About Us

Our staff:

Claire Gordon June 2016, cropped

Claire Gordon -

Head,Teaching and Learning Centre 

KSW 5.01

extension number: 5344

email: c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the Director of the LSE’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education for career track staff, sit on a number of School Committees and working groups, and am the departmental adviser to the departments of Economic History, European institute Government, International Relations and Sociology. I have particular interests in reward and recognition in higher education, developing research-based curricula to empower students in their learning, and assessment and feedback.

Prior to joining the Teaching and Learning Centre on a full-time basis I worked for ten years as a teaching fellow at the LSE’s European Institute with a particular focus on transition, EU enlargement and emerging political economies in Central and South East Europe. I have also been involved in a number of higher education and research capacity building projects in the Westerns Balkans.

Fung, Dilly and Claire Gordon (2016), 'Rewarding educators and education leaders in research-intensive universities' here: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/rewarding_educators_and_education_leaders.pdf 

Corbett, Anne and Claire Gordon. (2016 ). Written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education inquiry on the impact of exiting the EU on higher education

 

Academic Developers and Departmental Advisers

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Mark Baltovic, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

extension number: 7729

email: m.p.baltovic@lse.ac.uk

Biography

My primary focus is on teaching in quantitative disciplines, supporting teachers and developers of quantitative courses across the School through workshops and individual consultations.

I am also responsible for the Teaching and Learning Centre's new GTA induction programme, as well as various workshops on our PGCertHE and Academic Development programmes.

I have a long association with the School, having first started as an undergraduate here before becoming a teacher and educational researcher.

Experiencing the School from both sides of the 'podium' gives me an intimate understanding of the teaching we do here, but I still find myself surprised and inspired through this job.

My continuing teaching of mathematical subjects, both on campus-based as well as distance-based courses, fuels and informs my educational research interests; specifically, active learning approaches in quantitative disciplines and the use of web-based technologies to support learning in such disciplines.

I have recently started to look into the gamification and course design which lies atop the intersection of these seemingly diverse research interests.

I am on Twitter as Mark Baltovic (@SubliminalMaths)

 

Erik Blair

Dr Erik Blair, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

extension number: 6573

email: e.blair@lse.ac.uk

Biography

As an Academic Developer at LSE I get the chance to work with colleagues to support the development of their teaching, course design and their continuing professional practice. I am passionate about teaching as a tool for change and believe that great teaching underpins great learning. I like to take a structured approach to education and work with academics to use the skills of research as tools for organising the teaching and learning process. Over the last 14 years, I have worked to support the development of teaching at a number of Higher Education institutions in the UK and overseas. I seek to make learning engaging, thoughtful and organised. My teaching philosophy is that learners should be given the tools and drive with which to construct knowledge.

My principal research interest lies in the consideration of reflection as a means of understanding the teaching/learning experience. My publications (see here) are mainly deliberations on how social phenomena develop in educational contexts. I would say that my research seeks to enhance the teaching and learning experience through emphasising the role and worth of individuals within the educational environment.

Research Gate

Google Scholar

Twitter: @erikblair

 

Jenni Carr, June 2016

Dr Jenni Carr, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

extension number: 5097

email: j.carr4@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Department adviser for Accounting, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and Social Policy.

The other main areas I work on within the TLC are:

  • Teaching research methods practice exchange forum
  • Supervising PhD students workshops.
  • ‘Evaluating teaching’ module for the PG Certificate in Higher Education.
  • Development of teaching and learning resources.

Before coming to LSE I worked as Academic Developer for Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy. My role involved providing leadership and academic guidance on the development and implementation on strategic projects. Themes for strategic projects included teaching research methods; active and experiential learning; employability and global citizenship; and, and supporting development teaching and learning in disciplines affected by significant policy changes.

For further details of experience and publications LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jennicarr

I have a particular interest in the role of creativity in teaching and learning and explore this topic with academic development colleagues from three other universities via lacunaeblog.com.

Twitter @jennicarr8 

 

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Dr Colleen McKenna, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

extension number: 6623

email: c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk

Biography

At LSE, I lead the PGCertHE Associate level (for GTAs) and Full level.

