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Donna Llewellyn

Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. Donna then studied in Bonn, West Germany with a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship while on leave from a tenure track position in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 1999, Donna served as an Associate Chair of ISyE. In July 1999, Donna became the Director of CETL.

Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and on increasing the participation of women and minorities in engineering and science in particular. She is the past Chair of the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, the past President of the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS, and past director-at-large of INFORMS. She is the general chair of the INFORMS 2003 National Conference.

Donna Crystal Llewellyn

Associate Vice Provost for Learning Excellence



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Joyce Weinsheimer

After 20 years of providing leadership on teaching and learning issues at the University of Minnesota, Joyce Weinsheimer relocated to Atlanta in 2005 and joined the CETL staff as Assistant Director for Faculty Development. Her areas of special interest include teaching for learning, developing programming that enhances teaching throughout a lifespan (whether it be for early career, mid career, or senior faculty), and initiating partnerships that bring together people with different backgrounds and strengths to address teaching and learning issues. In addition, Joyce enjoys working with international faculty who teach American students in study abroad programs.

Joyce earned her B.S. at the State University of New York College at Buffalo with an emphasis in English and her Ed.D in Higher Education with a second field in Educational Psychology at Texas Tech University. After directing learning centers at both Texas Tech University and the University of Minnesota, Joyce helped create the Center for Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Minnesota and served as its director for nine years. Joyce has published several books and articles on promoting student success, collaborated with faculty from several higher education institutions to develop interactive on-line workshops for both TAs and faculty, and published articles on faculty development.

Joyce Eaton Weinsheimer

Deputy Director



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Clay Fenlason

Clay first became captivated by the role of technology in both communities and education while working as a volunteer in educational development in rural South Africa.  There amidst schools without libraries, and communities historically walled off from the world, he discovered the power of the Web for leapfrogging a generation of infrastructure and lack of informational resources.

Upon returning to the States in 1999 he moved to Boston to enter a master's program in philosophy at Boston University, and he parlayed his experience doing computer modeling in gamma ray astronomy (he holds an M.S. in Astrophysics from I.S.U.) to acquire a job in the IT department - initially just for the tuition remission while he pursued his own studies. But a professional philosophical interest was once again eclipsed by a fascination with the computer as both a social tool and a medium for learning and collaboration. Late in 2003 he became the Associate Director for Academic Computing for Boston University's School of Management, and then spearheaded BU's entry into the Sakai partnership ( in early 2004. Since then he has been a vocal and active member of the Sakai community at a number of levels, and was named one of the inaugural Sakai fellows in May of 2006, then elected to the Board of Directors of Sakai in December of 2006.  Throughout, his keenest interest has been in the meaningful support of collaboration with technology, and the community source model of shared development for higher ed

Clay Fenlason

Director, Educational Technology


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Tris Utschig

Dr. Tris Utschig is the Senior Academic Professional for the Scholarship and Assessment of Teaching and Learning. He is available to consult with faculty regarding the design and assessment of innovative educational research projects, grants and initiatives on campus. He enjoys interacting with faculty from many disciplines and helping people build community as they develop skills and knowledge related to the scholarship and assessment of teaching and learning. Tris will also take the lead in managing the campus course/instructor opinion survey beginning in the spring of 2007.

Tris’ research focuses on assessment from the classroom level to the program and institutional level. He has published and presented work on teaching diversity, using technology in the classroom, and faculty development related to instructional design, assessment, and peer coaching.

Tris joined CETL in September 2006 after directing the pre-engineering program at Lewis-Clark State College for six years where he taught freshman and sophomore engineering and physics courses as an Associate Professor of Engineering Physics. Prior to joining the faculty at Lewis-Clark State College, Tris earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His technical expertise involves the analysis of thermal systems for fusion applications.

