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 U-M 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

agresar@umich.edu

Dr. Grenmarie Agresar earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation from the University of Michigan 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Bailey

Instructional Consultant

baileyej@umich.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University in 2019. Previously, she earned a M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2015 and a B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2012. She joined CRTL-Engin in August 2019 to work with engineering faculty, especially to advance teaching excellence in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 U-M 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.