The Garden Project: Communities of Practice Directory

Welcome to our Garden Project Community of Practice directory page.

This searchable database (below) allows you to learn more about active communities of practice (CofP) across Penn State. The directory includes short descriptions of each CofP, as well as details about membership, location, and contact information.

If you are interested in joining one of these communities, please contact the Schreyer Institute liaison associated with the group. If you would like to join a community of practice on a topic not listed on this page, we encourage you to fill out this short form so that we can connect you to others who are interested in similar topics.



Academic Integrity Administrators/Coordinators
  • Academic integrity administrators/coordinators
  • Campus(es): Multiple/Any
  • Leader(s): Andrew Peck - Sarah Whitney
  • SITE Liaison: Laura Cruz
BMB Laboratory Courses
  • Instructors of biochemistry and molecular biology lab courses
  • Campus(es): Berks
  • Leader(s): Shannon Nowotarski
  • SITE Liaison: Laura Cruz
Common Read of "Caste' by Isabel Wilkerson
  • First year instructors and others engaging in common read of "Caste' (by Isabel Wilkerson)
  • Campus(es): Hazelton
  • Leader(s): Michael Polgar - Elizabeth Wright
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Classroom
  • Faculty integrating DEI content and practices in our courses
  • Campus(es): University Park
  • Leader(s): Cathy Hunt
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Faculty who teach courses on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Campus(es): Multiple/Any
  • Leader(s): Anne Hoag
  • SITE Liaison: Deena Levy
Equity-Oriented Pedagogy in School-University Partnerships
  • Equity-oriented teachers and teacher educators within a school-university partnership
  • Campus(es): University Park
  • Leader(s): Rachel Wolkenhauer
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Fitness & Well-Being
  • Faculty committed to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness
  • Campus(es): Wilkes-Barre, Any
  • Leader(s): Luciana Caporaletti
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Graduate Assistant Instructors in Philosophy
  • Graduate students teaching difficult topics
  • Campus(es): University Park
  • Leader(s): Sarah Carey - Jerome Clarke
  • SITE Liaison: Kris McLain
Human Development & Family Studies Internships
  • Human Development and Family Studies internships and alternative internship projects
  • Campus(es): DuBois
  • Leader(s): Jessica Clontz
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Human Flourishing in Education
  • Faculty and students committed to human flourishing
  • Campus(es): Multiple/Any
  • Leader(s): Maureen Ittig
  • SITE Liaison: Laura Cruz
Innovative Instructional Technologies in the Classroom
  • Instructors learning about instructional technology
  • Campus(es): Berks
  • Leader(s): Dawn Pfeifer Reitz
  • SITE Liaison: Adam Smith
Instructional Ideas & Integrations
  • Instructors embracing innovative teaching
  • Campus(es): DuBois
  • Leader(s): Marly Doty
  • SITE Liaison: Deena Levy
Instructor Well-Being as Well as Integrating Technology
  • Instructors supporting each other in the integration of technology into teaching and learning environments.
  • Campus(es): Mont Alto
  • Leader(s): Kira Hamman - Kim Herrmann - Robin Yaure
  • SITE Liaison: Laura Cruz
Instructors Adapting Ceramics Pedagogy to Online Environment
  • Faculty and students transforming ceramics classes to virtual environments
  • Campus(es):University Park
  • Leader(s): Kris Grey
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Instructors for CAS 100
  • Instructors teaching (past, present, future) CAS 100
  • Campus(es): Berks
  • Leader(s): Jill Burk, Dawn Pfeifer Reitz
  • SITE Liaison: Beate Brunow
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Teaching & Practice
  • Faculty advancing interdisciplinary teaching & practice
  • Campus(es):Abington
  • Leader(s): Kevin Hsu
  • SITE Liaison: Adam Smith
Moms Teaching Through Pandemic
  • Female faculty supporting one another
  • Campus(es): Harrisburg, Any
  • Leader(s): Ellen Stockstill
  • SITE Liaison: Adam Smith
Tips for More Engaging Online Learning
  • Faculty seeking to enhance online learning
  • Campus(es): Berks
  • Leader(s) Malika Richards- Ada Leung - Jui-Chi Huang - Pauline Milwood - Jinyoung Im
  • SITE Liaison: Deena Levy
Voice TAs
  • First and second year teaching assistants supporting teaching and well-being
  • Campus(es): University Park
  • Leader(s): Joy Bohannon
  • SITE Liaison: Adam Smith
Writing Teachers for Linguistic Justice
  • Writing instructors interested in linguistic justice
  • Campus(es): Any, Multiple
  • Leader(s): Liliana Naydan - Grace Lee-Amuzie - Stephen Cohen - Matthew Rigilano
  • SITE Liaison: Deena Levy