Dr. Jennifer Heinert was appointed as the second Director of the Virtual Teaching and Learning Center in January 2012. As a member of the VTLC Advisory Committee and Executive Committees since their inception, Jennifer is excited to continue the rewarding work of facilitating and supporting the intellectual work of teaching at UW Colleges and build on the excellent foundation of the VTLC's first year.
Jennifer Heinert recieved her PhD in American Literature in 2006. She joined the UW Colleges English department in the fall of 2006, and has taught Literature and Composition courses for UW Rock County, UW Washington County, and UW Colleges Online. She has published a monograph of literary criticism on the novels of Toni Morrison: Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison, and was the recipient, along with her colleagues Drs. Katie Kalish and Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, of two UW System Office of Professional Development and Instructional Development grants to support their research on peer review in the Composition classroom. After presenting their research at local and international conferences, they published this research Collaborative Learning and Writing: Essays on Using Smalls Groups in Teaching English and Composition.
About the Inaugural VTLC Director & Developer
Dr. Nancy Chick developed the Virtual Teaching and Learning Center and served as its first Director. In 2009, she began working closely with UW Colleges Professional Development Coordinator Rex Hieser, UW Colleges LTDC (Learning Technology Development Council) representative Pat Fellows, and UW-Extension colleague Molly Immendorf in these plans. Together, they wrote a proposal for an Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grant from the UW System's Office of Professional Development and Instructional Development (OPID) for "seed money" to finally begin a TLC. They were awarded this significant grant and then were also supported by the UW Colleges Office of Academic Affairs to get the VTLC off the ground.
Nancy earned her B.A. in English summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English (American and Multicultural Literature) from the University of Georgia. She joined the faculty of the UW Colleges English Department and the UW-Barron County campus in the fall of 1998. During her tenure with the UW Colleges, Nancy co-directed the University of Wisconsin System’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program, the UW System's statewide faculty development program with a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) focus that brings together faculty from across the UW System and across the disciplines. She has been a UW System Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (2001), a UW System Teaching Scholar (2006), a CASTL Scholar for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Institute held at Columbia College Chicago (2006), twice a recipient of UW-BC's Kaplan Teaching Award (1999-2000, 2002-2003), and the first recipient of the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2003).
Nancy published disciplinary, pedagogical, and SoTL work in national and international peer-reviewed journals and books; She is also on the Board of Directors (and editor of the newsletter) for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).
In 2012, Nancy's love of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning led her to a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching and Learning. Her contribution to the UW Colleges and System in teaching and learning