CTE Faculty & Staff

From left to right: Rusty Smith, Adriana Streifer, Karen Connors, Lindsay Wheeler, Michael Palmer, Michelle Busby, Dorothe Bach, Elizabeth Dickens, Iris Waguespak.

The Center for Teaching Excellence team works broadly in the realm of instructional development. A sample of the varied activities we regularly engage in include the following:

  • supporting program-, department-, school-, and University-wide instructional development initiatives, including curriuculum (re)design
  • developing, implementing, administering, and assessing high-impact instructional development programs
  • providing individualized teaching consultations to faculty and graduate student instructors
  • designing and presenting interactive, evidence-based workshops
  • conducting scholarly research in educational development and/or the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • teaching innovative courses in our disciplines.

For more details, please refer to the Center’s mission, values, and guiding principles statement.

Full-time Faculty & Postdoctoral Research Associates
Coming from a range of scholarly backgrounds, CTE faculty routinely cross disciplinary boundaries to provide those we work with perspectives which are creative, innovative and shaped by a variety of literatures and a culture of “play.”
   Michael Palmer Managing Director (Chemistry)
   Dorothe Bach Associate Director (German)
   Elizabeth Dickens Assistant Director (English)
   Adriana Streifer Assistant Director (English)
   Lindsay Wheeler Assistant Director of STEM Education Initiatives (Chemistry)
   Karen Connors Postdoctoral Research Associate

Full-time Administrative Staff
The CTE administrative team is a dynamic, out-going group dedicated to helping create exceptional experiences for all of those we work with.

   Michelle D. Busby Senior Administrative Supervisor
   Russell (Rusty) Smith Program and Logistics Coordinator
   Iris Waguespack Program and Logistics Coordinator

Graduate Student Associates
CTE Graduate Student Associates help support a variety of initiatives, including program design and implementation, assessment projects, and resource creation.
    Stephanie Doktor Music
    Jennifer LaFleur Classics
For a description of the CTE’s Graduate Student Associate position and information on how to apply, click here.

Undergraduate Student Assistants
   Matthew Cooper Arts & Sciences mdc2wf@Virginia.EDU
   Chris Kang Arts & Sciences ck6fd@Virginia.EDU

Former CTE Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Associates

Center Collaborations

The Center appreciates the vital collaborative work with other UVa units involved in teaching and learning. Click here for an expanded list of our collaborations.