Our team

Kim Case, Director of Faculty Success

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Kim Case, Ph.D., is the Director of Faculty Success in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University. As Director, she develops and implements faculty mentoring programs, supports faculty career development and scholarship productivity, and oversees the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

As a social psychologist by training, she applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and intersectional theory to her teaching, research, and service. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege and cultivate inclusive spaces within educational and workplace settings. Her pedagogical scholarship addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice.

Dr. Case is editor of three books:

  • Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom (2013)
  • Intersectional Pedagogy: Complicating Identity and Social Justice (2017)
  • Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice (2021)

She served 11 years in various leadership roles for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and 5 years as elected Representative to APA Council (American Psychological Association). She currently serves as Advisory Board member to the Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering NSF RED grant for inclusive transformation.

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Contact Kim: casek3@vcu.edu

Kitty Maynard, Assistant Director of CTLE

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Katherine “Kitty” Maynard, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at VCU. As Assistant Director, she organizes programming and services that promote faculty development and success. She provides resources to faculty to support inclusive and equitable teaching practices, student engagement, active learning, experiential and applied learning, and other high impact learning pedagogies.

Kitty began her career as a French professor. She has taught all levels for French language and literature as well as first-year seminars and courses in International Studies. In her research area of French Renaissance studies, Kitty is the author of Reveries of Community: Epic in the Age of Henri IV (2018) and the editor of Polemic and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion (2019). Her more recent research centers on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her projects include a study on using concept maps in language courses and an edited collection on inclusive teaching practices in French Studies. 

(joining CTLE in August 2021)

Lisa Webb, Health Sciences Faculty Development Specialist

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Lisa Webb, Ed.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development, Recruitment and Retention in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, and affiliate faculty in the School of Education.  As the Health Sciences Faculty Development Specialist in CTLE, she develops and implements programming to support health sciences faculty success. Webb is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and serves as a regular guest lecturer and consultant on the topics of asset-based healthcare delivery, structural competency in health sciences education, and disability theory.  Her work focuses on inclusive teaching practices in health sciences education, faculty recruitment and retention, and access to employment and learning for people with disabilities.  Dr. Webb advocates for barrier-free learning environments and the transformation of health sciences education to infuse principles of health equity and inclusion throughout the curriculum.

Contact Lisa: lbwebb@vcu.edu

Jatia (Tia) Wrighten, Faculty Fellow

Dr. Wrighten conducts research on black women, state legislatures and leadership, with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her current project examines the differences in leadership attainment that exists between black women, white women, black men and white men in state legislatures and what are the factors that cause these differences. She created the novel theory, the Heavy Lifters Theory, to explain the primary differences between black male and black female legislators as it relates to leadership in state legislatures. She was most recently awarded the Gender and Leadership Dissertation Award from George Mason University for her work that focuses on intersectionality and leadership. She has taught a range of political science courses at James Madison University, George Mason University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Her courses have included: Introduction to American Government, Research Methods, The Politics of Motherhood in the United States, African American Government, and the Politics of the Civil Rights Movement—to name a few. 

She looks forward to continuing research and instruction that emphasizes themes of equality, justice, and political effects for the most marginalized groups in the United States as an assistant professor at VCU. Jatia received her B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University; her M.A. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park; and received her Ph.D. from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she defended her dissertation entitled, “Who Runs the World? An Examination of Black Women and Leadership in State Legislatures.”  Jatia plans to use her degree to teach and serve as a mentor to a future generation of scholars. When she is not researching and writing, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Contact Tia: wrightenjd2@vcu.edu 

Rachel Gómez, Faculty Fellow

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Doctora Rachel Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She studies the influence of race and ethnicity in urban education and human development. Her work investigates the significance of critical pedagogies on the critical consciousness and sociopolitical development of adolescents and adults. From a practical and theoretical perspective, her research draws from Critical Race Theory and the interrogation of Whiteness Ideology. Indigeneity, sociopolitical development theory and Participatory Action Research inform Gómez’ epistemological approaches to pedagogy and research.

Contact Rachel: gomezr3@vcu.edu

Ching-Yu Huang, Faculty Fellow

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Ching-Yu Huang, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Ching-Yu joined the VCU in 2018 with over 10 years of teaching experiences in higher education. She has taught a variety of biology and ecology courses in small and large lectures, as well as online settings. She specialized in teaching with technology, active learning, flipped classroom, inquiry-based learning, peer-instruction, and inclusive teaching. With her passion in teaching and her focuses on student success, she received the Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Award in 2016 (University of North Georgia), developed free biology and ecology textbooks (Affordable Learning in Georgia, 2017 and Affordable Course Content Award, VCU, 2018) and a community partnership project to engage her ecology students with experiential learning experiences. Dr. Huang promotes pedagogical reflection and engagement in innovative and effective teaching. Working closely with CTLE, she hopes to build an inclusive and collaborative teaching community focusing on innovative pedagogical strategies in scientific teaching and inclusive teaching at VCU.

Contact Ching-Yu: cyhuang@vcu.edu

Sharon Zumbrunn, Faculty Fellow

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Sharon Zumbrunn is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and the co-director of the Motivation in Context Research Lab in the School of Education. As a feelings-and-learning-ologist, she spends a whole lot of time thinking about and studying writing motivation and self-regulation.

Sharon has published several research articles on writing beliefs and strategies and her book, Why Aren’t You Writing?: Research, Real-Talk, Strategies, and Shenanigans, is available now. Importantly, she self-identifies as a struggling writer…depending on the day.

Contact Sharon: skzumbrunn@vcu.edu

Maureen Moslow-Benway, Faculty Fellow

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Maureen Moslow-Benway is an award-winning Assistant Professor in the Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Department where she teaches courses on Human Trafficking, Intelligence, Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Prior to entering academia, Maureen spent almost two decades serving as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and as a national security consultant to the National Reconnaissance Office and Booz Allen Hamilton. Moslow-Benway has a B.S. in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, Moslow-Benway created a service learning course on Human Trafficking that has quickly become one of most popular elective classes. To date, her students have contributed more than 2,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofits in the Richmond region, and many of them plan to pursue careers combating trafficking. Maureen lives on a small hobby farm with her husband, children and a menagerie of animals. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, bikepacking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Maureen: mmoslowbenwa@vcu.edu