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Assistant Academic Dean
Director of SLATE and Case Program
Carolyn Wood is the Assistant Academic Dean and Director of Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) and the Case Program. As Director of SLATE, she works to promote engagement, deep learning and enduring understanding among HKS students by fostering the development and implementation of learner-centered curriculum and pedagogy among the faculty.
Carolyn leads a team of 12 professionals who design and produce interactive curricular materials (cases, simulations, multi-media, etc.), provide coaching and consultations to 100+ HKS faculty to strengthen their teaching practices, and implement rigorous assessment of student learning. She has been deeply involved in designing and teaching several experiential learning courses involving field-based work for government and community-based clients.
Carolyn has nearly twenty years of experience in higher education administration at Harvard. Previously, Carolyn served as the Associate Director of Finance at the Harvard Kennedy School, Manager of the Macroeconomics Group at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and Vice President for Research at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter. She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she focused on economic development planning.
Director of Professional Pedagogy
As Director of Professional Pedagogy, Allison Pingree offers individualized instructional consultation to HKS faculty (including class observations, syllabus design, strategies for managing classroom dynamics, and mid-course student feedback), facilitates the HKS Teaching Seminar series and Case Teaching Workshop, organizes the New Faculty Institute and HKS Teaching Week, and disseminates and supports research-based best practices for professional pedagogy in the HKS teaching community.
Prior to HKS, she served for 13 years as Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, an institution-wide center serving all of the university’s undergraduate and professional schools. At Vanderbilt, she also served as Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Lecturer in Education, and Affiliated Faculty in American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies.
Allison holds a PhD in English & American Literature from Harvard, taught there in English, History & Literature and Expository Writing, and served as an Acting Associate Director at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include mindfulness and contemplative practice in higher education, learning spaces, interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration, and leadership and organizational change. Her passion as an educator lies in cultivating ways to integrate cognitive, affective, and embodied forms of learning to promote individual and social change.
Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Erin Baumann comes to HKS from the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, where she earned her PhD in International Relations. During her time at UCD Erin taught a variety of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics and Development Studies. As a lecturer, she focused on the use of active learning techniques to enhance the classroom experience and introduced simulations and case method teaching to the undergraduate Political Science and International Relations curricula at UCD. Erin was also Chair of the School of Politics and International Relations’ Steering Committee on Teaching Innovation and an invited speaker on teaching innovation at TEDxUCD 2014. Her current research interests include active learning for decision-making, practice-guided teaching, continuous assessment, and simulation-based teaching and learning.
Assistant Director of Case Program and Senior Case Writer
Senior Case Writer
Anjani Datla is Assistant Director of the Case Program and Senior Case Writer. Anjani’s research and writing has focused on international development. Prior to joining SLATE, she worked as a writer and program consultant at the United Nations Development Programme. She also served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College between 2008 and 2010. Anjani has written on a wide range of topics including the impact of AIDS on developing countries and women’s rights to property in South Asia. She has a master in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Senior Case Writer
Pam Varley is the Harvard Kennedy School’s in-house case writer and case writing consultant. She researches and writes original HKS teaching cases and consults with faculty and freelance case writers about the case writing process.
Pam is an award-winning case writer, who has written a broad array of teaching materials in the course of her 25 years at HKS. She began her career in journalism, and continues to write and edit on a freelance basis. She has edited a book on international labor standards, The Sweatshop Quandary: Corporate Responsibility on the Global Frontier.
Senior Case Writer
Laura Winig is a senior case writer for the SLATE program at the Kennedy School. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Laura served as Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School where she co-authored more than 60 cases, teaching notes, and other curricular materials for the MBA and Executive Education programs. Before joining academia, Laura held marketing leadership roles at MIT Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Publishing.
Multimedia Case Writer
Patricia Garcia-Rios is responsible for developing a wide range of video and multimedia curriculum materials aimed at enhancing teaching and learning at HKS. She is a filmmaker with fifteen years’ experience in award-winning PBS documentaries. Prior to joining SLATE, Patricia acted as producer and co-producer on a number of public television series, including Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (2008), Reconstruction: The Second Civil War(2004) and Chicago: City of the Century(2003). Her work on another PBS series, Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery(1998), earned her an Emmy award for research. Before receiving a Fulbright fellowship to pursue graduate studies in Boston, Patricia was a print journalist in her native Spain. She began her career in documentaries in the early 1990s at the legendary production company Blackside, Inc. of Eyes on the Prize fame. Patricia combines a passion for visual storytelling with a keen interest in public policy issues and international affairs.
Interim Associate Director of SLATE
Daniel Reinish oversees the publication and distribution of cases and other interactive curricular materials while providing operational support to the broader mission of the SLATE initiative. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Daniel taught high school English in Northern Virginia for seven years. He also directed his school’s award-winning scholastic journalism program and served as a member of the board of the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers. Daniel holds a master’s degree in teaching as well as a BA in English and cognitive science from the University of Virginia.
Associate Director of SLATE
Laura Madden joined SLATE in 2013 as Associate Director. In this role, Laura oversees publishing and dissemination of a wide range of custom-designed interactive curricular materials such as cases, issues briefs, simulations, multi-media materials and associated teaching plans. Working with 150+ internal HKS faculty and in partnership with our global case distributor, Harvard Business Publishing, Laura develops and implements strategies to help faculty to identify and adopt cases and curricular materials from our growing collection. She oversees our case publishing polices and processes, leads customer relations, spearheads marketing, and stewards the intellectual property embodied in our case collection. In her capacity as Associate Director of SLATE, Laura also leads operational support for broader SLATE activities, including financial management, data analysis and reporting, and managing our internal and external web presence.
Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Laura served as Marketing Manager for the Harvard Education Publishing Group (HEPG) where she ran marketing campaigns on behalf of the Harvard Educational Review, the Harvard Education Letter, and books under Harvard Education Press. Before joining HEPG, Laura worked for Eduventures, a research and consulting firm in higher education. Laura earned her M.A. in integrated marketing communications from Emerson College and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Case Publications Coordinator
Christy Murphy works part-time as the Case Publications Coordinator for SLATE and the Appointments Committee Coordinator for the Academic Dean’s Office. As the Case Publications Coordinator, Christy is responsible for proofreading and editing case studies and other forms of curricular materials for publication. She handles researching and requesting permission for reproduction and use of copyrighted material in case studies to be published and also confers with authors, faculty sponsors and document sources on content and revisions.
Christy is currently a 5th year PhD student in European History at Brandeis University. She holds an MA in European History from Brandeis University and a BA in History and Psychology with a minor in Irish Studies from Boston College. Prior to coming to the HKS, she worked for seven years in the Human Resources and Faculty Planning Office at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Karen Armstrong-Menard is the program assistant for SLATE and the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. She performs a wide range of administrative tasks including meeting planning, coordinating seminars, and maintaining critical data on faculty appointments and deployment.
Associate Director, Digital Learning Design
Maria Flanagan leads SLATE projects in the design and production of digital learning content and consulting with faculty on the objectives and integration of digital learning experiences in the curriculum. Before joining HKS in 2014, she was a consultant in educational technology and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has experience as an Executive Instructional Designer and Executive Producer of digital learning objects for the publisher Scholastic. Maria holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in Government/International Relations from Georgetown University.
Digital Learning Designer
Mae Klinger designs and develops digital learning materials at SLATE, and supports teaching with digital materials and data. Prior to coming to HKS in 2012, she was an Associate Editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s, responsible for editing film studies, journalism, and public speaking college textbooks and media projects. Mae holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in College of Letters and Studio Art from Wesleyan University.