About the Presenters

Steve Ellis is professor of biochemistry and assistant dean for basic science education at the School of Medicine. He joined the UofL faculty in 1987 and has been teaching in the medical curriculum for over 20 years. He began employing SoftChalk learning software in the classroom in 2010 and has continued to refine and expand how he uses this instructional tool in his teaching. More recently, he began incorporating recorded Tegrity snippets into SoftChalk tutorials into his flipped classroom teaching.

Aimee Greene is assistant director for instructional design and technology at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She has a B.S. in special education and an M.S. in instructional technology, both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She collaborates with subject matter experts to define content and develop online courses for UofL. Aimee also has experience in face-to-face and online course delivery facilitation as a faculty member in the Department of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Nisha Gupta is the Ideas to Action (i2a) specialist for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences (CUE) and an adjunct faculty member in women and gender studies. Her work focuses on the development of programs, courses and projects of engagement, diversity, senior-year experiences and critical thinking. She has worked in faculty development for over 20 years and as a faculty member in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University with a particular focus on the authentic self and the reflective teacher.

Jeffrey L. Hieb is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and has been a faculty member since 2008. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from Furman University with bachelor degrees in computer science and philosophy, and completed his Ph.D. in computer science engineering at UofL. Since completing his degree, he has been teaching engineering mathematics courses to first and second year engineering students and continuing his research in the area of high assurance security solutions for industrial control systems. Jeff is also interested in educational technology, and is working to develop and evaluate effective uses of Tablet PCs for classroom instruction.

Ann M. Herd is assistant professor of Human Resources and Organization Development in the Organizational Leadership and Learning program. She serves as the curriculum coordinator of the Competency-Based Education Initiative in Healthcare Leadership. Ann researches, teaches, and regularly provides services to industry and the military in the areas of leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, strategic and global HR, and talent acquisition and management. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mike Homan is a Blackboard systems administrator at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, and he enjoys teaching about technology tools and applications to faculty and students of all ages and abilities. As a Japanese-English bilingual who is both an instructor and a linguistics graduate student, Mike regularly applies his skills at bridging cultural and language differences to help instructors maneuver between face-to-face and online classroom technologies.

Penny B. Howell is an associate professor of Middle Grades Education in the department of Middle and Secondary Education at the University of Louisville. She earned her master’s and doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction and teacher education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Her research interests include middle grades teacher education, clinical teacher preparation, and developmentally and culturally responsive pedagogy. Her teaching foci are middle grades teacher education, classroom management in middle and secondary schools, and content area literacy.

Cynthia Miller currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She received her Ph.D. from UofL in 2008. Her main responsibilities are to serve as the course director for the School of Dentistry physiology course and the medical school’s prematriculation program. Dr. Miller has been a recipient of the Faculty Favorite Award since 2011, and received a “Top Four” Faculty Favorite recognition in 2012. Her educational research is primarily focused on the integration of active learning and technology into the classroom, and the impact of these methods on student performance and motivation. For this work, Dr. Miller was awarded a 2014 Research Recognition Award from the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society.

Katie Partin is the assistant director in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and an adjunct faculty member in counseling and personnel services in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her B.S. in psychology from Christopher Newport University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Louisville. Her fields of study and work have included short-term memory research, financial aid, student activities, first-year experience, transfer programming and assessment.

Pradip Patel is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics, and serves as one of the School of Medicine’s Academic Advisory Deans. Dr. Patel embraces teaching as an opportunity to inspire and empower, and he strives to enhance learning as a transformative experience. He is interested in curriculum innovation utilizing technology.

Patricia A. S. Ralston is professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and holds a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering. She received her B.S., MEng, and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville. Dr. Ralston teaches undergraduate engineering mathematics and is currently involved in educational research on the effective use of technology in engineering education, the incorporation of critical thinking in undergraduate engineering education, and retention of engineering students. She also leads an interdisciplinary research group to investigate learning and motivation in order to inform the development of evidence-based interventions to promote retention and student success in engineering. Her fields of technical expertise include process modeling, simulation, and process control.

Adam Robinson is associate director of the University of Louisville Writing Center. He attended the University of Louisville and has worked at UofL since 2006. He has held a variety of professional roles, including writing center consultant, part-time lecturer in the Department of English, and academic counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences. When he has time, Adam likes to hike, play guitar, and play softball.

Edna Ross has been with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences since 1984. She is associate professor and co-course director for the department’s Introduction to Psychology course and teaches this popular course with enrollments of several hundred students. Dr. Ross has been nominated as a Faculty Favorite and received the A&S; Outstanding Faculty Award. She holds a joint appointment with the Delphi Center and serves as the i2a specialist for critical thinking.

Mark Running is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Biology, earned his Ph.D. in genetics from the California Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral research at the University of California Berkeley. He worked as a principal investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center before his arrival at the University of Louisville in 2010. His research focuses on plant biology, including plant development, drought tolerance, and biofuels research. He is also the director of the Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program in biology and teaches Cell and Molecular Biology and Developmental Biology.

Kate E. Snyder is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation in the College of Education and Human Development. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University. In her research program, she focuses on understanding the role of achievement motivation in the development of academic underachievement, particularly among academically gifted students. She teaches graduate level courses on human development and learning in the College of Education and Human Development.

Joseph M. Steffen is a professor of biology, an associate faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and past chair of the Faculty Senate. He received B.S and M.S. degrees in biology from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. in comparative animal physiology from the University of New Mexico. His research program focuses on hormonal relationships to obesity and diabetes. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Biology including serving as an instructor of the department’s large Unity of Life introductory course.

Jeffrey C. Sun is a professor of higher education at the College of Education and Human Development. He researches and writes in the area of higher education law, and his teaching centers around law, policy, and organizational analyses. He has taught previously at NYU, Columbia, and the University of North Dakota. Dr. Sun received a BBA and MBA from Loyola Marymount University, a law degree from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Pete Walton is associate dean for undergraduate affairs and special projects in the School of Public Health and Health Information Sciences (SPHIS). He graduated from Dartmouth College and received an MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined University’s faculty in 1999 and is a member of the team that established SPHIS in 2002. His main areas of interest include curriculum and course development and maintenance methodologies; student and faculty academic information systems and instructional technology; critical thinking, neuroscience, and learning in pedagogy; and development of the public health workforce.

Stephanie Weaver is the assistant director for the Virtual Writing Center, and she specializes in working with distance education students. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition and her dissertation research focuses on personal narratives, politics and digital circulation.

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