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
Lucyellen Dahlgren, Assistant Director
Lucyellen Dahlgren, DNP, RN, and Chaney Distinguished Professor, is an instructor in the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Science School of Nursing, and this fall she will join the Teaching Center as one of the Assistant Directors. As a Belmont alumnus, Lucyellen came to teach in 2003 as an adjunct instructor, and soon moved into full time, teaching Adult Health II and Nursing Senior Practicum. In both these courses Lucyellen has taken students to critical care units all over Nashville to deliver care first hand before graduating as BSN prepared nurses. Lucyellen continues to work as a Registered Nurse in the NeuroIntensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to keep up to date, and believes that practicing as a nurse makes her a better teacher, and teaching makes her a better nurse. Another component of her teaching is the use of simulation in the nursing lab, which serves to reinforce didactic material before going to practice in the clinical arena. Lucyellen hopes to bring simulation opportunities to other faculty outside the College of Health Science as a teaching tool through the Teaching Center. Email Lucyellen Dahlgren
Jason Lovvorn, Assistant Director
Jason Lovvorn, Instructor of English, has been at Belmont since 2002, beginning as a tutor in the Belmont Writing Center and now teaching as a full-time instructor in the English Department. Jason recently earned his Ph.D. at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Among his work there, he completed a dissertation on university writing centers and mentored student teachers in a variety of settings. Jason’s scholarly interests span the humanities and education, and his writing classes often address issues of literacy while involving a service-learning component. Drawing on the intersections between rhetoric/composition and education, Jason has presented often at educational conferences such as the American Educational Research Association and the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research. He has published scholarly work on literacy history, online gaming and learning, and digital storytelling and composition. Jason enjoys teaching First-Year Writing and Third-Year Writing and looks forward to teaching First-Year Seminar with an eye toward the social construction of space. Email Jason Lovvorn
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 around the Belmont campus.
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