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Triple-I: Ideas, Information, & Inquiry


Each Triple-I course brings together three outstanding professors from different departments across the university so that students can study a common theme from several perspectives. These courses offer unique opportunities for students to join some of UNC’s top scholars as they investigate big ideas, while making connections and drawing distinctions between diverse disciplines and approaches. Students will develop key critical-thinking skills with lasting impacts on their future studies and life experiences. Triple-I courses demonstrate the power of multi-disciplinary thinking in an increasingly complex world.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a Triple-I course.


Gain exposure to the three disciplines and their methods of inquiry.


Compare and contrast different ways that scholars address a question, problem, or theme.


Understand the power of approaching a topic from multiple perspectives.


Learn how different disciplines understand and use data and evidence.

Data Literacy Lab

When students register for the three-credit Triple-I, they will also register for a corresponding one-credit Data Literacy Lab. This largely workshop-style class introduces students to the ways in which professional data analysts think about and manage data, as well as the techniques and considerations that are involved in transforming data into information to support a claim, perspective or proposition.

This class introduces students to some important concepts that can help them make more informed decisions about how to work with data, while at the same time, getting them familiar with some of the tools professionals use when working with data. Students practice on datasets that have been put together by past students in this class, and through that practice, they learn how to prepare data for analysis and explore data through visualizations.

Student Feedback

logo“Going into my freshman year, I was very unsure of what I was interested in and thought I would be undecided in my major far into my journey at UNC. Taking the III course that was offered to me in my first semester completely changed this belief as I found myself studying two subjects that I started to fall in love with, and was even able to see how they could connect and work together. Thanks to the experiences and opportunities provided in Humans and the Cosmos, I was able to confidently (and eagerly!) declare philosophy and data science as my major and minor courses of study, and I have not looked back since!”

L. M.
Student in IDST-190 & IDST-190L

logo“While some might be hesitant to take part in a data literacy class their freshman year, the knowledge I gained from this one-credit course has proven invaluable. From gaining a sociological standpoint on the impact of information and data to grappling with excel formulas, Professor Lang’s videos are advantageous resources helping me in my current role as an intern and will indeed support me for many years to come.”

K. P.
Student in IDST-190 & IDST-190L

logo“Before this class, I had no experience organizing or visualizing data and didn’t realize how many different ways I’d utilize the skills this course taught me. Over half of my classes including gen eds and my specific classes for my major incorporated at least one of the platforms we learned about, like Excel. This course included a wide range of information without it being overwhelming by keeping the content relevant to ways college students could employ the information and I would recommend it to every student in a heartbeat.”

A. D.
Student in IDST-190 & IDST-190L

Fall 2023 Course Offerings

Check Connect Carolina for the most up-to-date information about offerings, meeting times, Instructional modes, and availability.

  • Seats are limited to first-year students (and transfer students in their first year at UNC-CH who transfer in fewer than 24 hours of post-college class credit).
  • Students must enroll in both the Triple-I and it’s corresponding Data Literacy Lab.
  • Students may only register for one (1) Triple-I + (1) Data Literacy Lab during their time at UNC-CH.

There are a variety of courses you can take to meet the Triple-I requirement:

IDST 112-001: Death and Dying

TTH, 12:30 PM – 01:45 PM | Instructors: Jocelyn Chua, Jennifer Larson, Jeannie Loeb | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 112L-401

Death and dying are universal human experiences. Yet there is immense cultural variation and historical fluidity to the ways we define, understand and treat death, dying and relations between the living and the dead. This course explores the concepts of death and dying from three different disciplines (examples may include, but are not limited to, Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and Psychology & Neuroscience). This course will consider similarities and differences between the three discipline research methodologies and will also introduce students to data literacy and principles of evidence.

Jocelyn Chua

Jocelyn Chua earned her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University and is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Chua is broadly interested in people's lived experiences of suicide, death, and violence in the contemporary world, and particularly how mental health professionals and therapies intervene to reshape how people respond to these experiences. She has conducted research in India on suicide, and is currently working on a new project examining the use of psychiatric medications in war by the United States military.

Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson earned her PhD in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and is the Director of Credit Programs and Summer School at Digital and Lifelong Learning at UNC. She is also a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of English & Comparative literature. Her research interests include African-American literature (especially African American drama), Film Studies (especially race in contemporary cinema), American literature, and Composition (especially writing in/about law). She teaches courses such as Film & Culture, Literature & Law, and ENGL 105.

