Office of the Associate Vice Provost – Our People

Office of the Associate Vice Provost
Teaching Innovations Office
Residential Colleges Office
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creativity

David Teachout, PhD

Associate Vice Provost of the UTLC
Professor of Music Education
David Teachout is the Associate Vice Provost of the University Teaching and Learning Commons and a professor of music education.  He co-authored The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach (Routledge, 2014) and was co-principle investigator for a $374,000 National Science Foundation grant funded to develop interdisciplinary teaching modules for grades 2-5 that explore natural intersections between science and music.  He serves on the editorial review board for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Issues in Music Education and on the national advisory board for Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education.  He is a past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) and served as symposium chair for SMTE from 2006 until 2015.

Expertise: Effective Course Design, Team-Based Learning

Jennifer Stephens, PhD

Associate Director of the UTLC
Director of the Residential Colleges Office
Jennifer Stephens directs the Residential Colleges Office and is the Director of the Teacher Education Fellows Program in the UTLC. She is also an Education Policy Fellow and serves on several editorial boards for international journals. She holds a B.A. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Counseling from NCSU, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from UNCG. Her research interests include school-university-community collaborations, culturally-responsive and critical place-based pedagogies, curriculum development and design, and innovative practices in teaching. Influencing her work with educators and students is a teaching philosophy that involves learning as a holistic endeavor that is reciprocal and extends beyond the classroom.

Area(s) of focus: Residential CollegesTeaching Education Fellows, Debra Turner Bailey Global Citizenship Lectures

Expertise: Curriculum Mapping, Culturally-Responsive Pedagogies, Critical Pedagogies, Community Collaborations

Laura Pipe, PhD

Associate Director of the UTLC
Director of the Teaching Innovations Office
Laura Pipe directs the Teaching Innovations Office implementing pan-university faculty development initiatives. Throughout her career, Laura has developed academically enriched programs that promote integrated learning, teaching innovations and faculty collaboration. Her expertise is in inclusive teaching and integrated learning, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Learning Communities Research and Practice and is a Consulting Editor for the journal College Teaching. Laura completed her B.S. in Journalism (Texas Christian University), her M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education (Syracuse University), and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology (UNCG). Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on the construction and regulation of public and private space through examining action sports (bicycle motocross, skateboarding, stock car racing) and the impact of sport and physical active in Native communities of North America.  Laura’s research continues to have exciting resonance with her philosophies in interdisciplinary and application-based learning.

Area(s) of focus: Teaching Innovations/Faculty Development, New Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Integrated Learning, Applied/Problem-Based Learning, Collaborative Learning, Inclusive Teaching

Lee Phillips, PhD

Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creativity Office
Lee Phillips joined UNCG in August 2013 as Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office.  He has a strong commitment to student learning through faculty engagement, especially as it involves undergraduates in research and/or creative inquiry.  Lee earned the B.S. and M.S. in Geology from UNC Wilmington.  After a brief teaching interlude at Western State Colorado University, he attended the University of Iowa to earn the Ph.D. in Geoscience.  Lee helped develop the undergraduate research program at UNC Pembroke, where he was also an Associate Professor of Geology prior to joining UNCG.  He serves as a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Executive Board, an international faculty development organization.  He is also a member of the UNC System Undergraduate Research Program Directors Consortium.

Area(s) of focus: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity

Expertise: Research Skills and Competencies, Mentoring, Curricular re-design, Assignment Design

Sobi Saqib

Business Officer
Phone: 336.334.5068

Damon Roberts, M.S.

Technology Support Technician
Phone: 336.334.3871

Marisa Gonzalez

University Program Associate
Phone: 336.334.5980