As a professional speaker, author, educator, and scholar, I facilitate workshops, create programs, and develop resources for thousands of educators as we explore how to create engaging learning environments to enhance student learning and enhance faculty success. Over the past 15 years, 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.
In 2011, I created FLIP It Consulting, and educational consulting company where I 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.”
The FLIP means reversing how you design a learning environment so learners focus on higher level learning outcomes to increase engagement and enhance learning during the class time. I have also expanded my FLIP model to include other learning environments in corporate, nonprofit, and government settings. And, I “practice what we teach”…I FLIP my own classes, workshops, and meetings! Learn more.
From June 2008-June 2015, I served as the Director of Graduate Teaching Programs in the Graduate School at North Carolina State University. As part of the Preparing Future Leaders professional development initiative, I provided support, training, and resources for graduate students representing all colleges within the university. I specialized in designing programs for graduate teaching assistants and future faculty in their pursuit to become effective and engaging teachers in the college classroom. As part of this position, I created and directed the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching program and I designed and facilitated the Fundamentals in Teaching workshop series which allowed anyone in the NC State campus community learn how to teach effectively in the college classroom. I also served as the faculty co-advisor for the University Graduate Student Association for four years.
I enjoy mentoring graduate student leaders and working collaboratively with faculty, especially when the work focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. 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 (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.