Ann Johnson is a professor of psychology and has been at St. Thomas for 22 years. She served as chair of the psychology department from 2002-2011, has served on a variety of committees and has taught interdisciplinary and study abroad courses. She currently teaches the psychology capstone course, History and Systems of Psychology, and has published in the area of the history of psychology. She is interested in promoting faculty development practices that foster growth and satisfaction for faculty at all stages of their academic careers.
Elizabeth SmithAssociate Director
Elizabeth has been at St. Thomas for eight years consulting with with faculty on integrating technology into teaching and developing programs and activities through the IRT Faculty Center for eLearning. She is experienced in using technology to support teaching and is a specialist in blended and online course development. She is interested in developing a range of programs that support St. Thomas faculty with teaching, assessment, and research.
Beth BergfieldOffice Administrator
Beth grew up in central Minnesota and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, double majoring in History and Nutrition Science. She moved to the west coast of Ireland for graduate school, earning her Master of Arts degree in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Beth has been working in Higher Education for much of the past decade at public and private universities in several states in the Midwest and Southwest. She has spent her time mainly in the academic and student affairs arenas in roles as a Financial Aid counselor, Registrar, and Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid.
Beth serves on the Non-Exempt Staff Council and is a member of the coordinating council of the University Advocates for Women and Equity.
Buffy SmithFaculty Mentoring Consultant
Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith’s publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education. In addition,she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (Lexington Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Teaching/Research award presented by the UST office of Institutional Diversity.
Nancy HartungNew Faculty Liaison
Nancy is an associate professor of Biology and has developed programming specifically for new faculty over the past six years. She is also a past Director of Faculty Development.
Susan CallawayConsultant, Faculty Writers' Program
Susan is an associate professor in English and also the Director of the UST Center for Writing. She teaches first year courses in writing and literature as well as writing theory and practice to undergraduate and graduate students. She’s interested in service learning, writing across the curriculum, and issues of assessment.
Erika ScheurerDirector, Writing Across the Curriculum Program
Erika is an associate professor in English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program. The WAC Program was inaugurated at UST in 2008 with Dr. Scheurer as director. She organizes twice-yearly WAC seminars and numerous WAC workshops throughout the academic year.
Peter WeinholdIRT Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter serves as Associate Director of Client Services in IRT where his main focus is managing the eight Academic Technology Consultants that are assigned to colleges and departments. As IRT Liaison, Peter is collaborating with Faculty Development to enhance e-learning efforts and find ways to improve how the St. Thomas community uses technology, particularly in the classroom, be it physical or virtual.