Carol WashburnManager, Teaching Support
Carol DeArmentSenior Instructional Designer, Teaching Support
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.
Joel BradyInstructional Designer, Teaching Support
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.
Lauren HerckisTeaching Assistant Coordinator, Teaching Assistant Services
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.
Marc WisnoskyTeaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant Services
Meiyi SongInstructional Designer, Teaching Support
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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.