Bette LaSere Erickson is the Director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Rhode Island. She received her B. A. in English from Saint Olaf College and earned her Ed. D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Erickson is an authority on faculty development and course design and has published articles on faculty development programs and teaching techniques. She has also conducted numerous workshops and seminars at colleges and universities throughout the country. She is a founding member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) and has also served as its Executive Director. Her most recent work is Teaching First-Year College Students (with C. B. Peters
and D. W. Strommer, Jossey Bass, 2006).
Heather Johnson is an Instructional Development Consultant at the University of Rhode Island, and a Lecturer in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh.