About the Presenters



Katie Gardner Adamchik, M.Ed.

Katie Gardner Adamchik, M.Ed., is Director of Exploratory Advising and the lead integrative advisor of UofL’s new Quality Enhancement Plan, “Find Your Fit.” Katie and her team of advisors assist students who are undecided, not yet admitted to their unit of choice, or are transitioning between majors through academic and career advising. She is currently working on her doctorate in applied sociology researching the experiences of students who have stopped out and returned to college.

Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D.

Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D., is the Program Director of the Teaching Innovation Learning Lab at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She joined the Delphi Center in May 2017 after working as an assistant professor of political science at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) for six years. Jennifer was the 2016 recipient of TTU’s Outstanding Teaching Award in General Education. In her current role, she encourages UofL classroom innovation through coordinating and delivering programs at the TILL.

Brian Buford

Brian Buford is Assistant Provost for Diversity and Executive Director of the LGBT Center. With nearly 30 years of service to the university, Brian has dedicated his career to building a campus community where all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome, safe, and included. He serves the university through his adjunct faculty position in the College of Education, Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, and as a trainer/consultant for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2016, Brian was appointed to the National Diversity Advisory Council for the American Red Cross and also established a university scholarship for undocumented students. Brian counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain's 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012. Brian uses he/him/his pronouns.

Ray Chastain, Ph.D.

Ray Chastain, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been teaching math and physics for more than ten years at both the high school and college level. In addition to his teaching, Raymond is also engaged in physics education research, particularly in investigating the factors that lead to student success in the introductory physics sequence.

Denise Cumberland, Ph.D.

Denise Cumberland, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development in the College of Education and Human Development. Her research and teaching interests include organizational development, workplace and information ethics, organizational analysis, and franchising. As a former corporate marketing strategist, Denise continues to innovate at UofL. She received a “Top 4” Faculty Favorite Award for 2015-2016.

Julia Dietrich, Ph.D.

Julia Dietrich, Ph.D., joined the English Department faculty in 1978. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and teaches courses on medieval literature and culture, on Shakespeare, and on literary and rhetorical theory. Her research and teaching are in the areas of medieval culture and argumentation. Her current research project brings these two interests together in a study of patristic argumentation, specifically the epistemological basis for truth claims.

Leslie Friesen

Leslie Friesen has more than 30 years experience as a professional graphic designer, which she brings to this "professor of practice" position. Prior to joining the faculty as Power Agency Designer-in-Residence in 2002, she was the art director and head of the creative services department for a public relations firm for 17 years. Her projects there ranged from publication design (magazines, newsletters, brochures, annual reports), to internal communications, to logo design. She maintains her design practice through Point A Consulting, and is the art director for Edible Louisville and the Bluegrass magazine. View Friesen's work.

Linda Fuselier, Ph.D.

Linda Fuselier, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department. She teaches large lecture and laboratory courses in the Cardinal Core and has served on the General Education Curriculum Committee. She works with instructors in similar courses to encourage evidence-based, student-centered pedagogy and she is currently chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee in Biology. Her research is in both postsecondary biology education and bryophyte ecology.

Aimee Greene, M.S.,

Aimee Greene, M.S., Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Technology at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, has a B.S. in Special Education and a M.S. in instructional technology, both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As a member of the Delphi Center’s staff, Aimee combines her previous instructional design, project management and facilitation experience to oversee the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of web-based instruction. Aimee also has experience in face-to-face and online course delivery facilitation as a faculty member in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an adjunct instructor for the College of Education and Human Development at UofL.

Meg Hancock, Ph.D.

Meg Hancock, Ph.D. is the Interim Chair of the Health and Sport Sciences Department and an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration in the College of Education and Human Development. Meg’s research interests include leadership, career development, and gender diversity in the sport industry.

Theresa C. Hayden, Ph.D.

Theresa C. Hayden, Ph.D., MSSW, has completed a doctorate in social work from University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, earned two master degrees (social work Kent School and religious education Fordham University), and a bachelor in psychology from Brescia University. She has been a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice since 2005. Her research and teaching interest include human trafficking, generational family violence, research methods, and statistical analysis. In addition, she has presented on human trafficking at international, state, and local conferences. She is board chair of the non-profit, People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky and actively engaged with community awareness on the crime of human trafficking.

