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

Ann Johnson

Director
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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's background includes sixteen years in higher education; with the last ten years at St. Thomas.  After spending six years as an instructional designer and analyst in Information Resources & Technologies consulting with with faculty on integrating technology into teaching Elizabeth joined Faculty Development in 2011 where she coordinates and develops a range of programs that support St. Thomas faculty with teaching, assessment, and research. Elizabeth is experienced in using technology to support teaching and is a specialist in blended and online course development.

She earned a B.S. in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University and an M.S. in Psychology and Applied Statistics from North Dakota State University.

Beth Bergfield

Office Administrator
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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.

Susan Callaway

Susan Callaway

Consultant, Faculty Writers' Program
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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.

Angela High-Pippert OCP

Angela High-Pippert

Coordinator, Classroom Consulting Program
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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. 

 

Erika Scheurer

Erika Scheurer

Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Program
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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.

Buffy Smith OCP

Buffy Smith

Faculty Mentoring Consultant
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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.

Peter Weinhold

Peter Weinhold

IRT Liaison

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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.