Dr. Ann Johnson, director of the Center for Faculty Development

Ann Johnson


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Ann Johnson has been at St. Thomas since 1988, teaching in the Psychology department and serving in a number of administrative roles. As Director of the Faculty Development Center, she is interested in 

  • Identifying and offering programs that foster growth and satisfaction for faculty at all career stages
  • Fostering engagement of diverse faculty
  • Promoting interdisciplinary conversation among faculty
  • Nurturing creative uses of technology to support student learning
  • Fostering evidence-based practices for both teaching and faculty development 

She also carries out research on faculty beliefs and behaviors that enhance availability of mentoring opportunity for students from underrepresented groups. With faculty colleagues Jill Manske and Jayna Ditty, she is part of a multi-institutional, funded research project to 1) study barriers that limit access to faculty mentoring for students from diverse backgrounds, and 2) identify interventions to minimize those barriers.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Associate Director

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Elizabeth joined Faculty Development in 2011. She assists with developing programming and the monthly Synergia electronic newsletter, and maintains the Faculty Development web site.

Beth Bergfield

Program Coordinator III

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Beth 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.  In addition to her work in Faculty Development, Beth has served as a member and chair of the Non-Exempt Staff Council and a member of the University Advocates for Women and Equity coordinating council.

Instructional Design

Cynthia Sarver

Accessibility Specialist/Instructional Designer
(651) 962-6015

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In her role as an Accessibility Specialist/Instructional Designer, Cynthia is dedicated to helping faculty make their courses more inclusive of all students.  Her perspective is informed by deep roots in social justice pedagogy and constructivist teaching and nearly a decade serving as a faculty member in higher education.  As a teacher educator, she designed and delivered a wide-range of blended, hybrid and online graduate and undergraduate courses and helped working teachers and teachers-in-training integrate technology into their courses.

In addition to Blackboard, she has extensive experience using social media and open educational resources (OER) to support project-based learning, service learning, and global collaboration. She has designed and delivered her own MOOC that focused on providing educators with a sustained opportunity to develop the digital learning competencies that students regularly bring to the classroom.  Most recently, Cynthia collaborated with faculty to build online courses and programs at Syracuse University. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and exploring the Twin Cities' diverse offerings of world cuisine.

Michael Wilder

Instructional Designer

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Michael Wilder is an instructional designer for the Center for Faculty Development. With over 20 years’ experience as an educator and trainer at all levels, he has a passion for transforming teaching and learning through the application of technology. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Learning Technology from the University of St. Thomas. He enjoys cycling, camping, and adventure traveling.  He is also a member of the Association for Talent Development and Professional Association of Computer Training. Get to know Michael through his online portfolio.

Faculty Writers' Programs and Services

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Mary Reichardt

Coordinator, Professional Writing Services

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Dr. Mary Reichardt joined Faculty Development in Spring 2015 to coordinate our Professional Writing Services. She holds a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Champaign, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at St. Thomas since 1988. The author or editor of thirteen books, she has provided professional writing, editing, and review services to businesses, academic presses, and grant foundations for many years.

Susan Callaway

Susan Callaway

Consultant, Faculty Writers' Program / Associate Professor of English

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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.

Scheurer, Erika

Erika Scheurer

Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Program / Associate Professor of English

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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.

Consulting and Mentoring

Stephen Brookfield OCP

Stephen Brookfield

Faculty Workshop Leader and Consultant / Ireland Endowed Chair

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Dr. Stephen Brookfield is John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas.  Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited seventeen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). Stephen is co-author of Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2005) and the forthcoming The Discussion Book: 50 great Ways to get People Talking (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2016. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese and Finnish. Visit Stephen's website for workshop materials, videos, articles, and interviews. 

Angela High-Pippert OCP

Angela High-Pippert

Coordinator, Classroom Consulting Program / Associate Professor of Political Science

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Angela is an associate professor in the Political Science department where she teaches courses in American politics, women and politics, and public policy. She has twice received the UST Distinguished Educator Award (2012 and 2005). She serves as a Faculty Development Fellow and coordinates the Center's Classroom Consulting Program. 


Buffy Smith OCP

Buffy Smith

Faculty Mentoring Consultant / Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology & Criminal Justice

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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.