About the Presenters
Meera Alagaraja, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. Her primary research work emphasizes employee well-being and workplace spirituality as a way to enhance individual and team productivity, as well asorganizational outcomes. Her other focus areas examine the intersections of leadership and strategic human resource development in manufacturing and service industries.
Brian Barnes, Ph.D., has been a visiting scholar at The Foundation for Critical Thinking, developers of the Paul-Elder Framework, since 2012. Barnes is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, where he has taught applied ethics and classes in reasoning skills since 2004. Barnes’s dissertation developed critical thinking methods for teaching Business Ethics, and he has published a textbook that applies the Paul-Elder framework to that discipline, as well as having created a series of comic books for undergraduates that inculcate critical thinking skills. Barnes is Director of UofL’s EcoReps Sustainability Education Program, and he presents widely on critical thinking and sustainability topics.
P. Gay Baughman, D.M.D., is an associate clinical professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine. She is course director for Introduction to Clinical Dentistry I and is a D4 Group Manager. Dr. Baughman is a 1981 graduate of UofL’s School of Dentistry. Before becoming faculty at the dental school in 2009, she was in private practice in Fairdale, Kentucky. She is also chair of the Educational Subcommittee for Accreditation that included critical thinking.
Kimberly Boland, M.D., was raised in Louisville, completed her undergraduate degree at Notre Dame, and her medical degree at UofL. Her residency, chief residency, and pediatric critical care fellowship were completed at Washington University in St. Louis. She spent five and a half years as a pediatric intensivist in Louisville but left to pursue a career in general pediatrics for three years. She returned to UofL eleven years ago as the division chief for pediatric hospital medicine and currently serves as the vice chair for medical education and director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program.
Roger Buskill, M.S., is a full-time instructor in the Organizational Leadership and Learning program. He currently teaches in the exit program, e-learning course, project management, and the entry class in prior learning assessment. He redeveloped the project management course for the competency-based program having had experience with this model of learning while at General Electric, where he managed a skilled trades training program. He has a master of science degree in training and development and a master of science degree in education; both from the UofL.
Beth Case, M.A., M.Ed., is program manager for digital, emerging, and assistive technologies at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She has two master’s degrees, one in clinical psychology and one in instructional technology. She is also completing her dissertation for a doctoral degree in instructional technology. Prior to returning to graduate school, Beth worked in postsecondary disability services for 13 years. Her background in both disability services and instructional technology has prepared her for helping faculty make online courses accessible to students with disabilities.
Ron Fell, Ph.D., came to UofL in 1979 and was appointed to his current position as Chair of the Department of Biology in 1997. Dr. Fell received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University followed by postdoctoral work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Fell has received the Provost Exemplary Advising Award, the Furnish Teaching Award in Biology, and was selected by students as a Faculty Favorite. Dr. Fell has served as the faculty advisor to the premedical/prehealth honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, since 1994 and currently serves as an advisor to over 268 students in Biology. Both his Physiology and Histology classes in the Biology Department have become his own personal classroom where he claims to learn more than his students each semester.
Roy Fuller, Ph.D., is the part-time faculty fellow at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Fuller brings to the Delphi Center over twenty years of teaching experience at numerous institutions, including his ongoing teaching for UofL in the Division of Humanities where he offers courses in religious studies.
Sara M. Fulmer, Ph.D., is the program manager for faculty development at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Sara has facilitated interventions to help teachers understand student motivation and to design instruction that supports student motivation and learning. Her research examines students' motivation when engaging in challenging learning activities, and how instructors can support motivation in these contexts. Sara was previously an assistant professor of educational psychology, and has also taught in K–6 classrooms.
Aimee Greene, M.S., is assistant director for instructional design and technology at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Aimee combines her previous instructional design, project management and facilitation experience to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of web-based instruction. She collaborates with subject-matter experts to define content and develop online courses at UofL.
Nisha Gupta, Ph.D., has been teaching women’s and gender studies, philosophy, peace studies, and critical theory for nearly 15 years, previously at Syracuse University. Since coming to UofL in 2009 as part of the Ideas to Action (i2a) team, Nisha has been developing a knowledge and research base in critical thinking, assessment of student learning, and reflective writing. She is the point person for the Culminating Undergraduate Experience, also known as the “CUE,” which is part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
Barbara Head, Ph.D., RN, MSSW, is an associate professor at the School of Medicine where she teaches and does research related to palliative care. As affiliated faculty at the Kent School of Social Work, she teaches a course, Death and Grief, both online and in the classroom. She is faculty for the palliative medicine fellowship and is co-investigator on a project developing and testing a mandatory curriculum in palliative oncology education for nursing, medicine, social work and pastoral care.
Ann M. Herd, Ph.D., 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.
Jeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D., 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 conducting research in the area of cyber-security for industrial control systems. He was an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Campus star in 2013, and in 2014 he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. His research interests include educational technology, inverted teaching, and cyber-security.
Keith B. Lyle, Ph.D., is an associate 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.
Cynthia Metz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology, where she serves as course director for the School of Dentistry Systemic Physiology course and the School of Medicine Prematriculation Program. Her educational research is 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, she has received a “Top 4” Favorite Faculty Award, a Ronald Doyle Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences Education, an Outstanding Early Career Award in Post-Secondary Education from the Kentucky Academy of Science, and a New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society Teaching Section.
