MacDonald, Sarah

Teaching, Learning and Technology Consultant
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Sarah’s primary goal as an educational developer is to advance teaching that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable for an increasingly diverse student population. To this end, she provides consultations and workshops on inclusive, culturally responsive teaching practices and course design. In addition, Sarah specializes in conflict transformation—that is, engaging conflict constructively as a tool for teaching and learning.

In collaboration with members of UWM’s Multicultural Network, Sarah facilitates CETL’s workshop series and certificate program Teaching for Multicultural Inclusion and Equity. Contact Sarah if you would like to have a similar or related training offered in your department, school, or college.

Additional areas of focus in Sarah’s work at CETL include:

  • Canvas course design
  • ePortfolio use
  • race-conscious teaching and antiracism in higher education
  • community-building strategies for both face-to-face and online classrooms

Prior to joining the CETL staff in 2018, Sarah earned a Ph.D. in Ethics from Emory University, with a concentration in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. Her dissertation research grew out of her previous full-time work in international peacebuilding and nonviolent activism. She also holds an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa and an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

This variegated background informs all of Sarah’s current work at UWM. Beyond serving as a CETL consultant, she is a member of the Ombuds Council and teaches in the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) program.