Dr. Timothy Henkel serves as Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. Prior to joining the St. Petersburg campus, Dr. Henkel was Associate Professor of marine biology and Scholar-in-Residence at the IDEA Center at Valdosta State University in Georgia.
For 20 years, Dr. Henkel has taught at various levels, including undergraduate and graduate courses, both in-person and online. As a post-doctoral scholar at Murray State University, he worked with the FIRST IV project, an NSF-funded research program that provided professional development to post-doctoral researchers. He was part of the team that developed ways to assess the impact of this early career professional development model. More recently, Dr. Henkel served as a representative for faculty development within the University System of Georgia, working with the USG-Consortium on Teaching and Learning (USG-CTL) and Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative in Georgia. He led a cross-disciplinary team of faculty to the 2018 AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. Dr. Henkel has published articles on teaching and learning and professional development as well as numerous articles on marine ecology.
Veronica Matthews serves as Office Manager of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning as well as Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services. Ms. Matthews earned a B.A. in English Literature and a M.L.A. in English, both at USF St. Petersburg campus. She received academic merit scholarships, studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge in England, and participated in the Honors College throughout her undergraduate career. She was a nominee for the Anita Cutting Award for Best Honors Thesis for her adaptation of three Shakespeare plays. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of her masters degree, Ms. Matthews focused on Composition Pedagogy, which emphasized empowering at-risk students to write with authentic voice, as well as Shakespeare and Grant Writing. As a graduate student, she conducted research on thematic connections in Shakespeare and her work was nominated for the 2013 Statewide Research Symposium. Veronica is currently a doctoral student at USF in the Ed.D. Educational Innovation program, and her research is focused on community engagement, high impact practices, and ethnodrama.