Directory

Mia Spada

Mia Spada

Event Specialist

Mia is the event specialist in the Center for Teaching innovation. She assists in planning and coordinating all the logistical elements of meetings, workshops, conferences, and functions. Mia previously worked in Cornell’s Alumni Affairs and Development on their event management team, which managed VIP-level events. She interfaced and directed events for then-first lady Hillary Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Janet Reno to name a few. She also helped plan and coordinate presidential events, as well as annual on-campus alumni events. After she left Cornell to raise her family, she created and ran a very successful childcare business for 16 years. She received her associate’s degree in early childhood from Champlain College and her bachelor’s in health education from Ithaca College. 

Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Administrative Assistant

Leslie Williams provides support for the Center for Teaching Innovation initiatives, including faculty programming, GET SET programming for graduate students, future educators, and teaching assistants and the International Teaching Assistant Program. She holds an associate degree in liberal arts, social science from Tompkins Cortland Community College, a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a clinical concentration from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University. Prior to joining the center, Leslie worked for the Advocacy Center, formerly known as the Task Force for Battered Women/Child Sexual Abuse Project. While there, she served as director and instructor for domestic violence education. 

Kelly Chan

Kelly Chan

Student Technology Assistant Program Supervisor

Kelly Chan is the supervisor of the Student Technology Assistant Program and is the coordinator of the CTI Tech Lab. In these roles he helps instructors integrate technology with their teaching, works to modernize course material, manages the equipment lending library, and oversees the student staff. Before joining the Center, he worked with Cornell Information Technology in the instructional labs group operating closely with the CU Library, then with the course technologies team in Academic Technologies. Kelly is originally from the Boston area and came to Ithaca to earn his bachelor’s degree from Cornell. He has been here ever since. 

Amy Cardace

Amy Cardace

Teaching Support Specialist

Dr. Amy Cardace is a teaching support specialist for the Active Learning Initiative in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She specializes in designing assessment and evaluation systems for campus educational initiatives. She joined CTI after doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education where she studied a range of research methods related to measurement theory, multi-level modeling, and quasi-experimental design. During that time, she contributed extensively to a multi-year curriculum design project where her responsibilities included conducting measurement analyses, estimating students’ conceptual growth, and managing data. She is particularly interested in how to promote psychometric and statistical literacy across audiences, and how to optimize the application of related best practices in practical settings. She held previous positions conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses for the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit and the City of Berkeley public schools. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Connecticut College, and a master’s degree from Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

Lisa Sanfilippo

Lisa Sanfilippo

Teaching Support Specialist

Lisa Sanfilippo is a teaching support specialist who works with courses in the College of Arts & Sciences on the Active Learning Initiative (ALI). She surveys students, organizes small group discussions about their learning, and observes in the classroom in order to understand the student experience as courses transition to a model that incorporates research-based and innovative teaching methods. She works closely with instructors, providing them with student feedback and assessment support as they undertake these changes. Before joining ALI, Lisa worked for Cornell assessing the service needs of military families. In the years prior, she worked as a data analyst and archivist at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, a children’s policy research center at the University of Chicago. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in sociology from SUNY Buffalo. 

Alice Wu

Alice Wu

Teaching Support Specialist

Alice Wu enjoys teaching international graduate students in the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) and the ITAP Summer Program, and helps conduct language assessments with the ITAP team. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in linguistics from Cornell. Before working for the Center, Alice worked in the Intensive English Program, Summer English Program, International Students and Scholars Office, and the Learning Strategies Center. She worked in Stockholm, Sweden for SAS Intercultural Communication, facilitating pre-departure training for Swedish and Norwegian business people and families. She also taught English in Swedish companies and studied at Stockholm University. She received a USIA NAFSA Cooperative grant to produce a video on global nomad students at Cornell, and has written articles about global nomads and intercultural communication. 

Dan Stanton

Dan Stanton

Project Coordinator for Canvas@Cornell

Dan Stanton is a project coordinator in the Center for Teaching Innovation, providing project support to the Center's initiatives. Dan is a certified project manager (PMP) and has a broad background in program management, project management, business process analysis, strategic financial analysis, enterprise-level software application implementation, procurement, manufacturing and programming. Dan holds a degree in engineering from Clarkson University. 

Jen Laubscher

Jen Laubscher

Instructional Designer for Canvas@Cornell

Jen Laubscher is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation, on the Canvas@Cornell team. An educator for 18 years, Jen began her career as a third grade teacher and later discovered her passion for professional development while at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation at BOCES. She provided technology and instructional leadership to educators and led major initiatives focused on pedagogical practices that helped provide technological equity for rural students in two districts. An active member of NYSCATE, Jen has served as the social media chair and has been on the board of directors since 2012. Jen is a New York State-certified teacher with a master's in curriculum and instruction and a master's in mental health counseling with a concentration in play therapy, both earned at SUNY College at Oswego.

James Whalley

James Whalley

Instructional Designer for Canvas@Cornell

James Whalley is an instructional designer on the Canvas transition team in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Prior to joining CTI, James was the director of online education in the International College of the University of Suwon. In that role, he oversaw training, as well as course development and implementation through the Blackboard learning management system. Including his time at USW, James taught in South Korean universities for more than six years, focusing on instruction in ESL and film. James holds a bachelor’s in theater arts with an emphasis in film and a master of business administration from Humboldt State University. He is also currently pursuing a master of education in instructional design from Western Governors University.