My values: I believe in education for liberation and its power to perform better futures into existence. I cherish human connections, collaborative exploration, and the playful adventure of encountering each other authentically, with curiosity and generosity, as we create meaning together. I am a passionate Educational Developer committed to promoting intentional, learning-centered, and evidence-based teaching across the disciplines. I’m dedicated to nurturing spaces that interrogate power with honesty, value co-creation and sharing of knowledge, and advocate for systemically supporting agency, reflection, and equitable success for all teachers and learners.
Who I am and where I’m “from” (my cultures, contexts, and epistemologies): I am grateful for my life-long learning journeys, beautifully and constantly evolving, like the sea of masks and colors during Carnival season in my hometown Padova (just a few miles from Venice, Italy). I’m currently Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Enhancement at University College Cork (Ireland). Before joining UCC in 2022, I was Faculty Development Specialist at University of Rhode Island (USA). Before then, I was a Graduate Teaching Consultant in the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning while earning my PhD combining Italian Studies and Theatre Arts & Performance Studies at Brown University (USA). My trans-disciplinary scholarship, teaching, and international collaborations focus on fostering justice via critically inclusive pedagogies informed by applied theatre, performance activism, language education, and intercultural development.
Where my recent scholarship is going: This year, I’m thrilled to have been presenting and writing with amazing colleagues on Love, Hope, and Beauty for Justice-Oriented Change in Higher Education; Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) as Inclusive Trans-Disciplinary Inquiry; Radical Hospitality and Epistemic Justice; Self-Aware Intercultural Empathy in the Artistry of Teaching; Drama Education as Extra-Disciplinarity; Equitable Assessment Strategies for Instructor Motivation; Embodied Practice for Human-Centered and Sustainable Educational Development; Equity-minded Assessment, Evaluation & Grading; Democratic Belonging as Informed Citizenry; Bodies Marked with Difference: Cultivating Solidarity and Shared Humanity; Authentic Dialogue about Positionality in SoTL; Improvising Community, Development, and Learning: A Performance Approach to Higher Education; Engagement to Promote Faculty Wellbeing; Belonging as an Academic/Educational Developer.
I love to travel; I’m also a food enthusiast and an avid board-gamer!
For more info about me and my work: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/T004firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh my gosh, Anna, how exciting to meet someone from PADOVA!!! I love Padova! I wrote my master’s thesis on the great poet of the Polish Renaissance, Jan Kochanowski, and he was a student at the University of Padova back in the day, so that was my excuse to go visit Padova every chance I got when I was living in Europe at various times back in the 80s and 90s. I haven’t been in such a long time but I have so many beautiful memories of wandering around that city. I look forward to getting to know you through this IEH series and learning more about your work; it all sounds very inspiring!
Ho trovato questo articolo sulla Padova di Kochanowski! 🙂