Over the past 15 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 and enhance faculty success. I have facilitated more than 3,000 workshops, presentations, and professional development events, and I’ve 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 lead a team of colleagues as we travel around the country facilitating workshops, sharing strategies, and designing resources to support educators in creating 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 students 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 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. I also served as the faculty co-advisor for the University Graduate Student Association for the past four years.
Since 2006, I have been creating and directing the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching program. I now oversee this program along with several other professional development programs to help graduate students (our future faculty and future leaders!) 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, postdocs, and faculty who want to learn how to teach effectively in the college classroom by integrating innovative teaching and learning strategies grounded in scholarship and informed by theoretical frameworks.
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 and faculty, especially 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. This faculty learning community supports 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. I have also mentored other graduate students as we co-developed teaching, mentoring, and leadership programs to support graduate student professional development.
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 an adjunct 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 for Faculty Focus, and I lead webinars and other events for Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor.