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 teaching practices and course design. In addition, Sarah specializes in conflict transformation—that is, engaging conflict constructively — as a tool for teaching and learning.

As an inclusive teaching specialist, Sarah facilitates CETL’s workshop series Inclusive Teaching Toward Justice. Contact Sarah if you would like to have a similar or related training offered in your department, school, or college. You're also welcome to contact her if you're seeking inclusive teaching resources or recommendations.

Additional areas of focus and expertise in Sarah’s work include:

  • race-conscious teaching and antiracism in higher education
  • trauma-informed teaching
  • community-building and facilitation techniques (for face-to-face or online classrooms)
  • digital polling and Student Response System (SRS) tools
  • Canvas course design
  • coordinating the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching

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 facilitation in the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) program.