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Carol Washburn
Carol WashburnManager, Teaching Support
For the past 34 years, I have been involved in various aspect of education: directing a large federal training grant; directing a professional development program for a large non-profit, providing clinical supervision to pre-service teachers, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the university, and designing and developing online and hybrid instructional programming and/or projects with university faculty. For twelve years I designed and taught the University Teaching Practicum, and I currently teach a series of education courses for the Allied Health Education track in the School of Dental Medicine. Most recently, I manage a wonderful team of Teaching and TA Consultants who are responsible for supporting faculty and TAs so that Pitt students will experience learning in ways that are meaningful and sustaining. I have a Master's degree in Counseling and doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology.
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Carol DeArment
Carol DeArmentSenior Instructional Designer, Teaching Support
619 Alumni Hall

Dr. Carol DeArment, a senior instructional designer, helps faculty to design, develop, and teach hybrid and online courses at the University of Pittsburgh. As a professional educator, she has taught college level undergraduate and graduate courses for many years and teaches online courses for the University of Maryland University College. She serves as a master reviewer of online courses for the Quality Matters organization. She has a M.Ed. degree in English/education from Allegheny College and a D.Ed. degree in Instructional Design and Technology from University of Pittsburgh.
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Joel Brady
Joel BradyInstructional Designer, Teaching Support
615 Alumni Hall

Dr. Brady earned his PhD in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion at the University of Pittsburgh (2012), a Graduate Certificate in East European Studies (2012), a Masters in Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005), and a SLOAN-C certification in online teaching (2014). He conducts individual teaching consultations and offers pedagogy workshops, such as “Multimedia Teaching and Learning” and “Teaching with Prezi.” In addition to teaching Pitt’s University Teaching Practicum, a pedagogy seminar for graduate student instructors, he has taught a number of courses in Pitt’s Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, and History, including “Religions of the West,” “East European Civilization,” and “Vampire: Blood and Empire.” His research focuses upon migrant transnationalism and religious conversion in Eastern Europe and the Americas, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Lauren Herckis
Lauren HerckisTeaching Assistant Coordinator, Teaching Assistant Services
618 Alumni Hall

As Coordinator of Teaching Assistant Services, Lauren Herckis teaches graduate seminars on university teaching, develops and facilitates training programs for graduate students, and trains workshop facilitators on a variety of topics in pedagogy and professionalization. She meets with individual graduate students and directs instructional development projects with the aim of optimizing training of Teaching Assistants at the University of Pittsburgh. A Fulbright recipient with a background in anthropology and research design, Lauren's field research in southern Mexico explores longitudinal trends in cultural diversity and integration in urban centers. Lauren has developed and taught university-level courses in diverse classroom contexts and across a wide range of topics.
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Marc Wisnosky
Marc WisnoskyTeaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant Services
Marc Wisnosky is the Teaching Fellow for TA Services. He is a doctoral candidate in the Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studies comparative and international education with a focus on Russian education and Orthodox Christian seminary education. After earning his MA in Linguistics, he taught English as a Second Language for in-coming college students. Most recently, he taught in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
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Jessica Knab
Jessica KnabProgram Coordinator, Teaching Support
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Meiyi Song
Meiyi SongInstructional Designer, Teaching Support

616 Alumni Hall

As a Teaching and Learning Consultant and Instructional Designer, Meiyi designs and facilitates faculty training workshops, as well as helps faculty in curriculum design and online course design and implementation. She also trains workshop facilitators on various topics in pedagogy. Prior to joining CIDDE, Meiyi had worked as a Faculty Development Specialist for five years and an Assistant Professor of Chinese for three years at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in California.

Meiyi is proficient in authoring tools like Captivate, which she uses to enhance learning experience. She has taught several online and hybrid faculty development courses, designed and conducted workshops that focus on pedagogy and technology integration in teaching. An example of her interactive workshops is “Using Blackboard Communication Tools to Promote Student Engagement.” She has a M.A. degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the California State University at Monterey Bay. She also has a M.S.Ed. degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of interests include: eLearning, mobile learning, team building, and game design.

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