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Kim Case, Director of Faculty Success

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Kim Case, Ph.D., is the Director of Faculty Success in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University. As Director, she develops and implements faculty mentoring programs, supports faculty career development and scholarship productivity, and oversees the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Dr. Case is a social psychologist by training and applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and intersectional theory to her teaching, research, and service. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege and cultivate inclusive spaces within educational and workplace settings. Her pedagogical scholarship addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice.

Dr. Case is editor of three books:

  • Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom (2013)
  • Intersectional Pedagogy: Complicating Identity and Social Justice (2017)
  • Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice (2020)

Dr. Case served 11 years in various leadership roles for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and 5 years as elected Representative to APA Council (American Psychological Association). She currently serves as Advisory Board member to the Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering NSF RED grant for inclusive transformation.

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Contact Kim: casek3@vcu.edu

Tiffany Freitas, Program Coordinator

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Tiffany Freitas is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Since joining the University in 2013, she has planned and executed many events and looks forward to continuing to do so in order to further the mission of the Center. She completed a course at VCU through LWPI and became a certified event planner. Tiffany plans and organizes New Faculty Orientation (twice a year), our Teaching Symposium, our Faculty Wellness Day and our Faculty Success workshops. In addition to coordinating events, she is interested in becoming more involved in program development for the Center, and designing exciting and enriching events around those programs.

Tiffany is passionate about incorporating self-care practices into daily life and encouraging others to do the same. She co-presented “Namaste Y’all: Presenting faculty burnout through self-care practices” at the 2020 Teaching Professor Conference, which was based on her experience helping to develop the Center’s Faculty Wellness Day and how others can create and implement similar programs. Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys collecting and caring for indoor plants, decorating her apartment and cooking.

Contact Tiffany: freitast@vcu.edu

Aneta Chrzanowska, Faculty Development Specialist

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Aneta comes to the CTLE from the Global Education Office, English Language Program (ELP) at VCU, which she joined in 2010. Her journey as a teaching faculty of English as a second/foreign language started in her homeland of Poland, fueled by natural curiosity about other places, cultures and languages, where she taught in class as well as utilized experiential learning on different trips in Europe.

Aneta holds Master’s Degrees in TESOL and Economics. Her academic interests include current approaches to second language instruction, particularly listening and speaking skills; ways in which second language instruction can be more effective and learner-friendly, and methods to ensure greater student engagement. She feels very fortunate to experience the wider world through the diverse array of students who walk into her classroom door each semester.

In her work at the CTLE, Aneta looks forward to developing intercultural and inclusive pedagogical practices, supporting faculty as they reflect on their teaching practices and pedagogical philosophies, exploring instructional innovations, building relationships, and assisting with resource development and successful event planning and execution.

Contact Aneta: amchrzanowsk@vcu.edu

Ching-Yu Huang, Faculty Fellow

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Ching-Yu Huang, Ph. D., is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Ching-Yu joined the VCU in 2018 with over 10 years of teaching experiences in higher education. She has taught a variety of biology and ecology courses in small and large lectures, as well as online settings. She specialized in teaching with technology, active learning, flipped classroom, inquiry-based learning, peer-instruction, and inclusive teaching. With her passion in teaching and her focuses on student success, she received the Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Award in 2016 (University of North Georgia), developed free biology and ecology textbooks (Affordable Learning in Georgia, 2017 and Affordable Course Content Award, VCU, 2018) and a community partnership project to engage her ecology students with experiential learning experiences. Dr. Huang promotes pedagogical reflection and engagement in innovative and effective teaching. Working closely with CTLE, she hopes to build an inclusive and collaborative teaching community focusing on innovative pedagogical strategies in scientific teaching and inclusive teaching at VCU.

Contact Ching-Yu: cyhuang@vcu.edu

Sharon Zumbrunn, Faculty Fellow

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Sharon Zumbrunn is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and the co-director of the Motivation in Context Research Lab in the School of Education. As a feelings-and-learning-ologist, she spends a whole lot of time thinking about and studying writing motivation and self-regulation.

Sharon has published several research articles on writing beliefs and strategies and her book, Why Aren’t You Writing?: Research, Real-Talk, Strategies, and Shenanigans, is due out this fall. Importantly, she self-identifies as a struggling writer…depending on the day.

Contact Sharon: skzumbrunn@vcu.edu

Maureen Moslow-Benway, Faculty Fellow

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Maureen Moslow-Benway is an award-winning Assistant Professor in the Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Department where she teaches courses on Human Trafficking, Intelligence, Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Prior to entering academia, Maureen spent almost two decades serving as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and as a national security consultant to the National Reconnaissance Office and Booz Allen Hamilton. Moslow-Benway has a B.S. in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, Moslow-Benway created a service learning course on Human Trafficking that has quickly become one of most popular elective classes. To date, her students have contributed more than 2,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofits in the Richmond region, and many of them plan to pursue careers combating trafficking. Maureen lives on a small hobby farm with her husband, children and a menagerie of animals. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, bikepacking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Maureen: mmoslowbenwa@vcu.edu

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