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Center for Teaching and Learning Staff

About CTL Staff

  • Susan Shadle, CTL, Professor of the year, Faculty/Staff, studio portrait

    Susan E. Shadle, Ph.D.

    Executive Director & Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Susan began her work at the CTL in 2006 after ten years as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Her work is focused on supporting faculty development, with a particular focus on effective course design, assessment of student learning, and the development of rich pedagogical toolboxes. She contributes time, energy, and leadership to both the national POGIL Project (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and the POD Network (Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education). Her scholarly interests are focused on factors that impact faculty and institutional change. She currently serves as PI on Boise State’s National Science Foundation funded WIDER-PERSIST project (Widening the Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence Based Reforms – Performing Educational Reform through Strategic Investments in Systematic Transformation).

    Susan began her work at the CTL in 2006 after ten years as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Her work is focused on supporting faculty development, with a particular focus on effective course design, assessment of student learning, and the development of rich pedagogical toolboxes. She contributes time, energy, and leadership to both the national POGIL Project (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and the POD Network (Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education). Her scholarly interests are focused on factors that impact faculty and institutional change. She currently serves as PI on Boise State’s National Science Foundation funded WIDER-PERSIST project (Widening the Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence Based Reforms – Performing Educational Reform through Strategic Investments in Systematic Transformation).

  • Tasha Souza, CTL, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Tasha Souza, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Inclusive Excellence & Professor of Communication

    Most recently, Tasha was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence for Humboldt State University and a Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Previously, she was the founding Faculty Development Coordinator for HSU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and also served as an Instructional Consultant at the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR) at the University of Washington. She is a consultant on communication, inclusive excellence, and pedagogy and has published in the areas of difficult dialogues in the classroom, transforming classroom conflict, discussion-based teaching, confronting microaggressions with microresistance, instructional communication, service-learning pedagogy, and intercultural conflict.

    Most recently, Tasha was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence for Humboldt State University and a Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Previously, she was the founding Faculty Development Coordinator for HSU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and also served as an Instructional Consultant at the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR) at the University of Washington. She is a consultant on communication, inclusive excellence, and pedagogy and has published in the areas of difficult dialogues in the classroom, transforming classroom conflict, discussion-based teaching, confronting microaggressions with microresistance, instructional communication, service-learning pedagogy, and intercultural conflict.

  • Judith Todd, CTL, Center for Teaching and Learning, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Judith Todd

    Operations Manager

    Prior to moving to Boise from Texas in 2016, Judith spent two years overseas living and working in different areas of France. She graduated with a Master’s in International Affairs in 2013. In the Center, Judith manages the budget, event coordination, and office operations, including information management and logistics.

    Prior to moving to Boise from Texas in 2016, Judith spent two years overseas living and working in different areas of France. She graduated with a Master’s in International Affairs in 2013. In the Center, Judith manages the budget, event coordination, and office operations, including information management and logistics.

  • Brittnee Earl, CTL, Studio Portrait

    Brittnee Earl, MBA

    Instructional Transformation Project Manager

    Brittnee is a two-time Boise State graduate. Brittnee manages internal and external initiatives, working on projects related to pedagogy and student success, such as WIDER PERSIST, Engaging Pedagogies, and Mapping Change. Brittnee promotes active learning across campus, collaborating with various units across campus to ensure a positive campus climate around teaching and learning.

    Brittnee is a two-time Boise State graduate. Brittnee manages internal and external initiatives, working on projects related to pedagogy and student success, such as WIDER PERSIST, Engaging Pedagogies, and Mapping Change. Brittnee promotes active learning across campus, collaborating with various units across campus to ensure a positive campus climate around teaching and learning.