Lora Haynes, Ph.D.

Lora Haynes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Haynes is the co-founder and director of the Resilient Families Project (RFP). Since 2011, RFP has provided educational and community-building experiences to strengthen families and promote resilience and mindfulness in families experiencing homelessness, and women in drug and alcohol recovery. Dr. Haynes’ teaching, service, and research interests center on family risk, resilience, mindfulness and happiness. Her broad area of specialization is applied developmental and social/cognitive psychology. Dr. Haynes joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 2004. For 9 years prior, she taught in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

Jeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. He received his B.S. in computer science from Furman University, Greenville, SC, in 1992. After working in a small family business for many years, Jeff went back to school, earning his M.S. in computer science in 2004 and a Ph.D. in computer science engineering in 2008, both from the University of Louisville. Upon completing his degree, Jeff joined the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, where he teaches engineering mathematics. His research interests include cyber-security for industrial control systems, educational technology, and undergraduate STEM education. Dr. Hieb has 11 peer–reviewed journal publications, 29 conference publications, 7 book chapters, and 2 patents. He has collaborated on research that included over $1M of funding from NIHS, NSF, KSTC, DARPA-SBIR program, and Kentucky State Matching funds. In 2014, Jeff received the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award from the University of Louisville.

Barry R. Horowitz, Ph.D.

Barry R. Horowitz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a B.E. and an M.E. in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Following his Ph.D., he served as a scientific assistant at the Norwegian Teachers College; and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo, Washington University, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. He joined UofL in 1976, with appointments in the Perceptual Alternatives Laboratory and the Electrical Engineering Department. His research included optical diffraction, light propagation in the vertebrate retina, assistive technologies for the blind, and innovations in teaching. In 2013 he was awarded a UofL President’s Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching. Since retiring in 2014, he has been a student of the literature on teaching and learning. He is currently serving as co-facilitator of the university’s Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty.

Susan Jarosi, Ph.D.

Susan Jarosi, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Fine Arts. She teaches courses on art and visual culture since 1950. Her areas of specialization include the history and reception of performance art; experimental film; trauma studies; economic histories of the arts; and the modes of exchange between artists and scientists. Professor Jarosi currently serves as president of the UofL chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Since 2016, she has served as a member of the Committee on College and University Governance for the national organization of the AAUP.

Rishtya Kakar

Rishtya Kakar is a second-year doctoral student in Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, where she previously completed her Master’s in Public Health. Prior to that she completed medical school from Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan. For the past two years, Rishtya has been involved closely with University of Louisville's public health undergraduate program, focusing on incorporating critical thinking with innovative course design and active learning pedagogy. Rishtya enjoys regularly attending workshops and programs offered by the University’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She plans to pursue her interest in researching the effects of public health undergraduate education and "health in all professions".

James E. Lewis, Ph.D.

James E. Lewis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. His research interests include parallel and distributed computer systems, cryptography, engineering education, undergraduate retention and technology (Tablet PCs) used in the classroom.

Kristen Lucas, Ph.D.

Kristen Lucas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Management Department, where she leads the business communication curriculum for the College of Business. In collaboration with her UofL colleagues, she developed an innovative competency-based approach to teaching business writing and speaking that is being adopted by business schools across the country. Her pedagogical innovations appear in outlets such as Business & Professional Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, and BizEd Magazine.

Ryan Luke, Ph.D.

Ryan Luke, Ph.D. is the Adaptive Learning Program Director at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to this role, Ryan taught college level mathematics for almost ten years. In addition to mathematics, he holds a degree in Computer Science and began investigating digital courseware because of his interest in mathematical computing. His passion for teaching and love for students fueled his dedication to student growth and success initiatives. He now leads a team in the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning to aid faculty in implementing adaptive and personalized learning through digital solutions.

Keith B. Lyle, Ph.D.

Keith B. Lyle, Ph.D., is an Asociate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He received his B.S. in psychology from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. Dr. Lyle’s primary research interests are in memory, attention, and personality.

