Presenting my Valedictory Speech at Florida State University (2012)

Presenting my Valedictory Speech at Florida State University (2012)

About Me

My name is Virginia Byrne. I am finishing my PhD at the University of Maryland - College Park in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a concentration in Technology, Learning and Leadership.

At the university's Teaching and Learning Transformation Center I research teaching effectiveness and student perceptions of teaching. Also, I am a researcher on the BodyVis Team. With whom I research how teachers can scaffold authentic scientific inquiry with everyday wearable activity trackers.

Before my PhD studies I served as the Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development and Education at UMBC. There I taught undergraduate courses, organized and facilitated undergraduate leadership retreats, provided curricular consulting across campus, and contributed to the assessment of student learning, engagement, and belonging for the Division of Student Affairs. While at UMBC, I earned a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Design.

In the spring of 2012, I completed my Master's studies at the Florida State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs. At FSU I served as a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Leadership and Civic Education coordinating and advising leadership and service programs.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. At Illinois I was highly involved with leadership programming through the Illinois Leadership Center and activism work through the University YMCA.