Larry Michalczyk, MSSW, brings over 35 years of social work experience in public service to UofL’s Kent School of Social Work where he serves as a full-time faculty instructor in Social Policy and Student Internships. He teaches both online and traditional classes. Larry received his BA in Social Welfare from Loyola University, and his MSSW from UofL’s Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work.
Rose Mills, an instructor in the Department of English, has taught composition and other courses at UofL since 1997. She has been incorporating the Paul-Elder model for critical thinking into her English classes since 2009 and is a current member of the i2a Steering Committee.
Sharon E. Moore, Ph.D., MSW, is professor of social work at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work She was awarded the Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award by the University in 2004 for outstanding work in the area of teaching human diversity. In 2006 she became only the second African-American to become a full professor at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work since the program began in 1939. Among her authored works is “The Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies of African American Faculty Teaching at Predominantly White Institutions” which was published in a special issue of the Journal of African American Studies (JAAS) that she co-edited in 2008. It contained the most-downloaded manuscripts in the history of the JAAS and was presented at the Oxford Round Table at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England in 2011.
Sara Multerer, M.D., is an associate director for the Pediatric Residency Program at UofL’s Department of Pediatrics, a position she has held for seven years. In her current role, Dr. Multerer is the chair of the program’s Curriculum Committee where her focus is curriculum development and oversight. Her clinical interests include patient safety and quality improvement, and she directs residency curricula in these areas. Dr. Multerer was part of the team that assembled the winning application for the 2014 Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.
Katie Partin, Ph.D., 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 at UofL, and in leadership in higher education in the School of Education at Bellarmine University. She received her B.S. in psychology from Christopher Newport University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from UofL. Her fields of study and work have included short-term memory research, financial aid, student activities, first-year experience, transfer programming, institutional effectiveness, and assessment.
Patty Payette, Ph.D., is executive director of “Ideas to Action,” the Quality Enhancement Plan at UofL, and senior associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Patty has expertise in a variety of teaching and learning topics, including instructional design, critical thinking, and active learning. She consults with schools and colleges nationally on the design and implementation of curricular change initiatives and is an invited speaker on topics related to critical thinking, organizational change, and leadership. 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 & Organizational Development.
Diane Pecknold, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, where she teaches courses on gender and popular music, girls’ studies, and the history of U.S. feminist movements. As a teacher, she is interested in creating a student-centered classroom, developing new strategies for teaching critical thinking skills, and building opportunities for authentic learning through community engagement. Her current research focuses on girls and popular music, and she involves students in this work through a team-taught course that partners with community musicians and activists to develop a music-based camp for girls.
Armon Perry, Ph.D., MSW, is an associate professor at the Kent School of Social Work where he teaches Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Practice. Armon’s research interests include fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children and the roles of African-American men in family functioning. In addition to his research, Armon has professional experience in the areas of parent education and child protective services.
Ryan Quinn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at UofL’s College of Business. He researches and teaches topics related to leadership and change management. He has taught in Full-Time, Professional, Weekend and Executive MBA programs, undergraduate programs, and executive education and corporate training sessions around the world. Ryan’s research focuses on two topics in particular: (1) the role that our psychological states play in our leadership, and (2) how organizations and individuals learn from success.
Gerard Rabalais, M.D., M.H.A., is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, the largest department in the School of Medicine. He holds the Billy F. Andrews Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and is the Chief of Staff at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rabalais recently completed a six-month sabbatical focused on innovations in medical education and faculty development. He visited eight medical schools across the U.S. thought to be at the forefront of medical education innovation, and attended the Harvard Macy Institute course entitled, “Leading Innovation in Healthcare and Education.” Since his return, he has taken on a new position as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the School of Medicine.
Edna Ross, Ph.D., 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.
Jennifer Rudy, M.A., R.D.H., is an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She is course director for several courses within the Dental Hygiene program, including the Community Dentistry courses, Special Needs Patients and Statistics and Research Design. Ms. Rudy is also a clinical instructor in the dental hygiene clinic. She is a member of ADEA and ADHA, and serves as the Governmental Affairs chair for the Kentucky Dental Hygienists Association.
Paul Salmon, Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences. He co-directs the Mindfulness Studies and BioBehavioral Laboratory; conducts clinical research on mindfulness; and teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He publishes widely on the topic of mindfulness in health care, and collaborated on the development of the undergraduate course, Mindfulness and Sustainability. He also directs the mindfulness-based stress reduction program at UofL in collaboration with the Get Healthy Now employee wellness program and the Psychological Services Center.
Lisa C. Smith, MSSW, CSW, is a doctoral candidate at the Kent School of Social Work. She assisted Dr. Barbara Head in teaching the online Death and Grief course. She has taught Human Behavior in the Environment and is currently teaching the Advanced Research Practice sequence and Oncology Seminar courses online as well as serving as Practicum Faculty Liaison at the Kent School. Her dissertation work is focused on the financial burden of cancer and the role of social support.
Kate E. Snyder, Ph.D., 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.
Jeffrey C. Sun, Ph.D., 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.