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.
Karen Freisem, Senior Consultant
Karen Freisem 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.
Brian Buchwitz, Consultant
A part-time Instructional Consultant who began work with the CTL in April 2012, Brian consults with departments, faculty, and TAs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), social sciences, and some professional schools. He also helps plan the TA/RA Conference and the CTL’s assessment strategies. A former researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Center Center, Brian serves as an instructor and Program Organizer for UW’s Biology Department, where he teaches undergraduates, trains graduate TAs and peer tutors, and advises cohorts of Biology majors with diverse backgrounds and interests during their first research experiences. Brian brings to the CTL special expertise in assessment and undergraduate research.
Monica Huerta, Consultant
Monica consults with departments, faculty, and TAs in the arts, humanities, social sciences and some professional schools. She also co-facilitates Faculty and Professional Learning Communities and helps plan the TA/RA Conference and the Faculty Fellows Program. Monica worked at the Center for Research in Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan, where she consulted with faculty and TAs across disciplines. Monica has special expertise in visual literacy, innovative pedagogy, and using technologies to achieve learning goals.
Theresa Ronquillo, Instructional Consultant
Theresa consults with departments, faculty, and TAs in the arts, humanities, social sciences and some professional schools. She also coordinates the Center’s Learning Communities program, co-directs the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (a collaboration between the CTL and Memory War Theater), and facilitates Faculty and Professional Learning Communities. Her interests and skills are in the areas of diversity and liberation pedagogies, creative course assignments, arts- and performance-based pedagogical practices, community-based experiential learning, and small group process. Theresa is an Affiliate Faculty with the UW Southeast Asia Center and Participating Faculty with the UW Center for Performance Studies.
Christine Sugatan, Faculty Programs Manager
Christine’s work includes the Faculty Fellows Program, Large Class Collegium, Faculty Workshops on Teaching and Learning, Institute for Teaching Excellence, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards, and Faculty and Professional Learning Communities. In addition, Christine collaborates with other entities to further explore opportunities for faculty involvement. Examples include parent orientation through First Year Programs and the Game Day Teaching Program in Intercollegiate Athletics. Christine holds a joint appointment in the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Dean’s Office in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.