The Teaching Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Lila D. Bunch Library. Please feel free to call us at (615) 460-5423 or email us by using the links below.
Mike Pinter, Director
Mike Pinter, Professor of Mathematics, previously served as Director of Belmont's Teaching Center from 2003 to 2006. Since coming to Belmont in 1989, Mike has held various roles in addition to faculty roles; in particular, Mike has served as associate dean for the School of Sciences and interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. He has participated in many Teaching Center events since the Teaching Center's beginning in 1994, including facilitating workshops and lunch discussions. Mike enjoys working with faculty at all career stages and has served as mentor in several capacities, including as director of the Mentoring for Mission program when it was offered at Belmont. Mike regularly offers presentations about teaching and learning at mathematics meetings and at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching. His favorite courses to teach include Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Analytics: Math Models (for students in Belmont's Honors Program), Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (in a learning community with a psychology course), and First-Year Seminar (with a focus on limitations). Email Mike Pinter
Jennifer Thomas, Assistant Director
As a youngster growing up in southern Indiana, I aspired to be a zoo veterinarian and appear regularly with my animals on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Along the way, however, I was given the opportunity in my senior year of college to be a laboratory assistant for a freshman biology course at the University of Evansville where I received my B.S. degree in biology. It was then that I knew that I wanted to be a professor and teach. I moved to Chicago and attended a Masters program in Immunology at Loyola University Chicago studying T cell leukemia. This experience confirmed my interest in research and prepared me well to receive my Ph.D. in Microbial Pathogenesis from Northwestern University in Chicago. I spent an additional year at Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow prior to joining the biology faculty of Belmont in the fall of 2000.
One of my current research interests stems from my time at Northwestern where I focused on human papillomaviruses (HPVs), the causative agent of warts in both genital and non-genital sites. Specifically, I am interested in the association of HPV infection with cervical cancer incidence in women. My students at Belmont have examined HPVs' role in cancer progression including metastasis, angiogenesis, telomerase activation, and drug resistance. In addition to these HPV studies, my students have examined the incidence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in community settings as well as characterization of these isolates. With no compromise in my love of viruses and bacteria, I have also had the pleasure of supervising molecular research with students studying "outdoorsy" organisms such as plants and ticks.
Since arriving at Belmont, I have developed courses in Microbiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology, as well as introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors. I am actively involved in the research sequence for our majors, especially the Biology 4710 Senior Seminar course. In addition, I participate in the Honors Program where I serve as a tutor and research advisor for students and am the coordinator for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program.
My time away from school is spent with my husband, Scott, and our three young children, Gwen, Grantham and Claire. When not playing at the park, coloring, or playing with baby dolls and cars, I like to garden, work on the house, read, travel, and figure out a way to get on the Tonight Show.
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Nanci Alsup, Program Assistant
Nanci has been part of the Belmont community since 1999 when she served as the Office Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences. In August 2002, she joined on with the Teaching Center. Nanci has served on the Staff Council and has been involved with several small task force groups, search committees and a student mentoring program. She currently serves as a member of the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity council and the IRB. Nanci also partners with Belmont University Ministries to host students on Spring break immersion trips. She has travled to New York City with students the past 4 years. She very much enjoys teaching when the opportunity arises.
Nanci completed her Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2004 and received her Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University in 2009.
She considers it a privilege to be a part of the success that is happening at Belmont. Surrounded by a caring community, she enjoys working with the faculty seeing first hand how they value teaching, and feels Belmont is a rewarding place to be. Email Nanci Alsup