Kennesaw State University
Executive Director, Professor of Statistics
"Teachers possess the power to create conditions that can help students learn a great deal – or keep them from learning much at all. Teaching is the intentional act of creating such conditions.” – Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach
Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University. He is a former President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the premiere faculty development association in North America, and a current board member of the International Consortium for Educational Development. With his former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.” His scholarly interests include learning sciences, academic integrity, diversity and inclusion, the Millennial generation, statistics education, the consultation process in faculty development, and teaching in times of tragedy. He has presented dozens of workshops and keynotes at numerous colleges and conferences, in the US and abroad, and some of his scholarship has been translated into foreign languages (Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Japanes, and (forthcoming) Spanish). His innovative course “The Statistics of Sexual Orientation” has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education and several other magazines. He has won the 2008 POD Innovation award for the online consultation tool “Solve a Teaching Problem" and the 2015 Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest award in the field of faculty development, in recognition of his career achievements and legacy.