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Adriana Streifer joined the CTE in 2016. She runs the center’s teaching consultation services, training faculty, graduate, and undergraduate consultants to conduct classroom observations, student focus groups, and one-on-one consultations. She also directs two professional development programs for graduate students: the multi-tiered teaching certificate Tomorrow’s Professors Today program, and, in partnership with PhD Plus, the teaching-focused graduate liaisons. Adriana’s educational development research focuses on course design practices; student perceptions of instructors’ pedagogical improvement efforts, of innovative teaching techniques, and of grading and evaluation; and the impact of race and gender on student perceptions of learning-centered teaching practices. She teaches intensive writing courses, and seminars on early modern English drama and women in drama.
Adriana's Complete CV
Originally from California, Adriana earned her B.A. in English Literature and Italian Studies from UCLA. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from UVA. Her research focused on the social functions of Jewish stereotypes in early modern (Renaissance) drama. Before returning to UVA to join the CTE in 2016, she was a faculty member in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Adriana’s educational development research has focused on course-design practices, innovative teaching techniques, student perceptions of educational development, and instructor race and gender as factors that impact student perceptions of learning-centered pedagogical approaches. With colleagues Michael Palmer and Dorothe Bach, she won the 2014 Pod Network Innovation Award for work on a valid and reliable syllabus rubric . Published accounts of her work can be found in To Improve the Academy, and the Journal of Faculty Development (forthcoming September 2019).
Adriana is heavily involved in the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education (POD Network). She currently serves as a co-leader of the Diversity and Outreach working group on the Graduate and Professional Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Special Interest Group (GPPD SIG), as a member of the the Innovation Award Selection Committee, and as a session coordinator for the Birds of Feather conference sessions.
Adriana’s teaching interests include graduate student pedagogical development, inclusive and equitable teaching practices, writing pedagogy, Shakespeare, feminism and theater, and medieval and early modern literature.
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