  • Faculty, Studio Portrait, Teresa Focarile, Theatre

    Teresa Focarile

    Coordinator for Adjunct, Concurrent Enrollment and Online Faculty Development and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theater, Film and Creative Writing

    Teresa has taught at the college level for 13 years, the past seven for Boise State, and the previous six for the University of Connecticut. In her role at the CTL, she works to identify and execute strategies to serve adjunct, concurrent enrollment and online faculty teaching related needs, as well as advocate for support for those groups at the university level. In addition to her teaching positions, Teresa has worked at Marvel Enterprises, Inc., where she developed the company’s first Talent Recruitment office. Her professional theatrical work includes positions at The Gersh Agency, Helen Merrill Ltd., The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and The Goodman Theatre.

    Teresa has taught at the college level for 13 years, the past seven for Boise State, and the previous six for the University of Connecticut. In her role at the CTL, she works to identify and execute strategies to serve adjunct, concurrent enrollment and online faculty teaching related needs, as well as advocate for support for those groups at the university level. In addition to her teaching positions, Teresa has worked at Marvel Enterprises, Inc., where she developed the company’s first Talent Recruitment office. Her professional theatrical work includes positions at The Gersh Agency, Helen Merrill Ltd., The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and The Goodman Theatre.

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    Megan Frary, Ph.D.

    Faculty Associate and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

    Megan helped to develop the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, a program at Boise State that helps prepare graduate students for careers in academia.  She co-teaches the course Teaching in Higher Education, offered through the Graduate College each spring semester, and mentors graduate students in their teaching experiences.  In the Materials Science and Engineering department, she is the co-chair of the undergraduate committee which oversees curriculum development, program assessment, and student advising.

    Megan helped to develop the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, a program at Boise State that helps prepare graduate students for careers in academia.  She co-teaches the course Teaching in Higher Education, offered through the Graduate College each spring semester, and mentors graduate students in their teaching experiences.  In the Materials Science and Engineering department, she is the co-chair of the undergraduate committee which oversees curriculum development, program assessment, and student advising.

  • Shawn Simonson, Kinesiology, studio portrait

    Shawn R. Simonson

    Faculty Associate and Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, Kinesiology

    Boise State University is Shawn’s second academic position.  He has been at Boise State University since 2007.  His content areas are Exercise and Environmental Physiology.  Shawn conducts research in these disciplines as well as publishing in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as laboratory and performance-oriented courses.  Shawn is active in the national and northwest regional POGIL Project.  Previous work experience includes most of the jobs that students in the Kinesiology department will find themselves performing.

    Boise State University is Shawn’s second academic position.  He has been at Boise State University since 2007.  His content areas are Exercise and Environmental Physiology.  Shawn conducts research in these disciplines as well as publishing in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as laboratory and performance-oriented courses.  Shawn is active in the national and northwest regional POGIL Project.  Previous work experience includes most of the jobs that students in the Kinesiology department will find themselves performing.

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    Sarah Dalrymple, Ph.D.

    Faculty Associate and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

    Prior to joining the Boise State faculty in Fall 2016, Sarah taught biology at Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee. While completing her graduate degree at UC Davis, she served as a teaching consultant to graduate TAs through their Center for Educational Effectiveness. Her scholarly work related to teaching has focused on pedagogical professional development for graduate students. At the CTL, she assists with MAPs (mid-term assessment process) and other duties generally aimed at helping faculty improve their teaching.

    Prior to joining the Boise State faculty in Fall 2016, Sarah taught biology at Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee. While completing her graduate degree at UC Davis, she served as a teaching consultant to graduate TAs through their Center for Educational Effectiveness. Her scholarly work related to teaching has focused on pedagogical professional development for graduate students. At the CTL, she assists with MAPs (mid-term assessment process) and other duties generally aimed at helping faculty improve their teaching.

  • Emma Freitas

    Emma Freitas

    Student Administrative Assistant

    Emma is a sophomore Media Arts major with an emphasis in production and minor in journalism. When not working, she competes with the Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team. She supports the MAPs program (mid-term assessment process), annual Course Design Institutes, and assists CTL staff with day-to-day programs and events.

    Emma is a sophomore Media Arts major with an emphasis in production and minor in journalism. When not working, she competes with the Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team. She supports the MAPs program (mid-term assessment process), annual Course Design Institutes, and assists CTL staff with day-to-day programs and events.