As an Instructional Consultant in Instructional Development, I work directly with professors and graduate students to enrich the teaching and learning experience at UCSB one class at a time. Apart from individual consultations with instructors, I conduct a variety of pedagogy workshops, create the TALES podcasts, and lead the annual Summer Teaching Institute for Associates. I also collaborate with instructors to conduct research on instruction in Higher Education and to develop their online and hybrid courses. Over the past 20 years I have worked as a faculty developer, teacher trainer, instructional designer and educational consultant in multiple countries. I specialize in educational technology, teaching strategies, student-centered pedagogy, course design, and education reform in developing countries
As the Executive Director of Instructional Development, I manage the campus department responsible for all aspects of instructional support for Ladder Faculty, Lecturers, Teaching Assistants, and Teaching Associates. I have extensive experience in effective applications of educational technology, instructional design, simulation design, visualization, assessment of student learning, and evaluation of courses. Since 2000, in alternate years, I co-teach a graduate seminar, “Teaching and Learning with Digital Media”, with Professor Dorothy Chun.
As a Senior Instructional Consultant in Instructional Development, I work individually with faculty members to enhance their courses, plan campus-wide teaching events and workshops, and direct the TA Development Program. I have broad expertise in pedagogy, course/curriculum design, educational technologies, assessment, and evaluation of teaching. Some of my particular interests include creating authentic learning experiences, positioning students as co-creators of knowledge, and leveraging technology to make large classes feel small. Before my ten years as an Instructional Consultant, I designed and taught courses for the Environmental Studies Department at UCSB.