Staff Directory

Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover

Director

Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover earned a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She joined CRLT in August 2005 and became the director of CRLT-Engin in 2016. In this role, she leads a team focused on advancing engineering education in the College of Engineering (CoE) through innovative programming, strategic partnerships, and cultivating individual relationships. In collaboration with the Associate Deans in the CoE, she provides leadership on educational priorities, especially as it relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She also works closely with department chairs to create customized programming to meet the needs of their faculty. Her current research interests focus on the adoption of inclusive teaching practices for engineering instructors.

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar

Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives

agresar@umich.edu

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation from the University of Michigan (U-M) in 1996. After completing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering also from U-M, she switched majors to accommodate the courses that would best prepare her for her interdisciplinary thesis. Her professional path then took her from academia and research, to secondary education, where she taught engineering principles, physics, and computer science. This path included earning a M.A. in Education from U-M in 2009. As a teacher, she most enjoyed exploring high-leverage instructional practices, and collaborating with peers to develop curricula that utilized such methods. She is excited to combine her engineering background with her passion for innovative teaching in her role at CRLT-Engin.

Dr. Audra Baleisis

Instructional Consultant

baleisis@umich.edu

Dr. Audra Baleisis earned a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Illinois in 1995, an M.Phil. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and an M.S. in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Arizona in 2000 and 2009, respectively. She spent 2009-2016 living in Zurich, Switzerland where she worked in the Physics Education group at ETH University and as Academic Platform Coordinator for the Swiss National Science Foundation PlanetS exoplanet research program. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2016 as the ETC Program Coordinator, helping experienced Engineering Teaching Consultants (ETCs) provide CoE GSIs with instructional support.

Kellie Grasman

Assistant Director for Technology-Informed Pedagogy

ksd@umich.edu

Kellie Grasman earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, an M.Eng. in Manufacturing in 1998, and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and M.B.A. in 1999, all from the University of Michigan, where she was a student in the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. After several years in industry, she spent nearly 20 years in a faculty role teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering students. She has more than a decade of experience designing and implementing online and hybrid learning environments in her own courses and serves as co-author on an award-winning engineering textbook, e-text, and online course environment. She is passionate about engineering education and eager to support impactful pedagogical practices in the College.

Dr. Patricia Jaimes

Instructional Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

jaimespa@umich.edu

Dr. Patricia Jaimes earned a B.S. degree in 2015 in Earth Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and a dual Ph.D. in 2021 in Geological Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University (MSU). She is a STEM Education scholar and her research focuses on exploring the career trajectories of scientists from underrepresented groups using anti-deficit and critical race frameworks. Dr. Jaimes was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and a co-recipient of an NSF-INTERN grant which allowed her to intern for the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. In 2018, she was recognized by the Cafe Bustelo Scholarship committee as one of the nation’s most driven Latinx students for her advocacy and scholarly work. In 2019, she received an Excellence in Diversity Award from MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Joining CRLT-Engin as an Instructional Consultant of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Dr. Jaimes supports the College in implementing the CoE’s DEI cultural shift goals and initiatives.

Carol Lagemann

Financial Specialist and Event Planner

caplag@umich.edu

Carol Lagemann earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music from Truman State University, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She also studied Music at the University of Michigan in 2011-2012. Carol previously worked for the University of Michigan in the Mechanical Engineering department in the College of Engineering. In her current role, Carol supports CRLT-Engin programs, maintains the program’s social media, and supports the CRLT-Engin Director.

Gina Michael

Graphic Designer and Event Planner

ginamich@umich.edu

Gina Michael earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from The Ohio State University in 2012. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2018 and co-leads the training for engineering graduate student instructors (GSIs) and instructional aides (IAs). She produces the promotional graphic materials for the various center-related events, updates CRLT-Engin publications and reports, maintains the CRLT-Engin website, and assists with the Engineering Teaching Consultant (ETC) program.