Dr. Betsy Barre
663 Z. Smith Reynolds Library
After receiving her Ph.D. in 2009, Betsy spent five years teaching Philosophy and Religious Studies at Lake Forest College, Marymount Manhattan College, and Rice University. When Rice launched its Center for Teaching Excellence in 2014, she was appointed a founding Assistant Director. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Director, and in 2018 she began her current position at Wake Forest.
Trained as a comparative ethicist, Betsy’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of moral philosophy, political theory, and the history of religion. Her disciplinary scholarship compares Catholic and Muslim arguments about the nature of law within diverse societies. And, more recently, she has explored related questions in the philosophy of education. More specifically, she’s been thinking about the nature of professorial authority within the context of politically diverse classrooms.
She has continued to teach courses when her schedule allows. Throughout her career she has taught introductory ethics and religion courses; specialized seminars on sexual ethics and the First Amendment; graduate courses on teaching and learning; and, most recently, a course on disagreement and democratic deliberation. She has an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department for the Study of Religions and will be teaching Introduction to the Study of Religion in the Spring of 2020.
CAT Responsibilities: Betsy has primary responsibility for CAT management, strategy, and communication; grants & awards; University initiatives & partnerships; and internal program evaluation. When her schedule allows, she also consults with teachers and facilitates workshops, reading groups, institutes, and learning communities.
Dr. Kristi Verbeke
Director, Educational Development
659 Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Kristi has been with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching since 2012. Prior to Wake Forest, she was at Wayne State University’s Office for Teaching and Learning for over 10 years, serving as the Acting Director for 5 years. At both of these places, her role has always been first and foremost to support teachers in a variety of ways to be the best they can possibly be and better help their students learn.
She teaches courses in both Psychology and Education, at the graduate and undergraduate level, face-to-face and fully online. She enjoys exploring all aspects of teaching and learning, but especially helping faculty integrate more active/engaging strategies, technology, and metacognition into their courses. She also regularly presents at conferences geared toward teaching and learning issues and has spoken at other universities on teaching-related topics. She is currently serving in a leadership role on the Professional Development Committee of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education
CAT Responsibilities: Her primary responsibilities include individualized faculty support such as consultations, student feedback collection, and observations as well as CAT programming including, reading discussions, learning communities, and course design institutes.
Dr. Anita McCauley
Assistant Director, Curriculum Development and STEM Programs
656 Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Anita McCauley has been part of the Wake Forest community since 1997. She obtained her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Wake Forest University in 2002. She then spent 15 years as a member of the Wake Forest Biology department, serving as the Director of Microscopy from 2002-2012, and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in microscopy, physiology, and neuroscience. In 2017, Anita began in her current role as an Assistant Director in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, with a focus on Curriculum Design and STEM Programming.
Trained as a neuroanatomist, Anita’s disciplinary research interests focus on using microscopy and digital imaging methods to understand patterns of cellular and subcellular organization in the developing and mature brain. As the Director of Microscopy, she collaborated with researchers across the institution to leverage the power of microscopy and imaging tools to study cellular structure and function, including asking questions about spatial and temporal patterns of protein expression, binding, and movement in nervous tissue, cancer models, and cell culture. She also successfully led multiple collaborative, interdepartmental efforts to enhance the microscopy capabilities at Wake Forest University, including being awarded three highly competitive National Science Foundation instrumentation grants, organizing regional microscopy conferences, and designing a new microscopy laboratory. She has presented and published this work at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
Following her passion for teaching, Anita has continually pursued opportunities to teach courses, continually improve as a teacher, and grow her knowledge about pedagogy. She began as a teaching assistant, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student, in laboratory courses. She has built and taught graduate level courses in microscopy and neuroanatomy and undergraduate courses in functional neuroanatomy and comparative physiology. She also participates in the Neuroscience minor, teaching sessions on sleep anatomy and physiology.
CAT Responsibilities: Anita has primary responsibility for department-level programming, including Curriculum Design and Assessment of Student Learning; programming targeted toward STEM faculty; and Learning Spaces. She also contributes to all CAT events and services, including consultation, reading discussions and learning communities, workshops, and institutes.
Dr. Bethany Morrison
Postdoctoral Research Associate
657 Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Bethany is the newest addition to the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She joined the team in July 2019 after completing her PhD at Emory University in the Department of Political Science. Her dissertation considered the role that access to litigation resources and perceptions of negative employment experiences play in employment discrimination claims at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Working at the Center combines her passion for undergraduate education with the research experience and data analytic skills she developed as a social scientist.
In her professional free-time, she enjoys thinking about innovative applications of statistical models and creative research designs, specifically whether they can mitigate the tension between scientific rigor and practicality in research on teaching and educational development.
CAT Responsibilities: Bethany has primary responsibility for CAT data collection, data management, and data analysis. She gathers descriptive statistics, performs statistical analyses, and prepares data visualizations in order to inform the Center’s decision-making and to share with University partners and the faculty advisory board. Bethany develops processes to evaluate the impact of CAT and its programming. She also organizes programming on the scholarship of teaching and learning, consults individually on conducting and disseminating research projects on University teaching, and leads the teaching scholarship interest group.