Kelsey Bitting

Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research

Northeastern University

I joined the Northeastern University Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research as an Associate Director in the summer of 2015. In this role, I develop and facilitate workshops on a variety of topics, guide and mentor faculty conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects, and provide consultations to faculty on all aspects of their teaching practice. My current areas of specialization include STEM teaching and course transformation, contemplative pedagogy for deep learning and transfer, and project-based learning. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for Course Redesign in the Geology Department at the University of Kansas, where I helped faculty implement active, student-centered teaching methods into their large introductory courses, provided professional development in pedagogy for graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, and mentored undergraduate researchers conducting geoscience education projects.

I received my Ph.D. in geoscience from Rutgers University in 2013 and my B.A. in anthropology and Earth and environmental sciences from Vanderbilt University in 2005. My research has investigated the effects of active learning techniques on conceptual geoscience knowledge and skillsets such as critical thinking and writing, student and instructor perceptions of course redesign and the implementation of active learning in introductory geoscience courses, and the dynamic landscape evolution of the Delaware River Valley in the context postglacial climate change.

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Conference Presentation (1)

Student Learning Outcomes and Experiences Associated with Student-Centered Redesign of a General Education Geology Course part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The University of Kansas has embarked upon an ambitious agenda for transforming introductory level courses with an emphasis on active learning in STEM disciplines. We present results and analysis of a redesigned ...

Other Contributions (8)

Strengthening TA Teaching Capacity part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Roundtable Discussions
Teaching Assistants (TAs) play a major role in undergraduate instruction, and their teaching practices and beliefs influence student learning. Nonetheless, TAs often begin their positions with little to no teaching ...

Enriching the Geoscience Community through Micro-Mentoring Practices part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
Personal relationships with faculty mentors who encourage students to pursue their goals have a major impact on undergraduates, in outcomes ranging from academic success to general well-being after graduation. ...

Define the Role(s) of your Teaching Assistants part of Introductory Courses
This page was written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and contributions ...

Manage and Support your Teaching Assistants part of Introductory Courses
This page was written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and contributions ...

Develop a TA Contract for Your Course part of Introductory Courses
This page was written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and contributions ...

Evaluate and Reward Teaching part of Introductory Courses
This page was written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and contributions ...

Working Effectively with Teaching Assistants part of Introductory Courses
These pages were written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and ...

Prepare Teaching Assistants to Enter the Classroom part of Introductory Courses
This page was written by Kelsey Bitting (Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas) and Geoff Cook (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego), drawing on discussions and contributions ...