Before joining LSE, I was a lecturer at UCL, where I led the Academic Communication Programme in the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching. I also contributed to the PGCLTHE and I taught undergraduates and masters students and supervised PhDs in higher education studies. I was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education/UCL in the Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education. I also co-founded (with Dr Jane Hughes)  HEDERA, a research/consultancy group concerned with academic practice.

My research interests lie in assessment and feedback, open education, academic practice, academic literacies and digital texts.

  • McKenna, C.  with Spowart, L., Turner, R., Winter, J., Muneer, R. (2017 in press) "Evidencing the Impact of Teaching-related CPD: Beyond the 'Happy Sheets'. International Journal of Academic Development
  • McKenna, C. (2017) ‘Ownership, regulation and production’ in Lillis, T. Ed. The politics of language and creativity in a globalized world. Open University Press. 

  • McKenna, C. (2016) Digital writing as transformative: instantiating academic literacies in theory and practice. In Lea, M., Lillis, T. and Mitchell, S. Eds. Working with academic literacies: Research, theory, design. Parlor Press. 


Personal website: https://colleenmckenna.org/

 

Esther Saxey

Dr Ellis Saxey, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

extension number: 7412

email: e.saxey@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I work as an academic developer in the Teaching and Learning Centre.

Within TLC, I support the PG Certificate programmes and LSE GROUPS. I work with the departments of Anthropology and Media and Communications, and the Gender Institute and Language Centre.

I have particular interests in innovative assessment, deterring plagiarism, and the politics of pedagogy. My collaborations with learning technologists continue to support and advance my thinking.  

I have worked in teaching and learning units at Goldsmiths, and the University of East London.

Before joining LSE, I taught at Universities for over a decade in fields connected to literature and to gender/sexuality (see selected publications here).

 

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Lee-Ann Sequeira, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

extension number: 1164

email: l.sequeira@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I recently joined the LSE as an academic developer who teaches on the PGCert and other TLC workshops. I am also the department adviser for Economics, Finance and Management and work closely with them on teaching and learning projects. I am interested in understanding how critical thinking and deep learning can promote a more rewarding learning experience. Past research I have been involved in has focussed on journal clubs, online education and most recently, developing conceptual understanding. Having lived, studied and taught in a number of education systems and countries, I am passionate about fostering all forms of diversity (intellectual, cultural, etc.) in education.

Sequeira, L., Bozzani, F. and Guiness, L. 2016. Formative Multiple Choice Questions: How can technology-enhanced learning promote deep learning among distance learners? RIDE Conference 2017, University of London, London.

Sequeira, L. and Colliety, P. 2010. Bridging the Gap Between Campus and Placement:Improving the Student Learning and Placement Experience through Virtual Action Learning Sets. Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE). Guildford: University of Surrey

 

Administrative Team

Nicole Nathan

Nicole Nathan, Senior Administrator

KSW 5.02

extension number: 6325

email: n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • PGCertHE programme Management
  • Centre Administration
  • Financial administration and planning
  • HR in the TLC

Previous employment:

  • Queen Mary University of London: Centre Manager.
  • BT: Middleware VVT Manager – CSS.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature

 

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Chris Doughty, Department Administrator

KSW 5.04

extension number: 5343

email: c.g.doughty@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • Atlas Programme for academic development
  • GTA Induction
  • LSE Groups
  • Centre Administration

Previous Employment:

  • King’s College London
  • Kaplan Financial
  • INTO University Partnerships

BA (Hons) Politics with North American Studies

 

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David Faggiani, Department Administrator

KSW 5.04

extension number: 6638

email: d.faggiani@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • Internal and External Comms
  • New Academic Induction Programme/Posters in Parliament administrator
  • Web Layout and Content Reviewer
  • TLC Publications Supervisor
  • TLC Social Media Officer
  • Centre Administration

Previous Employment:

  • London South Bank University
  • Leeds Building Society
  • Scottish Government

MA (Hons) English and Film