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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. Kim is also Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Professor of Psychology.

As a social psychologist by training, she 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.

Kim edited three books focused on teaching and learning:

She 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.

Dr. Case's full CV »

Contact Kim: casek3@vcu.edu

Kitty Maynard, Assistant Director of CTLE

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Katherine “Kitty” Maynard, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at VCU. As Assistant Director, she organizes programming and services that promote faculty development and success. She provides resources to faculty to support inclusive and equitable teaching practices, student engagement, active learning, experiential and applied learning, and other high impact learning pedagogies.

Kitty began her career as a French professor. She has taught all levels for French language and literature as well as first-year seminars and courses in International Studies. In her research area of French Renaissance studies, Kitty is the author of Reveries of Community: Epic in the Age of Henri IV (2018) and the editor of Polemic and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion (2019). Her more recent research centers on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her projects include a study on using concept maps in language courses and an edited collection on inclusive teaching practices in French Studies. 

(joining CTLE in August 2021)

Lisa Webb, Health Sciences Faculty Development Specialist

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Lisa Webb, Ed.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development, Recruitment and Retention in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, and affiliate faculty in the School of Education.  As the Health Sciences Faculty Development Specialist in CTLE, she develops and implements programming to support health sciences faculty success. Webb is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and serves as a regular guest lecturer and consultant on the topics of asset-based healthcare delivery, structural competency in health sciences education, and disability theory.  Her work focuses on inclusive teaching practices in health sciences education, faculty recruitment and retention, and access to employment and learning for people with disabilities.  Dr. Webb advocates for barrier-free learning environments and the transformation of health sciences education to infuse principles of health equity and inclusion throughout the curriculum.

Contact Lisa: lbwebb@vcu.edu

Jatia (Tia) Wrighten, Faculty Fellow

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Dr. Wrighten conducts research on black women, state legislatures and leadership, with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her current project examines the differences in leadership attainment that exists between black women, white women, black men and white men in state legislatures and what are the factors that cause these differences. She created the novel theory, the Heavy Lifters Theory, to explain the primary differences between black male and black female legislators as it relates to leadership in state legislatures. She was most recently awarded the Gender and Leadership Dissertation Award from George Mason University for her work that focuses on intersectionality and leadership. She has taught a range of political science courses at James Madison University, George Mason University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Her courses have included: Introduction to American Government, Research Methods, The Politics of Motherhood in the United States, African American Government, and the Politics of the Civil Rights Movement—to name a few. 

She looks forward to continuing research and instruction that emphasizes themes of equality, justice, and political effects for the most marginalized groups in the United States as an assistant professor at VCU. Jatia received her B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University; her M.A. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park; and received her Ph.D. from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she defended her dissertation entitled, “Who Runs the World? An Examination of Black Women and Leadership in State Legislatures.”  Jatia plans to use her degree to teach and serve as a mentor to a future generation of scholars. When she is not researching and writing, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Contact Tia: wrightenjd2@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 available now. Importantly, she self-identifies as a struggling writer…depending on the day.

Contact Sharon: skzumbrunn@vcu.edu

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