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D.

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Kent School of Social Work. She recently completed the Delphi Center’s Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty and currently teaches graduate-level social work practice courses at the Kent School. She co-directs the UofL Human Trafficking Research Initiative, holding membership on human trafficking initiatives nationally and internationally. In addition, Dr. Middleton is fully trained in the Sanctuary Model®, a trauma-informed culture and systems change intervention, and has worked with sexually exploited and trafficked youth.

Patty Payette, Ph.D.

Patty Payette, Ph.D., is Executive Director of “Find Your Fit,” the Quality Enhancement Plan at UofL, and Senior Associate Director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Patty provides leadership on a number of university-wide teaching programs and has expertise in a variety of teaching and learning topics, including instructional design, critical thinking, and active learning. She has forthcoming publications on teaching for critical thinking and organizational change. She earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from Michigan State University where she also helped lead the growth and development of the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development.

Stephanie Philipp, Ph.D.

Stephanie Philipp, Ph.D., is a term faculty member in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. Formerly a practicing chemist and a high school chemistry and physics teacher, she studies how people learn science concepts and how science instructors at all levels learn to improve teaching practice. She is an active member of the Association for Science Teacher Education, the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and the American Chemical Society.

Shira Rabin, Ph.D.

Shira Rabin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She is interested in science pedagogy and the identification of teaching strategies that lead to student success, particularly in large introductory courses. In addition, Shira has developed partnerships with JCPS and the Area Health Educational Centers (AHEC) where she has developed models of community outreach in the sciences.

Diane Riff, MSN, FNP-C, RN

Diane Riff, MSN, FNP-C, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner at the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center and the Hope Clinic. Diane earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Aurora University in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in 1989. She worked as an intensive care nurse, and a clinical educator at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She later transitioned to home health nursing and worked as a home infusion nurse. In 2012, Diane continued her schooling and earned a Post-Master’s Certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Northern Kentucky University. She began teaching nursing at University of Louisville in 1996, where she currently teaches over 200 undergraduate community health nursing students per year. Diane incorporates interprofessional community-engagement strategies that seek to improve the health of local and global communities, and contribute to the reduction of health disparities in greater Louisville.

Thomas D. Rockaway, Ph.D., P.E.

Thomas D. Rockaway, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Director for the Center for Infrastructure Research. His research work has focused on identifying methods to extend the life and improve the performance of urban infrastructure. Much of his work has included water and wastewater initiatives and incorporating green concepts into existing systems. Prior to his work at the university, he has served as a geotechnical engineer for a large power corporation, a regional consultant and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He has provided foundation and subsurface recommendations for structures ranging from single story dwellings to multi-story buildings. He has a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a masters and bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University.

Michelle Rodems, Ph.D.

Michelle Rodems, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Graduate Student Professional Development for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS). Michelle manages all interdisciplinary professional development for more than 4,000 UofL graduate students, including coordinating the PLAN professional development framework of academies, workshops, learning communities, and reading groups, as well as conducting individual consultations. Michelle’s research and professional interests include teaching and learning in higher education, graduate student development and education, educational technology and social media, and professional development and productivity.

Sharon Sanders, MSSW, LCSW

Sharon Sanders, MSSW, LCSW, has been teaching since 1988, and at the Kent School of Social Work since 1997, teaching both face-to-face and online. She teaches advanced practice courses (micro, macro, and integrative), Social Work and the Law, Mental Health Seminar, and serves as a practicum liaison. She is course chair for Advanced Macro Practice and Online Lead for Advanced Integrative Practice. She has received the Jef Frank Teaching Award, and has been a Faculty Favorite multiple years. She is a frequent user of the TILL and enjoys finding ways to use active learning to engage her students, teach them, and enhance their critical thinking skills. This past summer she attended the Lilly Evidence Based Teaching and Learning conference where she continued to develop her skills and gather ideas for effectively using active learning in the classroom.

Kaila Story, Ph.D.

