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Designing and Planning Your Own Summer Faculty Institute

Julie Cicilline
Julie Cicilline is Instructional Technology Development Program Coordinator at Providence College. Prior to this role, she was Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian, Head of Education & Research at Providence College Phillips Memorial Library. Before Providence College, she was Digital Media Reference Librarian at Boston College. She also taught Digital Research Technologies in the Educational Technology Graduate Program at Marlboro College. 

David Cotter
David Cotter is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Faculty Development at Union College.  His scholarship focuses on inequality, particularly on work-related gender inequality, trends and patterns in gender ideology, and rural issues including poverty and education.  His teaching has incorporated a number of pedagogical approaches all aimed at enhancing student engagement with sociology inside and outside the classroom.  As Director of Faculty Development he has helped institute enhanced new faculty orientation efforts, a mentoring program, and a series of Faculty Interest Groups in support of teaching and scholarship. 

Steve Courchesne
Steven Courchesne is an instructional designer at Framingham State University, where he also serves as co-coordinator and co-advisor for the Masters of Education with a Concentration in Educational Technology. He has over ten years of experience designing online learning experiences. Prior to working at Framingham State, he directed the eLearning Program at Human Rights Education Associates and designed online courses as a consultant with the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Jennifer Fredricks
Jennifer Fredricks is the Dean of Academic Departments and Programs and Professor of Psychology at Union College, where some of her duties include overseeing faculty hiring, curriculum and new programming, and faculty . development. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on motivation and engagement in school and out-of-school contexts. She is author of "Eight Myths of Student Engagement: Creating Classrooms of Deep Learning (Corwin Press)" and co-editor of "Handbook of Student Engagement Interventions: Working with Disengaged Youth" (Elesevier). She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, American Educational Research Association, Spencer Foundation, and Institute for Educational Studies to support her research.

Stacie Cassat Green
Stacie Cassat Green is the Principal of 64 Crayons, consulting on instructional design, curriculum development, and instructional coaching to support the improvement of learning for all ages. She has worked on projects for Union College, MIT, Harvard University Extension School, EDC, Intel Corporation, Advanced Practice Strategies, SERP, PBS, Department of Defense Education Activity, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Green has taught instructional design courses at Harvard University Extension School for nineteen years and has received eleven letters of commendation for distinguished teaching performance from the dean (top 20% of reviewed faculty), as well as the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. Prior to starting 64 Crayons, Green worked in educational R&D for Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN) and Education Development Center. She serves as a Trustee of the Harvard Public Library. Stacie holds a BA from Oberlin College and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Laurie Grupp
Dr. Laurie Grupp is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Providence College, a role that she assumed in July of 2018 after serving as director of the Center for Teaching Excellence for 11 years. Within the field of faculty development, Laurie has published and presented on leadership in educational development, pedagogy, and interdisciplinary team teaching. Her disciplinary expertise is in bilingual multicultural special education, and she has been a member of the department of Elementary/Special Education at Providence College since 2001.

Nicole Marshall
Nicole Marshall is Director of College Grants and Sponsored Programs at Union College, in Schenectady, NY, where she has worked for 13 years. She recently contributed to Union’s strategic planning process as a member of the Academic Offerings working group. Prior to Union, she was a grant writer and housing counselor at Better Neighborhoods, Inc., a not-for-profit agency in Schenectady. She began her career as a technical writer and software training specialist for a federal contractor, SAIC. Her areas of specialization include team-based proposal development, project management, and research administration. Nicole is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research and the National Council of University Research Administration. 

Deborah McMakin
Deborah McMakin is an Associate Professor in the Psychology and Philosophy Department at Framingham State University (FSU). She earned a BA in psychology from Framingham State College, an MA in Special Education and Human Development from the George Washington University (GWU), an MSW from Boston University and a doctorate in Education from UMASS Lowell.  She has taught undergraduate courses in psychology since 1998 and graduate courses in counseling psychology at Framingham State University (FSU) since 2000.  Her research interests include faculty and pre-service teachers' views of cultural differences and climate change. She especially enjoys collaborating with faculty on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects including college students’ experiences with peer editing, intercultural development and beliefs about climate change.  Deborah is currently coordinator of Widening the Circle (WTC), a FSU faculty institute on diversity and inclusive excellence.  She is also the current coordinator for the FSU Inside-Out prison exchange program which brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated students together to take a semester long college course.

Jennifer MItchell
Jennifer Mitchell is the John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of English at Union College where she is also affiliated with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary literatures, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Since coming to Union, she has published on adolescent coming out narratives, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Radclyffe Hall; and she has had two edited collections come out--the first on HBO's Girls and the second, most recently, called The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Her first monograph, Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction will be published by the University Press of Florida in 2020.  She used to have one charming cat and one not-so-charming cat, but now has two charming cats and one not-so-charming-but-still-very-lovable cat.

Lina Rincon
Lina Rincón is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University. She also serves as the Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service at this university. Lina teaches courses on immigration and racial relations and specializes in teaching first-year students. Lina is passionate about implementing active and engaging learning techniques that help students connect and own their learning experience. In that, Lina has become an enthusiastic advocate of embracing technology in the classroom. 

Denise Snyder
Denise is currently the director for learning technologies and environments at Union College and has taught for thirteen years at the Harvard Extension School. Previously, she worked for more than thirteen years as a senior academic technologies analyst and project manager at Harvard Law School and two years at Empire State College as a lead instructional designer. In these roles, Denise works with faculty to integrate appropriate technology into instruction, and researches and designs discrete projects to create more meaningful, authentic learning environments for students. She completed a bachelor of science in communications at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and earned a graduate certificate in technology in education and a master of liberal arts with a concentration in educational technologies at the Harvard Extension School. In 2016, she received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award at the Harvard Extension School.

Nicole Theodosiou
Nicole Theodosiou is an Associate Professor of Biology and co-Director of the Biochemistry Program at Union College. Professor Theodosiou’s research focuses on understanding evolution and development of the vertebrate digestive tract. By studying development of the digestive tract in ancient cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates and rays) insights can be gained into how the digestive tract evolved, and the genetic controls that allowed for morphological changes over 450 million years of animal history. She is Chair of the committee for Professional Development and Education in the Society for Developmental Biology. With 15 years of experience teaching at liberal arts colleges, she recently has been exploring how to promote creativity and engage deeper student learning in the classroom. Nicole recently was selected to share her evolution as a teacher on the TEDx stage Theodosiou_TEDx. She received her B.A. in Biology at Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale University, and a post doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Adam Villa
Adam Villa is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Providence College.   The faculty focused center for teaching and learning offers a wide variety of programming to aid faculty members.    Adam is also an Associate Professor of Computer Science and his active areas of research include data analytics, database systems, and advancing computer science pedagogies.


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