Staff

Center for Teaching Excellence full-time staff from left to right: Judith Reagan, Rusty Smith, Arel Haggins (former staff member), Matt Trevett-Smith, Marva Barnett, Dorothe Bach, Michael Palmer, Michelle D. Busby (not shown), Iris Waguespack (not shown) & Karen Connors (not shown).

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) marva@virginia.edu
   Michael Palmer Managing Director (Chemistry) mpalmer@virginia.edu
   Dorothe Bach Associate Director (German) bach@virginia.edu
Postdoctoral Research Associates
    Karen Connors Postdoctoral Research Associate kconnors@virginia.edu
Full-time Support Staff
   Michelle D. Busby Administrative and Budget Coordinator mdb7bb@virginia.edu
   Russell (Rusty) Smith Program and Logistics Coordinator rfs5b@virginia.edu
   Iris Waguespack Program and Logistics Coordinator idw3m@virginia.edu
   Former Faculty & Staff

 Graduate Student Associates
    Stephanie Doktor Music sdd5xd@virginia.edu
    Jennifer LaFleur Classics jll4x@virginia.edu
    Nicole Pankiewicz Politics np4pz@virginia.edu
   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 ema4ex@virginia.edu
   Abby Deatherage English & American Studies agd5me@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.