Amanda Irvin (she/her) serves as Senior Director of Faculty Programs and Services at the CTL. In this role, she oversees the development and facilitation of programs to support pedagogical innovation, purposeful use of educational technology, and learner-centered teaching for faculty and instructors at Columbia.
Through the design and implementation of programs, consultations, and resources, she encourages engaged, reflective teaching and learning in the Columbia University Teaching community. Recognized as a national expert in inclusive teaching and passionate about issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, Amanda works schools, departments, as well as individual with instructors administrators, to create and support positive change.
Amanda specializes in inclusive teaching, collaborative learning, and active learning. In addition to being a certified Team-Based Learning Collaborative expert consultant-trainer, she is also trained in Bystander Intervention to prevent sexual assault on college campuses as well as Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training to prevent student self-harm. She is committed to improving teaching and learning in our local, national, and international communities.
Prior to joining the Columbia CTL, Amanda served as Assistant Director of Faculty Development of the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Christian University where she was also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of English and the Women and Gender Studies program. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in English and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in English and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Radford University, and a B.A. in English and undergraduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Central Florida.
Amanda is a first-generation college graduate and member of the LGBTQ+ community. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, writing, practicing yoga, and cooking.