Speaker Bios

Campus partners from across NC State University will be leading sessions at the TA Workshop. Learn more about our guest instructors by reading their short bios below.

Michelle E. Bartlett completed her master’s degree in Human Resource Education from the University of Louisville and her Ph.D. is from Clemson University in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education and a cognate in statistics.  Michelle teaches graduate-level courses online at NC State.  Specifically, she has taught leadership, proposal writing, research methods, project management, evaluation, instructional design and technology courses.  Michelle currently serves as the coordinator of the online Training and Development master’s degree and AWCPE graduate certificate. Her research interests include improving graduate education, leadership, managing conflict, and incivility in the workplace. Michelle currently serves as the Editor of the Career & Technical Education Research (CTER) Journal.

Christopher Beeson

Christopher Beeson is an Instructional Technologist with DELTA at NC State University. Drawing from his previous experiences as an IT Director and Special Education Teacher, his specialties include small group and one-on-one consultations using Google and flipped instructional methodologies. Christopher is responsible for creating workshops and training seminars, designing instructional video solutions for instructors, and assisting with LearnTech faculty support. He holds bachelor’s degree from Elon University in K-12 Special Education and Elementary Education. Christopher is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and enjoys boating, creating music, and playing soccer.

Anne Burke

Anne Burke is a librarian and an educator, focusing on the undergraduate experience at NC State. She works with students and faculty to promote awareness and use of library resources that give students an edge in their academic and co-curricular pursuits.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll is the Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology at the NCSU Libraries. He facilitates faculty research and creates curriculum-integrated information literacy programs for students in the College of Textiles and the College of Engineering, with particular emphasis on areas that intersect with human and animal health.

Matthew Cooper

Dr. Matthew Cooper is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University where he teaches courses in Material and Energy Balances, Unit Operations, Transport Phenomena and Mathematical/Computational Methods. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and pedagogical research awards, including the NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, NCSU Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award, ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Raymond W. Fahien Award, and the 2013 and 2017 ASEE Joseph J. Martin Awards for Best Conference Paper. Dr. Cooper’s research interests include effective teaching, conceptual and inductive learning, and integrating writing and speaking into the curriculum and professional ethics.

Vanessa Doriott AndersonVanessa Doriott Anderson

Vanessa Doriott Anderson directs the Teaching and Communication programs at the NC State Graduate School. She received her BA from Macalester College, her MA from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD in Romance Studies (French) from Duke University. Her area of specialization is the relationship between history and memory in twentieth-century French autobiographical writing. After spending three years on the tenure track as director of the French program at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, she returned to the Triangle to pursue a career in professional development and academic administration.


Photo of Miriam FerzliMiriam Ferzli

Miriam Ferzli is a Teaching Professor and Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State University. She teaches large lecture introductory biology courses for biology majors and the SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environments with Upside-down Pedagogies) format. She also directs an undergraduate research program. As part of these roles, Miriam became very involved with graduate student teaching assistant professional development (GTA PD) and has collaborated with the Graduate School to establish certificate programs and the Interdisciplinary Consortium for the Advancement of TA Training. Currently, Miriam is co-chair for the Center for the Integration of Research in Teaching and Learning at NC State’s Graduate School. As part of these groups, she has developed course curriculum and workshops to advance GTA PD. She has also investigated the stages of development of GTAs as they progress through their teaching experiences and actively evaluated GTA teaching in the classroom/laboratory.

Sarah Heckman

Dr. Sarah Heckman is a Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs with the Department of Computer Science. She is also a three-time graduate of Computer Science at NC State, and received her PhD in August of 2009. Dr. Heckman is an Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and received the NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award as a representative of the College of Engineering in Spring 2015. She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State. Dr. Heckman teaches several of the core courses in software engineering and programming languages. Her research interests are in computer science education and software engineering. As a graduate student, she was a three-time recipient of the IBM PhD Fellowship.