Tris Utschig

Assistant Director for the Scholarship and Assessment of Teaching and Learning


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Esther Jordan

Assistant Director for Programming

404. 385. 8590

Dr. Esther Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia with a focus on the evaluation of democratic development training programs that are a central part of U.S. efforts to promote democracy abroad.  After working in Washington DC as a legislative aid for the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a strategic planning specialist for one of the National Endowment for Democracy’s core institutes, Esther joined the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 2008 to teach courses in empirical research methods, international relations, and comparative politics.  Over time she has taken on increasing faculty development responsibility for the institute.  She continues to teach courses in international affairs, as well as graduate courses in course design and teaching practicum/immersion.  She became the Assistant Director for Programming at CETL in 2013, with a primary focus on helping faculty improve learning in their courses.  She administers and facilitates faculty development workshops, teaching and learning retreats, orientations and semester long learning communities.  She also provides one-on-one teaching observation and consultation services for faculty and graduate students.

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Dr. Dia Sekayi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an Ed.M. in the social foundations of education, and a Ph.D. in the sociology of education with foci on qualitative research and urban education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to her nearly 20 year career as a full-time faculty member, she taught mathematics and science in a small private elementary school.  Dia has published refereed journal articles, books, and books chapters on various topics in the sociology of education. Dia’s current scholarly interests include topics in the sociology of education as they relate to educational development in the higher education setting.  Dia joined CETL in 2013 as the Assistant Director for Education. In this capacity, she manages the credit-bearing courses offered by CETL and all other graduate student development initiatives.

Dia Sekayi

Assistant Director for Education



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Dr. Chaohua Ou received her BA and MA in English Education from Guangxi Normal University in China , where she had a six-year teaching experience in higher education. She worked closely with faculty in designing and developing online courses while she was working for her Ed.D in Instructional Technology at Texas Tech University . She joined CETL in 2005 and she currently works with faculty regarding issues of instructional design and effective use of instructional technology. Her areas of interest include web-based instruction, distance education, multimedia learning, and computer-assisted instruction.

Chaohua Ou

Educational Technology Specialist


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David Lawlence

David Lawrence received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from The Ohio State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in public speaking and argumentation and advocacy courses. After graduation, he joined the communication department at Alma College, a private liberal arts college located in central Michigan, and taught courses in argumentation, digital media, mass communication, persuasion, and propaganda. While at Alma College, David received the “Outstanding Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award” and the “Faculty Barlow Award,” recognizing his contributions to teaching, creative works, and community service.

In 2007, David joined the faculty at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where he served as Director of the Speaking Center and visiting associate professor of communication and rhetoric. As Director of the Speaking Center, his responsibilities included training communication consultants, promoting speaking across the curriculum, and working with faculty in developing and evaluating speaking assignments.

David joined the staff of CETL in August 2011 and serves as a Communication Skills Specialist, teaching CETL courses in academic writing and academic presentations. Additionally, he provides consultations for graduate students and post-docs to discuss their academic writing projects and/or development of their presentation skills.

David Lawrence

Communication Skills Specialist


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Carol Subiño Sullivan

Academic Professional


Carol Subiño Sullivan is an Academic Professional specializing in Teaching Assistant (TA) development at Georgia Tech.  She works with various units across the Institute to assess their needs for training first time TAs.   Based on these assessments she helps units develop or revise their curriculum for CETL 8000/2000 and provides teaching support as needed.  She also teaches other courses in the Tech to Teaching Higher Education Certificate to support TAs in their further development as learner-centered teachers.  In Spring 2013, she will also teach a service learning course through the honors program where Georgia Tech undergraduates will mentor local high school students in preparing to go to college while learning about issues in urban education. 

Carol earned her BA (2002) from the University of South Florida in Dance Studies and Anthropology and her MA (2006) and PhD (2012) from Indiana University in Anthropology.  Her dissertation research was based on fieldwork in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico where she spent a year doing ethnographic research with a community of artists dedicated to the practice of dance and drum from Guinea, West Africa.  While still a graduate student, she taught courses as an instructor of record in the Anthropology department at Indiana University.  Following her fieldwork in Mexico, she received a Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship to teach in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Indiana University South Bend.  Just prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she was an adjunct instructor in the Anthropology department at the University of West Georgia, teaching courses about performance, Latin America, and ethnography.  She continues to apply the qualitative data collection and analysis approaches from her anthropological background to the needs and outcomes assessment work she does with CETL.

