Staff Directory

DR. TERSHIA PINDER-GROVER

Director

Short Biography

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

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives

agresar@umich.edu

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Short Biography

Grenmarie Agresar is Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning in Engineering (CRLT-Engin) at the University of Michigan. She has worked at CRLT since 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation, an M.A. in Education, and a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Michigan. After 4 years as a research fellow in computational modeling of cellular systems, she changed her focus to STEM education and has over 10 years of teaching experience. In her role at CRLT-Engin, she collaborates with administrators, departments, and individual faculty members to implement best-teaching practices in engineering. Her interests include curricular design across modalities, equity-focused engineering, project-based learning, and mastery grading in engineering education.

DR. PATRICIA JAIMES

Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Short Biography

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.

DR. AUDRA BALEISIS

Assistant Director for Core Programs

baleisis@umich.edu

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Short Biography

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. She joined CRLT-Engin in 2016 as the ETC Program Coordinator, helping Engineering Teaching Consultants (ETCs) provide IAs and GSIs with instructional support. She is also the coordinator of the Seminar Series workshops, which provide continuing teacher training for engineering instructors.

Neurodivergence in academia is a special interest topic of hers. She was tested and diagnosed with ADHD during COVID lockdown and it has helped her capitalize on her strengths (flexibility, hyper-focus on things she loves, creativity) as well as understand and manage her struggles (organization, time-management).

DR. LINJUE (JADE) WANG

Instructional Consultant

linjuew@umich.edu

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Short Biography

Dr. Linjue (Jade) Wang received a Ph.D. in Engineering Education and an M.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. She is interested in exploring how engineering students develop empathy during their academic journey. Particularly which effective strategies engineering educators can integrate empathy into their teaching practices. Before studying in the U.S., Jade earned her B.E. in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in China.

Rhonda K. Holton

Instructional Consultant of Technology-Informed Pedagogy

Short Biography

Rhonda K Holton is a lifelong learner and STEM educator with a passion for people. After earning her B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Colorado in 2012, she worked primarily as a classroom instructor across multiple educational realms, from college to community college to K-12 and public outreach. In 2023, Rhonda earned an M.Ed in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University and joined CRLT-Engin as an Instructional Consultant in 2024.

She collaborates with CAEN, NEXUS, and the CoE on topics like flexible instructional delivery, personalized learning, and research-informed technology integration. The swift change in technological tools over the past decade has widened the gap between education research and classroom practice, and generative AI has demonstrated the importance of a human-centered, equitable approach to technology integration in the classroom. Rhonda wants to empower both instructors and learners to take control of these tools and of their learning data, using them to support decision-making, spur self-reflection, and connect with the learning community.

CAROL LAGEMANN

Financial Specialist and Event Planner

caplag@umich.edu

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Short Biography

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.

LINDA LANOUE

Program & Event Administrator

llanoue@umich.edu

Linda LaNoue

Short Biography

Linda LaNoue earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science with a concentration in Community Governance & Advocacy from Michigan State University in 2013. She earned her M.A. in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2020. As the Program and Event Administrator for CRLT-Engin, she supports the organization and logistical aspects of programming especially the Engineering GSI Teaching Orientation, Engineering Teaching Consultants, and HTML communications.

REYNA CHOI

Remote Assistant for GSI & IA Teaching Orientations

reynayc@umich.edu

Short Biography

Reyna Choi earned a B.A. in Psychology and Public Health from Columbia University in May 2023 and is expected to graduate with her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in August 2024. As the Remote Assistant for GSI & IA Teaching Orientations, Reyna will use her research experience on human behavior and artificial intelligence, her training to become a clinical social worker, and her dedication to accessibility within both physical and virtual classrooms to support CRLT-Engin’s equity-oriented initiatives.

KANISHK KANDOI

Onsite Student Assistant for Office & Event Support

kanishkk@umich.edu

Short Biography

Kanishk Kandoi, from Kathmandu, Nepal, completed his high school education in 2022 before joining as a freshman and Computer Science major at the University of Michigan. As an international student, he brings a diverse perspective to his role in event planning and management with the CRLT-Engin Department. Drawing on his skills in Event Management, Website Development, and Computer Science, Kanishk is dedicated to integrating technology into educational initiatives. With a passion for inclusivity, he plans to make CRLT-Engin’s programs accessible to a wide audience, contributing to the department’s equity-oriented initiatives through his unique blend of technical expertise and event management experience.