The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning has a large and diverse staff ready to support your teaching endeavors. Here is a list of our staff, along with some information about each person. Professional staff are listed alphabetically, followed by support staff, graduate assistants, and part time staff.
Greg Siering, Ph.D.
Director, IU Bloomington
Phone: (812) 855-9174
Greg’s work within CITL focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to instructional development, as well as identifying new ways to foster and spread innovative teaching among the IUB faculty. He has a special interest in understanding the characteristics of innovative teachers and how programs can be structured to foster the growth of those qualities. Greg holds a PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition; his teaching background focuses on first-year writing courses.
Elisabeth (Ellie) Dahlgren
Phone: (812) 855-0160
Ellie’s interests are instructional uses of social media, teaching with Wikipedia, website development, and experiential education. Before joining CITL, Ellie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where she worked on garden and well projects in a rural, semi-nomadic village. She holds a self-designed Interdisciplinary B.A. in Narrative, Imagination, and the Cultural Construction of Reality from Beloit College and is finishing up her M.S. in Outdoor Recreation.
Phone: (812) 855-5062
Kate’s areas of engagement include blended and online learning environments, technology-enhanced active learning strategies, emerging technologies, and faculty learning communities. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts Indiana University Bloomington in 2002.
Phone: (812) 856-1378
Madeleine serves as the campus Turnitin.com administrator and coordinates plagiarism prevention workshops. She has worked on several large multimedia projects, including foreign language projects, and has worked closely with faculty and her CITL colleagues in developing online courses for two schools at IUB. She has a B.S. Microbiology, M.S. Applied Health Science (Safety Management) and is working on her Ph.D. in Human Performance.
Phone: (812) 855-5193
Susan investigates new technologies and helps faculty and departments develop online and blended courses. Her interests include media design, how to teach and assess metacognitive skills, how to create engaging online and classroom learning environments, and how the tools we use shape the way we think, learn, and communicate. Susan received a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from IU in 1992.
Katherine (Katie) Kearns
Phone: (812) 855-6869
Katie’s work focuses on the professional development of graduate student instructors, teaching in the sciences, and issues related to large class instruction. Before coming to IU, she taught a large freshman biology course and mentored graduate student teaching at Boston University. Katie received a BS in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia.
Phone: (812) 856-0647
Lisa’s work focuses on assessment at a variety of levels, including assessing students’ learning, helping faculty evaluate and improve their teaching, and working with programs to conduct curriculum review. She is interested in the challenges of designing courses in alignment with learning goals and the teaching of large courses. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University, and conducted postdoctoral research in neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine and at UCLA.
Phone: (812) 855-1906
Kyle consults with faculty on uses of instructional technologies and provides support for student response systems (“clickers”), Adobe Connect, and Oncourse. He specializes in distance education, researching the tools that enable the virtual classroom. Kyle has taught computer, education, and communication courses at IUPUC. He holds an M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.
Phone: (812) 855-9023
Joan’s specialty lies in leading faculty in groups to make disciplinary ways of thinking available to students. With David Pace (History) she developed the “Decoding the Disciplines” approach to define crucial bottlenecks to learning, dissect and model expert thinking, and assess student performance on these skills. Joan is co-investigator on the award-winning History Learning Project (along with Professors Pace, Arlene Diaz, and Leah Shopkow).
Phone: (812) 856-4928
John is the administrative assistant in CITL’s Writing Program, where his duties include budgetary and other administrative functions. He has been a founding member of writing programs at two major midwestern universities.
Phone: (812) 855-4928
Laura directs CITL’s Writing Program, which administers Writing Tutorial Services (WTS). She assists instructors in using writing to teach and in grading equitably, effectively, and efficiently; her interests range throughout writing-across-the-curriculum, writing center, and writing-in-the-disciplines issues. Laura holds an A.B. from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. in 19th-century literature from the IU English department, from which she also received a Noyes Fellowship for outstanding teaching.
Phone: (812) 856-4231
George coordinates CITL’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, where he advises and supports IUB instructors as they conduct classroom research and collect evidence of student learning. He is also co-facilitator of IUB’s Course Development Institute and consults with HPER, SPEA and other schools on instructional and curricular issues. George holds an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design/Organizational Development from the University of Illinois.
Phone: (812) 856-1347
Cordah specializes in direct support of faculty and instructors who are integrating technologies into teaching and learning. She has managed major grant-funded instructional technologies projects and specializes in projects supporting foreign language instruction. In addition, she has experience in copyright and fair use of media for instruction, anti-plagiarism strategies, course design and development, and distance learning.
Phone: (812) 855-7849
Nicole directs CITL’s Service-Learning Program. In this role, Nicole assists faculty in developing pedagogically sound and community responsive service-learning classes, as well as provides ongoing pedagogical support for faculty currently teaching service-learning courses. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a focus on Comparative and International Education from Indiana University Bloomington.
Jo Ann Vogt
Phone: (812) 855-4928
Jo Ann leads a staff of 50 tutors at Writing Tutorial Services (WTS), where she is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of WTS tutors. She also consults with faculty interested in using writing to enhance their students’ learning. Before coming to IUB, Jo Ann served nearly twenty years as a consultant and writing center director at University of Missouri, Columbia.
Phone: (812) 855-1137
Una is the ACE Coordinator in the Service-Learning Program at the CITL, providing training for ACEs designed to facilitate the development of their professional, advocacy, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Una previously worked with Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County and was the Director of Local First Indiana, a nonprofit organization supporting local, independent businesses, nonprofits, and farms in Monroe County.
Phone: (812) 855-6738
Anita Shields has been site manager at Writing Tutorial Services for over thirteen years, where she oversees daily operations of a major writing center; before that she worked for IU’s English department.
Phone: (812) 855-9023
Sharon Smith is Office Services Assistant for CITL, coordinating daily operations and communications for our large staff. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Continuing Studies from Indiana University.
Part-Time StaffChristina Melki
Christina is the intern for Turning Technologies’ student response devices (clickers). She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Anderson University and her master's degree in biology from Indiana University. She is currently working on her doctorate in science education. She has gained teaching experience as an assistant instructor during graduate school and has worked as an adjunct professor teaching biology at Ivy Tech Community College.
Matt provides graphic and IT support to CITL operations and assists faculty, staff, and students in working with instructional technologies. He graduated from Purdue University with a major in Computer Technology and has since developed interactive media for several not-for-profit child-education organizations.
Zihang joined CITL as an Instructional Technology Consultant in 2011. She has worked as an IU Associate Instructor teaching undergraduate courses in the area of technology integration in education, and as a Distance Education Specialist collaborating with faculty to design and develop online graduate courses at Indiana University. Her expertise includes analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning solutions that align tightly with organizational needs to achieve optimal results. Zihang is presently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University with a minor in Information Science.