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)
   Elizabeth Dickens Assistant Director (English)
   Adriana Streifer Assistant Director (English)
   Lindsay Wheeler Assistant Director of STEM Education Initiatives (Chemistry)
Postdoctoral Research Associates
    Karen Connors Postdoctoral Research Associate
Full-time Support Staff
   Michelle D. Busby Senior Administrative Supervisor
   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
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
   Matthew Cooper Arts & Sciences mdc2wf@Virginia.EDU
   Chris Kang Arts & Sciences ck6fd@Virginia.EDU

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.