Joel Brady, PhD. is an instructional designer and faculty teaching consultant at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE). He earned his PhD in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion at the University of Pittsburgh (2012), a Graduate Certificate in East European Studies (2012), a Masters in Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005), and a SLOAN-C certification in online teaching (2014). At CIDDE, he conducts individual teaching consultations and offers pedagogy workshops, such as “Multimedia Teaching and Learning” and “Teaching with Prezi.” In addition to teaching Pitt’s University Teaching Practicum, a pedagogy seminar for graduate student instructors, he has taught a number of courses in Pitt’s Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, and History, including “Religions of the West,” “East European Civilization,” and “Vampire: Blood and Empire.” His research focuses upon migrant transnationalism and religious conversion in Eastern Europe and the Americas, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD. serves as the Director of Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and is an instructor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Dental Public Health. She earned her PhD in German at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a focus on education and teacher training. She has developed courses in the methodology of teaching, conducted teacher training, and provided services and resources promoting faculty development. Within the School of Dental Medicine, her responsibilities include designing and implementing faculty development and mentoring programs, offering workshops and courses to faculty in pedagogy and clinical teaching, providing orientation for new faculty, offering instructional design consultation for faculty, creating monthly teaching tip podcasts, as well as creating and editing the Faculty Affairs Newsletter. Presently, she serves as course director of the first year theme course series in the pre-doctoral dental program and offers elective courses in teaching methods, clinical teaching, and dental education. In addition, she serves as chair of the Dental School’s Faculty Development Committee and was recently elected as the chair of the University Senate’s Educational Policies Committee. In her most recent endeavor, Dr. Horvath is spearheading an initiative to identify and train students as future faculty through the development of a two year academic career track program in the pre-doctoral curriculum and is currently collaborating with other dental schools to take this initiative to the national level.