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Faculty & Staff

NameTitleEmailPhone
Jennifer LaneFaculty Co-Directorjennifer.lane@gccaz.edu623-845-3436
Meghan KennedyInstructional Designer, Co-Directormeghan.kennedy@gccaz.edu623-845-3981
Cheryl ColanInstructional Developercheryl.colan@gccaz.edu623-845-3081
Jenn AltonAdministrative Specialistjennifer.alton@gccaz.edu623-845-3485
Polly LaubachTraining & Development Consultantpolly.laubach@gccaz.edu623-845-3865
Chris NielsonFaculty Developerchris.nielson@gccaz.edu623-845-4486
Christina ClarkFaculty Developerc.clark@gccaz.edu623-888-7196
Beth EyreseCourses Faculty Leadbeth.eyres@gccaz.edu623-845-3485
Julie MorrisonDirector, College Assessment and Review Teamjulie.morrison@gccaz.edu623-845-4761
Amanda MurphyDirector, Developmental Educationamanda.murphy@gccaz.edu623-845-3642
Donna AtwoodAdjunct Faculty Association Representativedonna.atwood@gccaz.edu

Staff Information

Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane, Ph.D. is the Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Engagement where she collaborates, coordinates, and strategizes with the CTLE Staff, eCourses Faculty Lead, Faculty Developers and serves as the liaison with academic departments and other divisions/areas across the college. Jennifer remains an English faculty member on a reduced load, teaching developmental, composition, and literature courses including honors offerings in hybrid and online formats. She previously served as the GCC Honors Program Director and the MCCCD District Honors Lead, and she has served as GCC’s Service-Learning Faculty Lead as well as the Learning Communities Coordinator. In 2015, Jennifer had a Maricopa Institute for Learning Research Fellowship (MILRF) examining the impact of a civic engagement approach to teaching and learning. She also obtained and administered the Coming Out of Hiding: Empowering Community College Students to Help Victims of Human Trafficking grant for GCC and started the MCCCD publication of the Veterans Heritage Project, “Since You Asked.” When she is not in the classroom, she is engaged in the community as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and as a Flinn-Brown Fellow.

Meghan Kennedy

Meghan Kennedy

Meghan is GCC’s Instructional Designer and Co-Director of the CTLE. Meghan holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology and a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University. In addition, she has a Professional Writing Graduate Certificate from Northern Arizona University and a Certificate in ESL Teaching from Duke University. Meghan has taught English Composition, Interpersonal Communication, and ESL. Prior to coming to GCC, Meghan was an Academic Technology Consultant at the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology. Meghan also worked at Neumont University in Salt Lake City, UT, first as Faculty Development Coordinator and then as Associate Dean of Academics. She was an Instructional Designer and Evaluation Consultant at the Brigham Young University Center for Instructional Design.

Cheryl Colon

Cheryl Colan

Cheryl Colan is the Instructional Developer for the CTLE. She has been a professional web and graphic designer for over 15 years. In her career, Cheryl has created many kinds of media experiences, including documentary films, podcasts, museum exhibitions, video blogs, and video installations for live theatre productions. Cheryl has served the Maricopa Community Colleges since 2001 in various capacities: Adjunct Faculty, Web Developer, Graphic Designer, and Audiovisual Technician. As an adjunct, Cheryl taught Web Design, Computer Photographic Imaging, Computer Graphics, Digital Storytelling and Digital Multimedia. Cheryl is passionate about respecting learners and creating a true connection with them. She would love to collaborate with you.

Polly Laubach

Polly Laubach

Polly is the CTLE’s Training & Development Consultant. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Polly has trained professionals at all levels since 2002 and has been an adjunct instructor at GCC since 2005. In addition, Polly served on many GCC committees and sat on the Adjunct Faculty Association Board of Directors for two years. Polly strives to make her training environments informative, fun, and engaging, and she embraces innovative approaches to facilitate learning.

Chris Nielson

Chris Nielson

Chris Nielson is Residential English Faculty, Co-Faculty Developer and PAR Facilitator at GCC. He started as Adjunct Faculty at GCC in 2008 and became Residential Faculty in 2010. He primarily teaches First-Year Composition (ENG 101 & 102) in accelerated hybrid format currently, but has taught developmental English and ESL courses along with composition since 2004. Prior to Faculty Development, Chris was involved with a number of committees on campus including HLC Self-Study, Assessment, Writing Center and eCourses, and he has participated in and given workshops at the CTLE. Chris enjoys dining, music, cycling and spending time with his wife, kids and friends.

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Christina Clark

Christina Clark is Residential Faculty for the Chemistry Department and is currently serving as PAR Facilitator at GCC. She has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry/Biochemistry and a Master’s in Chemistry.  Christina teaches Fundamental Chemistry, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II and the corresponding labs to those courses. She also teaches concurrent honors chemistry classes in both the Fall and Spring semesters.  After working in industry for five years in La Jolla, Christina moved to Arizona and started teaching chemistry as an adjunct at GCC in 2005. She became Residential Faculty in 2013. Christina is a course coordinator for CHM151LL, is the Pre-Pharmacy Club Advisor for GCC North, serves on the eCourses committee as her department liaison and is involved in the CTLE’s Reimagine Project as a Project-Based Learning Lead.

Beth Eyers

Beth Eyres

Beth Eyres is the eCourses Faculty Lead and serves as the eCourse Coordinator in the English Department. She began teaching way back in 1989 and began teaching eCourses in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English from ASU and later a Master of Arts in English from NAU. Currently, Beth teaches composition and literature courses in both hybrid and online formats.

Julie Morrison

Julie Morrison is the Director of the College Assessment & Review Team and serves as the Assessment of Student Learning Liaison for the CTLE. When Julie is not involved in assessment activities, she serves as the Chair of the Psychology Department. Julie holds a BS from Texas Christian University and a MA and PhD from Stanford University, all in the field of psychology. She joined the faculty at GCC in 2005. For the past 14 years, Julie has loved experiencing psychology with her Introductory and Research Methods students, but is currently on leave from teaching due to her assessment and chair responsibilities. She is proud to be part of the incredible team of colleagues at the CTLE.

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Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy is Residential English Faculty and serves as the Director of Developmental Education at GCC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University in both English and Spanish as well as a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from ASU. After a brief stint as a high school Spanish teacher, she started teaching college English in 2000 and has been full-time English faculty at GCC since 2005. Currently, Amanda teaches English composition, developmental writing, ESL, and linguistics courses at GCC. She has been involved in developmental education at GCC for the last 15 years and has a strong dedication to our most vulnerable students, working to develop trainings, courses, and supports to enable success for students at all levels.

Donna Atwood

Donna Atwood

Donna is currently serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Arts & Humanities department of GCC, teaching drawing and printmaking. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Printmaking and an MSD in Visual Communications from Arizona State University. During her early career as a graphic designer, she served the needs of a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, public utilities, and trade show promotion. In addition to teaching, she is also active as a print-maker and serves on the board of the Arizona Print Group, exhibiting work both locally and nationally.