Center for Teaching and Learning staff
Beth Kalikoff, director
Beth publishes on learning communities, the history and politics of assessment, and popular literature. As a teaching scholar and CTL director, she collaborates on cross-campus initiatives aimed at strengthening teaching communities at UW and advancing student learning in and out of the classroom. While she contributes to national and international conversations on 21st-century teaching and learning, her primary focus is on questions of sustainability, inclusive teaching, and using technology to support learning goals.
Calla Chancellor, instructional consultant
Calla consults with departments, faculty, and TAs from across the disciplines. She brings a background and interest in a number of areas to her work, including: Visually based and active learning practices; inclusive teaching and critical pedagogies; public and digital humanities; and interdisciplinary research and teaching. She is particularly interested in effective use of emerging technologies in teaching and learning in higher education. In addition to supporting CTL’s other programs, Calla co-organizes the TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Research, the First Fridays for Graduate Students workshop series, and teaches in the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program.
Karen Freisem, senior consultant
Karen is a senior consultant at the CTL. She has worked at the Center, formerly the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR), since 1986. She consults on the program level and with individual instructors in math, science, engineering, and health sciences departments to help them address questions about teaching, learning and assessment. She assists individual instructors, for example, by consulting with them about course design, gathering data about student learning in their courses, and observing their class sessions. In her work with groups of faculty and TAs, she designs and facilitates workshops on topics related to teaching, learning, and assessment. She also assists departments and programs with curriculum planning and assessment. In addition, she coordinates the Center’s International TA Program, a program for international graduate students who are teaching assistants at the University, and consults with many international graduate students and faculty on teaching effectiveness.
Katie Malcolm, instructional consultant
Katie consults with departments, programs, staff, faculty, and TAs across campus. Her scholarship is based in the interdisciplinary field of Rhetoric and Composition, and focuses on creating inclusive, dynamic literacy environments in traditional, hybrid, and online courses. She specializes in working with international, multilingual and first-generation college teachers and students, particularly in designing and assessing writing assignments across the disciplines.
Elba consults with faculty, graduate students, and staff educators across the disciplines. She is a Ph.D. student in the UW College of Education and holds a Masters of Public Health and a graduate certificate in College and University Teaching from Oregon State University. Her research interests are in higher education, teacher and racial identity development, inclusive/equitable learning environments, critical pedagogy as a means for transformational learning, and dialogic practices for diversity preparedness. She is also an ensemble member in the CTL’s Theater for Change program.
Elba has taught in a variety of secondary and higher education settings, focusing in areas such as academic success, teaching, community health, citizenship, anti-oppression, and empowerment.
Theresa Ronquillo, instructional consultant
Theresa consults with departments, faculty, staff, and TAs across the disciplines. She co-directs the Theater for Change UW (a collaboration between the CTL and Memory War Theater), and facilitates Learning Communities. Her interests and skills are in the areas of inclusive teaching and learning, critical pedagogies, arts- and performance-based pedagogical practices, creative course assignments, and community-based experiential learning. Theresa is an affiliate faculty with the UW School of Social Work and the UW Southeast Asia Center, and participating faculty with the UW Center for Performance Studies.
Christine Sugatan, project manager
Christine’s work includes the Faculty Fellows Program, Large Class Collegium, Teaching and Learning Workshops, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards, the In-Practice Technology Workshop Series, and Learning Communities to name a few. In addition, Christine collaborates with other entities to further explore opportunities for instructor involvement. Examples include parent orientation through First Year Programs, the Game Day Teaching Program with Intercollegiate Athletics, and UW-IT Learning Technologies. Christine holds a joint appointment in the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Dean’s Office in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Wei Zuo, instructional consultant
Wei consults with departments, programs, staff, faculty, and TAs across campus. Earning advanced degrees in economics, education, & English, Wei has also completed certificates in the Foster School of Business and Evans School for Public Affairs. She’s taught English in the UW English Language Program and New Oriental School. Wei has also taught Chinese at Seattle Pacific University and Fudan University. Wei’s research and professional experience has focused on work with international students, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented groups. Wei expands the CTL’s capacity to work with instructors across campus on equity and diversity in teaching, learning, and mentoring.