TI21 Faculty 2017-11-20T15:19:55+00:00

Teaching Innovation for the 21st Century

Meet the Faculty

TI21 faculty are outstanding teacher-scholars who understand what it takes to be successful in the classroom. They know how academic theory relates to real-world situations, and they are dedicated to sharing that practical information in class. These faculty practitioners are prepared to provide you with the pedagogical knowledge necessary to develop and improve your college teaching skills.


Jeanine Belcastro Went, Ph.D.
Program Director, Certificate in College Teaching
Executive Director, Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts


B.M., SUNY-Potsdam; Mus.M., Boston University; Ph.D., Colorado State University
Research Interests: Liberal arts learning outcomes, performing arts, the socio-cultural nature of teaching and learning.


Michelle M. Barthelemy, M.Ed.; M.B.A.
Professor, Business Department- Greenfield Community College


B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., M.B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research Interests: Online Learning Styles, Teacher Education, Access and Equity
OnlineTeaching Experience: Classroom Technology Integration, Teaching Online, Developmental Math, Human Resources Management (fully-online & hybrid)


Mary-Ellen Boyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, Graduate School of Management- Clark University


B.A., Yale University; M.B.A., Boston College; Ph.D. (Sociology), Boston College
Research Interests: business and social issues, particularly poverty; community-university partnerships; minority and ethnic entrepreneurship
Teaching Experience: Graduate courses in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, European business, organizational behavior, managing change and conflict; undergraduate courses in management, social change, women and work, and the sociology of education
Teaching Awards: Beta Gamma Sigma, faculty award; Clark GSOM Student Council, best course award; Award for Excellence in Teaching, Boston College


Donald Crampton, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Advising and Academic Excellence - Mills College (Oakland, CA)


B.A., Ithaca College; PhD, Arizona State University; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
Research Interests: active-learning in science courses; applying cognitive science and psychology to student learning;
Teaching Experience: undergraduate courses in biology and chemistry; Seminar in College Teaching; Teaching in the Sciences; faculty development; tutoring and academic coaching


Beth W. Gale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures- Clark University


B.A. University of Delaware, M.A., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


Gretchen Guertin
Associate Professor Management (retired), Management/Leadership/Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Leadership Coach


B.S. Education, Rhode Island College, M.S. Management, Johnson & Wales University
Teaching Experience: Undergraduate and Graduate Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship
Research Interests: Student Engagement, Experiential Education, Course Design and Development


Lorraine Higgins, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric, Director of Center for Communication Across the Curriculum- Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Ph.D., (Rhetoric) Carnegie Mellon University
Teaching Experience: Courses in composition and rhetoric for over 20 years at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and WPI
Research and Publications: Writing pedagogy and the role of writing in community problem-solving


Kevin Kearney, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Director of Service-Learning- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


B.S., University of Notre Dame; M.Th., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Yale University
Research Interests: Service-learning and its educational outcomes; development of clinical in-vitro diagnostic tests
Teaching experience: Biochemistry, Intermediary Metabolism, Nutrition, Service-Learning, Health Literacy


Matthew D. Laliberte, Ph.D.
Team Leader, Teacher and Assessment Specialist – Saint Andrew’s School


B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.S., Syracuse University, Ph.D. Boston College
Research Interests: Social Justice, Educational Policy in K-12 and Higher Education, Ideology and Education, Teacher Education, Systems Theory in Educaiton
Teaching Experience: Theories of Instruction, Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom, International Baccalaureate Year 3 Language A: Literature (HL), Classroom Technology Integration, Teaching in Online and Blended Environments, and various levels of middle and high school English, history and leadership


Judith E. Miller, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Assessment- University of North Florida


B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Research and Teaching Interests: Educational innovation; cooperative learning; team teaching; educational outcomes assessment; educational productivity
Teaching Experience: Seminar and Practicum in College Teaching; introductory biology; microbial physiology
Teaching Awards: Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher, Kendall/Hunt Publishers and the Society for College Science Teaching (1998); Massachusetts CASE Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2002); Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching, WPI Board of Trustees (2004)


Katie Novak, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District


Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Boston University
Teaching Experience: 15 years of experience in teaching and administration
Research and Publications: Author of UDL Now, UDL in the Cloud, and Universally Designed Leadership (Fall, 2016)


