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The small and dedicated HILT team is made up of the individuals listed below. These colleagues, though, work with a very large HILT community comprised of hundreds of individuals. Many members of that community are reflected across this website. For example, through grant project teams, the TLC and affinity groups, the student network, and in faculty participation in our colleague conversations. As Faculty Director of HILT, I invite you to be in touch with members of the team or me directly to get involved with our collective work to facilitate innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard.

– Dustin Tingley, Faculty Director, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching


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Melissa Godet

Project and Outreach Coordinator

As HILT’s Project and Outreach Coordinator, Melissa performs a variety of specialized and administrative functions to increase the initiative’s visibility and cross-school collaborations through the development and distribution of information and materials.

Prior to joining HILT in September of 2015, she worked in the Controller’s Office at New England Law | Boston for seven years. Melissa earned her M.B.A. with a dual concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management and Leadership & Organizational Transformation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science from University of Maine at Farmington.
(617) 496-7054

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Jaime B. Goldstein

Director of Strategic Projects and Innovation Grants

As HILT’s Director of Strategic Projects and Innovation Grants, Jaime oversees HILT’s Spark and Advance funding opportunities to pilot and scale innovation educational initiatives across the University. She is taking the lead on several strategic projects including curriculum mapping and developing online resources to support faculty, students, and staff.

Prior to joining HILT in 2017, Jaime launched and scaled a lab at MIT that helps engineers learn to communicate effectively. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Studies and Writing.
(617) 998-1620

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Cassie McGrath

Administrative Coordinator

As HILT’s Administrative Coordinator, Cassie handles an assortment of administrative tasks to support HILT’s overall mission of catalyzing innovation and excellence in learning and teaching. She also assists with specialized strategic projects and events.

Prior to joining HILT in May of 2018, Cassie was a Program Coordinator for the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard for almost four years. Cassie has a Masters in Management from the Harvard Extension School as well as a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Anthropology from Northeastern University.
(617) 495-2722

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Allison Pingree

Director of Cross-School Programming

As Director of Cross-School Programming, Allison Pingree leads HILT’s efforts on the annual conference and speaker series, the Teaching & Learning Consortium, a Harvard-wide program for peer-observation of instruction, and Into Practice. In addition, she serves as a mentor and consultant to other teaching & learning professionals across the university.

Prior to coming to HILT, Allison served as Director of Professional Pedagogy at Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2011-2018, and as Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching from 1998-2011. She holds a Ph.D. in English & American Literature and Language from Harvard, and has taught in English, History & Literature, and Expository Writing at Harvard, and in American Studies and Leadership, Policy & Organizations at Vanderbilt.  Her research interests include mindfulness and contemplative practice in higher education, learning spaces, interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration, and leadership and organizational change.
(617) 495-3312

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Zachary Wang

Manager for Resources Adoption and Impact

As HILT’s Manager for Resources Adoption and Impact, Zachary is responsible for facilitating the increased adoption across the University of teaching and learning tools and practices that are supported by HILT grants or developed by other Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) initiatives.

Prior to joining HILT in June 2018, Zachary served as the Associate Director for Executive, Online, and Special Initiatives at Boston University School of Law. He earned a Master’s in Education from Boston University and also holds an LL.M. in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University and a J.D. from Boston College. Zachary received a B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science and East Asian Studies.
(617) 998-0797