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Susan Belmonte

Pre-Teaching Advisor




Susan Belmonte received her BA (1992) in Latin and Ancient Greek from The University of Georgia and spent a post-baccalaureate year at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England studying Classical Art and Archaeology as a Rotary International Foundation Scholar.  She then began a 17 year career teaching high school Latin in Atlanta public and private schools and earned her M.Ed. (2001) in Special Education and certificate in educational leadership along the way. During her tenure as a secondary teacher, Susan was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities study grants (Harvard and College of Notre Dame of Maryland), a Fulbright Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome, and a Georgia Classical Association Latin Teacher of the Year (2006). She also served as a department chair during her last five years of teaching.

Susan joined the CETL team in July of 2012 and currently serves as the Pre-Teaching Advisor. She works with all students and alumni who are interested in pursuing careers within K-12 education.  Susan has established internships and new partnerships with local schools and is always trying to find new ways for Tech students to explore teaching as a career choice.   She will also begin teaching courses about education through CETL starting in the spring of 2014.

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Stuart Freeman

Stuart Freeman

System Analyst


Stuart Freeman received his BS in Computer Science from Valdosta State University in 2004. After graduation, Stuart spent two and a half years as a system administrator for The University of Georgia. His interests include free and open source software, digital liberties issues, and technology's relationship to cultural transformation.

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Felicia Turner

Felicia A. Turner

Administrative Assistant II



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Diley (Dyla) Hernandez is a native of Havana, Cuba. After studying Psychology for several years at the University of Havana she immigrated to the United States and received her B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University in 2004. Diley continued her academic studies at The University of Arizona where she completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a minor in Social Psychology.

Her areas of specialization include motivation, learning and cognition, instructional methods, human development, and cross-cultural studies in education. She taught for over five years a variety of education and human development courses at several institutions such as The University of Arizona (2006-2009) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2009-2011). Her research interests include the impact of stereotype and social identity threat on the academic achievement and motivation of minority students, the cross-cultural variation of motivational processes, and Latino student’s academic achievement in STEM education. Currently, she works for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Institute of Technology as the Director of the Goizueta STEM Initiative.

Diley Hernandez

Director, Goizueta STEM Initiative


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Analía E. Rao

Educational Outreach Manager

Goizueta STEM Initiative


A native of Argentina, Analía Rao obtained her Diploma in Social Work from Universidad del Salvador (USAL), Argentina, in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, she served as a field faculty at the USAL School of Social Work. In 2004, Analía immigrated to the United States and joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Affairs as a visiting scholar, where she later obtained a Master’s in Social Welfare. From 2007 to 2009, Analía served as the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, where she managed several research projects on policy issues affecting the Latino community. Analía has extensive clinical experience in working with culturally diverse populations, and throughout her career has worked and collaborated with various community agencies and organizations to help meet the needs of individuals and families. She has worked as a medical social worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Analía is the recipient of the Buenos Aires Health Ministry Residency Fellowship in Public Health and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Currently, she works for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Educational Outreach Manager of the Goizueta STEM Initiative (GoSTEM).

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Alba C. Gutierrez, a native of Colombia, graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A in Modern Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish Literature and an emphasis in Education.  While in college, she was actively involved in various Latino organizations such as COSAK (Colombian Student Association at KSU), MASA (Mexican American Student Alliance), and HSF at KSU (Hispanic Scholarship Fund Chapter).  She has experience working with culturally diverse populations, but especially with Latino students and communities to promote education.   Some of her professional experiences include working with K-12 students as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Tutor, Title III Parent Facilitator, and Interpreter/Translator.

Currently, Alba works at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and in conjunction with the CEISMC (Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing) as an Educational Outreach Coordinator for the GoSTEM Pathways Mentoring program.

Alba C. Gutierrez

Educational Outreach Coordinator I


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