As an Associate Director of Georgia State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), I am responsible for developing and managing university-level initiatives related to Graduate Student Pedagogical Development,Part-Time Instruction, and the Critical Thinking through Writing Initiative. I offer 25 workshops throughout the year on effective teaching strategies, direct the Annual Conference on Scholarly Teaching, and guide Graduate Students through the process of applying for the Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching. I also designed and instruct the General College Pedagogy Training program for those graduate students who plan to become college teachers but who have no access to departmental pedagogy training or for those who would like to earn the Certificate of Excellence in College teaching but who have not taken a pedagogy course. In 2016, I introduced a system of digital badging for Graduate students and PTIs who participate in CETL training. In 2016, I started two new graduate student awards, Graduate Pedagogical Mentorship Award and a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. I also mentor individual graduate students on a daily basis, working with them on teaching philosophies, job letters, syllabi, teaching difficulties, and teaching portfolio design.
Beyond my work with Graduate Student Pedagogy, I work with Critical Thinking through Writing, training CTW tutors and advising departments on CTW course development and assessment. I also continue working to establish a community for Part-Time Instructors at GSU, working with other CETL faculty to create GSU’s first Part-Time Faculty Orientation, providing mentoring and support, and designing the university’s first Part-Time Instructor Award.
As a faculty member in the Department of English, I designed the first hybrid English 2120: Introduction to British Literature course. As I teach that course, I work to develop new methods of instruction each semester, pushing my students not only to understand the components of British Literature but also to draw connections between British Literature and the world they interact with each day. In 2016, I taught my first hybrid World Literature course, and I enjoyed working with students from a wide range of majors on projects related to literary studies.