CTRL Staff

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Mac Crite

Teaching & Learning Specialist

Mac Crite, PhD (they/them) is a teaching and learning specialist for the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning at American University. At AU, Mac provides teaching consultations and develops pedagogy workshops and programming for the AU community focusing on impactful teaching practices. Prior to working at AU, Mac earned their PhD in virology from Yale University. In addition to their scientific research, they were a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, where they worked with instructors of all levels to help the instructors meet their teaching and learning goals.


Hannah Jardine

Teaching & Learning Specialist

Hannah Jardine, PhD (she/her) is a teaching and learning specialist for the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. She supports faculty development through facilitating workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics, conducting one-on-one teaching consultations, and developing resources and programming around inclusive and excellent teaching.



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Brian McGowan

Associate Director of Pedagogy & Higher Education Research

Dr. McGowan’s research focuses on gender, race, and postsecondary educational outcomes; and college teaching and learning. A critical constructivist, McGowan’s interdisciplinary research is driven by questions related to Black men and faculty experiences in higher education. He is best known for his contributions to the college student development literature regarding the social context of identity and Black men’s interpersonal relationships.



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Anna Olsson

Assistant Vice Provost

Anna started working for the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning (CTRL) as a graduate fellow, and resumed the position of Manager of Training and Assessment, and later Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, in CTRL’s Teaching and Learning Resources office in 2009. In this position, Anna is responsible for planning and organizing faculty events such as the Ann Ferren Conference, the August Faculty Workshops, and Noontime Conversations. She also runs the Green Teaching Program.



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Tiffany Quash

Qualitative/Survey Research Methodologist

Tiffany Monique Quash is a research methodologist specializing in qualitative and methods at the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning. In this role, she provides methodological consultations to American University faculty, staff, and students. Tiffany has a background in narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and case study methodologies. Additionally, she is interested in the intentional use of decolonizing language when addressing aquatic accomplishments and barriers centered on the experiences of Black Womxn.



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Eric R. Schuler

Senior Quantitative/Computational Research Methodologist

Eric R. Schuler is a research methodologist specializing in quantitative and computational methods at the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning. In this role, he provides methodological consultations to American University faculty, staff, and students. Eric has a background in Bayesian inference, generalized linear mixed models, Monte Carlo statistical simulations, structural equation modeling, and a broad range of psychometric analytic methods.



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Shadia (Shed) Siliman

Teaching & Learning Specialist

Shadia (Shed) Siliman (she/hers or they/them) is a teaching and learning specialist for the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning. Her expertise is in pedagogy which supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). They graduated from Indiana University with their PhD in Gender Studies in 2020.

Siliman pulls from her research, activism, education, and teaching experience to help instructors cultivate intersectional pedagogies which center and lift up their most vulnerable students. Before coming to AU, Shed served as a Graduate Consultant for DEIJ at Indiana University and as an Instructional Consultant for DEIJ at The Ohio State University.


Mary Catherine Stoumbos

Teaching and Learning Specialist

Mary Catherine Stoumbos, PhD, (she/her) earned her doctorate in Music from Columbia University with a focus in Ethnomusicology. As an educational developer, Dr. Stoumbos works to further equitable pedagogical practices by developing resources and offering workshops, learning communities, and individual consultations to support faculty and graduate student instructors’ growth in student-centered teaching. Her research interests include the effects of public and institutional policies on student learning experiences.

Prior to joining CTRL, Dr. Stoumbos worked at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Catholic University and at the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning. She has taught in the First Year Experience at Catholic University and in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University; she previously taught at the Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, GA, and was a private piano teacher. 


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Lindsay Studer

Program and Event Coordinator / Webmaster

Lindsay (she/her) is the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning’s Program and Event Coordinator. Lindsay coordinates a range of events from the initial idea to the finished experience. This includes small workshops, catered lectures, multi-day events, as well as the Ann Ferren Conference. She also serves as CTRL’s Webmaster and oversees digital content and marketing.



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Shari Watkins

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Shari Earnest Watkins is a Research Fellow, for the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. Dr. Watkins’ research focuses on increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career attainment for K-20 students who have been historically underrepresented and marginalized in STEM through scholarship that focuses on equity and inclusion. Dr. Watkins also focuses on scientists of color, science teacher education, informal science learning and professional development for K-12 science teachers.


CTRL Part-Time Staff

Kathryn Grossman

Teaching & Learning Consultant

Teaching Support

Katreen Mikhail

Office Manager

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Nabila Nishat Raisa

Event and Program Coordinator

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Kendall Rapp

Graphic Designer

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