Jeannie Loeb

Jeannie Loeb earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, specializing in Behavioral Neuroscience. She has been a Teaching Professor in the Psychology & Neuroscience Department since January 2005 and is currently also the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She has taught a variety of courses over the years, but currently, she focuses on teaching General Psychology, Biological Psychology and a graduate course on college teaching. In her spare time (ha, what’s that?), she enjoys watching sci-fi and K- and C- dramas; walking on trails and sleeping.


IDST 115-001: Understanding Health and Happiness

TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructors: Claudio Battaglini, Barbara Fredrickson, Arne Kalleberg | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 115L-401

This course is designed to expose students to diverse approaches in the scientific study of health and happiness. In addition to introducing students to the scientific literature on these topics, the course will also teach students a variety of life skills, such as teamwork, developing social connections and “belongingness” at UNC, being physically active, and becoming confident that they can deploy evidence-based skills to increase their health and happiness, both in college and beyond. This is also a research-exposure course that aims to develop students’ data literacy to enable them to conduct their own scientific research. The three professors combine their intellectual resources and distinct disciplinary methods around topics related to the scientific study of happiness, assessed as both subjective and physical well-being.

Claudio Battaglini

Claudio L .Battaglini, PhD, is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology Specialization) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Battaglini received his BS degree from the Catholic University of Brasilia Brazil (1992) and his MA (1999) and PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Dr. Battaglini’s research focuses on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological, psychological, and physical functioning in cancer patients.

Barbara Fredrickson

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory. She is both an award-winning teacher and also among the most highly-cited scientists worldwide. Her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into dozens of languages. She has been President of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Society for Affective Science. In 2017, Professor Fredrickson was honored with the Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology, awarded to recognize exceptional career contributions to the well-being of humanity.

Arne Kalleberg

Dr. Arne Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has Adjunct Professorships in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Department of Public Policy, and the Curriculum in Global Studies. He received his BA from Brooklyn College and his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published extensively on topics related to the sociology of work, organizations, occupations and industries, labor markets, and social stratification. He served as Secretary of the American Sociological Association from 2001-2004 and as its President in 2007-2008. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Social Forces, an International Journal of Social Research.


IDST 116-001: Gender

TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructors: Maxine Eichner, Cary Levine, Anna Bardone-Cone | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 116L-401

What is gender and where does it come from? Is gender something that people are born with? Or are they socialized into gender roles? Is gender in the eye of the beholder? To what extent do artists represent gender issues differently? How might one best critique or challenge gender norms? Are gender differences legal ground for treating men and women differently? Or should the law prohibit treating people differently based on gender? This course will consider these questions and more through the lenses of psychology, art history, and law. The class will explore gender-related experiences across the lifespan, consider how gender has been represented and challenged in art throughout history, and discuss the differing ways that courts and lawyers have approached cases involving gender. This course will establish a foundation from which students can think critically about gender from multiple perspectives—personal, social, cultural, political, and juridical.

Maxine Eichner

Maxine Eichner, the Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law, writes on issues at the intersection of law and political theory, focusing particularly on family relationships, social welfare law and policy; feminist theory; sexuality; and the relationship of the family, the workplace, and market forces. Professor Eichner is the author of The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America’s Political Ideals (Oxford University Press, 2010).  She is now finishing a second book, The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored), which considers the harsh effects that market forces are having on American families today, and which argues that the government’s role is to shield families from these forces.  She is also an editor of Family Law: Cases, Text, Problems (eds., Ellman, Kurtz, Weithorn, Bix, Czapanskiy, and Eichner, 2014). In addition, she has written numerous articles and chapters for law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, and edited volumes on law and political theory.

Cary Levine

Cary Levine is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History. His first book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, examines the work of three important Southern California artists. His second book, The Future is Present: Art, Technology, and the Work of Mobile Image focuses on the intersections of art, politics, and technology. He was a 2020 recipient of the Art Journal Award and a 2014 recipient of the Hettleman Prize for Scholarly Achievement at UNC. He has lectured nationally and internationally, has written for various magazines and museum catalogues, and previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Anna Bardone-Cone

Anna Bardone-Cone, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Mathematics and French, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Her research interests are in eating disorders and body image, in particular: 1) defining eating disorder recovery; 2) identifying and testing pathways to disordered eating with particular interest in the role played by psychosocial variables (e.g., perfectionism, self-efficacy, social comparison, stress) and how these variables interact; and 3) examining cultural, familial, and media factors related to disordered eating and body image.


