Visiting Associate Director
Derek is a visiting associate director at CETL during 2022-23. His projects include supporting the adoption of active learning instruction by STEM faculty, consulting with faculty and departments as they address student success challenges in introductory STEM courses, and contributing to strategic planning for the teaching center. Reach out to Derek if you would like to talk about STEM education or teaching with technology.
Robert E. Cummings
Executive Director of Academic Innovation, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Digital Media Studies
As leader of AIG, Robert Cummings helps the University identify, develop, and promote innovative classroom practices and technologies. As a researcher he is interested in better understanding digital writing and human-computer interactions. Please reach out to him with your ideas about how to improve our classroom experiences and questions for locating resources to support classroom innovations.
106 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1989
Emily Pitts Donahoe
Associate Director of Instructional Support
As CETL’s Associate Director, Emily coordinates programming for graduate teachers and TAs and works on inclusive teaching initiatives for instructors at all levels. She also teaches for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Please email her to set up a consultation about teaching with or as a graduate student; crafting teaching statements or portfolios; making your classroom more equitable and inclusive; or gathering midsemester feedback from students.
213 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1389
Director of CETL
Clinical Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
In collaboration with CETL and AIG staff, Josh leads programming efforts that respond to faculty and departmental needs with respect to teaching and learning, and he also works to align new and existing services with the university’s strategic goal to enhance the “awareness and adoption of evidence-based teaching practices.” He is also the director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Teacher Education. Please email Josh if you would like to talk about a departmental initiative related to teaching practices or if you would like a consultation or observation related to any dimension of teaching, course design, or alternative grading practices.
103 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1417
Program Manager, Supplemental Instruction
As CETL’s Supplemental Instruction Program Manager, Hannah coordinates support for historically difficult classes. She also recruits, trains, and supervises the SI Leaders, who are students who have previously excelled in the courses they now lead. For instructors interested in SI support for their classes, students interested in becoming an SI Leader, or anyone with additional questions about the program please visit our SI page or contact Hannah via email.
209 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1079
Having earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, Hanna has worked in public libraries in Mississippi and New Jersey, in addition to public schools, international schools, and higher education institutions from Baltimore, MD, to Maputo, Mozambique. Hanna will provide administrative support for CETL and AIG. Hanna notes that she is “excited to learn more about CETL’s programs, services, and all of the students and faculty that we serve—and finding ways to make our internal processes more effective and seamless.”
105 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1391
Associate Director of Instructional Support
In her role, Liz works with faculty who are interested in studying the effectiveness of their teaching, informally or formally. She has a background in social science research and a passion for great teaching. Liz also focuses on accessibility in the classroom and works to spread greater awareness of neurodivergence in the classroom. Contact her if you’re interested in launching your own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, even if you have no idea what that might look like. She can also assist with solving teaching challenges, brainstorming teaching strategies or assignment refreshes, or creating a more inclusive classroom environment.
215 Hill Hall
Phone: (662) 915-1601
Amitesh holds the role of Graduate Consultant at CETL, actively co-facilitating impactful workshops and leading reading groups to promote effective teaching strategies for graduate students and faculty. As a seasoned Teaching Assistant across three semesters, he strives to foster Active Learning in Physics education. In his research, Amitesh explores the evolving dynamics of binary black hole systems, helping us understand their formation channels and how they transform spacetime around them.
214 Hill Hall