Meet the Team
The team members leading the ongoing effort to support and document Ideas to Action
Along with the i2a Facilitators representing units across campus, and an existing i2a Task Group made up of faculty, staff and students, there is an i2a Team based at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. They are:
Patricia (Patty) Payette, Ph.D. is the senior associate director of the Delphi Center and oversees the "Ideas to Action" initiative and associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to this position, Dr. Payette was assistant director of faculty development programs in the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development at Michigan State University. She comes to the university with expertise in faculty development, curriculum and program design as well as previous work experience at the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Email Dr. Payette with questions or comments, or to discuss your involvement or interest in the i2a initiative.
IL Barrow, M.A. is the i2a specialist for assessment. Prior to this role, IL was the senior institutional research analyst for the University of Louisville’s Office of Academic Planning and Accountability. IL brings to his i2a role an extensive knowledge of national assessment instruments (e.g. NSSE, CIRP, CAAP), assessment of student learning outcomes, retention studies, and various data analyses related to student success. He also brings wide-ranging experiences in undergraduate teaching, academic advising, and graduate admissions and student services. IL coordinates unit and University i2a assessments. Email IL if you wish to discuss your assessment plans or seek assistance with your assessment or outcome activities.
Nisha Gupta, Ph.D. is the i2a specialist for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences. Prior to this position, she was the associate director for professional development programs of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. She comes to Ideas to Action with a background in community development, curricular design, and teaching women’s studies. Email Dr. Gupta with your questions, comments, and interests in implementing Culminating Undergraduate Experiences.
Edna Ross, Ph.D. is the i2a specialist for critical thinking. Dr. Ross brings extensive classroom teaching and course management skills to the position, as well as expertise in designing and presenting faculty development workshops on topics ranging from instructional technology to diversity. Dr. Ross has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences for 24 years and serves as co-course director for the department's large enrollment introduction to psychology course. Dr. Ross was named Critical Thinking Consultant for the New York Times Educational Division in 2013 and was nominated for the U.S. Professor of the Year Award in 2014. Email Dr. Ross if you or your unit would like support in developing or implementing critical thinking materials or training resources.
Jessica Musselwhite, M.A. is the i2a program coordinator senior. Her role on the i2a team involves fiscal management, event coordination, and administrative assistance for the i2a and the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) teams. Prior to this role, Jessica was the general manager of Flowerbooking, an entertainment booking agency in Chicago, IL. Jessica brings to her i2a role an extensive background in administration and a wide range of experiences working in the arts. Before coming to i2a, Jessica obtained her B.A. in Art History and Humanities here at the University of Louisville and her M.A. in Arts Administration and Nonprofit Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Email Jessica if you have questions or comments regarding i2a.
Kimberly Smith is the graduate assistant for Ideas to Action. Her role on the i2a team involves assisting with events, coordinating i2a website updates, and generating reports and documents. She brings to her position experience as an undergraduate writing tutor and as a student assistant for an academic dean. Kimberly is a first year graduate student in the College of Education & Human Development’s College Student Personnel program. Before coming to the University of Louisville, Kimberly obtained her B.A. in Anthropology at Indiana University. Email Kimberly if you have questions or comments regarding i2a.