Over the past 14 years, I have been facilitating workshops, creating programs, developing resources for thousands of educators as we explore how to create engaging learning environments to enhance student learning. I have worked with more than 9,000 graduate students, postgraduate scholars, faculty members, and leaders representing nearly every profession within industry, education, government, and nonprofit settings. I facilitate more than 150 workshops and events each year in face-to-face, online, blended and flipped formats.
As the Founder of Flip It Consulting, I facilitate workshops, share strategies, and design resources to teach educators how to create engaging learning environments using the FLIP! What’s the FLIP? The FLIP is when you “Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process.” It means reversing how you design a learning environment so participants focus on higher level learning outcomes to increase engagement and enhance learning during the class, training, or meeting time. We are the only team expanding the concept of the FLIP and applying it to classrooms, training sessions, and meetings. And, we “practice what we teach” by flipping our own classes, workshops, and meetings!
I also serve as the Director of Graduate Professional Development and Teaching Programs at North Carolina State University. I lead a team of talented professionals who provide support, training, and resources for graduate students representing all colleges within the university. I specialize in designing programs for graduate teaching assistants and future faculty in their pursuit to become effective teachers in the college classroom.
Since this work is part of the Graduate School’s Preparing Future Leaders initiative, I also lead new graduate student orientation, and I work with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and other members of the campus community to support their professional goals in teaching and scholarship. During the past two years, I have been serving as the faculty co-advisor for the University Graduate Student Association.
From 2006-2013, I created and directed the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching program. I now oversee this program along with several other professional development programs to help graduate students thrive in graduate school by developing their leadership, teaching, communication, and scholarship skills. I also design and facilitate workshops in the Fundamentals in Teaching workshop series at NC State University. This series of events is designed for graduate students and postdocs who want to learn how to teach effectively in the college classroom.
In my work with the Graduate School, my mission has been to transform the way classes are taught at NC State University, the largest public research-intensive university in the state of North Carolina. Since graduate students teach nearly 40% of undergraduate courses in higher education, these training programs are positioned to enhance undergraduate education and graduate students’ professional development directly. Under my leadership, these programs now serve as a model for other U.S. colleges and universities who are developing training programs for their faculty, staff, and students.
I enjoy mentoring graduate student leaders in a variety of research projects as they enhance their leadership and teaching skills. I established iCATT, the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Advancing TA Training, with several faculty colleagues from across the university to support the training and development of graduate teaching assistants. I mentored one graduate student as we co-created the Mentoring and Teaching Practicum. This practicum allows participants to connect with local universities to interview faculty, teach classes, and engage in discussions about pedagogy and career preparation.
Prior to working in the Graduate School, I held every position (from intern to director!) in the teaching and learning center (recently re-named the Office of Faculty Development) in the Office of the Provost at NC State University. I designed and facilitated workshops for faculty and graduate students and provided individual consultations for faculty members, managed the center’s budget, developed new programs, coordinated the new faculty orientation, and provided leadership for a team of five full time employees and three part-time graduate student assistants. I also worked closely with the center’s advisory board and coordinated efforts to recognize and reward teaching excellence across the university.
I also serve as a non-tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult & Higher Education in the College of Education at NC State. In addition to my blog, I write articles as a Raleigh Education Examiner, Faculty Focus, and Fractus Learning, and I lead webinars for Magna Publications.