Presenter Biographies

Ziv Bell is a third-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at OSU and received his BA in psychology from Willamette University. He currently serves as president of the Psychology Graduate Student Association and the Mindfulness Meditation Interest Group. Ziv has taught four semesters of a flipped Introduction to Psychology course at OSU in both traditional and active learning classrooms. He enjoys incorporating his background in music education into the psychology classroom, emphasizing practice before class and activities including discussions, debates, presentations, and rehearsal during class.

Caroline Breitenberger is a faculty member in Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Director of the Center for Life Sciences Education. She earned a BS in Chemistry from Ohio University, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded OSU’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and the President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service in 2016. She currently serves as a fellow with PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education), a nationwide effort to reform biology education at the department level.

Lisa Cravens-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She focuses primarily on undergraduate education, and has a strong interest in active learning. She is a STEP and a FIT Faculty mentor, as well as a faculty honors advisor in psychology.  She was the recipient of the psychology department Distinguished Teaching Award and the University Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer.  She was also named as one of the 300 best instructors nationwide by the Princeton Review.  She is the current vice-president of the Executive Council for the Academy of Teaching. Outside of work, she participates in community theatre as an actor, choreographer, and director.

Kathleen Goodyear is an arts education PhD candidate in the OSU Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. She is a Distinguished University Fellow and a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow. Kathleen focuses on undergraduate multicultural social justice education and facilitating undergraduates’ exploration of their personal and cultural identities through artmaking. She taught the general education course “Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity and Social Justice” during 2014-16 and received Honorable Mention for the 2015-16 Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award.

Jessie Green completed her bachelor’s and master’s in Special Education at Ohio State. She taught low-incidence students for 3 years in middle and high school settings before becoming the Job Training Coordinator locally. Jessie began a program on a college campus for students who had met graduation requirements but still needed transition supports as related to the IEP. She then taught and was the Program Facilitator of a transition program in Phoenix, Arizona servicing 10 high schools. She is currently the Program Manager for the Transition Options in Post-Secondary Settings (TOPS) Program at The Ohio State University.

Elissa Hall is the Associate Director of Curriculum and Education Technology and an Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic.  She leads education initiatives and collaborates with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science to design and implement curriculum, assessments, digital pedagogies, and education technology.  She coordinates and mentors education research and scholarship at the institution and engages in interprofessional, inter-institutional education research projects. She also teaches health professions educators how to facilitate virtually and co-facilitates virtual communities, including the Harvard Macy Institute month Twitter Chat.

Lynn Hall teaches technical writing courses in the Engineering Education Department. She brings interests in digital composition, rhetoric, and design into her pedagogical practices with the goal of helping students develop fluency in multiple modes of composition.  Her research varies and includes professional writing pedagogy, literature, and the role of writing in knowledge transmission.

Jennifer L. Herman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education where she teaches courses in technical communications. She also has experience teaching first-year writing, professional writing,  and science and technology studies in the Department of English and the Department of Comparative Studies. Her scholarship is informed by her teaching and includes work on technical communications pedagogy and science communication and meaning-making in science museums.

Larry Hurtubise is the Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Education at the Ohio State University. He  encourages the professional identity formation of medical educators through engagement in a variety of scholarly activities. He has formed, lead and participated on a variety of interinstitutional medical education research teams and is currently an investigator on two collaborative educational research grants.   He frequently presents at medical education research conferences on curricular development and the effective use of instructional technology.

Amy Kulesza is currently the Majors Course Coordinator of Biology in the Center for Life Sciences Education.  She received her B.S. from the University of Maryland in Biology, and her Master’s degree from EEOB at The Ohio State University.  She is also currently working on a PhD in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement at OSU.  Her interests are in biology education research, and the use of strong research and statistical methodologies to examine outcomes of high impact practices in biology courses.

Anand Khurma, MA, is the Associate Director of Educational Technology in the Office of Evaluation, Curricular Research & Development. Anand provides leadership for and management of the integration of innovative instructional design and technology within the medical education curriculum to support quality instruction and learning. He has over fifteen years of experience in instructional design and project management focused on the development and support of technology-enhanced, blended and online programs.

Deborah Kuzawa has been teaching rhetoric-based writing and communications courses at colleges, universities, and in the community for 15 years. Her scholarship and research focuses on writing classrooms, pedagogy, technology, multidisciplinary collaboration, and diversity and inclusion. She is most interested in where these different areas meet and inform one another.

E. Corrie Pieterson is a Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate in the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) and the department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB). She was the Graduate Teaching Fellow for CLSE in 2013-2014. Her research interests include ecological constraints on native and introduced plant congeners, and effective strategies for facilitating the professional development of novice postsecondary teachers.

Judith S. Ridgway is an Assistant Director of the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) with expertise in faculty and GTA TPD, evidence-based teaching practices, and program assessment. Ridgway teaches two GTA TPD courses. One is a discipline-specific course required for biology graduate students in a graduate interdisciplinary specialization and the other an ongoing, developmentally appropriate GTA TPD course required for all CLSE TAs each time they teach. She is currently investigating changes in TAs associated with their professional development and is part of a national effort to support TA PD research.

Matthew W. Stoltzfus (“Dr. Fus”) teaches General Chemistry at Ohio State, is a recipient of The Ohio State University Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, a contributing author on the 13th and 14th Editions of “Chemistry the Central Science,” and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

David Sovic earned his bachelor’s in Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Marshall University in 2007 and received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2016 working in the field of ecotoxicology. He currently serves as a post-doctoral researcher with the Center for Life Sciences Education in support of ongoing efforts in the redesign of Biology 1113 (introductory course for majors). His research focuses on the identification and development of best practices in the use of learning outcomes and metacognitive strategies to enhance student achievement.
Erica Szeyller is an Asst. Course Coordinator for Non-Majors Biology and Teaching Professional Development within the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE). Among her many roles, she supports and advises instructors on the use of student-centered teaching strategies, and provides learning opportunities for teaching associates on the use of research-based teaching methods. Her research focuses on assessing student experience in the online vs. face-to-face classroom environment and longitudinally tracking changes in teaching associates associated with repeated participation in a teaching professional development course.

Leah Wahlin‘s interest in the intersections of technology and communication shape her approach to teaching Technical Communications in the Engineering Education Department. Her background is a combination of English literature and composition pedagogy layered with professional experience in project management and content development.

Anne Wilson is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at OSU and an experienced instructor of Introduction to Psychology. Anne serves as Graduate Course Coordinator and Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Introduction to Psychology program. In these roles, she promotes professional development in teaching amongst her fellow GTAs. Anne’s passion for pedagogy has won her awards in the Introduction to Psychology Instructional Program, including the Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and Meritorious Teaching Award (2015). Her research examines emotion regulation in anxiety disorders, as well as implicit beliefs about emotion.

Mallory Workman, B.A. is the Program Coordinator for Academic Access for The Ohio State University Nisonger Center’s TOPS Program. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with degrees in International Studies and Public Affairs. She has been with the TOPS program for five years, getting her start as one of the volunteers that she now oversees. Mallory says that one of her favorite parts of the job is collaborating with OSU faculty and staff to provide an authentic and inclusive college academic experience for her students.