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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.
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.
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.
Sarah's Photo Sarah Swatski, M.S.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-455-3916
Fax: 410-455-8191
Sarah Swatski, Program Coordinator, 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 events, coordinated activities and publicized events.

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