Kaila Story, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She also co-hosts a weekly radio show with longtime Louisville activist Jaison Gardner called Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life on WFPL (Louisville affiliate of NPR). Her research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Dr. Story's book, Patricia Hill Collins: Reconceiving Motherhood was published in November of 2014 by Demeter Press, and the anthology explores the impact, influence, and/or importance of Dr. Patricia Hill Collins' work on motherhood research, adding to the existing literature on motherhood and the conceptions of family. Dr. Story has appeared on Huffington Post Live a number of times discussing issues that relate to race, sexuality, popular music, and gender. She has also been featured in the Feminist Wire's series "Feminists We Love," as well as been featured in Elixher's Magazine's "InspiHERed" series. Most recently, Dr. Story was featured in Go Magazine's "100 Women We Love" series.

Angela Storey, Ph.D.

Angela Storey, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on community activism and participatory processes of urban governance, with on-going projects in Cape Town, South Africa, and in Louisville. She developed a dedication to learner-centered pedagogies and active learning practices through completion of a Certificate in College Teaching at the University of Arizona and participation in the UofL’s Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty.

Angela Thompson, Ph.D., P.E.

Angela Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Dr. Thompson teaches Engineering Methods, Tools and Practice I, an introductory course for all first-year engineering students, and the sequence of Engineering Analysis math courses. Dr. Thompson's research is primarily focused on the biomechanics of pediatric injury and distinguishing abusive from accidental injuries. Additionally, she has interests in engineering education, particularly in the areas of first-year engineering education and critical thinking instruction.

Amber Willenborg

Amber Willenborg is the Online Learning & Digital Media Librarian in Ekstrom Library’s Research Assistance and Instruction department. Amber teaches information literacy classes to students at all levels, provides research assistance, and creates online learning content for the library. She recently completed the Delphi Center’s Faculty Learning Community on teaching with technology and is currently a member of the QEP Learning Community for the 2017 Quality Enhancement Plan, Find Your Fit.

Beth Willey, Ph.D.

Beth Willey, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Composition in the Department of English. Dr. Willey teaches sub-saharan African literature in French and English, indigenous language literatures, and postcolonial theory. In addition to serving as a professor, Dr. Willey is a Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Affairs as well as the co-chair for the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, “Find Your Fit.”

Gerold (Jerry) A. Willing, Ph.D.

Gerold (Jerry) A. Willing, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Willing’s expertise lies in the development of complex fluid systems for practical applications and characterization of their properties and stability. He has additional interests in water utility infrastructure materials and their impact on water quality, electroactive hydrogels, soft-lithography techniques, peer-led-team-learning, and development of a student’s engineering identity.

Mark Woolwine, M.Ed., M.S.

Mark Woolwine, M.Ed., M.S., is the Coordinator for GEN 105 and the Student Success Seminars in Resources for Academic Achievement (REACH). In this position, he oversees the GEN 105 Supplemental College Reading course, which is required for students admitted to UofL with low reading test scores. He also coordinates the onsite and online Student Success Seminars. The seminars cover topics such as time management, test taking, textbook reading, note-taking, and study skills. The REACH online seminar program won the 2017 National College Learning Center Association Innovative Use of Technology Award. Mark holds two masters degrees from the University of Louisville. He completed his Masters of Education in College Student Personnel in 2006 and a Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Workplace Learning in 2015. He is also a graduate of Berea College.

Deborah Yoder-Himes, Ph.D.

Deborah Yoder-Himes, Ph.D., has served as Assistant Professor in Biology at UofL since 2013. Deborah teaches the upper division Biology elective, General Microbiology, while also running an active microbiology research lab with 12 research personnel. Deborah received her undergradtuate degree at Purdue University in 2000. She then received her Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Michigan State University (2005). Afer receiving her Ph.D., she then went on to receive her first Postdoc at Michigan State University in microbial ecology (2005-2008), and her second Postdoc at Harvard Medical School in microbial pathogenesis (2009-2012).

Jason Zahrndt

Jason Zahrndt works is the Digital Media Consultant for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and he coordinates the Digital Media Suite in Ekstrom Library. In previous positions as a college English instructor and college librarian, he sought ways for students to engage with digital media and tools across many learning management systems and web-based platforms. Jason continues this goal as he works with faculty to design and implement digital assignments for on-ground and online courses.

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