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CITL Staff

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning has a large and diverse staff ready to support your teaching endeavors. Here is a list of our staff, along with some information about each person. Professional staff are listed alphabetically, followed by support staff, graduate assistants, and part time staff.

Greg Siering

Greg Siering, Ph.D.
Director, IU Bloomington

Phone: (812) 855-9174

Greg’s work within CITL focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to instructional development, as well as identifying new ways to foster and spread innovative teaching among the IUB faculty. He has a special interest in understanding the characteristics of innovative teachers and how programs can be structured to foster the growth of those qualities.  Greg holds a PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition; his teaching background focuses on first-year writing courses.

Professional Staff

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis

Phone: (812) 855-5062

Kate’s areas of engagement include blended and online learning environments, technology-enhanced active learning strategies, emerging technologies, and faculty learning communities. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts Indiana University Bloomington in 2002.

Madeleine Gonin

Madeleine Gonin

Phone: (812) 856-1378

Madeleine serves as the campus Turnitin.com administrator and coordinates plagiarism prevention workshops. She has worked on several large multimedia projects, including foreign language projects, and has worked closely with faculty and her CITL colleagues in developing online courses for two schools at IUB. She has a B.S. Microbiology, M.S. Applied Health Science (Safety Management) and is working on her Ph.D. in Human Performance.

Susan Hathaway

Susan Hathaway

Phone: (812) 855-5193

Susan investigates new technologies and helps faculty and departments develop online and blended courses. Her interests include media design, how to teach and assess metacognitive skills, how to create engaging online and classroom learning environments, and how the tools we use shape the way we think, learn, and communicate. Susan received a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from IU in 1992.

Katherine (Katie) Kearns

Katherine (Katie) Kearns

Phone: (812) 855-6869

Katie’s work focuses on the professional development of graduate student instructors, teaching in the sciences, and issues related to large class instruction. Before coming to IU, she taught a large freshman biology course and mentored graduate student teaching at Boston University. Katie received a BS in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia.

Lisa Kurz

Lisa Kurz

Phone: (812) 856-0647

Lisa’s work focuses on assessment at a variety of levels, including assessing students’ learning, helping faculty evaluate and improve their teaching, and working with programs to conduct curriculum review. She is interested in the challenges of designing courses in alignment with learning goals and the teaching of large courses. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University, and conducted postdoctoral research in neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine and at UCLA.

Kyle Leach

Kyle Leach

Phone: (812) 855-1906

Kyle consults with faculty on uses of instructional technologies and provides support for student response systems (“clickers”), Adobe Connect, and Oncourse. He specializes in distance education, researching the tools that enable the virtual classroom. Kyle has taught computer, education, and communication courses at IUPUC. He holds an M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Joan Middendorf

Joan Middendorf

Phone: (812) 855-9023

Joan’s specialty lies in leading faculty in groups to make disciplinary ways of thinking available to students. With David Pace (History) she developed the “Decoding the Disciplines” approach to define crucial bottlenecks to learning, dissect and model expert thinking, and assess student performance on these skills. Joan is co-investigator on the award-winning History Learning Project (along with Professors Pace, Arlene Diaz, and Leah Shopkow).

Laura Plummer

Laura Plummer

Phone: (812) 855-4928

Laura directs CITL’s Writing Program, which administers Writing Tutorial Services (WTS). She assists instructors in using writing to teach and in grading equitably, effectively, and efficiently; her interests range throughout writing-across-the-curriculum, writing center, and writing-in-the-disciplines issues. Laura holds an A.B. from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. in 19th-century literature from the IU English department, from which she also received a Noyes Fellowship for outstanding teaching.

George Rehrey

George Rehrey

Phone: (812) 856-4231

George coordinates CITL’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, where he advises and supports IUB instructors as they conduct classroom research and collect evidence of student learning. He is also co-facilitator of IUB’s Course Development Institute and consults with HPER, SPEA and other schools on instructional and curricular issues. George holds an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design/Organizational Development from the University of Illinois.

Cordah Robinson

Cordah Robinson

Phone: (812) 856-1347

Cordah specializes in direct support of faculty and instructors who are integrating technologies into teaching and learning. She has managed major grant-funded instructional technologies projects and specializes in projects supporting foreign language instruction. In addition, she has experience in copyright and fair use of media for instruction, anti-plagiarism strategies, course design and development, and distance learning.

Nicole Schonemann

Nicole Schonemann

Phone: (812) 855-7849

Nicole directs CITL’s Service-Learning Program. In this role, Nicole assists faculty in developing pedagogically sound and community responsive service-learning classes, as well as provides ongoing pedagogical support for faculty currently teaching service-learning courses. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a focus on Comparative and International Education from Indiana University Bloomington.

Michael Valliant

Michael Valliant Head Shot

Phone: (812) 856-5686

Michael serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Service-Learning Program. As the community liaison, Michael supports community partners by assessing needs that can be addressed by partnering with instructors teaching service-learning courses. Prior to joining IU, Michael directed a truly innovative youth leadership program in Kinshasa, Congo. Michael has a BA in conflict management and MA in sustainable tourism from IU.

Jo Ann Vogt

Jo Ann Vogt

Phone: (812) 855-4928

Jo Ann leads a staff of 50 tutors at Writing Tutorial Services (WTS), where she is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of WTS tutors. She also consults with faculty interested in using writing to enhance their students’ learning. Before coming to IUB, Jo Ann served nearly twenty years as a consultant and writing center director at University of Missouri, Columbia.

Una Winterman

Una Winterman

Phone: (812) 855-1137

Una is the ACE Coordinator in the Service-Learning Program at the CITL, providing training for ACEs designed to facilitate the development of their professional, advocacy, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Una previously worked with Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County and was the Director of Local First Indiana, a nonprofit organization supporting local, independent businesses, nonprofits, and farms in Monroe County.

Support Staff

Anita Shields

Anita Shields

Phone: (812) 855-6738

Anita Shields has been site manager at Writing Tutorial Services for over thirteen years, where she oversees daily operations of a major writing center; before that she worked for IU’s English department.

Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Phone: (812) 855-9023

Sharon Smith is Office Services Assistant for CITL, coordinating daily operations and communications for our large staff. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Continuing Studies from Indiana University.

Part-Time Staff

Christina Melki
Christina is the intern for Turning Technologies’ student response devices (clickers). She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Anderson University and her master's degree in biology from Indiana University. She is currently working on her doctorate in science education. She has gained teaching experience as an assistant instructor during graduate school and has worked as an adjunct professor teaching biology at Ivy Tech Community College. 

Zihang Shao
Zihang joined CITL as an Instructional Technology Consultant in 2011. She has worked as an IU Associate Instructor teaching undergraduate courses in the area of technology integration in education, and as a Distance Education Specialist collaborating with faculty to design and develop online graduate courses at Indiana University. Her expertise includes analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning solutions that align tightly with organizational needs to achieve optimal results. Zihang is presently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University with a minor in Information Science.