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Billie Franchini, PhD


Dr. Billie Franchini is Interim Director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership at the University at Albany-SUNY. Her primary areas of expertise are fostering student engagement, teaching writing, and building and sustaining effective active learning practices, including Team-Based Learning (TBL). Over the past year, Billie has focused much of her attention on the role of error and reflection in student learning and advocating for more inclusive classroom practices.

Chayla Haynes Davison, PhD


Dr. Chayla Haynes Davison is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University and the recipient of the Robert and Mavis Simmons Faculty Fellowship. Chayla’s research interests and expertise include: critical and inclusive pedagogy, critical race theory and intersectionality scholarship (i.e., critical race theory, critical race feminism, and intersectionality), and black women in higher education. Her scholarly contributions were also recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), who named her an Emerging Scholar Designee. Prior to the professoriate, Chayla served for 15 years as a former Director of Orientation and Family Programs and Services, Director of Student Affairs and Career Services, and Director of Student Activities. 

Tolu Noah, EdD


Dr. Tolulope Noah is an Associate Professor in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program at Azusa Pacific University. Tolu has served in multiple leadership positions related to pre-service teacher training and in-service teacher professional development. She was a curriculum specialist for Teach for America’s intensive summer teacher-training institutes and served as a Professional Learning Community Facilitator for TFA, facilitating monthly professional development meetings about effective curriculum development, assessment strategies, and instructional strategies for beginning teachers. These, and other leadership experiences, have enabled her to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of teachers and strategies to help them become more effective educators.

Todd Zakrajsek, PhD


Dr. Todd D. Zakrajsek  is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program. In addition to his work at UNC providing resources for faculty on various topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly activity, Todd serves on several educationally-related boards, including the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; and Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal. In recent years, Todd served on boards charged with creating resources and opportunities related to teaching and learning: Education Research Initiative (Lenovo Computer);...

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