Meet the Staff


Christine Rener

  • Leadership of teaching and learning initiatives across the university
  • Workshops and consultations 
  • Supervise the Pew FTLC Staff

Christine serves as Director of the Pew FTLC and Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation. As such, she works with a large number of committees, task forces, and other groups across campus to promote and support innovative teaching and learning practices. She develops and leads workshops and conferences and consults with individuals, groups and departments.


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Patty Bolea

  • Early career mentoring
  • Civic engagement
  • Community-based teaching and learning
  • Teaching award support 

This year Patty is looking forward to supporting Civic Engagement efforts across the university, as well as assisting first year faculty mentoring groups with thematic discussions as well as deeper orientation into GVSU support for teaching excellence.


Portrait of Faculty Fellow David Eick

David Eick

  • Coordinator, Teaching Innovation Grant Program
  • Faculty Learning Community Facilitator: “Reach/Teach Gen Z”
  • Mentor, First-Year Faculty Mentoring Community
  • Mid-Semester Interviews about Teaching
  • Game-Based Learning, including Reacting to the Past
  • Teaching Innovation Cultivation

Got an idea for a Teaching Innovation Grant? Let’s talk! I will shepherd you through the process and help you make your application more competitive.



Whitt Kilburn

  • Data Inquiry Lab development
  • Faculty and student mentoring related to data analysis 

As Faculty Fellow, Whitt will be working to establish the Data Inquiry Lab (DIL), a new addition to the Knowledge Market in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. This project - a collaboration among the Pew FTLC, the Statistics Department, and University Libraries - supports quantitative data literacy, providing instructional and curriculum development support, faculty workshops, and online resources for faculty and students. 



Dana Munk

  • Inclusive classrooms and course design
  • Licensed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) administrator
  • Faculty Social Identity
  • Early and mid-career faculty mentoring

This year, Dana will continue her work as an Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow, a position developed in collaboration with the Division of Inclusion and Equity. Dana will facilitate an Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute, mentor new faculty, organize faculty-student Community Reading Project Book Circles, and facilitate a faculty learning community for mid-career faculty.



Tom Pentecost

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Open Education Resources
  • Evidence-based Teaching in first year courses

As a Faculty Fellow with a background in Discipline Based Education Research (DBER), Tom will provide support for faculty in the development and implementation of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects. This will include support during the entire process from Human Subjects review to data analysis. He will also continue to work with the Library on increasing the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources by faculty at GVSU. Finally, he will provide support and guidance for faculty in the First Year Learning Community and other projects that strengthen the use of evidence-based teaching practices in the first-year courses.


Portrait Matt Ruen

Matt Ruen

Matt Ruen (University Libraries) is joining the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center as a Faculty in Residence, focusing on efforts to encourage the use and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). Matt is supporting the FTLC Advisory Committee’s work to develop incentives for OER adoption and will be exploring how OER creation intersects with GVSU’s definition of scholarly and creative activity. He is also developing a series of professional development modules for faculty focusing on scholarly communications topics: copyright and fair use, open access, OER, and scholarly publishing in general.



Kathryn Stieler

  • Mid-Semester Interview about Teaching (MIT) Program
  • Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Program
  • Teaching Innovation Cultivation
  • Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning

In 2019-20, Kathryn will organize and conduct MITs each semester, with a mind toward expanding this program.  She will organize current Faculty Learning Communities and recruit facilitators for potential future FLCs.  Contact Kathryn if you have an interest in a particular topic around teaching and learning that you would like to explore more deeply and/or if you have an interest in facilitating a learning community.   She will be connecting with faculty colleagues across campuses to recognize innovative practices and encourage continued teaching innovation projects.  New this year, Kathryn is excited to launch a program that involves students as partners in teaching and learning.



Barb Blankemeier

  • Grant Program Support
  • Teaching Award Support
  • Budget Management
  • Databases 

As the Pew FTLC administrative assistant and technical liaison, Barb manages the grant system from application through payment of expenses, including troubleshooting, testing and implementing system changes. She maintains the budgets associated with FTLC activities and is responsible for guiding faculty and staff though the annual Faculty Teaching Excellence Award nomination and award process. Barb is also responsible for database updates and analysis and enjoys mentoring Graduate Students on departmental data analytics projects. 


Portrait of Raquel Ramirez

Raquel Ramirez

  • FTLC Program Support & Project Management
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Social Media, Marketing, and Promotions
  • Website content and Center activity data

Raquel Ramirez is new to the Pew FTLC and serves as the Project Coordinator for the Center.  As such she assists with the planning, coordination, and execution of the many programs, initiatives, and services the FTLC provides.  These include New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Learning Communities, Mentoring Communities, FacultyBadges@GVSU, New Faculty Institute, and Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning.  Additionally, as the liaison to Institutional Marketing and University Communications, she is responsible for the Center’s web content and social media presence.  She’s excited to interact with the faculty at GVSU and eager to become a part of the community!