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Elizabeth Harris

Director, Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE) at The University of Wisconsin – Madison

Your discipline/background/expertise:

Cognitive Engineering

How did you get to your current position?

The path to my current position was winding. I pursued early interests in design and technology, which led to behavioral neuroscience and systems engineering as ways to understand how we learn and what environments are needed for effective learning and change. I took my current position because it allows me to use my accumulated skills and experiences to make an impact on things I feel matter such as supporting and improving the quality of education students receive, and the environments that support them in reaching their personal and professional goals.

What aspect of your current job do you enjoy the most?

Collaborating with diverse groups of people to facilitate change and foster inclusive environments that support students, faculty, staff, grad students, and the community in successfully achieving their goals. aka – I love supporting people as they strive to achieve their dreams.

What topic(s) would you appreciate having collaborators to explore with?

Everything! We are currently working on revamping our TA training, and inclusive teaching training.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Hike, paddle, be outside, play with my dog, explore the world, learn new things, spend time with friends and family, make terrible art… the list goes on!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I love learning new things. Right now I’m learning to paint, and want to learn how to do art welding.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

To visit all 7 continents.

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Ken Griffith

Director – STEM Teaching, Engagement and Pedagogy (STEP) Program at the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center (TLPDC) at Texas Tech University

Your discipline/background/expertise:

Biology

How did you get to your current position?

I was heavily engaged with the TLPDC as a part of my Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate fellowship. Upon completion of that fellowship, I was asked by the TLPDC Executive Director, Suzanne Tapp, if I would be interested in working in the TLPDC part time, as a Graduate Peer Consultant. Four years ago, while looking for a post-doctoral fellowship, Suzanne asked if I would be interested in leading a new STEM faculty development initiative. I enthusiastically accepted the challenge and STEP was born!

What aspect of your current job do you enjoy the most?

Working with faculty. I really enjoy getting to know them and hearing about their experiences on campus.

What topic(s) would you appreciate having collaborators to explore with?

Although the STEP Program is a pure faculty development cohort-style program, we are also heavily engaged with faculty in Discipline-based Education Research (DBER). We are also collaborators on several proposals for extramural funding. We are always looking to collaborate with other centers in our region and across the country.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Cycling. I’m a total cycling fanatic. I ride, I race, I build bikes, I watch professional cycling. My wife has even started watching races with me.

What is your hidden talent?

Talent might be a stretch, but I play several musical instruments.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

You might not be surprised to see that this one is cycling related. Someday, I’d love to be on the side of the road during the Tour de France, Giro d’ Italia, Vuelta a España or Paris-Roubaix.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you…

I started off as a music major!!!

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Jenn Weaver

Lecturer and Associate Director for University Teaching at the California Institute of Technology

Your discipline/background/expertise:

Discipline and background: PhD in ecological modelling (CS meets ecology meets statistics), many years as the instructor of undergraduate physical geography and biology courses,

Expertise: STEM classrooms, inclusive classrooms, active learning, student engagement, faculty development, graduate student development

How did you get to your current position?

Serendipitously. I was a sessional lecturer during and after my doctoral program and knew that teaching had to be a part of my career. While I was a post-doc with Berkeley’s Initiative in Global Change Biology, I discovered the magic of pedagogy and working at a Center for Teaching and Learning. I joined Caltech’s CTLO in 2015.

What aspect of your current job do you enjoy the most?

That moment when faculty or grad students realize how they can engage in active learning with their students, and that they CAN do it. And then when they come back and tell me about it with a huge smile on their face, I’m really proud of them. It’s a small thing, but I think it can make a world of difference in students’ experiences in their classes…… Oh, and teaching my grad class – they’re literally the best and I tremendously admire their ability to be amazing researchers AND teachers.

What topic(s) would you appreciate having collaborators to explore with?

All the things! Effectiveness of pedagogy courses, engaging STEM faculty, inclusive classrooms, faculty with disabilities, program and curriculum assessment, organizational change…

What do you like to do outside of work?

Hiking mountains, running on the beach, Zumba, rock climbing, convincing hiking partners that a vertical outwash really is a trail that we should go on…..

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Sit still.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m a Zumba instructor. Not a hidden talent per se, but an unexpected tidbit of information…

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Visit the Galapagos! An ecologist’s dream.