Professional Staff

UCAT professional staff have specialized educational backgrounds and professional experience in college teaching. In addition to supporting teachers at Ohio State, they teach courses, conduct research, consult nationally, and are active in national and regional organizations.

Christy Anandappa, Office Administrative Associate, joined UCAT after serving thirteen years as an Office Associate in the Department of Marketing and Logistics in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. Before she moved to Ohio, she worked for the British Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois.
Center for Advancement of Teaching Breakfast Meeting and Headshots Faculty Club - Ballroom Sep-19-2016 Photo by Jay LaPrete ©2016 Jay LaPrete Sarah Holt, Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology is an instructional consultant  and the Coordinator of Academic Inclusion and Associated Faculty at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Sarah has taught in both lab and classroom settings for over 10 years. A longtime Buckeye, her undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology came from the Ohio State University, followed by an MA in Anthropology from McMaster University in Canada, and a return to Ohio State for her PhD research. These experiences have shaped her passion for creating inclusive learning environments at Ohio State. Her current interests include finding ways to support and advocate for associated faculty, using technology to advance educational equity through access and inclusion, and using course design to increase civil discourse on campus.
Teresa A. Johnson, Ph.D. is an assistant director and the Coordinator for Assessment and Curriculum Design at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She earned a doctorate in Microbial Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught in the sciences at Butler University and at the College of Wooster. Her pedagogical research has focused on classroom assessment techniques and impacts of prior knowledge on student learning in the sciences. Her current interests are course and curriculum design, articulation of learning outcomes, and evaluation of teaching strategies.
Alan Kalish, Ph.D. is director of University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and an adjunct associate professor of Education Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University. He previously served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Sacramento, and associate director of the Teaching Resources Center at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also earned his Ph.D. in English. His research interests include how people negotiate the transition from graduate school to faculty lives, and his publications include articles on this topic, as well as on other issues in college teaching.
Laurie Maynell, M.A. is an Assistant Director and Coordinator for International Initiatives. She helps instructors design inclusive learning experiences for international students, provides linguistic and cross-cultural support to international instructors, and works with departments and individual faculty on internationalization of courses and curricula.  She has taught in Ohio State’s Spoken English Program and serves on university committees related to supporting international students.  She is interested in teaching in its many forms, ranging from classroom teaching (face-to-face and online) to professional presentations.
Jessica L. Riviere, Ph.D. is an instructional consultant and Coordinator for Graduate Teaching Assistant Programs. She earned her doctorate in German Literature and Language from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Prior to her work at UCAT she was an academic adviser and lecturer in German at Vanderbilt, where she also spent two years as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching. Her current interests are in graduate teaching development and graduate education, particularly in the humanities.
Stephanie Rohdieck, M.S.W., L.S. is the Associate Director of the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She has been at UCAT since 1999. She is also a senior lecturer in Educational Studies at Ohio State. She has a masters in social work administration and earned her B.A. in psychology and women’s studies. Her current areas of interest are supporting new faculty, teaching in the clinical setting, course design, and training new educational developers.

Chelsea Taylor, Office Assistant, joined UCAT with a background in Administrative work in the Financial Industry. She’s a native to the central Ohio area and calls Circleville, the home of the Pumpkin Show, home.
Jennie Williams, M.A. is the program manager for UCAT. Her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University is in College Student Personnel. As program manager, Jennie oversees the Teaching Orientation @ Ohio State, as well as conferences, events, and workshops sponsored by UCAT throughout the year. She organizes public relations and marketing, and she helps to coordinate the Academy of Teaching. She is committed to continual improvement of our programming based on research and feedback.

Graduate Consultants

UCAT employs several Graduate Consultants and Doctoral Interns who have experience in college teaching and supporting the teaching of others. In addition to consulting on teaching issues with GTAs at Ohio State, they conduct workshops, help with office research projects, and contribute to administrative tasks as they assist professional staff in the mission of the office.

Eric Brinkman, Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre
Carly Martin, Ph.D. Candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures
Taylor Neal, Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry