Resource Faculty & Speakers

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Plenary Speakers

Gianina Baker, Acting Director – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

I provide leadership and direct research specific to the assessment of student learning at colleges and universities, primarily under the Lumina Foundation grants, at NILOA. My main research interests include student learning outcomes assessment at Minority Serving Institutions, access and equity issues for underrepresented administrators and students, assessment in athletics, and higher education policy. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Previous to this position, I was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning at Richland Community College.

Peter Felten, Executive Director – Center for Engaged Learning

I am executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. I work with colleagues on institution-wide teaching and learning initiatives, and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In my teaching, I aim to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, I have published six books about undergraduate education including most recently (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). I have served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers. I am co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education.

Workshop Facilitators 

Wendy Rockhill, Executive Vice President of Instruction (South Seattle College)

Resource Faculty

The Washington Center's Resource Faculty are a community of committed practitioners who represent the heart of the Center's mission to create equitable learning opportunities for all students. They are carefully selected from colleges, universities, and organizations across the country (and beyond) and hold knowledge and experience in equity, professional and organizational learning, and using data and evidence for improvement. 

Peter Felten, Executive Director (Center for Engaged Learning)

Laurette Foster, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (Prairie View A & M University)

Janine Graziano, Director of Kingsborough Center for Teaching and Learning (KCTL) (Kingsborough Community College)

Carlos Huerta, Professor of Political Science (Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi)

Sayumi Irey, Vice President for Instruction (South Seattle College)

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director (Center for Postsecondary Research Indiana University)

Emily Lardner Ph.D, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Highline College) 

Julia Metzker, Director of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education (The Evergreen State College)

Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society (Oregon State University)

Rachel Singer, Senior Resource Faculty (Washington Center)

Jonathan Walker, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (George Washington University)

Sonja Wiedenhaupt, Faculty, Masters in Teaching Program (The Evergreen State College)