The Center for Teaching Excellence staff work broadly in the realm of educational development. A sample of the varied activities we regularly engage in include the following:

  • developing, implementing, administering, and assessing instructional development programs
  • providing individualized consultations to faculty and graduate student instructors
  • designing and presenting interactive workshops
  • participating in department-, school-, and University-wide instructional development initiatives
  • conducting scholarly research in educational development and/or within our respective disciplines
  • teaching innovative courses in our disciplines.

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

 Full-time Faculty
   Marva Barnett Founding & Executive Director (Drama, Comparative Literature, & the Writing Program)
   Michael Palmer Managing Director (Chemistry)
   Dorothe Bach Associate Director (German)
Postdoctoral Research Associates
    Karen Connors Postdoctoral Research Associate
Full-time Support Staff
   Michelle D. Busby Administrative and Budget Coordinator
   Russell (Rusty) Smith Program and Logistics Coordinator
   Iris Waguespack Program and Logistics Coordinator
   Former Faculty & Staff

 Graduate Student Associates
    Stephanie Doktor Music
    Jennifer LaFleur Classics
    Nicole Pankiewicz Politics
   Former Graduate Student Associates
For a description of the CTE’s Graduate Student Associate position and information on how to apply, click here.

Undergraduate Student Assistant
   Elena Alba Religious Studies & American Studies
   Abby Deatherage English & American Studies

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.