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Anna Neumann, Ph.D.

Professor of Higher Education

Director, Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement

Principal Investigator and Director, Project on Defining “Good Teaching” for Students’ Learning of Core Subject Matter Ideas in Liberal Education Courses

Chair, Department of Organization and Leadership

Teachers College, Columbia University

Anna Neumann conducts research on teaching in urban colleges and universities with an eye toward improving first-generation college students’ subject-matter learning.  Her current research strives to identify teaching strategies that advance students’ understandings of core disciplinary ideas associated with liberal learning, and concomitantly, professional development strategies and programs for supporting teaching improvement.  Neumann’s research, which also examines professors’ intellectual careers, doctoral students’ learning of research, and academic organization and leadership, has been funded by the Teagle Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the U.S. Office of Education, the Lilly Endowment, TIAA-CREF, and others.

Neumann has been named a Fellow of the American Education Research Association for “exceptional scientific and scholarly contributions to education research” and “significant contributions to the field.”  In 2013 she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education.  She is a recipient of the AERA Division J Exemplary Research Award presented to scholars “whose published research has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field of higher education.”  She is past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, directs the Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, and chairs the Department of Organization and Leadership also at Teachers College.

Liza Ann Bolitzer, Ed.M.

Project Manager, MetroCITI

Instructor and Doctoral Candidate

Higher and Postsecondary Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

Liza Ann Bolitzer is the project manager for the Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement. Liza’s research and professional interests focus on teaching and learning in higher education, including faculty development, the teaching and learning of diverse college students, and culturally relevant pedagogies. She is currently a member of two research teams investigating distinct areas of professional practice. She is the Project Coordinator of the Defining Good Teaching research team, led by Dr. Anna Neumann, which is investigating the pedagogies of liberal education, and she is an Investigator, with Dr. Monica Christensen, of Entering Practice, which examines the learning of novice higher education professionals within structured internship programs. Her dissertation, currently in process, focuses on how adjunct instructors learn to teach the subject matters of liberal education within colleges that serve diverse student populations.

Liza’s work is strongly informed by her experience as a teacher of literature and composition at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Hudson County Community College, and her current work as an instructor of research methods at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

 

Jolie Harris Woodson

Graduate Research Assistant, MetroCITI

Doctoral Candidate

Higher and Postsecondary Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

 

Jolie Harris Woodson is a research assistant for the Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement. She is also a member of the research team engaged in the Defining Good Teaching project, led by Dr. Anna Neumann, which aims to understand pedagogies of liberal education. In addition to her work with these projects, she has served as a teaching assistant and as a graduate assistant in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College. Jolie’s research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher education both within and outside the classroom. She is particularly interested in culturally relevant pedagogies in STEM disciplines within high diversity and minority serving institutions.

Jolie holds an MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and an EdM in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. When she is not at Teachers College, she manages career development programs and resources for engineering undergraduate and graduate students at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a small all-honors institution in Lower Manhattan. Previously, she has held various roles in admissions, development, and student affairs at NYU, Lehman College, and Baruch College.

Dianne Delima

Graduate Research Assistant, MetroCITI

Doctoral Student

Higher and Postsecondary Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

 

Dianne Delima is a graduate research assistant for the Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement. She is also currently a member of the Defining Good Teaching research team, led by Dr. Anna Neumann, which is investigating the pedagogies of liberal education.  Dianne’s research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher education institutions.  Particularly, Dianne is interested in the learning experiences of first-generation college-going students and a funds of knowledge approach for teaching in higher education.

Dianne’s work and research interests are informed by her prior work in elementary schools in Southern California and her work as Research Assistant for the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.  Her research interests in higher education are supplemented by her prior work as a student affairs administrator at Barnard College.

 

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The MetroCITI team and Jessie Ostrow at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2014 Conference