Katie Homar

Katie Homar (PhD University of Pittsburgh) is the new Technical and Academic Writing Specialist at NC State’s Graduate School where she designs writing support and outreach for students in the College of Engineering. She earned her PhD in English and certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Pittsburgh where she also taught and advised writers across the disciplines.  Her area of specialization is histories of rhetoric and composition. Prior to pursuing a career in academic administration and graduate professional development at NC State, she taught multimodal composition and communication as a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Beverly Jones Williams

Beverly Jones Williams is the Director of Outreach and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at NC State University. In this position, she leads the Equal Opportunity Institute, directs the NC State Affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), and works with a variety of other outreach programs. The award-winning Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) is a year-long certificate program designed to teach participants about issues of equity and diversity. NCBI is an international nonprofit leadership network dedicated to conflict resolution and the elimination of oppression.

Beyond directing these programs, Beverly is also a facilitator and participant. She has been presenting programs on diversity for over 30 years.  Beverly Williams is a trained mediator.  She also serves as a national facilitator and campus liaison for NCBI. She currently serves as a facilitator of cultural conversations with the Race exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Ms. Williams has worked at NC State for many years in a variety of positions. Her tenure at NC State began in University Housing where served in several roles including Assistant Director for the East Campus Region. After working in housing, she made a shift into Human Resources as a Training and Development Specialist at NC State. Beverly has also worked on the following campuses:  Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, The College of William and Mary, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has spent many years training students, staff and faculty on a variety of topics. Some of the topics she has taught include leadership, teamwork, communication, career development, and conflict resolution. Beverly Williams received a BA in Speech Communication and MS in College Student Personnel Services from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  

Jason King

Jason King is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Jason teaches courses on topics that include introduction to computing, programming concepts, data structures and algorithms, and software security. His research interests include software security and innovative use of technology for facilitating grading and course management. He received his PhD in Computer Science from NCSU in 2016, his MS in Computer Science from NCSU in 2011, and his BS in Computer Science from NCSU in 2009.

Leslie Rand-Pickett

Leslie Rand-Pickett is the Director of Graduate Career Services for the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.  She established this program in February of 2016, which focuses on developing career related programs for over 750 master’s & PhD students in CSC. Ms. Rand-Pickett previously worked for 11 years in the Career Development Center in both employer relations and career advising capacities. From 2011-2016, she consulted with employers to develop strategies for recruiting NC State students for internship, co-op and full time positions across the university, and managed the ePACK jobs and internships database. Additionally, her career advising experience includes six years as a liaison to Engineering students at NC State, and six years working with Nursing and Social Science students at UNC Wilmington. Leslie is an eastern North Carolina native, and a 3rd generation alum from NC State, with a M.Ed. degree in Counselor Education. She also holds degrees from Peace College and UNC Chapel Hill.

Photo of Rhonda SuttonRhonda Sutton

Rhonda Sutton currently serves as the director of leadership programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and as the interim director for Extension Organizational Development (EOD).  She has over 18 years of experience as an administrator within a university setting.  Much of her career has been at NC State, serving as the second director of the university’s women’s center, the first director of the university’s postdoc office, an organizational development leader and as an assistant vice provost in the former Office for Equal Opportunity.  Dr. Sutton is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of North Carolina.  Her counseling experience includes working at a college counseling center, a mental health hospital, an employee assistance program and owning her own private practice.  In all of her professional roles, Dr. Sutton has provided professional and personal development training with the overarching goal of helping people develop their strengths and realize their potential.  Dr. Sutton received her B.S. in business administration from Appalachian State University, and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from North Carolina State University.

Carrol Warren

Dr. Carrol Warren is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the College of Education, in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department. She teaches in the online Training and Development graduate program. In addition to teaching, Dr. Warren provides support to the doctoral EdD program in Adult and Community College Education offered by the department. Past  experiences in online teaching involve restructuring online courses for faculty efficiency and student success. Her research interests include community college leadership, online learning, and assessment. She is an alumna of NC State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Meredith College.