CLICK Teaching & Learning Coordinator
As the CLICK Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Alexa Jeffress designs and participates in CLICK teacher training, coordinates workshops and meeting schedules, serves as the CLICK Network Facilitator, and aligns learning goals with the CLICK rubrics. She is a doctoral candidate in her sixth year at the University of Virginia in the department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese. She completed her bachelor’s (2015) and master’s (2017) degrees in Spanish at the University of Virginia as well. Alexa has taught many Spanish courses at UVA, including Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Intermediate Spanish, Grammar and Composition, and Translation from Spanish to English. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Alexa participates in and facilitates programs through the university's Center for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests include 20th-century Spanish literature and film, with a particular focus on works that depict Barcelona; translation studies; ecocriticism; pedagogy; technology in the classroom.
Virtual Learning Liaison
Sarah Rabke is a doctoral candidate in her fifth year at the University of Virginia in the department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, studying contemporary Spanish theater and representations of migration on the stage. She attended Baylor University for her Bachelor of Arts (2014) and Master of Arts (2016) in Spanish literature. Sarah has taught a variety of courses at Baylor and UVA, including Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Intermediate Spanish as well as an introductory literature course in Spanish called Texts and Interpretation. She has also had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students on study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Spain, and she enthusiastically participates in programs and workshops with UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Institute of World Languages. Sarah loves acting, learning French, and volunteering with English as a Second Language classes in her community.
Ankita Chakrabarti is a PhD candidate in her sixth year in English at the University of Virginia. She focuses on contemporary global literature and her research interests lie in spatial studies, narrative theory, postcolonial theory and digital humanities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (2013) and Master of Arts (2015) from Jadavpur University, India. At UVA, she has worked on developing the Augmented Reality mobile app, UVA Reveal, as a Praxis Fellow (2017-2018). She has taught Critical Inquiry and Writing courses to first year students and literature courses on Global Literature. She has worked as an instructor for the UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (2017), organized by the Office of Diversity of the School of Medicine, which aims to prepare undergraduate students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply to medical school. She was also the Principle Investigator and co-producer of the world literature and public humanities dedicated podcast series, Circulating Spaces (2018-19). Ankita enjoys translating Bengali fiction in her spare time and exploring the potential of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies for humanities research.
Joe Wei is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Virginia. His research interests include contemporary American poetry and critical refugee studies, with an emphasis on Asian American literary and cultural studies. Joe is also interested in: American studies, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, critical theory, immigration history, and pedagogy. At UVA, he has taught writing and literature courses, including courses on Asian American poetry and Literature of the South. Before starting his doctoral program, Joe worked for an investment management firm in data analytics and reporting.
Hannah Sturtevant, PhD
Dr. Hannah Sturtevant has experience in college teaching, international student support, mixed methods evaluation, and research on evidence-based instructional practices. A native of Washington State, she gained a B.S. in chemistry at Western Washington University (2011), earned her PhD in chemistry with emphasis in chemical education at Purdue University (2016), and completed a postdoc at the University of Virginia's Center for Teaching Excellence (2019). She has taught Teaching Methods in Higher Education courses for undergraduate and graduate TAs in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and engineering at the University of Virginia and currently teaches general chemistry at Ohio Northern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her research interests include 1) effects of teaching methods courses on TAs and their students 2) faculty barriers to using evidence-based instructional practices, and 3) metacognitive training and inclusive teaching methods for student success.
Karen deFur-Maxwell, Ed.D., MA
Karen deFur-Maxwell, Ed.D., MA, teaches in the Graduate School of Education at Quinnipiac University. Her career has included that of Curriculum Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools, 25 years as a schoolteacher, public speaking engagements, conference presenter and a Board of Education elected position. Karen advises in areas of curriculum development and teaching methods. She was awarded the honor of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Embassy in 2013 for her role in the development of the first public school French immersion program in Connecticut.