IDST 123-001: Borders and Boundaries

MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructors: Nadia Yaqub, Jennifer Gates-Foster, Banu Gökariksel | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 123L-401

Have you ever wondered how the borders that you see on maps or cross in your own life came to be? Have you ever considered how those lines correspond with the lived experiences of communities and how those who cross borders, such as refugees, experience them? Have you ever wondered how boundaries and borders become a locus of conflict or sites of resistance? This semester we will tackle these and other questions by considering the concept of the border from different disciplinary perspectives and focusing our case studies on locations in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. We will consider ancient theories of borders and the body and the role of borders and boundaries in cultural formation and identity. We will explore different technologies used to govern borders and boundaries and how they affect migration, mobility, and security. Much of our work together will involve the examination of creative responses to the border and will take us from ancient Athens and Egypt to Palestine and Turkey/European Union.

Nadia Yaqub

Nadia Yaqub is professor of Arab culture in the Department of Asian Studies and adjunct professor in the department of English and Comparative literature. She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has treated Arab cultural texts ranging from medieval literature and contemporary oral poetry to modern prose fiction and visual culture. Her recent publications include Bad Girls of the Arab World (University of Texas Press 2017), a volume of essays co-edited with Rula Quawas, and Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution (University of Texas Press, 2018), a monograph about Palestinian cinema of the long 1970s. She is currently working on a book about engaged cinema from the Arab world of the 1970s and 1980s and an edited volume about visual representations of Gaza.

Jennifer Gates-Foster

Jennifer Gates-Foster is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Curriculum in Archaeology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2005 and has been at Carolina since 2013. Her primary research interest is in the archaeology of the Hellenistic and early Roman Eastern Mediterranean, especially Egypt, with a focus on the construction of identity and political authority in border regions.

Banu Gökariksel

Banu Gökarıksel is Professor of Geography and the Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she have been a faculty member since 2005. She grew up in Turkey and earned her B.A. (in Economics) and M.A. (in Anthropology/Sociology) at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a feminist political and cultural geographer interested in bodies, borders, and everyday spaces as key sites of politics and geopolitics. Her research analyzes embodied and lived experiences of religion and secularism, the production of social difference, and the formation of subjects, borders, and territory.


IDST 129-001: Countering Hate

TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructors: Yaakov Ariel, Peter Gordon, Afroz Taj | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 129L-401

Many of our social problems appear to stem from feelings of animosity people have towards others: racism, misogyny, antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, white supremacy, etc. At the same time, many of our most profound cultural endeavors are aimed at overcoming the fears, suspicions, and misunderstandings that underpin that animosity. In this class, we examine the cognitive and psychological bases for animosity towards others, and how our political and social structures have fostered such feelings. We then examine cultural efforts to overcome them through performance, literature, visual representations (including film, photography, and other visual arts), and faith. The questions we will address include: How have performers, directors, writers, artists, and faith leaders addressed problems of hate and misrepresentation in their work? How do writers and other artists approach painful moments in history? How can our practices of reading, viewing, or listening counter hate? What role do faith communities play in generating and countering hate?

Yaakov Ariel

Much of Yaakov Ariel’s research has focused on Protestantism, especially Evangelical Christianity, and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity. He has published numerous articles and three books on these subjects. One of these books, Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. His latest book, An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews, was published in 2013 by New York University Press. His current project looks at the religious aspects in the life and career of poet Allen Ginsberg who was, in significant ways, a pioneer and prophet to many of his generation.

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon’s field is the psychology of language and his interests in that field are very broad. Right now his basic research focuses on several topics related to word recognition and to higher levels of language comprehension. These include: the nature of the memory processes involved in understanding complex sentences, the interaction between lexical and higher-levels of language processing, and the coordination of language processing with more general mechanisms of memory, perception, attention, and motor control. Research on these topics in his laboratory uses two primary methods, eye-tracking during reading and measurement of event-related potentials (ERPs).

