As an Associate Director of Georgia State University’s Center for Instructional Effectiveness, I am responsible for developing and managing university-level initiatives related to Graduate Student Pedagogical Development 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 who participate in CIE training and started a Graduate Pedagogical Mentorship Award that will be offered annually. 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. This year, I am working to establish a community for Part-Time Instructors at GSU and hope to begin a research project based on tracking the changes that occur in the teaching philosophies of new faculty as they learn to interact with the GSU community of students.
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.