Faculty Consultants at the TRC
Michael Palmer and Deandra Little joined the TRC staff as Faculty Consultants
in Fall 2003. Along with the other Faculty Consultants at the TRC, Michael
and Deandra consult with faculty and teaching assistants about teaching,
conduct TAPs and videotape consultations, and design and present a variety
Born and raised in Wyoming, Michael Palmer obtained his B.S. and Ph.D.
in chemistry at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Following his graduate
studies, Michael worked as a postdoctoral research associate, and later
as a research scientist, in the Chemical Engineering Department at U.Va.
His research efforts encompass computational exploration of environmentally
and industrially important catalytic processes.
been teaching calculus for the U.Va. Applied Mathematics Department for
several semesters now; most recently he taught Calculus I to first-year
students. He also works closely with a local company designing and implementing
experiential learning programs for corporate and academic clients. His
teaching interests include active learning and adult learning. In addition
to his other responsibilities at the TRC, Michael coordinates the August
Deandra Little hails from the Deep South. Born and raised in Alabama,
she received a B.A. in English from Samford University in Birmingham,
Alabama and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Tennessee. Most recently, Deandra was a full-time lecturer at Vanderbilt,
where she taught a range of courses in the English Department and Women's
Studies program. While at Vanderbilt, Deandra was involved with TA and
faculty development on departmental, university, and national levels.
interests include the intersections of gender, science and technology
in 19th-century and contemporary American literature and culture, as well
as teaching with visual images, effective uses of technology in the classroom,
and cooperative learning. In addition to her other responsibilities at
the TRC, Deandra coordinates the January Teaching Workshop, edits Teaching
Concerns, and supervises departmental Writing Workshops.