Associate Director of Teaching Innovation

Elise (she/her) is the consultant for the language departments at Duke. Her goal is to support their teaching through sound pedagogy and educational technologies. She leads fellowships on topics such as collaborative project courses, flexible teaching, and course design. Her recent work has centered on inclusive teaching, designing workshops and co-leading the department’s DEIA committee.

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Recent Blog Posts:


A Perfect Fit: Faculty Learn about Teamwork Through Jigsaw, POD Conference, Seattle (upcoming, November 2022)

Inclusive Teaching in Practice, LSU of Alexandria (August 2022)

Ditching the Final Exam in Language Courses, PebblePad Symposium, Portland (July 2017)

The White Glove Approach: PebblePad Implementation at Duke University, AAEEBL Conference, Portland (July 2017)

Using Portfolios for Student Self-Reflection, Teaching and Learning Days, Durham (March 2017)

Technology and Pedagogy: Tips and Trends from Duke, ACTFL Conference, San Antonio (November 2016)

Teaching the Teachers: Keeping Faculty Current, ELI Conference, San Antonio (February 2016)

Warpwire Implementation, TechExpo, Durham (April 2015)

Writing in Coursera: The Challenges of Peer Assessments, ELI Conference, New Orleans (February 2014)

Bringing the Cloud to the Language Lab, CIT Workshops, Durham (January 2013)

Sakai Support: A CIT Perspective, TechExpo, Durham (January 2013)


Prior to her work at Learning Innovation, Elise was a visiting assistant professor for five years in Duke’s German department, where she coordinated the language program and trained graduate students. Elise has a B.A. in German Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.