Center Faculty and Staff

Image of Deandra LittleAssociate Provost of Faculty Affairs Deandra Little oversees the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is professor of English. She teaches courses on US literature, memoir and autobiography, and has also taught in the Honors program. Her scholarship focuses on educational development in higher ed, scholarship of teaching and learning, and teaching with images. Deandra served as Vice President for the International Consortium of Educational Development (2017-2020), and is a former president of the POD Network in Higher Education, the North American association for university teaching and learning centers. In 2011-2014, she was associate editor of the International Journal for Academic Development. Though happy to discuss most teaching and learning topics, she is particularly interested in course and assignment design, discussion leading, grading and feedback, and supporting faculty across their careers.

Olivia Choplin Associate Director (336) 278-5815

Dr. Olivia Choplin is an Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Her disciplinary research has focused on contemporary French and Francophone theater and Haitian diaspora literature, particularly in Québec. She is happy to discuss and troubleshoot all sorts of teaching questions related to the design and assessment of courses and assignments. Her own particular SoTL interests include intercultural development and student reintegration to campus after study abroad, “ungrading,” and “students as partners” work for intentional course and assignment design.

Jill McSweeney Assistant Director (336)278-5765

Dr. Jill McSweeney is an Assistant Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and an Assistant Professor. She actively publishes in the area of SoTL, the scholarship of educational development, and is a two-time recipient of the Explorance Faculty Research Grant for her work on the ethical use of course evaluation data for research purposes. Jill is a former Executive of SoTL Canada (2019 – 2022) and co-chair of the Ethical Practices of Educational Development (2015 – 2019), a special interest group of the Educational Developers Caucus of Canada. While she has interests in learning spaces and their impact on student and faculty experience, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and inclusive spaces, and the philosophical underpinnings of SoTL, she is happy to have a conversation about all things teaching and learning related.

Jen Uno Associate Director (336) 278-6327

Dr. Jen Uno is is an Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Biology. Dr. Uno’s disciplinary research focuses on the interactions between the immune cells and the microbes that reside in the intestine. She is an active mentor, having formally mentored 23 Elon undergraduate students through independent research projects, including 5 successful Lumen applications and multiple honors projects. The 2016 recipient of the Elon College of Arts and Science Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Uno has actively pursued professional development and grant funding to support her teaching and SOTL work, including participating in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funded, multi-year, multi-institutional grant focused on inclusive teaching in STEM, and being selected as a CATL Scholar for a project adding service-learning component to a human physiology course (2015-2017).

Vanessa Drew-Branch CATL Pedagogy Fellow (336) 278 -6368

Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch is the inaugural CATL Pedagogy Fellow, Associate Professor of Human Services Studies and African and African American Studies, and an affiliated faculty for the Poverty and Social Justice Studies program. Dr. Drew-Branch regularly incorporates a variety of innovative, inclusive, and equity-minded teaching and learning strategies into her courses, including culturally responsive teaching, alternative modes of assessing knowledge, and community engaged courses. A common theme in Dr. Drew-Branch’s teaching, scholarship and professional activity is supporting equity for historically marginalized groups. She has been teaching college-level DEI courses since 2007 and has created and facilitated DEI sessions for educators, private sector companies, and community members. Her teaching areas include mental health assessment, advocacy practice, human diversity, and social work practice skills.

Donna Camp Program Coordinator (336) 278-5100

Donna Camp is the Program Coordinator for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Center for Engaged Learning.

See a list of previous CATL Directors & Associate Directors.