclusive teaching, arts- and theater-based pedagogies, and critical pedagogical approaches.

Jennifer Stephens


Jennifer Stephens directs the Residential Colleges Office and is the Director of the Teacher Education Fellows Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has served as an Education Policy Fellow and 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.

Todd Zakrajsek

UNC-Chapel Hill

Todd D. Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program. In addition to his work at UNC providing resources for faculty on various topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly activity, Todd serves on several educationally-related boards. Todd has served on boards and workgroups charged with creating resources and opportunities related to teaching and learning, including American Council on Education (ACE), Communicating Science in K-12 (Harvard); The Gates Foundation; Education Research Initiative (Lenovo Computer); Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft). Todd has twice served as an elected core committee member for the Professional Organizational Developers Network and also as co-chair of the National Academies Collaborative. His current academic work and publications pertain to faculty development, effective instructional strategies, and student learning. His most recent books include Dynamic Lecturing (co-authored with Christine Harrington; Stylus, 2017), Teaching for Learning (co-authored with Claire Major and Michael Harris, Routledge Publishing; 2015), and The New Science of Learning (co-authored with Terry Doyle; Stylus; 2nd Edition will be released in fall of 2018). Todd has been a visiting professor/workshop facilitator and delivered keynote addresses at over 300 campuses and teaching conferences.

Assistant Event Coordinator

Cristina Arango Callejas

*Planning Team Member
Cristina Arango Callejas is the Graduate Assistant in the Teaching Innovations Office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Cristina completed her B.A. in Spanish (UNCG) and her M.A. in Spanish (UNCG) concentrating on Hispanics in the United States. The cohort of her research is the identity of Latinos, as a minority in higher education. Cristina hopes to continue her studies and work on a Ph. D. that would focus on Latinos in higher education, especially on how to implement curriculums to better enhance their educational experience.

Invited Guest Plenaries and Workshops

Jane Fernandes

President, Guilford College
Former President, Gallaudet University

Rhonda Fitzgerald

Sustained Dialogue

Scott Simkins

NC Agricultural and Technical State University
Editor, College Teaching

David Teachout