Kennesaw State University

Our Staff

The permanent CETL staff includes an Executive Director, an Assistant Director of Graduate Student Support, 2 Associate Directors (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Support), Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, 2 Instructional Designers who support learning design and technology in face-to-face, hybrid and online environments, and the Operations Coordinator who support our events, multimedia, and website. In addition, CETL sponsors Faculty Fellowships. CETL Faculty Fellows receive a half-time release to work on a strategic initiative in teaching and learning for 2 years.

Michele DiPietro
Executive Director
2010 - Current
Dr. DiPietro provides the strategic vision and planning for CETL, and is ultimately responsible for all of CETL’s programs. In particular, he chairs the Faculty Development and Awards Committee; he co-chairs the Comprehensive Program Review Council; he directs the Georgia Conference on Teaching and Learning; he directs the Institute for New Faculty Developers; he creates the flagship workshop series and runs workshops on teaching and learning; he runs the Faculty Learning Community on Yoga and Contemplative Pedagogy. In addition, he is available to consults with academic departments on issues of teaching, learning, and curriculum.
Thomas Pusateri
Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
2006 - Current
Dr. Pusateri, professor of psychology, provides consulting services to campus-wide academic committees, colleges, departments, individual faculty, and other nonacademic units on campus in the areas of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), assessment of student learning, and evaluating teaching effectiveness. Tom directs faculty learning communities and retreats for faculty conducting SoTL; coordinates two annual SoTL conferences, the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit and the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology; serves as CETL's representative on the University's Faculty Committee on Global Engagement; and facilitates the campus-wide implementation of Digital Measures Course Response (online student ratings of instruction). He also teaches courses (Theories of Personality, Social Psychology) for the Department of Psychology.
Esther Jordan
Associate Director for Faculty Support
2015 - Current
Dr. Jordan provides a consulting service for faculty members. The service responds to a faculty member’s needs and questions, providing classroom observations, analysis of student learning, help with courses and syllabus design, and a variety of resources for promoting effective teaching. She also has responsibility for the Incoming Faculty Orientation retreat, a New Faculty Learning Community, and various books clubs and workshops designed to help faculty analyze and improve teaching.
Tris Utschig
Associate Director for Learning Sciences
2016 - Current
Dr. Utschig is dedicated to providing CETL services specifically addressing the needs of the Marietta campus. In this role he creates workshops; runs faculty learning communities and book/journal clubs; conducts classroom observations; and provides custom consulting services to colleges, departments, and individual faculty to leverage the learning sciences in bringing a scholarly approach to all aspects of the teaching and learning process. Tris brings significant expertise and consultation experience in choosing pedagogical techniques, performing course and learning activity design, assessing student learning outcomes, and conducting research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Leering (SoTL). As Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Tris also teaches courses for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Linda Stewart
Assistant Director for Graduate Student Support
2015 - Current
Linda S. Stewart is the CETL Assistant Director for Graduate Student Support and an Associate Professor in the Department of English. In accordance with CETL's mission to emphasize graduate student programming, the Assistant Director facilitates the professional development of graduate students as educators and future faculty who are preparing themselves for the academic job market. To that end, Linda is available for classroom observations and consultations, and she also conducts workshops and webinars to support graduate students. She teaches the one-credit GRAD 9001 College and University Teaching course, an 11-week course offered online and face-to-face. Along with the CETL team, she facilitates teaching-related orientations and events for graduate students who are currently teaching or who are interested in teaching in the future.
Kaleem Clarkson
Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
2007 - Current
The Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Kennesaw State assumes significant responsibility for Operational Management, Compliance and Reporting, Strategic Initiatives and Web App Development. Reporting directly to the CETL Executive Director, this position serves as a critical advisor and will be responsible for managing all operations and several staff for both the Marietta and Kennesaw campus locations. In collaboration with the CETL Associate Directors, Instructional Designers and Faculty Fellows, this position will assist in ensuring the Executive Director’s strategic goals and vision for each of the positions.
Josie Baudier
Instructional Designer
2010 - Current
Josie Baudier is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University. Josie supports faculty through workshops and consultations focusing on learner-centered education in their classes. Most of her workshops concentrate on the design and delivery of instruction in online, blended, and traditional face-to-face classes. She co-facilitates the Online Course Development workshop and the Peer Reviewer training for KSU online courses. She supports the Graduate Assistant Teaching program in the areas of course design and academic integrity. In addition, Josie is a certified National Reviewer of online courses for the Quality Matters Program. She teaches part-time for University College. Josie previously taught in the K-12 environment, in both traditional and non-traditional settings, and enjoys seeing all students develop into autonomous learners. Her experience and philosophy developed during her K-12 career is easily transferable to her role in faculty development and supporting the faculty at KSU.
Traci Stromie
Instructional Designer
2010 - Current
Traci spends much of her time at CETL helping faculty design technology enhanced, blended, and online courses. She is available to consult with faculty during every phase of the design process and can assist with course facilitation issues too. Traci also co-facilitates the Online Teaching Certification workshop, trains Peer Reviewers for KSU’s internal course reviewers and develops and delivers a number of other pedagogy and technology workshops each semester. In addition to her duties at CETL, Traci teaches a blended section of KSU 1101- First-Year Experience each fall, which provides her with valuable firsthand experience with Kennesaw’s students.
Mandy McGrew
Educational Specialist for Part-Time Faculty Support
2015 - Current
As a former part-time instructor, Mandy understands many of the unique needs of part-time faculty and supports them by providing workshops, online resources, and book clubs geared specifically to part-timers. Mandy is also charged with the development and implementation of CETL’s Part-time Teaching Academy, held each spring break to enhance the teaching knowledge and practices of KSU’s part-time faculty. Each year, Mandy organizes SPACE, the Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators, a teaching conference supporting part-time educators across all disciplines.
Area(s) of Focus:
Part-Time Faculty
Hillary Steiner
Faculty Fellow for Learning-Centered Teaching
July 2017 - Current
In her role as Faculty Fellow for Learning-Centered Teaching, Dr. Steiner provides workshops and consultations on integrative learning, teaching in learning communities, metacognition and active learning strategies. She also supports Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiatives such as the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit and SoTL retreat, and promotes SoTL in national and state leadership roles through the POD Network and USG SoTL Fellows Program. In addition, she teaches an online faculty course on scholarly teaching within learning communities
Jennifer Figueroa
Operations Coodinator
March 2017 - Current
The Operations Coordinator serves an integral role for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Reporting to and working with the Director of Operations, the Operations Coordinator supports the center’s strategic initiatives by facilitating with operations, logistics, marketing, and events.