Afroz Taj

Afroz Taj’s research and teaching center around South Asian media, with emphasis on the film industry and television. His book, The Court of Indra and the Rebirth of North Indian Drama, explores the origins of the Urdu-Hindi musical theater in mid-nineteenth century Lucknow. His current book project focuses on the dynamics of the transition from the Parsi theater to early sound films in the 1920s and 1930s. He is also interested in the aesthetics of cinema, filmmaking techniques and technologies, and the history of Bollywood. While researching the history of Indian cinema he began to collect past issues of Shama magazine; in his next project, he will trace the impact of Shama on South Asian popular culture, including its visual and verbal constructions of gender identity in twentieth-century India and Pakistan.

Dr. Taj is also a creative writer: he has written, published, and recited his ghazals, geet, dohe, and short stories in Urdu and Hindi. Over the past ten years, he have undertaken to film interviews with important literary figures of South Asia, and he has made a number of short films in conjunction with the Door Into Hindi and Darvazah language-learning websites. His interest in media has enabled him to pioneer the use of new technologies and multimedia resources in language teaching.


IDST 130-001: The Future of Food

MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM | Instructors: Eliza Rose, Caela O’Connell, Anna Krome-Lukens | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 130L-401

You’ve probably been offered almond milk, but have you heard of potato milk? It’s coming. The ways we make, eat, and think about food are constantly changing. What will food look like a decade or century from now? This course combines perspectives from science fiction, anthropology, public policy, and marine ecology to address related questions: How has our love of and need for food influenced our social and political structures, trade and conflict among cultures, and exploration of our planet? How does food affect our relationships and shape our sense of who we are? How do policy choices shape the food we eat? How can we feed 8 billion humans without sacrificing the environment? How might technology and innovation shape our future food? This class will probably make you really hungry, and it might even change how you think about the food you eat.

Eliza Rose

Eliza Rose is Assistant Professor and Laszlo Birinyi Sr. Fellow in Central European Studies in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research uses art, film, and science fiction to explore how the future was imagined in socialist Eastern Europe during the twentieth century. She is an alumna of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and her science fiction stories have been published in English, Polish, and French. The great paradox of her life is that she constantly thinks about outer space but would never want to travel there.

Caela O’Connell

Caela O’Connell is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program. She got hooked on researching farmers and the environment in particular while studying Spanish at the Universidad de Habana in Cuba. Dr. O’Connell runs the Socio-Ecological Change Research Lab (SECR Lab) at UNC investigating different aspects of sustainability, agriculture, inequality, water, disasters, adaptation, crisis and environmental conservation and partnering with community organizations for engaged scholarship. Her work is primarily in the Caribbean and North and South America. When not thinking about the future for farming and our global environment, Dr. O'Connel enjoys cooking, baking for friends, hiking (nothing too steep), taekwondo, tracking hurricanes, and traveling with her family.

Anna Krome-Lukens

Anna Krome-Lukens is a Teaching Associate Professor in Public Policy. Her research focuses on the history of welfare and public health policies. She teaches courses about the intersection of policy and history, including “Why History Matters to Public Policy” and a first-year seminar on higher education policy. She also directs the UNC Public Policy Capstone program, facilitating the work of student teams who do policy analysis for non-profits and government agencies. She loves thinking about how the history of food systems shapes their possible futures, and she also loves cheese.


IDST 132-001: Science for Hyperpartisan Times

MWF, 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM | Instructors: Matthew Springer, Jeffrey Warren, Christian Lundberg | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 132L-401

This course aims to help students navigate the messy intersection of science, policy, and politics by teaching how the substance, history, presentation, interpretation of science – as well as education about science – influence our understandings of the world. Students will: 1) analyze public discourse, education, and debate about science, 2) consider how philosophies, knowledge, data, and interpretations are created, delivered, and received, and 3) discuss how these factors – alongside partisan politics and bias from both sides of the aisle – influence science policy outcomes.

Matthew Springer

Matthew G. Springer is the Hussman Distinguished Professor of Education Reform and chair of the Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership area in the School of Education. Matt is an interdisciplinary policy scholar by training and studies educational innovations and policies for improving system effectiveness and access to educational opportunities. Matt consults widely with government agencies and international organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Government Accountability Office, the National Governor’s Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the governments of the United Kingdom and Mexico, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has taught courses on the history and current trends in higher education, k-12 educator policy, research methods and causal inference, reading and writing academic research, and public policymaking. Matt’s research has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN’s Top of the Hour, and National Public Radio and in The New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University for over a decade before joining Carolina in the Fall of 2018 and falling in love with all things Carolina blue.

