Colleen Kuusinen Assistant Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Bldg: North Instructional Plaza
As the Assistant Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Colleen works closely with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across campus to support scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
At UGA, Colleen leads cross-disciplinary workshops, programs, learning communities and provides one-on-one consultation to faculty and graduate students interested in designing and conducting research projects around the processes of teaching and learning in their classrooms. An important part of her responsibilities supporting and serving as a liaison between different organizations, departments, and individuals on campus conducting educational research. In addition, she is the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a peer-reviewed electronic journal that focuses on the dissemination of knowledge for improving higher education pedagogy.
Colleen’s areas of scholarly expertise include teacher communities of practice, teacher practices, motivation, and sociocultural learning theory. She values and enjoys collaborative work on educational research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Colleen is an alumna of the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley, but she counts one of her most transformational learning experiences as teaching English and Social Studies at an urban middle school in Oakland, California. Other such transformational experiences were living and teaching abroad in Spain and France.
On the weekend you will find Colleen doing yoga, hiking, cooking, researching new restaurants and locations to visit in Georgia, learning how to compost, or dancing.