Teaching and Learning Center Staff

Luke Waltzer

avatarLuke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogical and digital projects. He previously was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center, serves as Director of Community Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, is a faculty member in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, and directs the development of Vocat, an open-source multimedia evaluation and assessment tool. He serves on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki’s Writing History in the Digital Age.

Elizabeth Alsop
Assistant Director and Mellon Humanities Scholar

Elizabeth Alsop is the Mellon Humanities Scholar in the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center. In this position, she will help to pivot the lessons of the Mellon-funded Humanities Alliance with LaGuardia Community College to a broader constituency by extending the programming, partnerships, and reach of the TLC. Previously she was Assistant Professor of English and Film at Western Kentucky University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, where she also earned a certificate in Film Studies. Her research interests include Anglo-American modernism, narrative theory, and film and television studies; her current book project, Making Conversation: The Poetics of Talk in Modernist Fiction, examines the evolving function of dialogue in the Anglo-American modernist novel. She has also written about TV, film, and popular culture for publications including The Atlantic, The LA Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine.

Elizabeth Decker
Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Decker is a graduate of the PhD Program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation research focuses on non-canonical modernist writing by women and the visual arts. She has taught literature and composition courses at Queens College, New Jersey City University, and the Madrid Campus of Saint Louis University. She also holds a Teaching Fellowship at the Frick Collection, allowing her to actively develop pedagogical learning practices across disciplines.

Mei Ling Chua
TLC Fellow

Mei Ling Chua is a doctoral student in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center with research and pedagogical interests that include human-environment relationships, and the role of aesthetics and embodied experience in shaping our habitats and interactions. Her current research focuses on embodiment, engagement, and making in the contexts of digitization and the physical environment. Mei Ling comes to Environmental Psychology and the Teaching and Learning Center from a prior practice in Architecture. She is a Registered Architect and LEED-Accredited Professional, and holds a B.Arch. from Pennsylvania State University.

Anke Geertsma
TLC Fellow

Anke Geertsma is a PhD student in Comparative Literature and has taught composition, rhetoric, literature, and cultural studies classes, both at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she is from, and at several CUNY colleges. She also has experience teaching college readiness and preparation courses at the high school level through Bronx Community College’s College Now program and The Cooper Union’s online Summer Writing Program. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights narratives and cultural memory. She’s completing the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, for which she’s doing research on online social annotation tools for literature and writing classes.

Laurie Hurson
TLC Fellow

Laurie Hurson is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Psychology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation explores CUNY students’ learning ecologies and how these networks and university resources shape student learning processes and how they may support various forms of teaching and learning. Laurie is the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org, an open-source, academic, and participatory digital medium for CUNY Graduate Center students. She collaborated with Dr. Shelly Eversley (English, Baruch College) to develop EqualityArchive, an OER about the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. As a Hybrid Coordinator in Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning, she facilitates faculty development seminars that draw connections among teaching, learning, and technology.

Sakina Laksimi-Morrow
TLC Fellow

Sakina Laksimi-Morrow is a Doctoral student in the Urban Education department and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program. Sakina received her BA in Political Science and Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle, and her MA in Media, Culture and Communications from NYU. Her academic interests have spanned a number of interdisciplinary topics and issues with a social justice perspective. She is interested in charting out historical relationships between social inequality and systems of power and governance, and their mechanisms of reproduction. Sakina has worked as an educator in a number of colleges in New York, gaining experience both in and out the classroom with curriculum development, assessment and pedagogical development. She joined the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center to pursue her research interests on the ways that students of color fit into institutions of education. Her other interests include postcolonial theories, gender and disability issues, documentaries, films, food, and travel.

Sarah Litvin
TLC Writing Fellow

Sarah Litvin is a doctoral candidate in U.S. History at the The Graduate Center where she studies gender, visual culture, and parlor pianos. Additionally, she is the Interpretive Planner for the Reher Center for Immigrant History and Culture, a new museum and center for civic engagement in Kingston, New York. Sarah’s curatorial expertise is digital exhibits; she has developed interactives for the New-York Historical Society, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and also holds a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Prior to coming to CUNY, Sarah was Senior Education Associate at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she directed accessibility and living history programming from 2008-2013.

Kaitlin Mondello
TLC Fellow

Kaitlin Mondello is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at The Graduate Center working on her dissertation on posthuman ecology in transatlantic Romantic literature. Her research interests include Environmentalism, Science Studies, and Animal Studies. An Adjunct Instructor of English at Hunter College, she taught previously at Guttman Community College and Stern College for Women (Yeshiva University) in New York, as well as Stetson University, where she also served as Co-Director of the Writing Center, and Daytona State Community College in Florida. A former Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at The School of Professional Studies and part of the Environmental Justice Program at John Jay College, she also founded the Ecocriticism Public Working Group through The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center. She has been a Mellon Interdisciplinary Science Studies Fellow, a New York Botanical Garden Humanities Institute Fellow and an Early Research Initiative Fellow in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge. Her scholarly work has appeared in Romantic Ecocriticism and Essays in Romanticism.

Avra Spector
TLC Fellow

Avra Spector is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include silence and translation in 20th century literature. She currently teaches at Baruch College and The Cooper Union where she is also the Director of the Summer Writing Program and a Writing Associate in the Center for Writing. She’s also taught at City Tech, Queensborough Community College, Parsons and Holy Names University, California.