Jeffrey Warren

Formally trained as a marine geologist, Jeff Warren has spent the past 17 and a half years in State-level science policy positions including the coastal hazards policy specialist for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (2004 to 2010), the science advisor for the North Carolina Senate (2011 to 2017) and, most recently, the research director and now executive director for the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory headquartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017 to present). Warren earned his BSc in geological sciences from the University of Arizona (1994), his MSc in geology from Auburn University (1997), and his PhD in geological sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006). Warren’s academic research included field sites in the southeastern US, northern Mexico, the East and South China Seas, and Antarctica for which he received the Antarctica Service medal of the United States of America from the National Science Foundation. In addition to his primary duties at UNC Chapel Hill with the Collaboratory, Warren has also been appointed a Professor of Practice in the Department of Public Policy.

Christian Lundberg

Chris Lundberg is a professor of rhetoric, a political consultant, and a corporate communications strategist. He is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill, where he writes about and teaches courses in public speaking, debate, persuasive communication and political rhetoric.
His academic work includes multiple books and award-winning articles on rhetoric, speech, and persuasion, including: The Essential Guide to Rhetoric (Bedford St. Martin’s, 2008, 2e 2017); Public Speaking: Choices and Responsibility (Cengage Publishers, 2014, 2e 2016, 3e 2022); and a book about the psychology of public persuasion called Lacan in Public: Psychoanalysis and the Science of Rhetoric (University of Alabama Press, 2012). He has served as a debate and messaging consultant for numerous US Senate races, gubernatorial campaigns, and cabinet-level confirmation processes. His international work features extensive work in the United Kingdom, including work on the UK Prime Ministership, the Scottish leadership election, and consulting services for the “Vote Leave” campaign during the EU referendum. He is also the founder and CEO of Vocable Communications, a speech focused and data-driven communication consultancy serving senior leadership at multiple fortune 500 corporations. He received his Ph.D. in rhetoric from Northwestern University’s School of Communication in 2006, and his Master of Divinity from Emory University in 2000. In addition to his experience in the classroom and with consulting clients, he has over fifteen years of experience in speech and debate coaching, serving most recently as a coach and argument consultant for Harvard University. He has coached national championship intercollegiate debate teams at four separate universities (Liberty University, Emory University, Northwestern University, and Harvard University), and has coached multiple competitors to the top individual speaker award at the National Debate Tournament.


IDST 133-001: How to Not Be Fooled - Or Fool Yourself

TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructors: Steven Buzinski, Ram Neta, Colin Wallace | Data Literacy Lab: IDST 133L-401

Our society is drowning in information, so how do you avoid being fooled by bogus claims? In this class, we will examine two provocative topics (the age of Earth and the universe and climate change) where the data and our underlying beliefs often push us toward contradictory conclusions. We will learn how to study these ideas critically while remaining professional and respectful in our discourse. Our examination of these topics will be informed by the complementary perspectives of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students will learn the fundamental science and data interpretation skills needed to understand these topics, how to deal with probability and uncertainty in science, how to recognize logical fallacies in arguments, how to critically examine claims, the psychology of belief systems, and how our brains decide what to accept and what to reject when we are forming beliefs.

Steven Buzinski

Dr. Steven Buzinski is a Teaching Associate Professor, the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Directs the Karen M. Gil Internship Program, in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. He is also the Executive Director of Instructional Development for the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding. Dr. Buzinski is an award-winning instructor who primarily teaches courses in Social Psychology, including Introduction to Social Psychology, Attitude Change, and Self-Regulation. His research focuses on the development of self-regulatory interventions to improve health and education outcomes.

Ram Neta

Ram Neta is Professor of Philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he's taught since 2002. His research attempts to understand the nature of rationality, and its relation to knowledge. He has published many articles in the leading academic journals in philosophy, and (in collaboration with his Duke colleague Walter Sinnott-Armstrong) has taught a Coursera course on reasoning and argumentation to over a million students around the world.

Colin Wallace

Colin Wallace is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research work focuses on identifying conceptual, reasoning, and problem-solving difficulties students experience when studying physics and astronomy. He has developed many pieces of research-informed curricula, including the Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy, which are used by tens of thousands of college students across the nation. He leads professional development workshops across the country on effective teaching and assessment. Since 2017, he has been the director of UNC’s Summer Institute for College Teaching, a week-long professional development experience in which participants learn how to foster diverse and inclusive classroom environments; design learning goals; optimally implement active learning techniques; and assess the quality of their instruction.