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Staff Bios

Linda C. Hodges, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Director
Phone: 410-455-1829
Fax: 410-455-8191
Linda C. Hodges, Director of the Faculty Development Center, was Director of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University from 2003-2009 before retiring to Maryland. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky and was a faculty member for over 20 years before transitioning into faculty development and the learning sciences. Prior to coming to the McGraw Center in 2001 she was the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry at Agnes Scott College near Atlanta, Georgia. During her faculty tenure at two different institutions she taught a wide range of courses, participated in faculty governance, and served as department chair. In 1999 she was one of 28 faculty chosen nationally to study and assess new pedagogical approaches as a Carnegie Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. During that time she had the opportunity to work under the guidance of Lee Shulman. She has published widely on her work in faculty development, engaged student learning, and effective teaching practices. Her special interests are in pedagogies of engagement and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Kerrie L. Kephart, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Pedagogical Innovation, Research, & Assessment
Phone: 410-455-3885
Fax: 410-455-8191
Kerrie Kephart is Associate Director for Pedagogical Innovation, Research, and Assessment in the Faculty Development Center, supporting faculty to innovate in their teaching and investigate issues of teaching and learning in their classrooms and disciplines. Her interests in faculty development include the scholarship of teaching and learning, pedagogies of reflection such as journaling and portfolio development, active learning and inquiry-based pedagogies, writing across the curriculum/in the disciplines, and discourses of teaching and learning. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialization in advanced academic literacy development. Prior to joining the FDC staff, she was Director of the Engineering Communication Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, and prior to that, she was Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. In her previous positions, she conducted research studies in innovative teaching methods in the STEM fields and presented a workshop series in writing across the curriculum for faculty across all disciplines. She has also taught a variety of courses in language and literacy development, including academic writing for educators, writing the scientific article, technical communication, English as a second language pedagogy, principles of bilingual education, and discourse analysis.

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Jennifer M. Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Assessment
Phone: 410-455-6836
Fax: 410-455-8191
Jennifer M. Harrison, Associate Director for Assessment, Faculty Development Center, specializes in helping faculty develop effective assessment practices. She holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UMBC, an MA in English from UMD, and a BA in English from Washington College. Before joining the FDC, she was Associate Professor of Writing & Director of Learning Assessment at the National Labor College, where she taught literature, writing across the curriculum, and interdisciplinary research courses; directed the Writing Center; developed learning and institutional assessment processes; and led the prior learning assessment program.
Tory Williams Tory H. Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Pedagogical Research
Phone: 410-455-6514
Fax: 410-455-8191
Tory Williams, Assistant Director for Pedagogical Research within the Faculty Development Center, supports the design, analysis, and interpretation of pedagogical research projects at UMBC. Beyond her involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, she has a lead role in the data compilation, analysis, interpretation, and results dissemination for the UMBC NSF IUSE grant. Tory holds a Ph.D. in Biology from UMBC and a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the FDC, she studied molecular physiology as a postdoctoral fellow at NIH, served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at UMBC, and supported the NSF-funded INSPIRES educational research project as a Research Assistant Professor. Recent involvement in the INSPIRES project fostered Tory’s expertise in pedagogical strategies aligning to STEM educational reform, integrating engineering principles and practices with science content, and the handling of educational data with quantitative statistics. Another special interest of Tory’s is to advocate that equity has a central role in making pedagogical shifts at UMBC and in the greater community.

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Sarah Swatski, M.S.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-455-3916
Fax: 410-455-8191
Sarah Swatski, Program Coordinator, manages FDC programming, services, and communication. She organizes over 45 yearly programs, new faculty orientations, and the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Symposium; supports the Center’s certificate programs including tracking faculty progress; promotes the FDC via email communication and web content; supports Faculty Learning Communities and Teaching Circles; maintains the FDC library; manages the Center’s financial processes such as purchasing and budget reconciliation; and contributes to assessment of Center programs through analysis of data. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, both from UMBC. She transferred to UMBC after completing an Associate’s degree in Mathematics from Harford Community College, where she also worked in the College Life Office planning and marketing events and providing administrative support. Throughout her student career, she was an active leader in many student organizations and honor societies where she planned and publicized events and coordinated activities.

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