Meet our speakers
I use Team-Based Learning (TBL) in all my courses and serve on the Education Committee of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. As a practitioner, educator, and trainer, I find TBL to be a wonderful way to improve teaching and learning quality and to facilitate the transition from individual classroom learner to ‘real world’ team contributor. As Academic Coordinator for the graduate social work arm of Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare educational partnership, I work with many other schools of social work. I have taught courses on addictions, traumatic stress, physical, psychological, and sexual maltreatment of children, human sexuality, and risk and resilience in children and families. My interests include professional workforce and practice skills development, clinician/provider stress and self-care, and the provision of appropriate services to people across all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
I earned my law degree from the University of Oxford and practiced commercial law for several years in England. After moving to the United States, I completed doctoral and master’s degrees in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Pitt’s faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2006, I provided program development and workforce training in the delivery of effective and culturally sensitive behavioral health and other human services. I enjoy sharing TBL both with academy-based educators and with trainers who are integrating TBL into training and continuing education.
Sarah Leupen received her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Northwestern University in 1998 and has taught a wide variety of biology courses at both small and large universities. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences and an Honors College Fellow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she teaches physiology, anatomy, and neuroscience. She teaches with TBL in her undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology courses, where she has had great success in terms of both student learning and engagement. She has mentored and trained colleagues from Maryland to New Zealand in the use of TBL, and led workshops on TBL at teaching conferences, university departments, and for high school teachers. At UMBC, she founded and coordinates a campus-wide Team-Based Learning Interest Group, which has inspired colleagues in math, Spanish, and computer science to use TBL in their classrooms. Her particular interests in TBL focus on using the method with undergraduates, especially in the sciences and mathematics, and in medium to large classrooms (50-200 students).