Megan Mittelstadt is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where she
leads university efforts associated with educational development of faculty and graduate
teaching assistants, learning technologies, classroom and learning space support,
instructional media support, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Prior to joining UGA in 2017, Megan was the Director of Training and Education for
the Landry Cancer Biology Consortium at Harvard University and a Lecturer of Genetics
at Harvard Medical School. Megan is an alumna of the University of South Carolina,
where she completed a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Biology. Following her Ph.D., she performed postdoctoral research at the University
of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Ruth Poproski is the Associate Director for Teaching and Learning at the Center for
Teaching and Learning. She leads CTL’s team focused on educational development for
all instructors, TAs, and future faculty across campus, learning technologies, TA
development and recognition, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Ruth came to UGA in 2019 from Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University, where she
worked as a Teaching Consultant and Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Logic, Computation, and Methodology, and an M.A. in
Philosophy. She has taught courses in Philosophy, Logic, and Game Theory, and is passionate
about supporting good course design, teaching, and mentoring practices in higher education.
Prior to her return to school to pursue graduate degrees, Ruth worked as an associate
pastor and developed programming and services for underprivileged teenagers and young
Ed Schwartz is the Associate Director for Classroom Support and Learning Spaces at
the Center for Teaching and Learning, where he manages classroom technology support
Prior to joining UGA, Ed managed the award-winning Faculty Development Initiative
at Virginia Tech where he also directed the New Media Center. Previously, Ed was at
the University of Delaware where he was the Instructional Designer for the award-winning
University of Delaware Video Disc Music Series. He has authored three books on video
discs in education and numerous papers and articles on technology and education. With
degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ed
continues to share his passion for music as the co-creator and editor of the OnMusic
Dictionary, a popular online music dictionary that is used by amateur and professional
Associate Director for Classroom Support and Learning Spaces
Mark Baird is the Assistant Director for Project Management and Engineering in the
Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom Support. Mark joined the Center for Teaching
& Learning (known then as the Instructional Resource Center) in 1998. He has since
forged relationships and works closely with faculty, staff, facilities management,
architects and contractors to design, install and support the A/V technology that
is now prevalent in 500+ UGA classrooms.
Mark has been instrumental to some of UGA’s largest classroom construction projects
and consults on UGA extended campuses and research facilities throughout Georgia and
beyond – from the Miller Learning Center to UGA at Oxford. He contributed to the development
of design and construction standards for the Office of University Architects and has
been instrumental in standardizing classroom technology equipment for the Provost’s
Assistant Director for Project Management and Engineering
Philip Bishop is the Senior Coordinator for Learning Technologies in the Center for
Teaching and Learning. Philip serves as the primary administrator for eLC to assist
faculty and departments across campus in implementing learning technologies in their
classrooms. In this role, he also oversees the annual Learning Technologies Grant
program and provides interactive workshops and consultations on established and emerging
technologies to foster faculty adoption of associated innovative pedagogical strategies.
Over the past 10 years, Philip has worked in a variety of positions throughout higher
education to assist faculty in implementing innovative learning strategies in the
face-to-face, hybrid, and online environment. Prior to joining UGA in 2018, he earned
his B.F.A. in Mass Media in 2008 and a Master of Business Administration in 2014 from
Valdosta State University.
Joannie Copeland manages the budget and assists the center faculty and staff in the
fiscal operations of all programs affiliated with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
She also serves as the center’s HR representative.
Alice Hunt is Assistant Director for Instructional Development. In this role, she
works with faculty, departments, and academic units to increase student learning through
curricular and programmatic (re)design, evaluate programmatic impact, and develop
“Essential Learning Outcomes” across the curriculum. Alice believes exceptional learning
is located at the intersection of an instructor’s passion for a subject, the art of
crafting engaging learning experiences, and the science of how the brain works.
Alice holds a PhD in Archaeological Materials Science from the UCL Institute of Archaeology
in London, England.
Steve Lewis is the Director of the Lilly Teaching Fellows program, a mentoring and
development program for early career tenure-track faculty. He is also a faculty member
and award-winning teacher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Prior to joining
the UGA faculty in 1998, Steve was a postdoctoral researcher first at University at
Stony Brook and then at the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Penn,
he also became affiliated with Haverford College, a top liberal arts college in suburban
Philadelphia, where he taught physics and began to develop his career-spanning commitment
to best practices in teaching. Steve earned his undergraduate degrees in Physics
and Math at the University of Illinois in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University
of California at Berkeley in 1993.
Zoe Morris is the Assistant Director for TA Development and Recognition at the Center
for Teaching and Learning. Her goals as Assistant Director are to equip TAs with effective
teaching approaches and strategies so that they can better support undergraduate student
learning and facilitate student success.
Zoe received her B.S. at the University of Toronto, a M.A. of Anthropology from Louisiana
State University, and a Ph.D. in Bioarcheology from the University of Western Ontario.
While completing her Ph.D., Zoe worked with the Teaching Support Centre on TA development
initiatives. She has taught as a TA and as an instructor in Anthropology and Global
Studies departments in both Canada and the United States.
Assistant Director for TA Development and Recognition
Don Newman is the principal programmer and design engineer for the Classroom Support
Group of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Don provides second tier support to
frontline AV support staff campus-wide and manages the classroom resource management
suite, a system monitoring the technology installed in nearly 400 classrooms campus-wide.
Krystal Pintar serves as the Senior Coordinator of Instructional Media Resources for
the Center for Teaching and Learning where she works with staff and faculty across
campus to support and promote media technology within instruction.
She is responsible for coordinating and managing the operations of the One-Button
Studio, Learning Glass Studio, videoconferencing, instructional media & equipment
loans, duplication services, and manages the complete CTL office inventory. She establishes
an atmosphere where faculty, staff and students can obtain assistance and support
with class assignments, special projects and events within CTL policies and guidelines.
Prior to joining CTL, Krystal worked with UGA’s Cooperative Extension Service as a
library assistant to county agents and directors throughout the state of Georgia.
Ameya works as the graduate assistant for learning technologies at the CTL. His primary
work includes providing eLC and WordPress support to assist faculty and departments
across campus followed by supporting learning technology functions. Ameya is a PhD.
student in Qualitative Research Methodologies program in the department of Lifelong
Education, Administration, and Policy. His research interests include student preparation
in higher education and qualitative interview methods. Ameya earned a bachelor's degree
in computer engineering in 2012 and completed an MBA in media and communication in
2015. He has worked in various consulting and academic roles over the past 8 years.
Paul joined CTL in the summer of 2003 working as a full time IT Professional Associate
through Campus Information Technology Partnerships (CITP), then a unit of EITS. In
the spring of 2013, he joined CTL officially and took on the role of Systems Administrator
for the department. As Systems Administrator, he maintains and develops the variety
of information systems used throughout the unit and facilitates the use of new and
developing technology in a way that is beneficial to the stated goal and mission statement
of CTL. In addition, Paul acts as the consultant for all IT-related purchases for
the department and is tasked with making sure that CTL employees have the tools and
resources they need to be successful and productive while keeping CTL on the leading
edge of instructional technology.