Kimberly A. Pesaturo, PharmD, BCPS


Pharm.D., University of Rhode Island; PGY-1 residency, Saint Joseph HealthCare; PGY-2 residency, UK Healthcare; Certificate in College Teaching, Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc.
Research Interests: Pediatric emergency medicine/critical care; pediatrics and ethics-related teaching and learning; postgraduate education
Teaching Experience: Pediatrics therapeutics and clinical assessment; drug literature evaluation; ethics in pharmacy practice; academia in pharmacy


Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Environmental Studies- Florida Atlantic University


B.S. and B.A., University of Texas-Austin; M.S. and PhD, Penn State University-University Park; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University J.F.K. School of Government
Research Interests: Global change vulnerability; suburbanization; spatial statistics, mixed methods social science research
Teaching Experience: Undergraduate & graduate courses in environmental risks/hazards, research design, global change vulnerability, human dimensions of climate change
Teaching Award: Clark University Hodgkins Junior Faculty Research Award, National Research Council Committee Member, Director of Clark University’s Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Undergraduate Research Program


Dan Richard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology, & Director, Office of Faculty Enhancement- University of North Florida


B.S., Northeast Louisiana University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Research and Teaching Interests: Transformational Learning; Teaching with Technology, Student Engagement in the Classroom; Meta-analysis; Cross-Cultural Differences in Conflict Resolution; Revenge and Forgiveness
Teaching Experience: Course Redesign for Effective Learning; Social Psychology; Research Design & Analysis
Teaching Awards: Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, AddRan College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology, Texas Christian University (2000); Florida Campus Compact Service Learning STEM Fellow (2011)


Deborah Robertson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Lasry Center for Biosciences, 221- Clark University


B.A. Kalamazoo College; M.S. California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D. The University of Chicago
Research Interests: Phytoplankton physiology; global biogeochemical cycles; marine biology; molecular evolution
Teaching Experience and Interests: Undergraduate and graduate courses in biology; incorporating research opportunities into undergraduate curricula; mentoring of independent graduate and undergraduate research students; REU mentor Shoals Marine Lab
Teaching Awards: Outstanding Teacher Award (Clark University); Hodgkins Junior Faculty Award. (Clark University)


Mei-Yua Shih, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development- University of Massachusetts – Amherst


B.A., National Taiwan University; PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Research Interests: Course design and development; learning and program assessment; pedagogy and technology; faculty development in Asia
Teaching Experience: Course Design and Development, Educational Web Design, Classroom Application of Educational Technology, Intercultural Perspectives, International Telecommunication


Annie Soisson, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)- Tufts University


B.A., St Francis University; Ed.M., Harvard University; Ed.D. Boston University
Research and Teaching Interests: Course Design and Development, Teaching for Inclusive Excellence, Learner Centered Teaching, Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom


Kisha G. Tracy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English Studies, Fitchburg State University

Co-Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Fitchburg State University


B.A. University of Evansville; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Research Interests: memory and confession in Middle English literature; medieval representations of disability; information literary and pedagogy; active learning

Teaching Experience: Middle Ages; British Literature I; World Literature I; Bible as Literature; Tolkien; study abroad; Writing I and II


Alice Valentine
Lecturer, Japanese Language and Literature, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures- Clark University


B.A. Florida State University; A.M. Harvard University
Research Interests: Japanese literature and culture; foreign language pedagogy; technology and language learning
Teaching Experience: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced Japanese; classical and modern Japanese literature and culture; Gender and Japanese Society


Donald Vescio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English- Worcester State University


B.A. SUNY- Oswego; M.A. University of New Hampshire-Durham; Ph.D. University of Rochester
CCT Courses Recently Taught: Designing and Teaching an Online Course; Teaching with Technology


Kristina Reardon, MFA

Associate Director, Center for Writing, College of the Holy Cross



BA, Providence College; MFA, University of New Hampshire; MA, University of Connecticut; PhD, University of Connecticut (ongoing)

Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, University of Connecticut

Research Interests: Composition Studies, Writing Centers, Translation, Multilingual Writing, Comparative Literature (British, Spanish, Slovene, Italian), War and Literature, Human Rights

Teaching Experience: 8+ years working at and directing writing centers at three different institutions; courses on writing, literature, and composition studies; experience teaching undergraduate writing online

CCT Courses Recently Taught: Teaching With Writing